Jersey Mike’s Football Team of the Week: Red Bank Catholic
Every week this fall, Jersey Mike’s and Shore Sports Network will be selecting a Team of the Week based on its performance over the past weekend.
The Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week for Week 7 is Red Bank Catholic, which remained undefeated with an epic 14-13 victory over Rumson-Fair Haven in one of the best games all-time between the longtime rivals. Shore Sports Network was at practice Tuesday to present the Caseys and head coach Frank Edgerly with a special game ball and a $500 Jersey Mike’s gift card.
RBC and Rumson both came into the game undefeated with the Caseys occupying the No. 1 spot in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 and the Bulldogs checking in at No 3. RBC started strong by forcing a three and out on defense and then driving 59 yards for the game’s opening score when senior quarterback Steve Lubischer threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver M.J. Wright. The Caseys’ lead grew to 14-0 in the second quarter when Lubischer connected with junior wideout Sean Rossback for a 15-yard touchdown.
Rumson blocked a field goal attempt on the final play of the first half and then recovered a fumble on the first possession of the third quarter to keep RBC’s lead at 14-0. The Bulldogs then rallied with two scores during a wild final five minutes. A short touchdown run by Alex Maldjian with 4:35 left made it 14-7 and, following an interception by Ryan Ruane, Maldjian broke free for an 84-yard touchdown run to pull Rumson to within one point with just under three minutes to play.
That’s when Red Bank Catholic senior Jaden Key made the play of the game by knifing off the edge to get his hand on the extra-point try and deflect it wide of the goal posts, keeping the Caseys in front, 14-13.
The madness didn’t end there as Rumson recovered the ensuing onside kick, but three plays later RBC senior defensive end Gino Tartamella intercepted a screen pass to give the Caseys the ball back. Senior kicker/punter Ryan O’Hara made another big play when he fielded a bouncing snap and barely got away a punt to avoid a sack. RBC’s defense then held on for the win as a 42-yard field goal attempt by Rumson as time expired was no good.
Red Bank Catholic clinched the Freedom Division title with a victory over Long Branch in Week 5 and after the win over Rumson, the Caseys now turn their attention to finishing a perfect season and bringing home a state championship. They are currently the top-ranked team in Non-Public Group 3 according to the United Power Ranking and will look to further their case for the No. 1 seed when they take on Middletown North (1-5) on Friday night in the final week of the regular season.