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Week 11

Friday, Nov. 10

NJSIAA State Playoffs

Sectional Championship Games

Shore Conference Football Scoreboard: Nov 10, 2023


Central Jersey Group 5

(1) Toms River North 49, (2) Washington Township 14

Senior quarterback Micah Ford ran for 269 yards on 24 carries, completed 3 of 6 passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns, and returned an interception for a touchdown as the Mariners (10-2) pummeled the Minutemen (9-3) to repeat as sectional champions and claim their eighth title overall.

The Mariners rushed for 382 yards with senior running back Josh Moore, junior quarterback TJ Valerio, and junior running back Mordecai Ford running for scores. Senior Tareq Council had a touchdown catch and an interception return for a touchdown and junior wideout Nasir Jackson had a touchdown catch on the final play of the second half when Toms River North opened a 28-14 lead. Junior linebacker Blaise Boland continued his breakout season with two sacks and two tackles for loss.

The Mariners will travel to Burlington County to face South Jersey Group 5 champion Cherokee in the Group 5 semifinals next Friday.


South Jersey Group 5

(1) Cherokee 19, (3) Marlboro 13 (2OT)

Senior kicker Luke Rubin kicked two field goals, including a game-tying 20-yard field goal with 1:35 left in regulation, and senior running back Matt Cassidy ran for a touchdown in overtime, but the Mustangs were outlasted by the Chiefs in double overtime to end their banner season.

Cherokee led 3-0 on a 30-yard field goal by senior Tommy Pajic with 14 seconds left in the first half. Marlboro tied it up when Rubin connected on a 34-yard field goal in the third quarter before Cherokee re-took the lead, 6-3, when Pajic boomed a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.

After Rubin's tying field goal, both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime period. Senior quarterback Ryan Bender put Cherokee up 13-6 when he connected with Trent Osborn for a 24-yard catch-and-run touchdown on a slant. Marlboro tied it on a 2-yard run by Cassidy to force double overtime.

Marlboro could not find the end zone on its possession in double overtime and Cherokee clinched the title on a 5-yard touchdown run by junior running back Murad Campfield.

Campfield ran for 117 yards on 23 carries, 25 of which came in the second overtime period, while Bender ran for 115 yards on 17 carries. Cassidy led Marlboro's offense with 131 yards rushing on 31 carries,

The championship is Cherokee's 12th sectional title in program history. Marlboro was seeking its second title and first since 1994.

Cherokee will host Central Jersey Group 5 champion Toms River North in the Group 5 semifinals next Friday.


Central Jersey Group 4

(1) Winslow 41, (6) Long Branch 7

Earnest Reevey threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Aulander Daniels to account for the Green Wave's only touchdown as their title hopes were dashed by a powerful Eagles team.

Quarterback Deante Ruffin threw for 229 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown, and junior receiver Cam Miller caught four passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns to lead Winslow to its second sectional title in program history. Ruffin connected with Miller on touchdown passes of 32, 39, and 65 yards, and Texas A&M commit Jaylen Hornsby had a 49-yard touchdown catch. Kameron Brown added. a 25-yard touchdown run.

Miller also had an interception on defense. Daniels had an interception for Long Branch's defense.

Winslow will host South Jersey Group 4 champion Mainland in the Group 4 semifinals. Mainland improved to 12-0 with a statement-making 35-13 victory over Millville to repeat as sectional champions.


Central Jersey Group 2

(2) Willingboro 26, (1) Point Boro 21

Sophomore quarterback Lamar Best threw for 204 yards and a touchdown and ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Chimeras (10-2) past the Panthers (9-2) to win their second straight sectional title.

It was a back-and-forth game with multiple lead changes until Best put Willingboro up for good with a 3-yard touchdown run with 4:31 left in the game. The Chimeras then recovered a Point Boro fumble at the Panthers' 30-yard line and gained two first downs to run out the clock and clinch the championship.

Senior quarterback Matt Oliphant ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Jake Croce ran for 65 yards and a touchdown to lead Point Boro. The Panthers took a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Oliphant. He also had a 57-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 14 in the second quarter.

A sack on a Willingboro punt by Jayson Bennett set up the Panthers with a short field and two plays later Croce scored on a 12-yard touchdown run to give Point Boro a 7-0 lead. Willingboro answered immediately when Best connected with Terrance Knighton for an 80-yard touchdown.

In the second quarter, Point Boro turned the ball over on downs at the Willingboro 26-yard line, and once again the Chimeras scored on the next play, this time with Best breaking a 74-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 lead. Point Boro tied the game when Nick Jankovich sacked Best on fourth down and on the next play Oliphant busted loose for a 57-yard touchdown.

Willingboro will head back to the Shore next week to face South Jersey Group 2 champion Rumson-Fair Haven in the Group 2 semifinals.


