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Friday, Sept, 7

American Division

Toms River North 15, No. 7 Manalapan 14

The Mariners (1-0, 1-0) announced their return in a major way by ending the Braves' 16-game Shore Conference winning streak, and doing so in thrilling fashion.

Senior wide receiver Dashawn Wilder returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and then caught the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 30 seconds left in regulation to lift Toms River North to a stunning win over the seventh-ranked Braves (0-1, 0-1).

Manalapan had taken a 14-7 lead when a 73-yard run by Nick Santorelli set up Dale Sieczkowski for a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 46 seconds left.

The teams traded touchdowns in the first half as Sieczkowski scored on a 45-yard run for Manalapan and Jarrod Pruitt scored on a 13-yard run for Toms River North.

 

Middletown South 37, Freehold Township 0

Quarterback Trevor Brey accounted for four touchdowns and Middletown South's defense allowed just over 100 yard of offense as the Eagles (1-1, 1-0) dominated the Patriots (0-1, 0-1).

Brey ran for 85 yards and three touchdowns and also threw for 120 yards and a 14-yard touchdown to senior Matt Tardy. Chris Fleming added a 30-yard touchdown run and Tardy also recorded a safety.

 

Howell 21, Central 12

Vaughn Meehan and Eli Guzman had touchdown runs and Jason Caston tossed a touchdown pass to Brandon Van Bergen as the Rebels (1-0, 1-0) opened the season by downing the Golden Eagles (0-2, 0-1).

Meehan ran for a team-high 74 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and Caston completed 12 of 20 passes for 101 yard with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Van Bergen in the fourth quarter. Guzman added 36 yards rushing and a 7-yard touchdown run and Xavier Kelly caught six passes for 58 yards.

Brandon Regins had seven tackles and a sack ad Matt Jacobs had a fumble recovery for Howell.

Gavin Whalen threw touchdown passes of 75 and 20 yards to senior wide receiver Darius Martorano for Central.

 

Colonial Division

No. 6 Rumson-Fair Haven 43, No. 2 St. John Vianney 6

Senior fullback Alex Maldjian had a career night with 94 yards rushing, 33 receiving and five total touchdowns as the Bulldogs (1-0, 1-0) crushed the Lancers (0-2, 0-1) at Borden Stadium.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak to St. John Vianney and dealt the Lancers their worst defeat since a 45-0 loss to Red Bank Catholic in 2013.

Junior quarterback Collin Coles was stellar in his debut by completing 12 of 15 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Ian O'Connor had four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Junior quarterback Josh East had a 1-yard touchdown run for SJV.

Check back for a complete game story and video highlights.

 

Constitution Division

No. 10 Jackson Memorial 14, Southern 0

Senior running back Leo Shimonovich ran for a pair of touchdowns and Jackson's defense was impenetrable as the Jaguars (1-0, 1-0) blanked the Rams (0-1, 0-1) to open the season.

 

Wall 44, Lakewood 0

The Crimson Knights (1-0, 1-0) scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to open the season with a resounding victory over the Piners (0-1, 0-1).

Ted Sharkey had a 9-yard touchdown run and also returned an interception for a touchdown. Sophomore running back Casey Larkin had a 26-yard touchdown run, senior quarterback Dylan Richey had a 39-yard touchdown run and Logan Peters blocked a punt that Connor Malloy recovered for a touchdown. Wall also recorded a safety en route to a 37-0 halftime lead.

 

Freedom Division

No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 40, Ocean 7

A 4-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Steve Lubischer and a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior defensive back M.J. Wright put the Caseys (2-0, 1-0)  up 14-0 in the first quarter and sent them on their way to a convincing win over the Spartans (0-2, 0-1).

 

No. 5 Long Branch 41, Toms River East 6

Junior running back Jermaine Corbett ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns as the Green Wave (2-0, 1-0) cruised past the Raiders.

Senior quarterback Marc Dennis tossed touchdown passes to senior wideouts Zahdierr Blueford and CheCzar Lovett.

 

Red Bank 21, Toms River South 6

Makai Mickens, Nigel Mitchell and Kashaun Turner all had long touchdowns as the Bucs (1-0, 1-0) ventured into Ocean County and defeated the Indians (0-1, 0-1).

Mitchell returned the opening kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown and, on Red Bank's first play from scrimmage, Mickens broke off a 63-yard touchdown run. Following a 1-yard touchdown run by Toms River South's Sam Akinlolu, Turner took a tight end screen pass 79 yards for a touchdown to give the Bucs a 21-6 halftime lead.

