Scores, updates and details from Friday's NJSIAA playoff action.


 

Friday's Games

NJSIAA Tournament

Quarterfinals

Central Jersey Group V

(3) Manalapan 39, (6) Old Bridge 14

Senior quarterback Dan Anerella went 10-for-15 for 124 yards and threw a career-high four touchdown passes, two of them to senior tight end Kyle Mullen, and senior tailback Imamu Mayfield exploded for a career-high 277 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries as the Braves (9-1) knocked off the Knights (5-4) to set up a semifinal match-up at second-seeded Hillsborough.

Wideouts Tyson Plummer and Gerard Hodge-Rocourt each had touchdown catches for Manalapan. Linebacker Simon Bublis had 8 tackles and Mullen had 7 tackles, including a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery, and senior linebacker Joe Mendez and senior defensive back Dan Debner each had interceptions to lead the defense.

Central Jersey Group IV

(1) Middletown South 25, (8) Burlington Twp. 0

The Eagles (7-2) blanked the Falcons (6-3) to advance to the semifinals as junior kicker/quarterback Matt Mosquera hit three field goals and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Tom Coffey and the defense posted its second straight shutout and a school-record sixth in nine games this season.

Mosquera hit two 36-yard field goals and a 27-yard field goal, and junior running back Cole Rogers added a 7-yard touchdown run. The Eagles will host the winner of Saturday's Freehold Boro-Neptune game next Friday in the semifinals.

(2) Brick 48, (7) Princeton 12

Senior quarterback Carmen Sclafani finished with 322 yards of total offense, running for two touchdowns and throwing for a pair of scores, as the defending CJ IV champion Green Dragons (9-1) routed the Little Tigers (8-2) to reach the semifinals, where they will host third-seeded Jackson Memorial, whom they beat 30-24 in overtime during the regular season.

Sophomore Jay Obenauer finished with 119 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and sophomore wide Ja'Sir Taylor had a 5-yard touchdown catch.

(3) Jackson Memorial 45, (6) Middletown North 7

Junior tailback Vinny Lee ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries, and sophomore running back Mike Gawlik had 119 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as the Jaguars (9-1) cruised past the Lions (6-3) and now will travel to second-seeded Brick for the semifinals.

Senior quarterback Joe DeMaio added a 4-yard touchdown run, junior Jared Calhoun booted a 28-yard field goal, and Aaron Curet and Gawlik each had interceptions in the win.

Central Jersey Group III

(8) Ocean 19, (1) Hopewell Valley 14

Senior Marcus Blackman scored all three touchdowns as the Spartans (4-5) stunned the defending champion Bulldogs (7-2) to avenge a loss to Hopewell Valley from last year's semifinals and advance to face fifth-seeded Matawan next week.

Blackman caught touchdown passes of 44 and 55 yards from sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett and also ran for a 42-yard touchdown in the win. Senior safety Frank Henry led the defensive effort with 14 tackles and an interception.

(2) Long Branch 31, (7) Hamilton West 0

Senior running back Dahmiere Willis turned in his seventh game of at least 200 yards rushing this season and became the first 2,000-yard rusher in Long Branch history by erupting for 295 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries to lead the Green Wave (7-2) past the Hornets (3-6) and into the semifinals, where they will host third-seeded Carteret.

Vinny Mota added a 23-yard field goal in the win for Long Branch, which beat Carteret 31-6 earlier this season and is looking for its first trip to a sectional final since 2007. Linebacker Brandon Lane added an interception and defensive back Dave Colbert had two picks to give him a Shore Conference-leading six interceptions for the season.

(5) Matawan 27, (4) Raritan 6

The Huskies (6-4) beat the Rockets (4-5) for the second time this season as senior running back Devon Spann had 95 yards rushing and all four touchdowns to lead the way. Matawan will host eighth-seeded Ocean in the semifinals.

Matawan's defense held Raritan to 15 total yards in the second half to put away the win, registering three sacks. Freshman quarterback L.C. Pearson was 11-for-19 for 201 yards passing, and senior wideout Justin Ferrara added five catches for 79 yards in the victory.

Raritan junior tailback Derek Ernst had a 1-yard touchdown run and ran for 100 yards on 13 carries in the loss.

Central Jersey Group II

(2) Rumson-FH 35, (7) A.L. Johnson 7

Senior tailback Charlie Volker ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries and sophomore quarterback Mike O'Connor added 143 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries as the defending champion Bulldogs (7-2) took care of the Crusaders (4-5) by rolling up 425 yards rushing and will now host third-seeded Cinnaminson in the semifinals.

Senior Lucas Seckler added an 18-yard touchdown run in the win. Junior defensive back Mike Caruso had an interception, and senior linebacker Tucker Briggs, junior linebacker Max Pfrang and sophomore linebacker James Melia each had fumble recoveries to lead the defense.

