WEEK 8 (NJSIAA playoffs cutoff)

Thursday, Oct. 25

Nondivisional

Pinelands 38, Keansburg 20

Senior running back Evan Burton ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and sophomore running back Nik DiLeo ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries as the Wildcats (4-4) jumped on the Titans (3-5) early and cruised to a win on senior night.

Burton went over 1,000 yards on the season to become the first player in program history with three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Jack Lawrie came down with an interception on the first play of the game to set the tone for a dominant first half that saw Pinelands race out to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter. At one point, Pinelands had more scoring drives (three) than Keansburg had offensive plays (two). The Wildcats opened a 31-0 halftime lead and out-gained the Titans 253-7 over the first two quarters.

Senior quarterback Garrett Brown opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Andrew Jenkins and senior Sam Cardillo kicked a 37-yard field goal to give Pinelands a 10-0 lead. The Wildcats then recovered an onside kick to set up Burton for a 12-yard score to make it 17-0. A touchdown run by DiLeo made it 24-0 and Burton's second fumble recovery of the half was immediately followed by DiLeo's 49-yard touchdown run for a 31-0 advantage.

Pinelands forced four turnovers in the first half with an interception and three fumble recoveries.

Keansburg got on the board in the third quarter when senior quarterback Liam Riecks broke a 57-yard touchdown run. Isaiah Stanton then scored on a 4-yard run to make it 31-12, but Pinelands responded with a scoring drive that Burton finished off with a 6-yard touchdown run. Keansburg capped the scoring when Riecks threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Edwards.

The victory gave Pinelands an outside shot at a Group 3 postseason berth. The Wildcats were 22nd in the standings entering the game. The top 16 qualify for the playoffs.

 

Friday, Oct. 26

Nondivisional

No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 38, Middletown North 28

A 74-yard touchdown run by Kevin Degnan with 5:06 left in the game enabled the Caseys (8-0) to pull off a heart-pounding victory over the Lions (1-6) and avoid the major upset.

A 4-yard touchdown run by Anthony Soto had given Middletown North a 28-24 lead with 5:22 left, but Degnan's touchdown run delivered an instant response to give RBC the lead right back. Degnan added a 20-yard touchdown run with 1:49 to play and also had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first half.

Middletown North struck first when Soto took a screen pass and scored early in the first quarter before RBC answered on a field goal by Ryan O'Hara. The Caseys then scored three straight touchdowns to take a 24-7 halftime lead. Senior quarterback Steve Lubischer threw touchdown passes of 9 and 15 yards to junior tight end Charlie Gordinier and Degnan scored from two yards out.

Middletown North then rallied with three consecutive scores of its own, starting with a blocked punt and return for a touchdown by Steven Holler. Connor Robbins scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to make it 24-21 before Soto's touchdown run momentarily gave the Lions the lead.

 

No. 8 Middletown South 14, No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 7

A 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Trevor Brey late in the third quarter stood up as the winning points as the Eagles (6-2) upended the Bulldogs (6-2) at The Swamp.

Rumson drove 68 yards on its opening possession and took a 7-0 lead on a 7-yard touchdown run by senior running back Alex Maldjian, but Middletown South kept the Bulldogs out of the end zone the rest of the way. Brey's 1-yard touchdown run with 4:00 left in the first half tied the score 7-7.

Maldjian did not play in the second half after suffering an injury in the second quarter.

 

No. 4 Long Branch 40, Brick Memorial 14

Complete photo gallery by Richard O'Donnell

Junior running back Jermaine Corbett had three touchdown runs and two touchdown catches to lead the Green Wave (7-1) to an emphatic road victory over the Mustangs (3-5).

Corbett had touchdown runs of 80, 30 and 6 yards in the first half and then caught touchdown passes of 11 and 5 yards from senior quarterback Marc Dennis. Latrell Bennett added a fumble return for a touchdown.

Senior quarterback Tyler Sindel had a 1-yard touchdown run and senior running back Jeff Lavarin had a 49-yard touchdown run for Brick Memorial.

 

No. 6 Manasquan 21, Ocean 7

Senior wide receiver James Pendergist caught a 32-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 14-yard touchdown run while senior Scooby Tuddles returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown to lead the Warriors (6-1) past the Spartans.

Junior quarterback Robbie Nungesser had a 1-yard touchdown run for Ocean.