 

Liberty Division

No. 8 Manasquan 42, Point Boro 28

Senior running back Canyon Birch ran for 176 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries and senior fullback Rashid Tuddles added a pair of touchdown runs as the Warriors (1-0, 1-0) rallied past the Panthers (0-1, 0-1).

Birch scored on runs of 61, 5, 5 and 1 yards and also had a key fumble recovery on defense late in the fourth quarter. Tuddles had scoring runs of 10 and 23 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Ryan O'Leary made several clutch throws in his first career start and finished 5-for-8 for 123 yards. Senior safety Mike Page also had a fumble recovery on defense.

Senior quarterback Garrett Romer ran for a game-high 195 yards and a touchdown for Point Boro and senior running back Kyle Komanitsky ran for 75 yards and three touchdowns. Linebacker Dylan Kleinfeldt was a standout on defense with multiple tackles for loss.

 

Raritan 13, Neptune 3

A 74-yard touchdown run by Danny Fiore in the second half gave the Rockets (1-0, 1-0) the lead for good as they opened the season with a victory over the Scarlet Fliers (0-1, 0-1). Quarterback Steve Coponi added a 53-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left in the game.

Kevin Clohosey kicked a 25-yard field goal for Neptune.

 

Patriot Division

Shore 31, Pinelands 0

Senior quarterback Gil Goldsmith tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another while the Blue Devils' defense pitched a shutout to defeat the Wildcats (0-2, 0-2).

Goldsmith threw touchdown passes of 48 and 13 yards to junior Terry Carlstrom and also ran for a 43-yard touchdown. Shane McLaughlin added an eight-yard touchdown run and Rich Pekmezian kicked a field goal for Shore (1-0, 1-0).

 

Barnegat 20, Jackson Liberty 6

Charlie Cotton and Brian Ewan had touchdown runs and Brian Finucan tossed a touchdown pass to lead the Bengals (1-0, 1-0) past the Lions (0-1, 0-1).

Cotton's 1-yard touchdown run gave Barnegat a 6-0 lead before Jackson Liberty responded on a touchdown pass by Evan Catron. Finucan's 10-yard touchdown pass to  Devyn DeFilipo put the Bengals up 13-6 and Ewan's 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter accounted for the final scoring play.

 

National Division

Holmdel 43, Manchester 6

 

Saturday, Sept. 8

Colonial Division

No. 4 Brick 30, Brick Memorial 7

Brick's defense was stellar yet again to lead the Dragons (1-0, 1-0) to their sixth straight win over the rival Mustangs (1-1, 0-1).

Senior linebacker Richie Tallmadge had a 37-yard rumble return for a touchdown, senior linebacker Dylan DeAlmeida recorded a safety and senior defensive back Mike McGuigan intercepted two passes as the Dragons limited Brick Memorial's triple-option offense to 116 total yards.

Senior quarterback Jimmy Leblo ran for a game-high 94 yards and a touchdown and also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from junior Anthony Prato. Senior running back Jake Wynkoop added a 7-yard touchdown run.

 

Freehold 22, No. 9 Middletown North 20

Senior quarterback Matt Krauss had a monster game with 305 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 35 carries plus 169 yards passing and a touchdown as the Colonials (1-0, 1-0) knocked off the Lions (0-1, 0-1) to open the season.

Sha'kim Shuler also had a huge game with 11 carries for 71 yards plus seven receptions for 106 yards. Senior tight end Quincy Davis had eight catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Krauss's 10-yard touchdown run with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter gave Freehold a 22-13 lead. Middletown North closed the gap to 22-20 when senior quarterback Sean Glenn connected with Nick DeWise on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 4:40 left.

Glenn also had touchdown passes of 35 and 10 yards to senior wideout Aidan Campbell.

 

Constitution Division

Lacey 24, Marlboro 14

 

Liberty Division

Colts Neck 8, Monmouth 7

Senior Brendan Wei scored a touchdown and then converted the go-ahead 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter as the Cougars (1-0, 1-0) nipped the Falcons (0-1, 0-1) to give head coach Matt Ahearn his first career victory.

 

Patriot Division

No. 3 Mater Dei 35, Matawan 0

Clarence Lewis had a touchdown catch and an interception return for a touchdown and Izaiah Henderson had a fumble recovery for a touchdown as the Seraphs (2-0, 2-0) blanked the Huskies (0-1, 0-1).

Senior tight end Chris Autino caught his first career touchdown and Malik Ingram added a 9-yard touchdown run.

 

National Division

Keyport 14, Point Beach 0

Senior quarterback Shykim Treadwell had a 65-yard touchdown run and senior running back Devin Wollner had a 20-yard touchdown run as the Red Raiders (1-0, 1-0) won in the debut of head coach Andy Carlstrom.

 

Donovan Catholic 33, Keansburg 6

 

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