WEST ORANGE – Seton Hall Prep senior quarterback Aidan Gilman threw two touchdown passes and the Pirates shut out Paramus Catholic, 17-0, Saturday afternoon at the Kelly Athletic Complex.

The victory sends the eighth-seeded Pirates into the Non-Public Group 4 quarterfinals where they will face top seed Bergen Catholic. The Crusaders are coached by former Seton Hall Prep coach Vito Campanile.

Paramus Catholic finishes the season 2-8 under coach John Whitehead. The Paladins lost sophomore quarterback Dorian Nowell to an injury early in the second quarter and struggled to throw the ball in the windy conditions.

Unofficially, Paramus Catholic was also penalized eight times to the Pirates one.

What It Means

It means it’s probably Vito Campanile’s worst nightmare. Campanile left Seton Hall Prep to become head coach at Bergen Catholic this season and is intimately familiar with the Pirates roster. The two teams did not meet during the regular season, but now will in the quarterfinals of the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs.

For Paramus Catholic, it was the third time the Paladins had been shut out this season. It’s 2-8 record is its worst final mark since 2007. Ironically, that was current coach John Whitehead’s last season as Paladins coach during his first four-year stint.

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Key Play

Paramus Catholic was down 3-0 early in the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Dorian Nowell scrambled forward in the pocket and shoveled a pass ahead to Richard Turner for a nice gain, but Nowell was hit hard on the play and did not return to the game. The play was also nullified by a penalty for Nowell being across the line of scrimmage. Paramus Catholic never was able to get rolling offensively after that.

“We had a back-up quarterback in there, we had a center [that was out], we had a linebacker down,” said Whitehead. “We had some starters who didn’t even suit up today.”

By the Numbers

Paramus Catholic running back Tahshawn Brinson was used almost exclusively as a Wildcat quarterback in the second half. He finished with 18 carries for 98 yards unofficially.

The Paladins had four different players attempt a pass: Nowell, back-up quarterback Richard Turner, Brinson and Troy Leary tried a halfback pass. Paramus Catholic only completed three passes.

Unofficially, Paramus Catholic finished with 93 yards of total offense. Even though Brinson had 98, the Paladins had five rushing plays that were significant lost yardage.

Snaps were an issue for the Paladins in the windy conditions. There was a center snap that flew over Turner’s head for a 12-yard loss, and Paladins kicker Josh Zamora had to deal with two low snaps, on one play he scrambled for a yard gain. On another one he dropped to a knee giving the Pirates the ball at the Paladins 15 yard line. Seton Hall Prep would convert that into a field goal.

Game ball

Seton Hall Prep junior linebacker Tyler Cook made one of the hits of the game and was key in stopping the Paladins running game. He also hauled in a touchdown pass from Gilman in the fourth quarter when Gilman first ducked like he was going to run, then popped up and threw a pass.

They said it

“We will be significantly better (next year)….significantly better,” said Whitehead.