Jersey Mike’s Week 7 Football Team of the Week: Red Bank Catholic
Every week this fall, Jersey Mike’s and Shore Sports Network will be teaming up to select 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 went on the road and defeated Rumson-Fair Haven, 21-14, in a matchup between the top two teams in the Shore Conference. Shore Sports Network was at practice on Tuesday to present the Caseys and head coach Mike Lange with a special game ball and a $250 Jersey Mike's gift card.
Over 4,000 fans packed Rumson's Borden Stadium on Friday night for the latest installment between the two rivals and this time the top spot in the Shore was on the line with the host Bulldogs entering at No. 1 and RBC coming in at No. 2.
The first quarter came to an end with no points on the scoreboard thanks to Rumson's goal-line stand that halted Red Bank Catholic at the 3-yard line. The Caseys pressed on, however, and got on the board first when sophomore running back Torin Harmon broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give RBC a 7-0 lead. The lead grew to 14-0 shortly thereafter when a 32-yard run by junior running back Sabino Portella set up a 7-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Alex Brown to senior running back Rajahn Cooper.
Rumson answered with a touchdown late in the first half when senior quarterback Colin Kennedy scored on a 1-yard run to cut RBC's lead to 14-7.
The Caseys pushed their advantage to 21-7 in the third quarter when a 46-yard catch and run by junior wide receiver Najih Rahman led to a 2-yard touchdown run by Portella. Rumson answered on the next series to make it 21-14 but the RBC defense buckled down with two stops on Rumson's final two possessions, keyed by sacks from Aidan Donohue and Ryan McPherson.
Portella ran for a game-high 144 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries while Harmon added 76 yards and a touchdown to lead a ground game that produced 231 yards against a Rumson defense that entered the game allowing a conference-low 3.8 points per game.
Red Bank Catholic's defense was outstanding in limiting Rumson to 147 yards of offense, including just 25 yards rushing. Senior defensive end Alex Bauman led the way with 12 tackles, including three tackles for loss and one sack. Sophomore linebacker Davin Breton had another strong game with 10 tackles and one tackle for loss Portella added 10 tackles, and Cooper totaled nine tackles and one tackle for loss.
Red Bank Catholic is now 7-0 and the No. 1 team in The Jeep Store/SSN Top 10 entering the Shore Conference postseason. They travel west to face No. 5 Manalapan on Friday night and will face No. 3 Donovan Catholic in Week 9, two chances to cement their status as the best team in the Shore.
The NJSIAA playoffs are three weeks away and Red Bank Catholic is currently No. 1 in the Non-Public B United Power Rankings.