Recaps from the Thanksgiving week Shore Conference football games.




Wednesday Nov. 25

Class B South

Barnegat 31, Pinelands 7

Senior running back Paul Wickwire ran for 102 yards and a touchdown on just six carries and senior Josh Bowen scored twice on the ground as the Bengals (2-7) concluded their season with a win over the Wildcats.

Wickwire began the scoring with an 89-yard touchdown run, and a 21-yard field goal by junior Connor Lustenberger made it 10-0 early in the second quarter. Bowen's first touchdown run put Barnegat up 17-0, and a fumble recovery and return for a touchdown by freshman Brian Ewan gave he Bengals a commanding 24-0 lead at halftime.

Bowen's second touchdown of the game extended Barnegat's lead to 31-0 before Pinelands got on the board with a touchdown run from Brennan Richardson.


Thursday Nov. 26

Class A North

No. 1 Middletown South 39, Middletown North 16

The Eagles bombarded the Lions for the second straight week to clinch the Class A North division title, the first division championship for Middletown South since 2009.

Senior quarterback Matt Mosquera connected with Tom Coffey on a 62-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game, and from there the Eagles took off. A sack in the end zone for safety made it 9-0 before senior running back Cole Rogers ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run for a 16-0 lead through the first quarter.

Rogers scored on a five-yard run early in the second quarter to give Middletown South a three-score lead, and another safety put the Eagles up 25-0. Mosquera then threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Peerless to make it 32-0, and Rogers scored on a 1-yard touchdown set up by an interception and 39-yard return by junior linebacker James McCarthy to give the Eagles a 39-0 halftime lead.

Middletown North scored on a safety in the fourth quarter, and added scores on a junior quarterback Donald Glenn's 16-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Brendan Kube and a four-yard touchdown run by senior running back Chad Freshnock.


Class A Central

Raritan 46, Holmdel 25

The Rockets stormed out to a four-touchdown lead in the first half and held off a comeback attempt by the Hornets to improve to 6-5.

Senior running back Derek Ernst ran for a pair of touchdowns to put Raritan up 14-0, and a put return touchdown by senior Nick Pasquin stretched the lead to 21-0. Freshman Gavin Toth connected on a field goal as time expired in the first half to give the Rockets a 24-0 lead. Ernst's third touchdown run made it 31-0 early int eh third quarter.

Holmdel clawed back to make it 31-25 with 7:30 left in the game on three touchdowns by junior quarterback Aneesh Agrawal. He tossed a a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Steven Walier to make it 31-7 and, after a touchdown run by Lucas Braga, Agrawal scored on a 2-yard run to cut Raritan's lead to 31-19. Agrawal then threw another touchdown pass to Walier to pull the Hornets (1-8) to within six points.

Raritan created some distance on a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Marc Carnivale to senior wide receiver Jordan Smith, and put the game away when junior defensive back Rory Sullivan returned an interception for a touchdown.


Class B North

No. 3 Red Bank 35, Long Branch 12

The Bucs took care of business to capture the Ty Lewis trophy and clinch the outright Class B North division title, its first since 1977.

Senior quarterback Jack Navitsky threw for 125 yard and two touchdowns on 5 of 8 passing and also ran for 42 yards on six carries. Senior Sadiq Palmer caught a 22-yard touchdown and also ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Senior running back Alim Godsey added 58 yards on eight carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Brandon Lane gave Long Branch (3-7) a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter with a three-yard touchdown run, but Red Bank took the lead for good when Godsey scored from two yards out with three minutes left in the first half.

Godsey's second touchdown run, a 22-yarder, put the Bucs up 14-6 midway through the third quarter. Palmer made a one-handed 19-yard touchdown catch just over a minute later to make it 21-6, then scored on a 5-yard run for a 28-6 lead. Red Bank capped the scoring when Navitsky connected with Matt DeCristofaro on a 20-yard touchdown pass.



