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Week 10

Thursday, Nov. 2

Regional Consolation Games

South, Group 4

(2) Brick 34, (1) Clearview 14

Senior quarterback Ryan Bontorno tossed touchdown passes to Jayden Johnson and Germaine Rice, and Johnson also caught a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Christian Booker to headline a balanced offensive attack that led the Dragons (6-5) to a three-touchdown victory over the Pioneers (3-7) to end their season with a win.

Senior H-back Jake Toye ran for a touchdown to cap a long drive that gave Brick an early 7-0 lead. Booker threw a touchdown pass to Johnson and then Bontorno connected with Johnson for a 21-0 lead. Bontorno's scoring pass to Rice made it 28-0 and senior Travis Trempy capped the Dragons' scoring with a 45-yard touchdown run.


South, Group 3

1) Hopewell Valley 21, (2) Ocean 13


(3) Manchester 34, (4) Pinelands 21

Junior quarterback Aidan Lunn ran for three touchdowns and threw for another, while versatile junior Marquis Goins Jr. had a touchdown catch and a touchdown run to lead the Hawks (8-3) to a comeback win over the Wildcats (5-4) to conclude one of the best seasons in program history.

Manchester's eight wins this season are a school record. The previous high was six.

With standout senior running back Josh Love out of the game with an injury, Lunn and Goins spearheaded Manchester's offense as the Hawks scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter to erase a 21-14 deficit. Lunn had touchdown runs of 1 and 19 yards in the first half when the teams played to a 14-14 draw. Pinelands took a 21-14 lead into the fourth quarter thanks to a 79-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Ty Kline to senior wide receiver Mike Frawley.

Manchester pulled even on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Lunn to Goins and took a 28-21 lead on Goins' 3-yard touchdown run. Lunn cemented the victory with a 1-yard touchdown plunge following an interception by senior defensive back Antonio Sarama.

Goins also had an interception on defense while Matthias Payton recovered a fumble, recorded a sack, and made a team-high seven tackles. Kurtis Mayer, Manny Swain, and Dillon Colon also registered sacks.

Frawley had a huge game for Pinelands, tying his career-high with 11 catches and setting a career-high with 268 receiving yards. He finished his season with 68 catches for 1,141 and seven touchdowns to currently lead the Shore in catches and receiving yards.



South, Group 1

(1) Pennsville 35, (3) Keansburg 0


Consolation games

Red Bank 14, Lacey 7

Jah'Cire Jones ran for two touchdowns and the defense came up with a goal-line stand in the closing seconds to send the Bucs (2-6) to a dramatic victory over the Lions (3-8).


Middletown North 35, Ocean City 24

Senior quarterback Luke Sheehan tossed three touchdown passes and senior Ka'Ley Spearman-Young scored on the ground and through the air to lead the Lions (6-4) to a second-half comeback win over the Red Raiders (3-7).

Middletown North trailed by scores of 10-0 and 17-7 in the first half and was down 24-14 at halftime before scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half. Sheehan tossed touchdown passes to senior tight end Gavin Halloran and Spearman-Young to pull the Lions to within 17-14 late in the first half but Ocean City connected on a 66-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Walker Bailey to senior John Moyer with 36 seconds left to take a 10-point lead into the break.

Middletown North closed to 24-21 on a touchdown run by Spearman-Young in the third quarter and took a 28-24 lead on a short touchdown plunge by junior running back Shane Volante. Sheehan iced the game with a 17-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Dylan Briggs on third and seven with 3:20 left in the fourth quarter.

Bailey also tossed a 61-yard touchdown pass to Moyer, sophomore Ryan Hendricks ran for a 12-yard touchdown, and senior Ryder Hay kicked a 28-yard field goal to lead Ocean City.


Wall 33, Steinert 0


Lakewood 33, New Egypt 7


Asbury Park 30, Paterson Kennedy 7


Highland Park 46, Point Beach 29



Friday, Nov. 3

NJSIAA State Playoffs

Central Jersey Group 5

(1) Toms River North 54, (5) Freehold Township 13

Senior quarterback/safety Micah Ford ran for two touchdowns, threw two touchdown passes, returned an interception for a touchdown, and ran for a 2-point conversion to power the defending Group 5 champion Mariners (9-2) past the Patriots (7-4) and into the Central Jersey Group 5 final.

