HOLMDEL -- The Lancers trounced the Caseys to remain undefeated and reach their first sectional final since 1980.

Senior quarterback Anthony Brown threw for 166 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 59 yards and a score to give him 41 total touchdowns this season. Junior running back Chris Chukwuneke ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns while senior wide receiver Mike Stapert caught two passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Jeff Sheard had two carries for 100 yards and also caught a 12-yard touchdown pass. Sophomore Zyaire Sterling added a 12-yard touchdown run.

Senior linebacker Calvin Beaty and junior linebacker Tyler Tedeschi led a defensive effort that held Red Bank Catholic (8-3) to one touchdown and 241 yards of offense. The Lancers also intercepted RBC quarterback Eddie Hahn four times –  two by senior Marcque Ellington, one by Brown and another by sophomore Samuel East – and sacked him four times.

The Caseys touchdown came on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Hahn to Zack Bair.

St. John Vianney will go for its second sectional title and first since 1980 against the winner of Saturday’s game between Delbarton and DePaul.


Box Score

St. John Vianney 49, Red Bank Catholic 6

Red Bank Catholic St. John Vianney
First downs 14 21
Rushes-yards 35-143 35-321
Passing 11-33-4 6-10-0
Passing yards 98 166
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-3
Penalties-yards 4-17 4-40


Red Bank Catholic (8-3) 0 0 6 0 – 6

St. John Vianney (11-0) 14 14 7 14 – 49


Scoring summary

SJV – Anthony Brown 35-yard pass to Mike Stapert (Joe Rice kick)

SJV – Chris Chukwuneke 11-yard run (Joe Rice kick)

SJV – Chris Chukwuneke 29-yard run (Joe Rice kick)

SJV – Anthony Brown 12-yard pass to Jeff Sheard (Joe Rice kick)

RBC – Eddie Hahn 31-yard pass to Zack Bair (kick failed)

SJV – Anthony Brown 65-yard pass to Mike Stapert (Joe Rice kick)

SJV – Anthony Brown 35-yard run (Joe Rice kick)

SJV – Zyaire Sterling 12-yard run (Joe Rice kick)


Individual statistics

Rushing – RBC: Eddie Hahn 17-55, Mike Wilen 7-53, Zack Bair 4-16, Dylan Murphy 5-10, Anthony Purge 2-9; SJV: Chris Chukwuneke 13-101, Jeff Sheard 2-100, Anthony Brown 9-59, Calvin Beaty 8-46, Zyaire Sterling 1-12, Khalil Haskins 2-3.

Passing – RBC: Eddie Hahn 11-33-4 98; SJV: Anthony Brown 6-10-0 166.

Receiving – RBC: Mike Balzofiore 4-41, Zack Bair 1-31, Matt Ansell 2-13, Mike Wilen 1-8, Max Hazard 1-6, Dylan Murphy 2-5; SJV: Mike Stapert 2-100, Calvin Beaty 1-30, Khalil Haskins 1-19, Jeff Sheard 2-17

Interceptions – SJV: Marcque Ellington 2-55, Anthony Brown 1-0, Samuel East 1-0.