 

No. 7 Brick 49, Lakewood 6

Junior quarterback Anthony Prato ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries and also threw a touchdown pass, and senior running back Joe Carchio ran for 116 yards and a touchdown to lead the Dragons (6-2) past the Piners (0-8).

Jake Wynkoop, Joaquin Ragland and Jimmy Leblo also had touchdown runs and Leblo had a 14-yard touchdown catch.

 

No. 9 Toms River North 31, Southern 21

Junior running back Jarrod Pruitt had three touchdown runs, sophomore quarterback Jake Kazanowsky threw a touchdown pass to Will Marsh and Joe Romeo kicked a 32-yard field goal to power the Mariners (6-2) to a victory over the Rams (3-5).

 

No. 10 Holmdel 31, Raritan 0

Senior running back Dean Gallo had an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a touchdown run and senior defensive tackle Alex Starr recorded two sacks to lead a dominant defensive effort as the Hornets (7-1) blanked the Rockets (5-3) to win the Battle of the Border.

Holmdel recovered a fumble by Raritan on the opening kickoff and turned it into points when Alex Unanski kicked a 40-yard field goal. Later in the first quarter, Tom Ammirati blocked a punt that was picked up by Evan Jennings and returned 27 yards for a touchdown. The lead grew to 17-0 when senior quarterback Jeff DeCicco broke off a 44-yard touchdown run and a 3-yard touchdown run by Gallo late in the second quarter gave Holmdel a 24-0 halftime lead.

Gallo took the opening kickoff of the second half 88 yards for a touchdown to make it 31-0 and Holmdel's defense kept Raritan off the board to win the rivalry trophy and head into the playoffs at 7-1.

 

Freehold 42, Howell 7

Sophomore quarterback Sha'Kim Shuler accounted for six total touchdowns to lead the Colonials (5-3) to a blowout win over the Rebels (1-7).

Shuler completed 19 of 25 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 152 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries. Shuler threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Matt Krauss and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Steven Cirillo. He had touchdown runs of 34, 5, 31 and 2 yards. Krauss finished with seven catches for 80 yards and a touchdown and Cirillo had six catches for 57 yards and a score.

Jake Hurler, Mar'Zhon Brinson and Knox Stokes had interceptions to lead the defense.

 

Shore 41, Keyport 7

Senior quarterback Gil Goldsmith tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another and junior Danny Kelly scored three total touchdowns to power the Blue Devils (6-2) past the Red Raiders (3-5).

Goldsmith threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Shane McLaughlin and then threw scoring passes of 41 and 17 yards to Kelly. He added a 1-yard touchdown run as Shore built a 34-0 halftime lead. McLaughlin also had a 2-yard touchdown run and Kelly added a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

 

Marlboro 47, Matawan 14

Senior quarterback Alex Schutzer threw two touchdown passes and ran for another and senior running back Dontrell Alston ran for three touchdowns as the Mustangs (3-5) cruised past the Huskies (0-8).

Schutzer had a 2-yard touchdown run and threw touchdown passes to Billy Delaney and Matt Budveit. Alston had another big game on the ground with touchdown runs of 56, 21 and 74 yards while Vinny Spitalieri had a 73-yard touchdown run.

 

Toms River South 13, Barnegat 7 (OT)

Sam Conover scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime and the Toms River South defense followed with a stop to deliver the Indians (2-6) a thrilling upset victory over the Bengals (6-2).

After a scoreless first three quarters, Barnegat struck first when Brian Finucan heaved an 85-yard touchdown pass to Devyn DeFilipo with 6:10 left in regulation. Toms River South was able to tie the score with 45 seconds left on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Matt Xigues to Julian Sorrell.

 

Toms River East 20, Colts Neck 3

Junior running back Frankie Giannetti ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and junior quarterback Mike Goodall ran for 106 yards and a touchdown to lead the Raiders (3-5) past the Cougars (2-6).

Nick Bushell added had a short touchdown run while Steven Carr, Christian Peins and Elias Solorzano each recorded sacks, Nasceem Davis had an interception and Mike Madera recovered a fumble.

 

Monmouth 15, Asbury Park 14

A 1-yard touchdown pass from Drew Faccone to Dayshawn Porter with two seconds left in regulation tied the score and Adam Varella's extra point gave the Falcons (3-5) a wild victory over the Blue Bishops (3-4).