No. 6 Shore 20, No. 7 Rumson-Fair Haven 13

The Blue Devils captured the Devil-Dawg Trophy for the second straight season to improve to 11-0 and win their 19th consecutive game.

Senior Doug Goldsmith ran for 104 yards and made double-digit tackles, recorded a sack and recovered a fumble to lead the way for Shore. Junior outside linebacker Paul Christopher returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown and senior running back Jack Britton ran for a 47-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to all but seal the win.

Rumson junior quarterback Mike O'Connor threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Elijah McAllister in the fourth quarter to pull the Bulldogs (9-2) to within 13-7, but Britton's touchdown run put Shore back up by two scores. O'Connor connected with junior wide receiver Tyler Pierson on a 10-yard score with six seconds left, but Goldsmith recovered the onside kick for Shore.

O'Connor ran for a game-high 111 yards on 23 carries and also threw for 116 yards on 10 of 15 passing. Junior linebacker Mike Ruane had double-digit tackles and half a sack for the Bulldogs' defense.

Britton finished with 89 yards rushing for Shore, which ran for 200 yards as a team.


No. 8 Ocean 34, Monmouth 7

The Spartans defeated the Falcons for the 19th consecutive time on Thanksgiving to finish the season 9-2.

Senior running back Tyler Thompson closed his outstanding career with four total touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) and junior quarterback Kenny Pickett also threw a touchdown pass to senior Ruquan Dean.

Junior Casey Pachucki ran for a touchdown for the Falcons (5-5).


Neptune 21, Asbury Park 17

A 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Rasheed Martin with two seconds left  in the game lifted the Scarlet Fliers (4-6) to a thrilling victory over the Blue Bishops (6-4).

Asbury Park took a 10-0 lead into halftime on the a 10-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Davon Thompson and a 21-yard field goal by Dyquan Young.

Neptune began its comeback when Marvin Morgan took a short pass from Martin and turned it into an 80-yard touchdown reception. Martin then threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Kahmar Rice to give the Fliers a 14-10 lead midway through the third quarter.

Asbury Park took a 17-14 lead on a touchdown run by Thompson shortly after.


Toms River South 20, Lakewood 6

The Indians rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to defeat the Piners for the third straight season and finish the season 5-5.

A touchdown run by Sheldon Cobbs staked Lakewood (6-4) to a 6-0 lead at the half, but Toms River South responded on a 4-yard touchdown run by Dashaun Alexander, and the extra point gave the Indians a 7-6 lead. A 22-yard touchdown run by Tyler Sosa just over a minute later made it 13-6, and a 38-yard blocked punt return for a touchdown by Isaiah Parker polished off the win for the Indians.

Toms River South leads the all-time series, which is the oldest Thanksgiving rivalry in the Shore Conference, 55-37-4


Wall 43, Manasquan 35

The Crimson Knights won a barnburner over the Warriors for their second straight victory over their Thanksgiving Day rivals behind big games from Matt Cluley and Chevesse Covin.

Manasquan (3-7) jumped out to a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs by sophomore Connor Morgan and senior Paul Krueger before Wall (4-6) rallied to tie the score on a pair of touchdown runs by Covin.

Morgan's second touchdown run by Manasquan up 21-14, and a punt return touchdown by Damaso Jaime stretched the lead to 27-14. A touchdown pass from Cluley to junior R.J. Janeczek cut Wall's deficit to 27-21 at halftime.

Cluley tossed a touchdown pass to to junior running back Sean Larkin on the opening possession of the second half, and Covin's third touchdown of the game followed by a two-point conversion made it 36-27 Wall. Cluley's third touchdown pass and second to Larkin went for seven yards, giving Wall a 43-27 advantage.

Senior quarterback Liam Grieb found Jaime for a touchdown pass to trim Manasquan's deficit to 43-35 after a successful two-point conversion, the the Crimson Knights were able to hang on for the victory.