Riddick, De La Cruz Lead 10 Pioneer Football All-Conference Selections

PITMAN, N.J. – William Paterson sophomore running back Terrique Riddick (Bridgeville, Del./Woodbridge) was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and freshman defensive back Isaiah De La Cruz (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) was tabbed as the league’s Co-Defensive Rookie of the Year, leading a list of 10 Pioneers who received all-conference accolades.

Joining Riddick and De La Cruz on the All-NJAC honor roll were junior tight end William Frese (Waldwick, N.J./Waldwick), sophomore wide receiver Matt Clarke (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch), sophomore offensive lineman Ariel Higuera (Union City, N.J./Union City), junior offensive lineman Richie Squeo (Keansburg, N.J./Keansburg), freshman defensive lineman Peyton Willey (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Technical), junior linebacker Sean Maldonato (Haskell, N.J./Lakeland Regional), junior linebacker Jared Salgado (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany Hills) and sophomore defensive back Devyn Blount (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch).

Terrique Riddick (Bridgeville, Del./Woodbridge): NJAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year, All-NJAC Running Back, All-NJAC Kick Returner
The reigning NJAC Offensive Rookie of the year, Riddick carried the ball 15 times for 81 yards and hauled in one pass for 25 yards. He also returned three kicks for 61 yards during the Pioneers lone contest this spring.

Isaiah De La Cruz (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst): NJAC Co-Defensive Rookie of the Year, All-NJAC Safety
A newcomer from Lyndhurst, N.J., De La Cruz collected five tackles, including four solo stops and intercepted a pass for WP this spring.

William Frese (Waldwick, N.J./Waldwick): All-NJAC Tight End
A first-team all-conference performer a season ago, Frese caught two balls for 13 yards in the Pioneers spring game.

Matt Clarke (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch): All-NJAC Wide Receiver
During the spring game, Clarke caught one ball of 16 yards.

Ariel Higuera (Union City, N.J./Union City): All-NJAC Offensive Lineman
Higuera has started all 11 of his career appearances for WP.

Richie Squeo (Keansburg, N.J./Keansburg): All-NJAC Offensive Lineman
Squeo garnered his third all-NJAC this spring (2018 honorable mention, 2019 second team). He has started 25 straight contests for the Pioneers.

Peyton Willey (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Technical): All-NJAC Defensive Lineman
Willey made the most of his lone contest this season, totaling four tackles (three solo, 2.0 TFL) and forcing a fumble against Montclair State.

Sean Maldonato (Haskell, N.J./Lakeland Regional): All-NJAC Linebacker
Maldonato paced WP with eight stops (six solo, 1.0 TFL), including 1.0 sack and a pass breakup.

Jared Salgado (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany Hills): All-NJAC Linebacker
Salgado posted five tackles, including three solo stops at Montclair State.

Devyn Blount (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch): All-NJAC Defensive Back
Honored as the NJAC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year a season ago, Blount continued his impressive collegiate career by recording three tackles against Montclair State.

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