Central Jersey Group I

(1) Shore 49, (8) Point Beach 0

Junior halfback Tyreek McCain ran for a pair of touchdowns and senior quarterback Ryan Campi ran for one score and passed for another as the Blue Devils (8-1) routed the Garnet Gulls (5-5), shutting them out for the second time this season, to advance to the semifinals, where they will host the winner of Saturday's New Egypt-Middlesex game.

McCain ran for scores of 5 and 41 yards, senior linebacker James Bedell had an interception return for a touchdown, Campi ran for a 5-yard touchdown and also threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Connor Rempel as Shore blew out to a 42-0 lead at halftime. Devin McLaughlin added a 40-yard touchdown run in the second half for the final margin.

Shore's defense has now posted five shutouts this season, including four in a row, and has allowed a Shore Conference-low 36 total points.

South Jersey Group V

(4) Cherokee 45, (5) Brick Memorial 28

Junior slotback Elie Lavarin ran for touchdowns of 5 and 13 yards as the Mustangs (6-4) fell to the Chiefs (6-3), who will host eighth-seeded Toms River North in the semifinals.

Junior quarterback Tim Santiago added a 34-yard touchdown run and senior slotback Matt Cathey had a 42-yard score in the loss.

(8) Toms River North 19, (1) Lenape 10

Sophomore quarterback Mike Husni ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns of 1 and 6 yards on 37 carries and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Asante Moorer as the Mariners (6-4) stunned the previously unbeaten Indians (8-1) to advance to face fourth-seeded Cherokee on the road in the semifinals.

Junior defensive lineman Da'shon Copes had three sacks, junior linebacker Christian Lynch had a sack and a forced fumble, and senior safety Valdez Santiago had a big interception at Toms River North's 10-yard line in the win.

South Jersey Group III

(2) Delsea 42, (7) Wall 0

The Crimson Knights (2-7) were blanked by the Crusaders (6-4), who got 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns from senior Isaiah Spencer to advance to the semifinals, where they will host third-seeded Bridgeton.

Wall will wrap its season on Thanksgiving against Manasquan.

(3) Bridgeton 42, (6) Manasquan 0

The Warriors (3-6) fell to the Bulldogs (8-2), who rolled up over 400 yards of offense to advance to face Delsea in the semifinals.

Manasquan will wrap up its season on Thanksgiving against Wall.

(4) Central 28, (5) Oakcrest 14

Sophomore Mike Bickford continued his huge season with 246 yards rushing and three touchdowns on a career-high 41 carries to help the Golden Eagles (7-2) win their first state playoff game since 1994 and just their second in program history by knocking off the Falcons (5-4) on the turf at Toms River East.

Central will now travel to top-seeded Allentown for the semifinals. Junior quarterback Mike Miserendino added a 15-yard touchdown pass to fullback Denis Corbin in the win.

South Jersey Group II

(2) Buena 28, (7) Barnegat 7

Senior quarterback Ricky Gerena threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Penn State recruit Manny Bowen, but the Bengals (6-3) came up short against the unbeaten Chiefs (10-0).

Barnegat will finish its season against Pinelands on the night before Thanksgiving and can clinch a tie with Central for the Class B South title with a win.

Non-Public Group III

(2) Red Bank Catholic 62, (7) Bishop Eustace 7

The Caseys (9-1) exploded for their highest point total of the season to bounce back from their first loss and rout the Crusaders (5-4) to advance to the semifinals for the fourth straight season. They will host the winner of Saturday's game between defending champion St. Joseph's-Montvale and Camden Catholic next Friday.

Senior tailback Tommy Spernal ran for touchdowns of 7 and 27 yards, senior tailback Mike Cordova had a 30-yard touchdown run, senior defensive back Mike DeMonte had a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown, junior quarterback Eddie Hahn threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to wideout John Portela and senior lineman Dan Wilen recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown as the Caseys built a 41-0 lead at halftime. Junior Dylan Murphy added a 26-yard touchdown run, junior Mike Wilen had a 74-yard score, and freshman Nick Brusca ran for his first varsity touchdown.

(4) St. John Vianney 56, (5) Pope John XXIII 7

The Lancers (10-0) tied the school record for wins set in 1980 and won their first state playoff game since 1981 by blasting the Lions (5-5) as junior Jeff Sheard had three touchdowns to help lead the way. They will now travel to top-seeded Delbarton in the semifinals.

Junior quarterback Anthony Brown now has a Shore Conference-leading 25 touchdown passes after throwing two to Sheard, one to wideout Dan Calabro and one to wideout Josh Taylor in the win. Sheard also ran for a touchdown, junior Khalil Haskins had two touchdowns rushing, and Brown added a rushing touchdown to his four touchdown passes.