Scores and details from the seven NJSIAA state finals involving Shore Conference teams.

 

 

 

At Rutgers University

Non-Public Group III

(7) DePaul 40, (1) St. John Vianney 17

St. John Vianney's bid for a perfect season and the program's first state title in 35 years was halted by DePaul, which used a dominating performance by its offense line and stud running back Kareem Walker to win its third straight state title.

Walker, the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation, ran for a game-high 195 yards and two touchdowns and Nasir Hooker added 106 yards and two scores as the Spartans ran for 319 yards on 58 carries.

St. John Vianney senior quarterback Anthony Brown threw for 244 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 30 passing and also ran for a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Marcque Ellington hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass and Joe Rice kicked a 40-yard field goal.

Senior Khalil Haskins led the Lancers receiving corps with seven catches for 109 yards, and senior Mike Seaport caught five passes for 72 yards. Junior Chris Chukwuneke was outstanding on defense with 15 tackles (12 solo), and senior linebacker Calvin Beaty added nine tackles.

St. John Vianney set a program record for wins in a season with 11.

 

Central Jersey Group IV

(7) Jackson Memorial 42, (1) Brick Memorial 14

Junior running back Mike Gawlik turned in an all-time championship game performance with 315 total yards and four touchdowns as the Jaguars completed an incredible postseason run to claim its second straight Central Jersey Group IV title.

Gawlik ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns, threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Johnson and caught a 59-yard pass on a key throw-back screen early in the game to set up a touchdown run. Johnson ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns and went 5-for-5 passing for 140 yards.

Brick Memorial senior quarterback Tim Santiago ran for 122 yards and touchdown and sophomore fullback Tony Thorpe added 102 yards on the ground. Santiago also threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to senior Elie Lavarin.

The championship is the fifth in program history for Jackson and the second time the Jaguars have won back-to-back titles (2000-2001).

 

Central Jersey Group III

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 21, (3) Red Bank 0

The Bulldogs became the fifth team in Shore Conference history to win three straight state titles by blanking the previously-unbeaten Bucs with another amazing defensive performance.

Rumson's defense held Red Bank to 114 yard of offense and forced two turnovers, and has now allowed just 16 points in its last five finals appearances, including two straight shutouts.

Junior running back Bryan Hess ran for 71 yards and two touchdowns and junior quarterback Mike O'Connor ran for 87 yards and a score.

 

At MetLife Stadium

North Jersey Section 2, Group IV

(1) Middletown South 35, (2) Phillipsburg 7

The Eagles polished off their first unbeaten season since 2005 and ended a nine-year title drought by dominating the Stateliners.

Senior quarterback Matt Mosquera threw touchdown passes to Jeremy Joyce and Tom Marron and also ran for a score. Senior running back Cole Rogers scored twice on the ground as the Eagles returned to the top of the mountain as the No. 1 team in New Jersey.

 

At Kean University

Central Jersey Group I

(1) Shore 56, (3) Palmyra 28

Senior Doug Goldsmith rushed for 244 on 38 carries and five touchdowns and the Blue Devils defeated the Panthers to finish 12-0 and win their second straight state title. It is the first undefeated season for Shore since 1981 and the program's seventh sectional title.

Goldsmith led a Shore attack that ran for 496 yards on the ground. Jack Britton ran for 179 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown and Alex Johson racked up 73 on eight attempts.

Central Jersey Group II

(6) Raritan 28, (1) Lincoln 26

Marc Carnivale threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nick Pasquin with 11 seconds left in regulation to deliver the Rockets a thrilling and stunning upset of previously-unbeaten Lincoln.

Raritan opened a 21-6 lead on two touchdowns by senior running back Derek Ernst and an interception return for a touchdown by Pasquin. Lincoln stormed back to take a 26-21 lead with four minutes left, but Raritan put together a 41-yard drive with 1:56 left to claim its second state title and first since 2004.

 

At Rowan University

South Jersey Group V

(4) Toms River North 14, (3) Williamstown 7

The Mariners navigated what is routinely the toughest public school state bracket to win their sixth sectional title in program history. Junior quarterback Mike Husni and senior quarterback Asante Moorer each ran for touchdowns, and Toms River North's defense played another outstanding game.