Ford ran for 107 yards on 11 carries and had touchdown runs of 2 and 19 yards, completed 3 of 5 passes for 109 yards and threw touchdown passes of 11 and 60 yards to senior Jeremiah Pruitt, and returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as Toms River North built a 33-13 halftime lead. Senior Tareq Council returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown and had another long punt return that set up a touchdown. Senior running back Josh Moore ran for a 12-yard touchdown and junior running back Mordecai Ford had an 80-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the game.

Junior quarterback Nick Cardone threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout GianPaul Cortes and a 5-yard touchdown pass to senior Nick Carnevale for Freehold Township.

Toms River North will host Washington Township in the Central Jersey Group 5 championship game next Friday at 6 p.m. The Minutemen defeated Rancocas Valley, 19-7, in the other semifinal game.


South Jersey Group 5

(3) Marlboro 12, (2) Hillsborough 0

Junior defensive back Luke Houston intercepted three passes as part of six turnovers forced by the Marlboro defense as the Mustangs (8-2) blanked the Raiders (8-3) to reach their first sectional final since 1994.

Senior Luke Rubin kicked two field goals, including a 37-yarder in the first quarter, and senior quarterback Brayden Klein tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Sam Hirsch.

Marlboro will travel to top-seeded Cherokee next Friday night for the South Jersey Group 5 title game.


Central Jersey Group 4

(6) Long Branch 21, (2) Brick Memorial 7

Senior quarterback Earnest Reevey ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Miguel Maldonado, senior running back Da'Von Craft ran for 119 yards and a touchdown, and junior linebacker Joseph Corley led a tenacious defense as the Green Wave (6-4) stunned the Mustangs (10-1) to reach their first sectional final since 2018.

Brick Memorial drove to the Long Branch 5-yard line on the game's opening possession but a fumble by quarterback Connor Dietz was recovered by Long Branch's Havier Gonzalez to end the drive. Long Branch went up 7-0 with 1:25 left in the first half on a 3-yard touchdown run by Reevey and Corley preserved the lead when he blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt by Jack Marotta on the final play of the half.

Long Branch extended its lead to 14-0 with a six-play, 70-yard drive to open the third quarter. Reevey found senior running back Zaheem Brown wide-open for 55 yards down to the 2-yard line, setting up Craft for a short touchdown run and a two-touchdown lead.

Brick Memorial answered with a nine-play, 69-yard drive that culminated with an 8-yard touchdown run by junior running back Kevin Andrews. Long Branch responded with another scoring drive, marching 85 yards in six plays to take a 21-7 lead on Reevey's 20-yard touchdown pass to Maldonado. Craft had a 35-yard run and a hit-to-the-head penalty on Brick Memorial one play later put the ball at the 25-yard line.

Brick Memorial drove to Long Branch's 5-yard line midway through the fourth quarter but the Green Wave came up with a stop on fourth and goal to take over on downs.

Long Branch will travel south to face top-seeded Winslow Township in the Central Jersey Group 4 final next Friday night. Winslow defeated Hammonton, 32-6, in its semifinal game.

Brick Memorial senior quarterback Connor Dietz unofficially ran for 131 yards to reach 5,000 yards for his career, He is the sixth player in Shore Conference history to rush for 5,000 yards.

Check back for a game story, photos, and video highlights.


South Jersey Group 4

(2) Mainland 49, (3) Colts Neck 7

Senior running back Chris Scully scored the lone touchdown for the Cougars (6-4), who fell behind early and could not overcome the undefeated Mustangs (11-0).


Central Jersey Group 3

(3) Camden 21, (2) Holmdel 7

Camden (9-1) built a 21-0 lead and held on to hand the Hornets (9-1) their only loss of the season. Sophomore quarterback Jack Cannon ran for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to account for Holmdel's points.


