Top 10 Plays of the Week, 10/15/14
Welcome to the latest edition of the Shore Sports Network’s top plays, highlighting the most dazzling and exciting moments from Shore Conference football action.
This week we take a look at the top clips from Week Five as the division races and playoff pushes really started to heat up.
Before we get started, a quick bonus clip. I'm always a fan of linemen living the dream. Here's Middletown South's Brian Joyce rumbling downfield after a blocked field goal against Howell.
OK, now here we go.
10. Winning for Timmy.
Holmdel kicked off an emotional 33-14 win over Spotswood for its first victory with this 65-yard burst by sophomore quarterback Aneesh Agrawal. Timmy McDonnell, the older brother of senior noseguard Matt McDonnell, was struck by a car on the campus of Rutgers on Oct. 4 and remains in critical condition, so the Hornets fought hard in his name. Wearing his brother's No. 85, Matt picked up two sacks, including the one shown below.
9. No average Joe.
Manalapan senior linebacker Joe Mendez was just smashing people in a win over Lacey as we see here. He also had a strip sack that led to a fumble return touchdown for teammate Kyle Mullen.
Red Bank Catholic senior Nick Lubischer bounced his way to the end zone off Colts Neck defenders for his second punt return touchdown of the season.
7. All aboard the Rocket express.
Raritan junior Derek Ernst takes Red Bank Regional's defense for a 5-yard ride on this touchdown run. Also, in the "not going to be tackled easily" dept., Toms River North's Asante Moorer fights through several Jackson Memorial defenders.
6. Making a first impression.
On his first touch in a game for Jackson Memorial in his career, senior Matt Castronuova takes it 70-plus yards to the end zone. As Brick Memorial coach Walt Currie put it to me, "Jackson adding Castronuova turns an already explosive offense into a nuclear bomb."
5. Lions on the loose.
On this first run, Jackson Liberty's Matt Pinto jukes defenders for a 75-yard run that set up a touchdown. Then on the second run, Dom Regina proves the old saying, "Play to the whistle." He practically breaks out a yoga pose while the Donovan Catholic defense freezes before he snaps up and takes it to the house.
4. Scintillating Seraphs
Mater Dei Prep was scoring from all over the field in a 54-14 romp over South River. Senior Christian Palmer started it with the little Tim Tebow lean-in fake before unloading a bomb to Tyson Stamper for an 80-yard touchdown on the second play of the game. Senior Tysaun White then later made a ridiculous 72-yard touchdown run where he snapped his leg out of a tackle attempt and reversed field.
3. Dah Bomb
Long Branch's Dahmiere Willis continues to be a one-man highlight factory. Here is his sickest run from a 245-yard night in a win over Rumson-Fair Haven.
2. Live 'Wire'
Barnegat's Paul Wickwire hits a few defenders, the ball pops up in the air, and he turns into an 85-yard touchdown pass from Cinjun Erskine in the win over Manasquan. Penn State recruit Manny Bowen also had a nice 77-yard run I threw in there.
1. Crimson pride.
Game on the line, backed up to the 37-yard line on the road in double overtime, crowd going nuts, and all Matt Cluley does is fire a strike to Liam Ferguson for the game-tying score in double overtime against Brick. Nick Maciejewski boots the extra point to clinch the stunning upset, and the bedlam begins.