Scanning the High School Football Scene: Week 5
Another crazy weekend of weather in the Shore, as heavy thunderstorms came through our area around 5 to 8PM on Friday, creating more postponements and games having to be moved to Saturday. Depending on what time of the night the storms came through, many schools waited the storms out and delayed their games to 8-8:30PM, while some rescheduled to Saturday. The big game and our Game of the Week, Jackson Memorial at Toms River North was one of those moved to Saturday night and our broadcast had to be cancelled. When the two did play on Saturday night, Toms River North won it 33-23 to further jumble the A-South division. The big gun was North's RB Asante Moorer who ran for 202 yards and scored 4 times: 3 on the ground and 1 via the pass. North QB Mike Husni played outstanding throughout the night while Jackson's RB Mike Gawlik picked up 149 yards rushing and 2 TDs. Jackson (3-2) has now lost 2 in a row and has another big one this weekend against Brick Memorial (4-1). Brick (5-0) continues unbeaten in the A and has defeated both Jackson and Brick Memorial already. North gets their chance against Brick on October 30th at Brick.
Middletown South (5-0) continues to play well and easily beat Howell 47-0. RB Cole Rogers looks like he is finally healthy as he ran for 202 yards and scored twice. It'll be a tough one for the Eagles this week as they get a visit from defending State champions Manalapan (4-1). It's also a huge A-North contest as South is leading the pack with Manalapan, Freehold Boro and Middletown North all with one loss. Manalapan got to see Sophomore QB Luke Corcione on the field after sitting out the first 4 games after his transfer from Red Bank Catholic. This will make them a better team as he offsets their already tough running game.
Friday night's best game was Red Bank's win over Raritan-30-14. Both teams came into this one unbeaten as the Bucs used 3 field goals by Jack O'Connor (42,30,22) and a TD from QB Jack Navitsky to Teddy Mitchell to win the big non-conference game. Sadig Palmer continues to lead an outstanding defense which will be tested this week by unbeaten RBC (5-0), our Game of the Week. The broadcast is on News Talk Radio WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310 or streamed online at shoresportsnetwork.com on Friday night at 7PM from Red Bank.
St. John Vianney (5-0), Brick (5-0) and Point Boro (5-0) all remained perfect with wins last week. Boro's come from behind 25-21 win over Central (3-3) was the toughest of the 3. Boro and Lakewood (bye) remain on a collision course November 7th for the B-South title. Brick continues their shutout streak (4 in a row) and play Lacey (0-5) and Colts Neck(0-5) in the next 2 weeks. Brick is looking for a top seed and the home field in CJ Group 4. 7-0 will get them 2 home games before the finals (neutral field).
Another interesting part of the Brick win over Wall (19-0) was the father/son matchup of Brick offensive coordinator Fred Sprengel against his son Fred Sprengel of Wall. Father knows best.
A nice last second 29 yard field goal by Ocean's Matt Fisher with 24 seconds left gave the Big Red a 17-14 win over Middletown North.
It was a big night from Point Beach (3-2) and Connor Kells in their 43-20 win over Dunellen. Kells caught 2 TD passes and ran a punt back for a TD.
Brick Memorial (4-1) won a big non-divisional game against Group 5 Old Bridge (3-2) and resulted in a huge amount of power points for that win. The Stangs got 172 yards and 2 TDs from QB Tim Santiago and 152 yards and a TD from RB Tony Thorpe in the 31-17 win. Brick Memorial is on the road at Jackson this week in a huge A-South contest.
How about our old friend Don Sofikanick (Asbury Park and Neptune) who has his current New Brunswick team at 5-0 and lead the CJ Group 5 pack. That is Manalapan's group.
A number of key games this week:
Keyport at Asbury Park
RBC at Red Bank
Brick Memorial at Jackson
Raritan at SJV
Mater Dei at Shore
Lakewood at Don Catholic
Join us this week on Thursday night from the Water Street Bar & Grille in Toms River as Steve Antonucci from Middletown South and one of his star players are in house at 7PM. Also on the phone will be Red Bank's head man Nick Giglio. Listen to the broadcast on News Talk Radio WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310 and online at ShoreSportsNetwork.com from 7-8:30PM.
Our Jersey Mike's Game of Week is Red Bank Catholic at Red Bank this Friday night at 7PM in a battle of 2 unbeaten teams.