Scores, updates and details from opening day of the Shore Conference football season.

 

Friday's Games

Class B South

Donovan Catholic 39, Pinelands 33

Senior running back David Calderon scored on a 14-yard touchdown run with 2:29 left in regulation as the Griffins (1-0, 1-0) won a wild season-opening game against the Wildcats (0-1, 0-1) in Little Egg Harbor.

Donovan Catholic senior running back David Calderon scored a pair of touchdowns, including the go-ahead scored late in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Melba Losiewicz/ASAP Photography).

Pinelands trailed all game until Justin Kirkpatrick scored on a 47-yard touchdown run to give the Wildcats a 33-31 lead in the fourth quarter. Kirkpatrick also had touchdown runs of 41 and 27 yards to lead Pinelands. Will Jenkins and Dave Fairl added short touchdown runs and quarterback Nick Rex had a 63-yard run to set up Fairl's touchdown.

Pinelands sophomore running back Brennan Richardson stiff-arms a Donovan Catholic defender. (Photo by Melba Losiewicz/ASAP Photography).

Calderon also had a 55-yard touchdown run for Donovan Catholic in the first quarter that put the Griffins up 14-7. Quarterback Teddy Golubowski had touchdown runs of 3 and 5 yards, and also threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Schremmer on the first play of the second half. Giancarlo Stigliano connected on a 27-yard field goal in the first half and was 4-for-4 on extra points.

 

Nondivisional

Central 27, Southern 20 (OT)

Junior running back Mike Bickford scored on a 4-yard touchdown run on Central's first overtime possession and the Golden Eagles (1-0) used sacks on third and fourth downs by senior Dennis Corbin and sophomore Brandon Voss stop Southern (0-1) and escape Emmert Field with a thrilling overtime win to start the season.

Senior quarterback Mike Miserendino found Corbin for a 31-yard gain on fourth-and-21 to set up Bickford's winning touchdown run. Bickford finished with 207 yards rushing and one touchdown on 22 carries to pick up right where he left off after rushing for a school-record 2,052 yards as a sophomore. Miserendino threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Vaughn that tied the score at 20 late in the fourth quarter, a 9-yard touchdown pass to Corbin in the first quarter and also ran for a 3-yard score early in the fourth quarter, finishing with 184 total yards.

Southern senior Pat Walker ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and senior Brandon Barnetti added 88 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries.

The team's played for the Boyd-Emmert Trophy, named after longtime Central head coach Joseph Boyd and longtime Southern head coach Ron Emmert. Miserendino was selected as Central's MVP by the Southern coaches and Walker was chosen as the MVP by Central's coaches. Central now leads the all-time series 23-18-1.