Asbury Park had taken a 14-8 lead in the third quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by junior Haughton but, the 2-point conversion attempt was no good. Monmouth was then able to drive 70 yards for the tying touchdown and winning extra point in the closing minutes of the game.

Quadir Lawson scored on a 10-yard touchdown run and Basean Fraser ran in the 2-point conversion to give Asbury Park an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. Monmouth answered when Faccone tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Javaughn Garcia and then caught the two-point conversion pass from Porter to tie the score, 8-8.

Faccone completed 15 of 27 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns and Eli Rife led the receiving corps with seven catches for 85 yards. Pat Bellucci led the Falcons' defense with 10 tackles while Tyler Collins had eight tackles and one sack. Faccone and J.T. Plestaras had fumble recoveries and Shamere Rolfe had an interception.

Haughton led Asbury Park with 105 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries. Fraser had two interceptions on defense and Devan Martin also had an interception. Anthony Swearine and Jarrett Chathuant recorded sacks.

 

Donovan Catholic 28, Point Boro 7

Junior quarterback Ryan Clark ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 96 yards to lead the Griffins (5-2) past the Panthers (2-6).

Clark had a 17-yard touchdown run to give Donovan a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but Point Boro answered on a 51-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Garrett Romer. Clark's 2-yard touchdown run then made it 14-7, and that scored remained unchanged through halftime.

The turning point came early in the fourth quarter after Point Boro had a drive that consumed the entire third quarter. Donovan stopped the Panthers on fourth down at the 2-yard line, and shortly after Clark broke an 83-yard touchdown run that gave the Griffins a 21-7 lead. Damian Johnson added a 33-yard touchdown run to put the game away.

Dominick Brogna led the Griffins defense with 11 tackles, one sack and four tackles for loss while Xavier Ellis had 12 tackles and two tackles for loss. Dom Nocero had a team-high 15 tackles with one tackle for loss and Jahdir Loftland added 10 tackles. John Schlendorf had an interception.

 

Manchester 12, Jackson Liberty 0

Jimmy Johns threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to Josh Glenn late in the first half and Markel Hourigan added a 1-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter as the Hawks (3-4) took down the Lions (2-6).

Glenn and Trevor Pruitt had interceptions and Justin Mills and Jake Van Wagner each recorded sacks to lead the Hawks defense to the shutout.

 

Jackson Memorial 7, Freehold Township 0

A 17-yard touchdown catch by Jake McKown in the first quarter was all the Jaguars (6-2) needed to shut out the Patriots (4-4) and snap a two-game losing streak.

 

Wall 20, Neptune 0

Senior quarterback Dylan Richey had two touchdown runs and sophomore running back Casey Larkin added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lead the Crimson Knights (5-2) past the Scarlet Fliers (2-5).

Richey's 11-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter put Wall ahead for good. He added a 5-yard scoring run with 5:24 left in the third quarter and Larkin scored on a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.

 

Manalapan 42, Lacey 21

Junior running back Nico Santorelli ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and junior quarterback Sean Kehley completed 13 of 17 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns as the Braves (5-3) doubled-up the Lions (4-5).

Santorelli had touchdown runs of 38 and 24 yard and also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. Justin Reilly caught a 54-yard touchdown pass and running back Andre Johnson had touchdown runs of 10 and 5 yards and finished with 40 yards on five carries.

Senior defensive end Dashon Taylor had a sack and four tackles for loss to lead Manalapan's defense.

 

St. John Vianney 41, Central 6

Junior quarterback C.J. Duell tossed three touchdown passes and also ran for a touchdown to lead the Lancers (4-4) to a victory over the Golden Eagles (1-7).

Duell had touchdown passes to Jaden Duncan, Zarrin Stephens and Andrew McGimpsey while he, Kavon Chambers and Evan Purdy had touchdown runs.

Troy Warren had a 66-yard touchdown run for Central.

 

Nonconference

Cheshire Academy (CT) 34, No. 2 Mater Dei 33

Pennington School 41, Point Beach 14

 

Follow Shore Sports Network on Twitter @ShoreSportsNet and on Instagram. Like Shore Sports Network on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest video highlights. 

 

Sign Up For The SSN Newsletter

Please fill out this form to sign up for the Shore Sports Network newsletter.