South Jersey Group 3

(1) Delsea 43, (4) Manasquan 7


Central Jersey Group 2

(1) Point Boro 49, (5) Cinnaminson 21

Senior running back Jake Croce ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries to become Point Boro's all-time leading rusher as the Panthers (9-1) blew out the Pirates (9-2) to reach their third sectional final in the last four seasons.

Croce now has 3.446 career yards to pass Brian Friedman, who set the previous record in 2004.

Senior quarterback Matt Oliphant ran for 179 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries and tossed two touchdown passes to senior slot back Brian Simoes. Freshman running back Clayton added 55 yards rushing and a touchdown as the Panthers rolled up 432 yards rushing and put up over 500 yards of offense.

Junior linebacker Colin Obser had eight tackles, junior linebacker Dylan Reitmeyer made seven tackles, and junior defensive end Nick Jankovich had a sack and five tackles.

Point Boro will host Willingboro in the Central Jersey Group 2 championship game next Friday at 7 p.m. Willingboro defeated Pleasantville, 57-29, in the other semifinal. Last season, Willingboro beat Point Boro, 50-30, in the Central Jersey Group 2 semifinals.


South Jersey Group 2

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 28, (5) Haddon Heights 7

Senior right end Jackson Gallagher caught three passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns and sophomore running back Kellen Murray ran for 121 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to lead the Bulldogs (6-4) past the Garnets (7-3) and into a sectional championship game for the 10th consecutive season.

Haddon Heights led 7-0 after the first quarter before a 3-yard touchdown run by senior Luke Marascio knotted the score 7-7 at halftime. Rumson went ahead for good on an 85-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Owen O'Toole to Gallagher, then added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard run by Murray and a 12-yard reception by Gallagher.

Rumson will host Haddonfield in the South Jersey Group 2 sectional final next Friday at 7 p.m. Haddonfield defeated Gloucester, 17-7, in the other semifinal game.


Central Jersey Group 1

(1) Schalick 16, (4) Shore 14

Quarterback Kenai Simmons scrambled for a 63-yard touchdown run with 1:20 left in regulation to send the undefeated Cougars (11-0) to a dramatic win over the Blue Devils (6-4) to advance to the Central Jersey Group 1 final.



Saturday, Nov. 4

NJSIAA State Playoffs

Non-Public A

(4) Donovan Catholic 31, (13) Paramus Catholic 28

Senior kicker Dante Priolo connected on a 30-yard field goal as time expired to give the Griffins (8-2) a thrilling victory over the Paladins (3-8) to advance to the Non-Public A quarterfinals.

Donovan Catholic led 21-0 in the first half but Paramus Catholic slowly chipped away at the Griffins' advantage and went ahead 28-21 on a 55-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Crew Colón to senior Jadin Johnson on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Griffins tied the score at 28 when senior quarterback Todd Lambertson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to sophomore fullback Jayden Nascimento with 8:01 left in regulation.

The Griffins forced a punt with 40 seconds left and took over at their own 43-yard line. They converted a fourth and 2 to put the ball at the Paramuc Catholic 27-yard line with seven seconds left. A late-hit penalty on the Paladins on the next play moved the ball to the 13-yard line and set up Priolo for the walk-off field goal.

Sophomore running back Najee Calhoun returned the game's opening kickoff 77 yards and then scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to give Donovan a quick 7-0 lead. Junior wide receiver Michael Thomas III then took a snap out of a wildcat formation and took off for a 20-yard touchdown with 2:46 left in the first quarter. Calhoun made it 21-0 on a 13-yard touchdown run with 9:34 left in the first half.

Xavier Williams got Paramus Catholic on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run shortly after Calhoun's touchdown and the teams went to halftime with Donovan holding a 21-7 lead. Colón tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Kenyon Massey with 7:37 left in the quarter to pull PC within seven points. The Paladins tied the game at 21 on an interception return for a touchdown by Williams with 3:44 left in the third quarter.

Donovan Catholic will host fifth-seeded St. Augustine in the quarterfinals next week. The Griffins defeated the Hermits, 21-16, in Week 0.


Consolation game

Hamilton West 7, Jackson Liberty 0






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