Varsity Football News 2016

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Spring Lifting/Running Program (Coach Philippi, Coach Drew, Coach Wright)

Before school (7am), During school (class), After school (3:05pm)

Officially begins Monday, January 30th

Spring Practice

May 8-12, 2017

May 15-19, 2017

Summer Workouts

Start: June 5th, 2017 (M-F, 7:30am-9:00am, Varsity / 9:00am-10:30am, JV / 6:30pm-8:00pm Freshmen)

o NOTE: Mandatory “Dead Weeks” this summer July 2-8 and July 16-22, 2017

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Opponent Date Time Advantage Type Result Score Status
Home Scrimmage
vs. Jamboree, Heritage
Home Win 22-0
Athens Drive
Away Win 49-27
Southern Durham
Home Win 55-42
Green Hope
Home Win 28-24
Away Win 42-32
Family Football Night - Cardinal Gibbons vs. Cedar Ridge
Home Win 50-26
Away Win 29-6
Home Loss 35-41 CHANGED: This event has changed.
Jordan Charles E.
Away Win 54-13
Homecoming - Cardinal Gibbons vs. Person
Home Win 56-27
East Chapel Hill
Away Win 41-0
Northern Durham
Home Win 25-7
NCHSAA 4A Playoffs vs. D.H. Conley, Conley D.H.
Home Win 70-42
NCSHAA 4A Playoffs @ New Hanover, New Hanover
Away Win 31-13
NCSHAA 4A Playoffs @ Cape Fear, Cape Fear Senior
Away Loss 33-47

Team Roster

# Name Position Grade
1 Marcel Smith DB 11
2 William Lemon WR 12
3 Alex Kuzy WR 12
4 Anton Stoneking QB 12
5 James Biestek RB/WR/QB 11
6 Dalen Spruill RB 11
7 Trevor Kirsch LB 12
9 Dominic Carlucci TE 10
10 Matthew Gabello WR 11
11 Chukwuebuka Ngwadom WR 12
12 Alexander Kopp DB 11
13 Omari Porter WR/CB 9
14 Nicholas Frey QB 10
15 Nicholas Losack WR 12
18 Nicholas Chilman DL 11
20 Evan Muzzarelli DB 12
21 William Prevost DB 12
22 Hunter Caro DB 12
23 Eric Farley DB 12
24 Matthew Schiff RB 11
25 Jason Shammas DB 11
26 Michael Clemmer DB 12
28 Dean Bettinsoli DB 11
30 Alexander Rios LB 12
31 Jaimes Veneziale WR 11
32 Jonathan Winterrowd DB 11
33 Chancellor Mills DB 12
34 David Rowland WR 12
35 Brandon Hicks LB 11
38 Mason Locker DB 10
40 Christopher Shea DL 12
41 Bridger Smith DB 11
42 Evan Landry DB 11
43 James Riske RB 11
44 Brandon Henderson DL 11
45 Sean Larkin DL 12
48 Jalen Brooks LB/DL 10
50 Alexander Bates DL 12
51 Kelvin Hawkins OL 11
52 Carlos Lima DL 11
54 John Oberst OL 11
55 William Bolton LB 11
56 Craig Schult LB 11
58 Sullivan Mangum DL 11
60 Logan Schlueter OL 11
61 Pierce Coombs OL 12
62 Noah FitzGerald OL 12
63 Grant Stoneking OL 10
64 Kevin Woomer OL 12
65 Brendan Sikora OL 11
66 Jacob Bruce OL 10
68 Jax Campomizzi OL 11
70 Jack Bowler OL 12
71 Samuel Young OL 12
72 Grant Wilson DL 12
73 Michael Smith OL 11
74 Cameron Loy OL 12
76 Marshall Hoefling OL 12
78 Jack Minier DL 12
81 Montana Conrad DL 12
82 Christopher Dotter WR 11
83 David Tracey WR 12
84 John Dougherty WR 11
86 Peter Kosnik WR 12
89 Grant Kettner WR 10
90 Riley Myer K/P 10
95 Addison Saleh DL 11
99 Christian Gruebel DL 12


  • Head Coach

    Coach Wright grew up in Maitland, FL. where he attended Winter Park High School (Winter Park, FL). While at Winter Park he lettered in 4 varsity sports (Football, Baseball, Track & Field, Weightlifting) and served as a captain his senior season, earning All-Conference, All-County and All-Area honors in both Football and Weightlifting. After graduation, Coach Wright attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he earned an athletic scholarship, started for four years as a defensive back, served as a team captain and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Since then, he has gone on to earn a doctoral degree, while professionally he has worked as a teacher and coach focusing in the areas of Football and Strength & Conditioning.

