Manalapan brothers face off in Princeton vs. Penn football game


When Reily and Trevor Radosevich face off for the first and last time, there’s a lot of pride at stake – and an Ivy League title.

Trevor Radosevich is an offensive lineman for the University of Pennsylvania football team, but he has a special request for his game against Princeton on Saturday: line up a streak on the defensive line so he can take on his big brother. Reily, an All -An Ivy League offensive tackle at Princeton and another high school graduate from Manalapan.

“I don’t know if that will actually happen,” said Trevor, who played on the D line as a freshman at Penn. “It’s always been the dream: to go head-to-head and really figure out who’s number one.”

What does Reily think of the prospect?

“It would be pretty funny,” he said. “My mom and dad don’t want this to happen because they don’t want to face the repercussions of Thanksgiving.”

Either way, Saturday will be special for the Radosevich family and the Manalapan football community. The Radoseviches have applied for 60 tickets for the game, which will begin at 1 p.m. at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. A group of Manalapan coaches arrive, including former head coach Ed Gurrieri, current head coach Dom LePore and longtime offensive line coach Joe Tetley.

“I couldn’t be prouder,” said Gurrieri. “Two of the best kids I’ve ever coached, and I’ve been here for a long time. Excellent on the court, in the classroom, in the weight room, in the community. Everything they did was first class.

Different paths

The two brothers brought honor to their former coaches.

“These guys impacted me and Reily like no one else has,” Trevor said.

Their father, Brad Radosevich, took on the role of linebacker at James Madison University and swears that in his prime he could have gotten around his son’s blocks.

“Not anymore,” the 49-year-old said.

Reily and Trevor started football at the Pop Warner level. Reily tried to show her younger brother the ropes. It didn’t go so well.

“Eventually he got angry because he thought I was too bossy,” Reily said. “It all depends on him, the player he is. He worked hard to make it happen.

At Manalapan, Reily stood out from the start. Trevor took a more roundabout path – “When Trevor was in first grade he was the best ball boy I’ve ever had,” said Gurrieri – and worked his way up the ranks.

They spent a year together at Manalapan University, helping the Braves go 11-1 and reach the center group 5 final, before Reily moved on to Princeton. He immediately established himself there, twice winning All-Ivy in the first team. In 2018, he helped the Tigers post the program’s first unbeaten season since 1964.

“When Trevor decided to go to Penn, we thought it was so much his mark to go to rival school,” Reily said.

Thanksgiving siege in play?

There’s a lot at stake on Saturday. Princeton is 8-1 and can take at least a share of the Ivy League title with a win. This is Reily’s last college game. He was injured in 2019, when those rivals last played, and the Ivy League canceled the 2020 season due to the pandemic. He’s a history student who has completed an internship in finance and will soon be heading to the real world.

Ahead of the game, Reily said he would likely be on the pitch for Trevor’s senior day, taking photos with the family. Then everything is business.

“I’m going to focus on what I have to do, but if I get the chance to watch the game, I’ll watch my brother,” said Reily. “I will always support for him, but in terms of us versus Penn, I still support Princeton.”

As with any sibling rivalry, there are issues.

“I’ve always joked with them, whoever wins can sit to my right at the Thanksgiving dinner table,” Radosevich said.

Trevor added: “There is talk of having a flag pole in our front yard and the winner of the match gets their (collegiate) flag above the flag pole with the loser flying directly below.”

Trevor has one more year of eligibility if he wants to. He will find out later. For now, there is a moment to savor.

“Very excited,” he said. “We have been waiting for this for a long time.

Jerry Carino has covered the New Jersey sports scene since 1996 and the pace of college basketball since 2003. He is among the Associated Press’s Top 25 Voters. Contact him at [email protected]


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