Scores, updates and details from Friday's Shore Conference football action.


 

Friday's Games

Class A North

Middletown North 35, Freehold Township 7

Senior Troy Thompson had a pair of touchdowns as the Lions (6-2, 3-2) rolled past the Patriots (3-6, 2-4) to give themselves a shot at a state playoff berth in Central Jersey Group IV.

Aaron Borrero, Jordan Pitts and Chad Freshnock each added touchdowns in the win.

No. 2 Manalapan 35, Howell 6

The Braves (8-1, 6-0) clinched their fifth straight outright Class A North title by topping the Rebels (2-7, 1-5) for their 32nd straight divisional win as senior running back Imamu Mayfield ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries to lead the way.

Senior quarterback Dan Anerella was 12-for-18 for 181 yards passing, including a 9-yard touchdown pass to Nick Surhoff. Senior fullback Ben Sieczkowski added a five-yard touchdown run in the win.

No. 4 Middletown South 42, No. 9 Freehold 0

The Eagles (6-2, 4-1) clinched a home playoff game and put themselves in the running for the top seed in Central Jersey Group IV by blanking the Colonials (7-2, 4-2) as junior running back Cole Rogers went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark by rushing for 176 yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 11, 2 and 18 yards.

Sophomore James McCarthy added a 5-yard touchdown run, and wideout Spencer Pereless had a 44-yard touchdown run on a reverse for the Eagles. The defense posted its fifth shutout of the season, holding Freehold to 34 total yards.

Class A Central

Rumson-FH 41, Holmdel 6

Sophomore quarterback Mike O'Connor ran for a 12-yard touchdown, threw a 25-yard touchdown to tight end Kenny Ferrare and had a two-point conversion pass as the Bulldogs (6-2, 5-1) beat the Hornets (2-6, 0-5) to put themselves in the running for the No. 1 seed in Central Jersey Group II, where they are the defending champions.

Seamus Walsh added a 20-yard touchdown run, Jack Moore had a 54-yard scoring run, Matt Vecchiarelli ran for a 52-yard touchdown and Lucas Seckler chipped in with an 85-yard scoring run for the win.

Jackson Reid, Mike Caruso and Griffin Schultz each had interceptions to lead the defense.

Class A South

No. 5 Brick 34, Toms River South 14

Senior quarterback Carmen Sclafani ran for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass as the Green Dragons (8-1, 7-0) clinched the outright Class A South title and eliminated the Indians (3-5, 2-5) from state playoff contention.

K.C. Stackable hit a pair of field goals, Ray Fattaruso had a touchdown run, and Matt Schliefer had a touchdown catch in the win.

No. 8 Brick Memorial 35, Southern 7

Senior fullback Connor Owen ran for 103 yards and a touchdown as he was one of five different players to find the end zone to help the Mustangs (6-3, 5-2) pick up a win and eliminate the Rams (4-4, 3-4) from state playoff contention.

Class B North

Ocean 41, Colts Neck 22

Ruquan Dean ran for two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and senior wideout Marcus Blackmon ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass from Kenny Pickett as the Spartans (3-5, 3-3) gave themselves a shot at a state playoff berth with a win over the Cougars (0-9, 0-6).

Senior Frank Henry added a rushing touchdown and also had three sacks and a 60-yard interception return on defense.

Colts Neck was coached by assistant Darian Barnes, as Peter Shaw is no longer the head coach for the Cougars after coaching the first seven games. School officials would not comment on Shaw's removal as head coach.

Class B Central

Shore 35, Asbury Park 0

Five different players scored as the Blue Devils (7-1, 5-0) clinched their second straight outright Class B Central title and clinched the No. 1 seed in Central Jersey Group I by blanking the Blue Bishops (2-6, 2-3) for their third straight shutout and their fourth of the season.

Doug Goldsmith had a 9-yard touchdown, Mike Moore ran for a 3-yard score, Devin McLaughlin had a 5-yard scoring run, Kyle Masica added an 8-yard touchdown run, and Alex Johnson scored on a 7-yard run for Shore.

Class B South

Central 46, Jackson Liberty 21

Sophomore running back Mike Bickford exploded for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries as the Golden Eagles (6-2, 6-1) beat the Lions (4-5, 4-3) to clinch no worse than a tie for the Class B South title, their first division title since 1994.

Junior quarterback Mike Miserendino ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries and Jordan Hardy added a 29-yard touchdown run as Central rolled up 433 yards on the ground.

Wideout Brett Ribellino had a great game in defeat with six catches for 71 yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Ryan Van Wickle for Jackson Liberty.

Nondivisional

No. 6 Jackson Memorial 33, No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 27 (OT) 

Sophomore running back Mike Gawlik ran for an 18-yard touchdown in overtime after the Jaguars (8-1) had stopped RBC on downs to stun the Caseys (8-1) and end their 40-game winning streak against Shore Conference competition dating back to 2010.

Gawlik finished with 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns to power the Jaguars, who nearly scored more points in one game than RBC had allowed all season (43). Jared Calhoun hit field goals of 34 and 35 yards, and junior tailback Vinny Lee added a 3-yard touchdown as Jackson Memorial ran for 255 yards as a team.

Junior quarterback Eddie Hahn had touchdown runs of 11 and 5 yards and also threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to wideout Trevor Cowley in the loss for RBC. Senior tailback Mike Cordova added a 2-yard touchdown run for the Caseys.

No. 7 Neptune 21, Toms River North 0

Senior Royal Moore had a 73-yard fumble return for a touchdown and also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior Savior King as the Scarlet Fliers (6-2) clinched a berth in the Central Jersey Group IV playoffs by blanking the Mariners (5-4) for their third straight shutout.

Senior running back Jaree Parrish added a 67-yard touchdown run in the win.

Matawan 40, Barnegat 17

Makiya Caesar ran for a pair of touchdowns and Shawn Ramcheran and Devon Spann also found the end zone as the Huskies (5-4) rolled to a win over the Bengals (6-2).

Barnegat senior quarterback Cinjun Erskine suffered a season-ending fractured ankle in the loss, according to coach Rob Davis, so he will not be available for Barnegat's South Jersey Group II playoff game.

Red Bank 28, Manchester 7

Junior quarterback Jack Navitsky threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Bucs (4-4) past the Hawks (0-8) to give Red Bank a shot at a state playoff berth.

Navitsky threw a touchdown pass to Mike Reardon and a 63-yard scoring pass to Teddy Mitchell while also running for a 25-yard score. Junior Sadiq Palmer added a 55-yard touchdown run in the win.

Nonconference

J.P. Stevens 38, Marlboro 25

The Mustangs (0-9) fell to the Hawks (1-7), who picked up the first career win for new coach Bryan Holt, a Central Regional graduate.