WEEK 4

Friday, Sept. 28

American Division

Freehold Township 16, No. 5 Toms River North 14

A 22-yard field goal by Colin Taptich with three seconds left in regulation lifted the Patriots (2-2, 2-2) to a stunning and thrilling victory over the previously-unbeaten Mariners (3-1, 3-1).

Taptich kicked three field goals in the game, also connecting from 38 yards and 24 yards. Sophomore quarterback Lorenzo Chirichella threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to John Manfre to give Freehold Township a 10-7 lead in the third quarter.]

Jarrod Pruitt had an 18-yard touchdown run and Dashawn Wilder had a 2-yard touchdown run for Toms River North.

 

Manalapan 34, Howell 0

Quarterback Sean Kehley completed 13 of 19 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown and Dale Sieczkowski and Nico Santorelli each ran for 100 yards as the Braves (2-2, 2-2) shut out the Rebels (1-3, 1-3) to even their season record.

Sieczkowski ran for 121 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, scoring on a 6-yard run in the first quarter. He also hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kehley. Santorelli ran for 106 yards on 10 carries and scored on a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter. Justin Reilly had a 12-yard touchdown run and also had a team-high four receptions for 71 yards.

Jack DeMatteo kicked field goals of 31 and 39 yards and was 4-for-4 on extra points.

 

No. 7 Middletown South 35, Central 0

Senior quarterback Trevor Brey had two short touchdown runs and also threw a touchdown pass to Luke Albrecht while the Eagles' defense was dominant in recording its third shutout of the season to defeat the Golden Eagles (0-5, 0-4).

Gavin Goldbaum had a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Vincent Condito had a 9-yard touchdown run.

 

Colonial Division

No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 49, Freehold 7

Senior running back Alex Majldjian ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, junior quarterback Collin Coles threw two touchdown passes and sophomore running back John Volker ran for two touchdowns as the Bulldogs (4-0, 4-0) stormed past the Colonials (2-2, 2-2).

Coles threw for 120 yards with a 48-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Jamin and a 2-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Ian O'Connor. Volker had scoring runs of 61 and 16 yards and Will Sullivan added a 3-yard touchdown run.

Sophomore safety Ryan Ruane had an interception as Rumson's defense held Freehold under 200 yards of offense.

Senior quarterback Matt Krauss threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior Steven Cirillo for Freehold's only score.

 

Brick Memorial 31, No. 8 St. John Vianney 21

Junior Anthony Albanese scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs (2-3, 1-3) rallied for a critical victory over the Lancers (2-3, 2-2).

Senior running back Ja Billingsley and senior quarterback Tyler Sindel had two touchdown runs apiece and David Baez had a key recovery of an onside kick following the touchdown run by Albanese.

 

No. 9 Brick 21, Middletown North 14

Senior quarterback Jimmy leblo ran for 190 yards and a touchdown and Joe Armooh ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Dragons (3-1, 3-1) to a victory over the Lions (0-4, 0-4).

Armooh had scoring runs of one and six yards in the first half, sandwich around a 9-yard touchdown run by Leblo, to give Brick a 21-0 halftime lead.

Middletown North rallied in the fourth quarter when Connor Robbins scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and Sean Glenn threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Patrick Connelly.

Glenn threw for 215 yards but was intercepted three times. Brick senior defensive back Mike McGuigan pulled down his conference-leading fourth interception while Groschel snatched his third pick and Leblo had his second interception of the season.

 

Freedom Division

No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 35, Toms River East 0

Senior quarterback Steve Lubischer threw four more touchdown passes as the top-ranked Caseys (5-0, 4-0) rolled past the Raiders (1-3, 1-3).

Lubischer had a 10-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Charlie Gordinier, a 2-yard touchdown pass to senior fullback Steve Cmielewski, a 55-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver M.J. Wright and a 16-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Billy Guidetti. Guidetti also had a 3-yard touchdown run.

Lubischer finished 9 of 13 for 151 yards and four touchdowns. Wright had four receptions for 90 yards and a score and Guideti ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on eight carries to go along with his touchdown catch.

