Results from Friday's Week 9 Shore Conference football action.

 

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CLASS A NORTH

No. 2 Manalapan 35, Freehold Township 0

Junior running back Naim Mayfield ran for 115 yards and 3 touchdowns on 20 carries while the defense held Freehold Township's high-flying offense to just 43 total yards as the Braves (9-0, 6-0) clinched the Class A North title for the sixth time in seven years.

Mayfield had touchdown runs of 4, 1 and 9 yards. Junior fullback Chris Maksimik added a 1-yard touchdown run and junior quarterback Luke Corcione threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to junior wide out Scott Scherzer. Corcione completed 12 of 21 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown, plus a two-point conversion pass to senior wide out L.J. Holder. Scherzer caught six passes for 85 yards.

The Braves will be the No. 1 seed in the Central Jersey Group V playoffs.

 

CLASS A CENTRAL

No. 3 St. John Vianney 42, Monmouth 3

Senior running back Chris Chukwuneke went over the 1,000-yard mark with authority by dashing for over 200 yards and scoring five touchdowns to lead the Lancers (9-0, 6-0) over the Falcons (2-7 1-5).

With the win St. John Vianney clinched the Class A Central title for the third straight season while extending its winning streak versus Shore Conference teams to 29 games. Junior Johnny Buchanan added a touchdown run.

 

Raritan 41, Red Bank 13

Senior running back/defensive back Vito Aleo ran for three touchdowns to help the Rockets (5-3, 3-2) win their fifth straight game and clinch a playoff spot in Central Jersey Group II.

Senior quarterback Marc Carnivale threw a pair of touchdown passes to Dan Vanmeerbeke and Rory Sullivan had a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Rockets. Raritan is the defending sectional champion but needed a win over the Bucs (3-5, 3-3) to qualify for the playoffs.

Stephen Navitsky threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to senior Chris Outterbridge and Chris Brannagan had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to lead Red Bank.

 

Holmdel 27, Matawan 7

Jeff DeCicco ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Vincent Vitiello to lead the Hornets (2-6, 1-4) to a victory over the Huskies (1-8, 1-5).

Matawan struck first on a Derrick Wiley touchdown run, but Holmdel answered in the second quarter with touchdown runs by David Noor, Dean Gallo and Dicicco to take a 20-7 halftime lead. The Hornets added some cushion when DiCicco tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Vitiello in the fourth quarter.

Tristan Wong led Holmdel's defense with seven tackles and an interception.

 

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CLASS A SOUTH

No. 1 Toms River North 34, No. 9 Central 7

STORY: Husni Leads No. 1 Toms River North Past No. 9 Central to Claim Class A South Title

Senior quarterback Mike Husni accounted for 380 total yards and three touchdowns and the defense held Central standout running back Mike Bickford under 100 yards rushing as the Mariners (9-0, 7-0) clinched the outright Class A South division title for the first time since 2008.

Husni ran for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries and completed 9 of 13 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown runs were 33 and 30 yards. Senior wide out Darrion Carrington caught five passes for 113 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown catch, and senior running back Parker Day ran for 103 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Junior Daryn Blackwell added a 14-yard touchdown run.

Junior defensive back Mickey Maldonado and senior linebacker Pete LaQuaglia led a defense that held Bickford to 87 yards rushing, including just 12 yards on 12 carries in the first half. Bickford entered the game second in the state in rushing with 1,620 yards. LaQuaglia had double-digit tackles and two tackles for a loss while Maldonado also approached double-digit tackles with three tackles for a loss. Cornerback Janaire Bradley had a sack and a forced fumble and nose guard Joe Nardoza had a fumble recovery.

Sophomore quarterback Joe Fowler had a 15-yard touchdown pass to junior Blake Horgan for Central (7-2, 6-1), which saw a great season under first-year head coach Justin Fumando come to an end.

 

Jackson Memorial 16, Brick Memorial 12

Senior running back Mike Gawlik had touchdown runs of 24 and 14 yards and A.J. Tolmachewich kicked a 24-yard field goal as the Jaguars (5-4, 3-4) clipped the Mustangs (1-8, 1-6).