    Coach Wright is entering his 12th year as a high school head coach, having spent the last six at Cardinal Gibbons where his varsity teams have compiled 56 wins and his program 126 total wins over that same period. He and his staff have won 2 Varsity conference titles, 5 Junior Varsity conference titles, gone undefeated two times with the Freshman football team and have twice been honored with conference coach of the year awards.

    Coach Wright's mission at CGHS is to "develop godly young men" who demonstrate the biblical values of love, sacrifice, service, accountability, community and joy. He is married to Rachel-Ruth Wright, they have three daughters and reside in Raleigh, NC.

  • Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator

    Coach Liedy is originally from Rockville Centre, NY where he was a captain and 4 year varsity starter in football and baseball at South Side High School. He attended The Ohio State University and received a B.S. in Education in 2004. He received an M.S. in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007.

    From 2007-2011, Liedy was the offensive line coach, director of football operations, adjunct professor, and assistant intramurals director at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Prior to that, he was a football intern at the University of Richmond, receivers coach at Pace University, and an assistant coach at both Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, OH, and South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY

    He resides in Apex, NC, with his wife Rachalle, a 5th grade teacher at Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, NC, their son Luke, and their dog Chloe.

  • Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

    Coach Phillippi is a native of Charlotte, NC and a graduate of Providence High School. While at Providence he played football for one of the best programs in the state. After graduation he attended Campbell University, where he studied exercise physiology and played defensive back for the football program. He went on to serve as a graduate assistant, earning his masters degree and gaining valuable coaching experience. Coach Phillippi was then hired as a full time assistant working with both the linebackers and defensive backs over his six year tenure at Campbell. He concluded his time at Campbell as the recruiting coordinator, defensive backs coach and earned the "Assistant Coach of the Year" award for Campbell University.

    This is Coach Phillippi's first season at Cardinal Gibbons. He serves as the Defensive Coordinator and works with the linebackers. Coach Phillippi is married to Julie and resides in Raleigh, NC.

  • Defensive Backs
  • Defensive Line Coach
  • Linebackers Coach
  • Quarterbacks
  • Wide Receivers
  • Kicking Coach

    Brad Altice has a passion for place kicking, punting and coaching youth to be successful. After 10 years of playing soccer Brad began to play football as a place kicker at Hoggard HS in Wilmington NC. Brad then played for ECU. Brad graduated from UNC Wilmington with a degree in Management Information Systems. He worked at IBM for 15 years and now serves as a Childrens Pastor at Southbridge Fellowship

  • Defensive Assistant
  • Defensive Assistant

    Born in 1963 in Boston, Mass. Herbert Anthony Thames moved to Manning, SC in the 7th grade. Having a love for sports and health, he attended Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He received his degree in Health and Physical Education and was a member of the football program. Coach Thames has been employed by Wake County Public Schools as a Healthful Living teacher for 25 years. He has served as head football, basketball and track coach at West Cary Middle School. He also coached football and basketball for 3 years in Manning, SC. After returning to NC, he was the Head JV girls basketball coach at Green Hope High School from 2000-2009. Coach Thames has been coaching varsity linebackers for 5 years at CGHS, and also served as the freshman teams’ defensive coordinator this season.

    Herb recently got married to his lovely wife Charlene. He also has 2 sons Lawrence (27) and Teyon (25) and a grandson Tarence (6). Serving the LORD is #1 on coach’s list, but he also enjoys fishing, hiking, and playing sports.