 

No. 4 Long Branch 42, Toms River South 0

 

Red Bank 23, Ocean 13

Senior running back Makai Mickens a huge game with 215 yards rushing and three touchdowns, plus an interception on defense, as the Bucs (3-1, 2-1) rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Spartans (1-4, 1-3).

Ocean took a 13-0 lead into halftime thanks to a 92-yard touchdown pass from Robbie Nungesser to Alex Bryant and a 1-yard touchdown run by Trebor Pena. A pair of 3-yard touchdown runs by Mickens gave Red Bank a 14-13 lead, and Mickens then picked off a pass to set up his own 21-yard touchdown run. Chris Maida added a 24-yard field goal for the Bucs.

Nungesser threw for 170 yards and Bryant caught six passes for 120 yards to lead Ocean.

 

Liberty Division

Raritan 44, Colts Neck 6

Quarterback Steve Coponi threw two touchdown passes and ran for another and running backs P.J. Buccine and Dan Fiore had two touchdowns each as the Rockets (3-1, 3-1) cruised past the Cougars (1-3, 1-3).

A 31-yard field goal by Matt Lugli opened the scoring for Raritan and after a blocked punt by Rob Bologna, Coponi scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to make it 10-0. An 8-yard touchdown run by Nick Kenneally made it 17-0 and Coponi then threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Fiore and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Buccine to stretch the lead to 30-0 at halftime.

Buccine added an 8-yard touchdown run and Fiore polished off the Rockets' scoring with a 14-yard scoring run.

Luciano Pabon had a 6-yard touchdown run for Colts Neck.

 

Patriot Division

Shore 31, Jackson Liberty 14

Jack McCrae had two touchdown runs and Gil Goldsmith and Shane McLaughlin also ran for touchdowns as the Blue Devils bounced back from consecutive losses to defeat the Lions. Rich Pekmezian added a field goal and was 4-for-4 on extra points.

Goldsmith and Michael Deusch each had interceptions on defense for Shore.

 

Barnegat 40, Matawan 10

Senior running back Charlie Cotton ran for 117 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries and senior quarterback Brian Finucan threw for 143 yards and a touchdown to power the Bengals (4-0, 4-0) to a victory over the Huskies (0-4, 0-4).

Finucan threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to junior Caleb Schafer and Michael Godfrey added a touchdown run, finishing with 71 yards on 12 carries.

Senior linebacker Brian Ewan led the defensive effort and set the program's all-time record for career tackles.

 

National Division

Donovan Catholic 24, Asbury Park 0

Nasir Calhoun had two touchdown runs and the defense pitched a shutout as the Griffins improved to 3-0 for the first time in over 15 years.

Calhoun had a 39-yard touchdown run and a 1-yard touchdown run while sophomore Dominick Nocero had a 44-yard touchdown reception. Keon Torres added a 32-yard field goal. Junior quarterback Ryan Clark threw for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Junior Andre Laney and sophomore Evyn Menta had interceptions and junior Jared Helstowski had a sack for Donovan

 

Keansburg 32, Point Beach 0

Senior quarterback Liam Riecks completed 8 of 9 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns while Patrick Beltran and Izzy Stanton had touchdown runs as the Titans (2-2, 2-1) shut out the Garnet Gulls (0-4, 0-4).

Following a 50-yard pass from Riecks to Nasir Williams, Beltran's touchdown run gave Keansburg a 6-0 lead. Riecks then connected with Hunter MacDonald for a 30-yard touchdown and the Titans made it 14-0 with a successful 2-point conversion. Riecks' 30-yard touchdown pass to Liam Meyer pushed the lead to 20-0 at halftime.

Riecks fired a 13-yard touchdown to MacDonald to made it 26-0 and Stanton's 7-yard touchdown run capped the scoring.

 

Holmdel 42, Keyport 0

Running back Dean Gallo ran for three touchdowns, quarterback Jeff DeCicco ran for two touchdowns and Mack Byrne returned a kickoff for a touchdown as the Hornets (3-1, 3-0) dominated the Red Raiders (2-2, 2-2).