South Jersey Group 2

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 14, (2) Haddonfield 7

Senior tight end Jackson Gallagher and sophomore running back Kellen Murray scored first-half touchdowns and junior defensive back Jacob Tobias broke up a pass on fourth and goal with one minute left in the fourth quarter to deliver the Bulldogs (7-4) a dramatic victory over the Haddons (9-2) for the program's eighth sectional title.

Junior quarterback Owen O'Toolle tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Gallagher on fourth down to give Rumson a 7-0 lead with 4:53 left in the first quarter. Haddonfield responded on the next series to tie the score, 7-7, on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Declan McCarthy. Rumson took the lead for good on a 2-yard touchdown run by Murray with 1:39 left in the second quarter.

The teams went back and forth with defensive stops until Haddonfield recovered an RFH fumble at the Rumson 30-yard line with 2:32 left. The Haddons drove to the 5-yard line but a fourth-down pass on a quick out to the tight end was broken up by Tobias to force a turnover on downs.

The sectional title is Rumson's eighth, all of which have come since 2010. The Bulldogs will host Central Jersey Group 2 champion Willingboro in the semifinals next Friday. Rumson defeated Willingboro, 42-6, in last season's Group 2 semifinals.



Non-Public B Semifinals

(1) Red Bank Catholic 35, (4) Holy Spirit 21

Senior wide receiver Emanuel Ross had an 80-yard touchdown run and a 14-yard touchdown catch and junior quarterback Frankie Williams threw three touchdown passes to lead the Caseys (9-1) past the Spartans (8-2) to advance to their third straight Non-Public B state final.

Ross's touchdown run and a touchdown pass from Williams to senior tight end Jack Bohm-Squicciarini gave RBC a 14-0 lead. Holy Spirit got on the board via a touchdown pass by Ty Costabile but the Caseys answered on a 43-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Luke Lonczak to open a 21-7 advantage.

Following a bad snap on a Holy Spirit punt that RBC recovered at the Spartans' 22-yard line. Williams capped the quick drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Luke Wassef. Ross's 14-yard touchdown catch with 3:48 left in the third quarter gave the Caseys a commanding 35-7 lead.

RBC will play DePaul for the Non-Public B state title on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. It will be the third straight season the two teams have met in the state final. RBC won 13-8 in 2021 to win the championship and DePaul returned the favor last season with a 19-17 victory.


Saturday, Nov. 11

NJSIAA State Playoffs

Non-Public A Quarterfinals

(4) Donovan Catholic 7, (5) St. Augustine 6

Sophomore running back Najee Calhoun ran for a touchdown in the first quarter, the defensive field goal unit blocked a field goal and an extra point, and sophomore defensive back Emanuel Gernea intercepted a pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter as the Griffins (9-2) edged the Hermits (8-3) for the second time this season to advance to the Non-Public A semifinals.

It is the first time Donovan Catholic has reached the state semifinals under the current playoff format. The Griffins will travel to top-seeded Bergen Catholic next Saturday.

Donovan forced a punt on the game's opening series and then went to work on a scoring drive that ended with Calhoun in the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown run. Dante Priolo added the eventual game-winning point by covering the extra point.

St. Augustine drove to Donovan's 15-yard line with 30 seconds left in the first half but the Griffins blocked a field goal attempt to take a 7-0 lead into halftime.

The Hermits broke through with 1:53 left in the third quarter when junior running back Julian Turney scored on a 10-yard run. However, the Griffins blocked the extra point to hold a 7-6 lead.

A 40-yard pass from senior quarterback Ryan Gambill to sophomore receiver Paris Pratt helped St. Augustine move inside Donovan's 30-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. The Hermits attempted a trick play with Turney taking the ball on a double reverse and throwing to the end zone, but Gerena picked off the pass in the back of the end zone and dragged a foot in bounds for a crucial turnover.

Gerena then made a great catch along the sideline for a first down and Donovan gained two more first downs on runs by senior quarterback Todd Lambertson and Calhoun to run out the clock and clinch a trip to the state semifinals.


Wednesday, Nov. 8

Consolation Games

Red Bank 14, Steinert 7

The Bucs scored two touchdowns in the game's final five minutes to rally for a stunning win over the Spartans.

Trailing 7-0, Liam Stock blocked a Steinert field goal attempt and Sam Dengler scooped the loose ball and raced 75 yards for a touchdown. However, the extra point was unsuccessful, leaving the Bucs behind, 7-6. The RBR defense then forced a punt and the offense drove 45 yards for the winning score on a 4-yard run by Jah'Cire Jones. Jones also ran in the 2-point conversion for a 14-7 lead.

Stack had a big day with two interceptions in addition to his blocked punt. Red Bank improved to 3-6.


Thursday, Nov. 9

Consolation Games

Middletown South 28, Plainfield 18


Lakewood 30, Bordentown 20







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