  • Offensive Assistant

    Ron Clark is Lenoir NC. Ron graduated from South Caldwell High School. He received his BS in Physical Education from East Carolina University in May of 1983. Ron Received his National Board certification on the fall of 2002. He began his teaching and coaching career with Person County Schools in the fall of 1987. Ron has been with Wake County Schools since 1991. He has taught at Enloe High School since 1992. Ron served as Head Football coach at Enloe from 2003-2011. Prior to that tRon was an assistant football coach at Enloe for 11 seasons. Ron was also the Head Girls track coach for 10 year and Head Boys Track coach for 4 years. He currently serves as Assistant Athletic Director at Enloe. Ron is married to his wife Susan and has 3 children Ryan, Courtney and Cameron

  • Offensive Assistant
  • Athletic Trainer/Director of Sports Medicine


The Cardinal Gibbons Football program completed another record setting season in 2016, tying a school record for wins (12), setting a new points per game mark (42.3 ppg), making a 10th consecutive NCHSAA post-season appearance and earning a trip to the eastern semi-finals. Things continue to look bright for the Crusaders as they welcome an undefeated freshman team as well as the 2-time defending PAC-6 JV champions to the varsity ranks for 2017.

Team Awards

Conference Champions: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Student-athlete Recognition

PAC 6 All-Conference Selections (2016)

The Crusaders placed 14 players on the All-Conference team while adding an additional 5 to the honorable mention All-Conference list.

All-Conference - Anton Stoneking (QB), Alex Kuzy WR), Grayson Lemon (WR), Dalen Spruill (RB), Jack Biestek (RB), Jack Bowler (OL), Noah Fitzgerald (OL), Cam Loy (OL), Marshall Hoefling (OL), Christian Gruebel (DL), Alex Bates (DL), Hunter Caro (DB), Marcel Smith (P), Riley Myer (K)

Honorable Mention - Brandon Henderson (DL), Trevor Kirsch (LB), Brandon Hicks (LB), Will Prevost (DB), Marcel Smith (DB)

Collegiate Athletes



College Football Commitments


Thomas Ruocchio
Stephen Shank
Will Graham
Sean Nalesnik
JB Sheaffer

North Carolina State University
Davidson College
University of North Carolina – Charlotte
Randolph-Macon College
North Carolina Central University


Stephen Albright
Will Brown
Earl Gill
James Sriraman
David Smith, Jr.

University of North Carolina
North Carolina State University
Butler University
Wake Forest University
University of North Carolina


Shawn Stankavage
Dante DiMaggio
Sean Biette
Jackson O'Korn
Luke Bowler

Vanderbilt University
University of North Carolina
Western Carolina University
Christopher Newport University
St. Francis Xavier University


Scott Washle
Nick Carroll
Nick Holloway
Trevor Zaruba
Caine Junginer
David Foye
Thomas Bernhardt
Ben Grazen
Nick Haskin
Elliot Rende

United States Military Academy-West Point
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
University of Richmond
Wingate University
Missouri Southern University
United States Military Academy - West Point
University of North Carolina
North Carolina State University
Elon University
Shippensburg University


Connor Prevost
Daniel Baker
Hunter Smith
Jack Rosenblum
John Burton
Matt Skowron
Tim Nalesnik

Clemson University
Clemson University
University of Notre Dame
University of Richmond
Virginia Military Institute
Princeton University
Wingate University


Austin Donnald
Tim Buckley

Elon University
North Carolina State University


Andrew Shafer
Eric Albright
Doug Burton

Princeton University
University of North Carolina
Virginia Military Institute


Matt Milner

East Carolina University


Matt Shaefer

North Carolina State University


AJ Pompliano
Willie Dixon

Bucknell University
Wake Forest University


John Amanchukuw

North Carolina State University


Daniel Pratl

Appalachian State University


Jermaine McQueen

University of New Mexico


Coleman Tyrance

Western Carolina University


Jeff Inmon

University of Arizona


Isaac White

University of Tennessee-Chattanooga


Jeff Yardley

Appalachian State University

2017Jack Bowler
Alex Kuzy
Noah Fitzgerald
Grayson Lemon
Anton Stoneking
University of Richmond
Cornell University
Collge of the Holy Cross
Wingate University
Stonehill College
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