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The March 19th Phil Simms North-South All-Star Classic Media Day where players and coaches were introduced had a definite family atmosphwere as exhibited by Snyder coach AJ Dobson and his son Alfred III or 'Ace' who were both drssed to the 'T' and enjoyed the afternoon inside Kean University's Harwood Arena. In second photo, Phil Simms is joined by former game director Ken Trimmer, who is still heavily involved in helping with the contest, and Harrison High School coach Ray Lucas, the former Jets QB and ex-Harrison and Rutgers star, who will coach QBs on the North squad. In the bottom photo is Glen Ridge O-lineman Jake Russell (left) who is joined by North assistant general manager Darnel Mangun of Irvington HS. (Sideline Chatter photos)

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Two other outstanding  O-linemen from Essex County to watch in this year’s Simms Classic are East Orange Campus’ EJ Pullins (6-2, 295) and Seton Hall Prep’s Dylan Kohler (6-2, 255), while Cedar Grove’s James Cantarelli (6-3, 210) is one of the North’s tight ends.

The honorary head coach for the North is former NFL lineman Roman Oben, who played for the Giants and was a member of a Super Bowl championship Tampa Bay Buccaneeer squad.

“Football is the greatest team sport and it’s just tremendous to be part of this all-star game which has such a long history,” said Oben. “I just want all the players to remember that someone got you to those 6:30 a.m. training sessions and that you all had a support staff behind you whether it was your mom, dad, guardian and your coaches.

“Be thankful that you are part of the Simms Classic!”

NOTES- The North’s assistant general manager Darnel Mangan, who also serves as the offensive coordinator at Irvington, made it a point during his introduction of North players to remember the late Ralph Steele, the voice of the Blue Knights, who was so influential in the lives of so many former Irvington football players, including Mangan and the Grant brothers. “We all went to the (Steele) house and it was like we were kids again,” said Mangan. “Ralph was a tremendous man and a terrific coach and will be sorely missed.” Ralph’s son, Kyle Steele, has been the longtime director of the Irvington Golden Knights Pop Warner football team and is the head wrestling coach at Irvington High School…Former New Brunswick High School and Rutgers star wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is the honorary head coach for the South all-stars in the 2023 Simms Classic. Sanu was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft and also played for the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins.                 


2022: North 21 South 16- at Kean University
2021- no game- covid 19
2020: no game- covid 19
2019: North 24, South 23 – at Kean University
2018: South 38, North 16 - at Kean University
2017: South 30, North 22 - at Kean University
2016: North 7, South 0 - at Kean University
2015: South 23, North 21 - at Kean University
2014: South 20, North 14 - at Piscataway High School
2013: North 54, South 8 - at Kean University
2012: North 14, South 7 - at Kean University
2011: South 21, North 14 - at Kean University
2010: North 17, South 3 - at Kean University
2009: South 7, North 0 - at Kean University
2008: North 31, South 25 - at Rutgers Stadium
2007: South 14, North 7 - at Rutgers Stadium
2006: North 31, South 16 - at Rutgers Stadium
2005: North 9, South 7 - at Rutgers Stadium
2004: North 26, South 21 - at Rutgers Stadium
2003: South 3, North 0 - at Rutgers Stadium
2002: No game was played at Rutgers
because of inclement weather before kickoff.
2001: North 24, South 0 - at Rutgers Stadium
2000: South 20, North 5 - at Rutgers Stadium
1999: South 22, North 19 - at Rutgers Stadium
1998: North 33, South 31 - at Rutgers Stadium
1997: South 28, North 24 - at The College of New Jersey
1996: South 32, North 23 - at Rutgers Stadium
1995: North 37, South 15 - at Rutgers Stadium
1994: South 21, North 16 - at Trenton State College
1993: South 9, North 8 - at Giants Stadium
1992: North 7, South 7 (tie) - at Giants Stadium
1991: North 26, South 12 - at Giants Stadium
1990: North 14, South 10 - at Rutgers Stadium
1989: South 24, North 0 - at Rutgers Stadium
1988: South 12, North 9 - at Rutgers Stadium
1987: North 21, South 10 - at Rutgers Stadium
1986: North 20, South 17 - at Rutgers Stadium
1985: North 10, South 10 (tie) - at Rutgers Stadium
1984: North 7, South 0 - at Rutgers Stadium
1983: South 41, North 7 - at Rutgers Stadium
1982: South 16, North 7 - at Rutgers Stadium
1981: South 32, North 0 - at Rutgers Stadium
1980: North 13, South 6 - at Rutgers Stadium
1979: South 34, North 13 - at Rutgers Stadium

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The North's honorary head coach Roman Oben addresses the players and their families during the March 19th Phil Simms North-South All-Star Classic Media Day and Darnell Grant of West Orange talks to members of the North all-star team about the 2023 game.


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