Gawlik now has 22 total touchdowns this season to tie the program single-season mark set by Nick Castellano in 2001. His second touchdown rescued Jackson from a 12-10 deficit and his interception late in the game clinched the victory.

Junior running back Tony Thorpe ran for two touchdowns for Brick Memorial.

 

Southern 28, Toms River South 7

Sean Distelcamp tossed two touchdown passes, Joe Miele had a touchdown run and the Rams (5-4, 4-3) also scored on defense to down the Indians (2-6, 2-5).

Miele scored on a 12-yard touchdown run while Distelcamp had a nine-yard touchdown pass to Matt Bleichner and a 44-yard touchdown pass to Deric Vincent.

Sam Conover threw a 76-yard touchdown to Timothy Velasquez for Toms River South.

 

Brick 35, Toms River East 8

 

CLASS B NORTH

No. 4 Middletown South 22, No. 8 Wall 3

STORY: Krellin and Higgins Lead Dominant Defense as Middletown South Grabs Division Title

Junior Jake Krellin had a monster game with three sacks and five tackles for a loss or no gain and senior linebacker Kevin Higgins had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdowns in a ferocious defensive effort that propelled the Eagles (6-2, 5-0) past the Crimson Knights (6-2, 3-2).

Middletown South clinched at least a share of the Class B North division title and can win it outright by beating rival Middletown North on Thanksgiving.

Krellin also forced an intentional grounding call that resulted in a safety and Higgins had 12 tackles, two sacks and two tackles for a loss to go along with his defensive touchdown. Senior defensive tackle Will Gulick had three sacks. Sophomore running back Anthony Summey led all offensive players with 78 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on 17 carries.

The Eagles also clinched the No. 1 seed in the North 2, Group IV playoffs where they are the defending champions.

 

No. 6 Manasquan 32, Red Bank Catholic 21

The Warriors (7-1, 4-1) were without their starting quarterback and starting running back, but that did little to slow them down as sophomore Canyon Birch ran for 187 yards and 3 touchdowns on 33 carries and junior Tommy Antonucci threw a touchdown pass to spark a win over the Caseys (5-4, 3-3).

Birch was filling in as the starter for injured junior Connor Morgan, while Antonucci stepped in for senior Jerry Maher. Birch had touchdown runs of 1, 20 and 22 yards and Antonucci tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Adam Schreck. Senior defensive back Damaso Jaime ha a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first half that put Manasquan up 18-7.

Sophomore quarterback Steve Lubischer threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to junior wide out Brandon Lombana and also ran for a touchdown for Red Bank Catholic. Tommy Smith had a one-yard touchdown run on the game's first possession.

The win can potentially give Manasquan the No. 2 seed in the Central Jersey Group II playoffs depending on whether Roselle (7-0) defeats Bound Brook (7-1) on Saturday. Manasquan and Roselle each had 110 power points entering Friday night.

 

No. 7 Middletown North 32, Ocean 8

Senior quarterback Donald Glenn completed 17 of 23 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lions (6-2, 4-1) past the Spartans (4-5, 1-5) and most likely clinch the No. 2 seed in the North 2, Group IV playoffs.

Glenn threw a 21-yard touchdown to senior Dwight Wilkerson, a 46-yard touchdown to senior wide out Brendan Kube and a 26-yard touchdown to junior running back Connor Welsh, who returned after missing five games with an injury. Sophomore running back Connor Robbins added two short touchdown runs.

Brock Zenker had an interception while Ryan Sydor and Kyle Ewington each had fumble recoveries for the Middletown North defense.

 

CLASS B CENTRAL

No. 10 Mater Dei Prep 41, Point Beach 0

The Seraphs (9-0, 5-0) ran out to a 27-0 halftime lead and recorded their third straight shutout (fourth overall) to clinch the first division title in program history and set a program single-season record for wins.

Mater Dei will be the No. 2 seed in the Non-Public Group II playoffs.

