Scores, updates and details from Thanksgiving Day's action.


 

Thursday's Games

Regular season

Class A North

No. 5 Middletown South 20, Middletown North 13

The Eagles (9-2, 5-1) beat the Lions (6-4, 3-3) for the 14th straight time as junior tailback Cole Rogers ran for a 64-yard touchdown with 6:13 left in the game to snap a 13-13 tie and senior Nolan Pereless ran for a first down on a fake punt with 2:20 left in the game to seal the win.

Rogers also had a two-yard touchdown run, and junior Matt Mosquera nailed field goals of 40 and 36 yards to give him a school-record 13 field goals for the season, one shy of the single-season Shore Conference record of 14 set by Matawan's Mike Creamer last year.

Sophomore quarterback Donald Glenn threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Pitts and a 21-yard touchdown to Josh Gomez in the loss for Middletown North, which registered its first winning season in 14 years.

Class A Central

Raritan 35, Holmdel 13

Junior running back Derek Ernst exploded for 260 yards and four touchdowns to put him over 1,500 yards rushing for the season as the Rockets (5-5, 3-3) beat the Hornets (2-8, 0-6) to reclaim the Battle of the Border trophy after two straight losses to Holmdel.

Senior Colby Jones also had a forced fumble on a kickoff that he returned 35 yards for a touchdown in the win.

Sophomore quarterback Aneesh Agrawal threw a touchdown pass to Zack Bair in the loss for Holmdel and set the school's single-season record for passing yards.

Class B North

No. 8 Long Branch 28, Red Bank 14

Senior running back Dahmiere Willis ran for 295 yards and three touchdowns on 39 carries to set the single-season Shore Conference rushing record with 2,589 yards, beating the previous Shore Conference record set by Matt McLain (2,544) in 2010, as the Green Wave (8-3, 4-2) capped the season with a win over Bucs (5-5, 2-4).

Senior defensive back Dave Colbert also picked off his Shore Conference-leading seventh pass of the season for Long Branch, which is believed to be a single-season school record.

Red Bank junior wide receiver Sadiq Palmer had a big game in defeat with 7 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown as well as a 3-yard rushing touchdown.

Nondivisional

No. 7 Neptune 44, Asbury Park 15

The Scarlet Fliers (8-3) cruised to their fifth straight win over the Blue Bishops (2-8) in their longtime Thanksgiving series, as senior Savior King ran for touchdowns of 4 and 8 yards and senior running back Jaree Parrish went over the 100-yard mark and scored on touchdowns of 20 and 53 yards.

Senior Ralph McLean added a 16-yard touchdown pass to Diondre Dunn, and Marquel Green chipped in with a 38-yard score.

Davon Thompson threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Jaedon Stephens and a 5-yard scoring pass to Donte Abrams in the loss for Asbury Park.

Central 16, Southern 6

Mike Bickford became the first sophomore in Shore Conference history to run for over 2,000 yards in a season as the Golden Eagles (8-3) capped their best season in 20 years by christening their brand new turf field with a win over the Rams (5-5).

Bickford had an 88-yard touchdown run in the win, and junior quarterback Mike Miserendino added a  40-yard touchdown pass to wideout Anthony Arneth as Central rallied from a 6-0 halftime deficit. Zack Fingerlin also sacked Southern quarterback Jon Bleichner in the end zone for a safety.

Bleichner threw a first-half touchdown pass to tight end Evan Henken in the loss.

Ocean 21, Monmouth 14

Sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to senior Frank Henry and a 55-yard touchdown pass to senior Marcus Blackmon, and Ru'Quan Dean added a 6-yard touchdown run to help the Spartans (5-6) improve to 17-2 in the all-time series and win their 12th straight game against the Falcons (3-7).

Toms River South 30, Lakewood 26

Senior quarterback Tymere Berry and senior running back Khaleel Greene capped great careers by combining for 264 yards rushing and four touchdown runs as the Indians (5-5) held off a late comeback by the Piners (4-6) to win the latest edition of the Shore Conference's oldest Thanksgiving rivalry.

Berry had touchdown runs of 2 and 8 yards, and Greene scored from 26 and 49 yards on a pair of runs. Kicker Matt Shiffer also added a 28-yard field goal that made it 30-20 with 2:12 left in the game.

Temple-bound Lakewood senior quarterback Chapelle Cook was outstanding in defeat, rushing for 179 yards, running for a 3-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion, and throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior Amir Tyler and a 13-yard scoring pass to Jaqel Hunter.

Wall 21, Manasquan 14

The Crimson Knights (3-7) built a 21-0 lead by the second quarter and then held on to beat the Warriors (3-7) thanks to a great all-around performance by junior quarterback/defensive back Matt Cluley.

Cluley went over 100 yards rushing and ran for three touchdowns, including scoring runs of 26 and 21 yards, and also had the game-sealing interception on defense in the final seconds.

Manasquan quarterback Liam Grieb threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to wideout Max Hawkins and a 4-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Tanner Cowley in the loss.