Gallo ran for 64 yards on seven carries with touchdown runs of 11, 30 and 4 yards. DeCicco had 60 yards on four carries with a 7 -yard touchdown run and a 29-yard touchdown run. Byrne returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. Thomas Ammiratti led Holmdel with 79 yards rushing on nine carries.

 

Saturday, Sept. 29

Constitution Division

No. 10 Jackson Memorial 41, Lacey 14

Senior running back Leo Shimonovich ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns while the defense allowed just 13 rushing yards and forced three turnovers as the Jaguars (4-0, 4-0) beat the Lions (3-2, 2-2) to clinch at least a share of the Constitution Division title.

Jackson can win the title outright with a win over Marlboro next week.

Sophomore running back Will Towns added 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns, senior quarterback John Ghigna combined for 114 yards between rushing and passing and senior defensive back Tyler Brito returned an interception 102 yards for a touchdown. Christian Pellone also had an interception and Joe Maffei recovered a fumble.

Dylan Gudzak threw for 208 yards with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Evans and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Bacchetta to lead Lacey.

 

Wall 28, Marlboro 0

Teddy Sharkey, Casey Larkin, Logan Peters and Matt DeSarno each had touchdowns while the defense pitched a shutout to lead the Crimson Knights (3-1, 3-1) to a victory over the Mustangs (1-3, 1-3).

Sharkey caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Richey to give Wall a 7-0 lead and Larkin made it 14-0 late in the first half with a 2-yard touchdown run. The lead grew to 21-0 at halftime when Wall blocked a punt and Peters scooped it up and scored. DeSarno ripped off a 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

 

Southern 20, Lakewood 0

Senior quarterback Carmen Deo threw a pair of touchdown passes and the defense recorded its first shutout since 2016 as the Rams (2-2, 2-2) blanked the Piners (0-4, 0-4) to give head coach Chuck Donohue his 250th career victory.

Deo threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Nick Sinatra and a 7-yard touchdown pass to J.T. Cornelius while Rob Gunnell had a 40-yard touchdown run. Southern's defense forced four turnovers including interceptions by Dupreme Holland and Cole Robinson and a fumble recovery by Hank Gallacher.

 

Liberty Division

No. 6 Manasquan 27, Monmouth 7

Senior running back Canyon Birch ran for three touchdowns and senior fullback/defensive back Rashid Tuddles had a big game on both sides of the ball to lead the Warriors (4-0, 4-0) past the Falcons (0-4, 0-4).

Birch ran for over 100 yards and scored on runs of 1, 41 and 2 yards. Tuddles had an interception and 57-yard return to set up Birch's first touchdown and then broke off a 76-yard that led to Manasquan's third touchdown. He capped his day by taking a short pass from Ryan O'Leary and taking it 28 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

 

Neptune 24, Point Boro 21 - PHOTO GALLERY

Senior Kevin Clohosey connected on a 25-yard field goal as time expired to give the Scarlet Fliers (2-2, 2-2) a thrilling victory over the Panthers (2-2, 2-2).

Point Boro had tied the game at 21 with 2:09 left when senior quarterback Garrett Romer ran for a 2-yard touchdown and then ran in the 2-point conversion. Sophomore quarterback Nino Bua then led the Scarlet Fliers down the field for the winning score to cap a huge game. Bua threw touchdown passes of 89, 43 and 18 yards to Raven Joseph as Neptune rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit.

Bobby Cooper had a 41-yard touchdown run and Kyle Komanitsky had a 33-yard touchdown run in the first half for Point Boro.

 

Nonconference

No. 2 Mater Dei Prep 49, Canada Prep 6

Senior quarterback Rob McCoy Jr. made his season debut and tossed touchdown passes to Isaiah Noguera and Chris Autino as the Seraphs (5-0) raced out to a 42-0 lead. Malik Ingram and Jaqual Tallmadge added touchdown runs.

 

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