 

Keyport 21, Shore 20

Senior quarterback Chris Hogrefe threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior wide out Cody Young with 1:37 left in regulation, and Christian Smith connected on the extra point as the Red Raiders (8-1, 4-1) edged the Blue Devils (5-3, 2-3).

Sophomore running back Devin Wollner ran for a game-high 152 yards on 26 carries and ophomore running back Greg Robinson had two touchdown runs to help Keyport rally from a 14-0 deficit.

Senior quarterback Matt Pennell had two touchdown runs, including a a 60-yard score, and senior running back Josh Camp had a nine-yard touchdown run for Shore, which led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Campi ran for 105 yards on 12 carries and Pennell had an even 100 yards on 11 carries.

 

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CLASS B SOUTH

Point Boro 28, Barnegat 14

Junior quarterback James Fara ran for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns on 25 carries and also threw a touchdown pass as the Panthers (8-1, 7-0) clinched the outright Class B South division title.

Junior fullback Tanner Gordon added 61 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and senior wide receiver Hayden Frey had a 10-yard touchdown catch. The division title is Point Boro's second straight after sharing the crown with Lakewood last year, and is the Panthers' first outright division championship since claiming the now-defunct National division in 2008.

 

Lacey 43, Manchester 15

Junior running back Jason Giresi ran for over 200 yards and scored four touchdowns to go over 1,000 yards for the season and help the Lions (6-3, 5-2) down the Hawks (2-6, 1-5).

Senior wide out Chase Stephensen threw his third touchdown of the season on four attempts by hooking up with Tanner Miick on a 31-yard score. Sophomore's Dylan Gudzak and Carl Swenson scored their first varsity touchdowns when Gudzak tossed an 11-yard touchdown to Swenson.

Lacey is on the bubble to qualify for the South Jersey Group III playoffs.

 

Lakewood 22, Pinelands 13

Jashir Cooper ran for two touchdowns and Honore Richardson ran for a touchdown to lead the Piners (6-2, 6-1) past the Wildcats (4-4, 3-3) and clinch a playoff spot in South Jersey Group III.

Cooper had a pair of two-yard touchdown runs, the second of which capped a six-minute drive to start the second half and gave Lakewood a 22-13 lead. Richardson stepped in at quarterback for injured starter Zyhier Jones and ran for a 65-yard touchdown.

Sophomore running back Evan Burton had an 85-yard touchdown run and also caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from fellow sophomore Garrett Brown for Pinelands.

 

Jackson Liberty 40, Donovan Catholic 20

The Lions (1-8, 1-7) downed the Griffins (0-8, 0-6) to pick up their first win of the season and snap a 10-game losing streak dating back to last year.

Malcolm Locklear exploded for 178 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on 17 carries while Derek Catron threw two touchdown passes to Ryan Downer for Jackson Liberty. Locklear had a a 50-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give Jackson Liberty a 14-7 lead, and ran for a 30-yard score in the third quarter to open a 34-14 advantage. Downer hauled in a 50-yard strike to put the Lions up 7-0 and caught an 11-yard touchdown pass for a 28-14 halftime lead.

Catron added a six-yard touchdown run and Nick Johnson had a 10-yard interception return for a toucvhdown. Catron finished 8 of 10 passing for 134 yards while rushing for 38 yards and a score on 6 carries. Downer had 68 receiving yards and 38 rushing yards.

Quarterback Ryan Clark had two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown for Donovan Catholic.

 

NONCONFERENCE

No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven 35, Carteret 6

Senior quarterback Mike O'Connor ran for three touchdowns and threw another, and the defense did not allow a touchdown for the sixth time this season as the Bulldogs (6-2) cliched a playoff spot by toppling the Ramblers (5-3).

Rumson is the defending Central Jersey Group III champion and has won three state titles in a row, but needed a victory to lock up a top-eight spot in the section. Senior running back Matt Vecchiarelli added a touchdown run and junior Peter Lucas took a screen pass in for a touchdown.

Careret's only points came on a fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the game.

 

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