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Week 2

Friday, Sept. 8

American Division

No. 1 Toms River North 42, No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 21

Senior quarterback Micah Ford ran for 237 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns to power the Mariners (3-0, 1-0) past the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-1) in a marquee divisional matchup between state-ranked teams.

Ford had touchdown runs of 18, 81, 9, and 4 yards in addition to throwing a 63-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Jeremiah Pruitt and a 54-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Camryn Thomas. Pruitt finished with three receptions for 97 yards.

Rumson junior quarterback Owen O'Toole completed 15 of 30 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Jackson Gallagher had a 92-yard touchdown reception on a catch-and-run on the first play from scrimmage and a 9-yard touchdown pass to senior Matteo Gangemi. Sophomore running back Kellen Murray had a 6-yard touchdown run.

Check back for a game story, photos by Ray Rich Photography, and video highlights.


No. 5 Middletown South 35, No. 15 Wall 29

Senior defensive back Owen Richter intercepted a pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown with 2:17 left to lift the Eagles (2-1, 1-1) to a scintillating victory over the Crimson Knights (1-2, 0-1).

Wall led 29-27 after Middletown South scored but could not convert the 2-point conversion with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter. On the go-ahead touchdown, Wall attempted a short pass to the right side but Richter, who was coming on a blitz, jumped to deflect the pass in the backfield, caught the carom, and raced 43 yards to the end zone to put Middletown South on top.

Senior quarterback Jake Czwakiel returned after missing most of the first two games and completed 4 of 8 passes for 24 yards, ran for 23 yards on two carries, and scored a 2-point conversion. Senior running back Colin Gallagher ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, Jesse Burbank ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on two carries, and Brendan Sliva ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

Gallagher was outstanding on defense yet again with 12 tackles, one sack, and four tackles for loss. Richter had 1.5 tackles for loss in addition to his game-winning pick-6 and Guiseppe Massagli recorded one sack.

Middletown South led 14-0 before Wall got on the board via a 27-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Andrew Olsen to senior wide receiver Nick Wonsala. The Eagles returned the ensuing kickoff onside Wall territory and scored five plays later to take a 21-7 lead. Olsen connected with Wolsala again to pull the Knights within one score but Middletown South blocked the extra point to hold a 21-13 lead.

Wall's Shea Brennan then recovered a fumble on defense before catching a touchdown pass from Olsen to pull Wall within two points, however, the 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful leaving Middletown South ahead, 21-19, at halftime.

Wall took a 26-21 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by junior running back Mason Adam that was set up by his own 43-yard run. A 28-yard field goal by Kai Smith gave Wall a 29-21 lead in the fourth quarter before Middletown South rallied with two touchdowns in the final 2:44.

Olsen completed 13 of 22 passes for 146 yards with three touchdowns and one interception and Adam ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries for Wall. Wonsala had three catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns and Brennan caught four passes for 45 yards and a score.


Colonial Division

No. 9 Manalapan 33, No. 8 Long Branch 6

Junior quarterback Ryan Dougherty completed 12 of 20 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns while Aidan Wilmot and Anthony Hammel led a stingy defense that propelled the Braves (2-1, 1-0) to an emphatic victory over the Green Wave (1-2, 0-1) in a ranked showdown between division title contenders.

Senior wideout Anthony Macchio caught four passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns and junior receiver Jackson Pfister hauled in a 52-yard touchdown reception. Running backs Jason Rodriguez and Ah'sere Woolfolk combined for 150 yards rushing with one touchdown run each.

Wilmot recorded nine tackles, one sack, and one interception while Hammel had two sacks and an interception.


Raritan 16, Red Bank 7

A 5-yard touchdown run by Xavier Nunes early in the third quarter put the Rockets (1-2, 1-0) on top and the defense did the rest to propel Raritan to a divisional victory over the Bucs (0-2, 0-1).

Jayden Craft added a 2-yard touchdown run later in the second half to extend Raritan's lead to 16-7. Senior quarterback Logan Goldsberry completed 12 of 13 passes for 130 yards and Nunez caught five passes for 82 yards and ran for 37 yards on six carries. Craft had four catches for 31 yards and 25 yards rushing on three carries. Matthew Jones ran for a team-high 66 yards on 19 carries.

Senior linebacker Kyle Walling led Raritan's defense with 14 tackles and junior linebacker Jobby Dekis posted 11 tackles with one tackle for loss.


Constitution Division

Ocean 29, Asbury Park 12


Holmdel 20, St. John Vianney 14 (OT)

Senior running back Gary Collyer scored on a 9-yard run in overtime as the Hornets (2-0, 1-0) rallied in the final three minutes of regulation and overtime to upend the Lancers (0-3, 0-1) and match their win total from last season.

It is Holmdel's first win over St. John Vianney since 2010, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Lancers.

A 23-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Jack Cannon tied the game with 2:23 left in the fourth quarter. St. John Vianney was up 14-7 from late in the second quarter when Luca Minardo scored on a 67-yard touchdown run. Minardo also had a 76-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring before Holmdel tied it 7-7 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Matt Iulo.

Senior running back Anthony Setteducate ran for a team-high 100 yards on eight carries as part of a 318-yard effort for Holmdel's split-back veer offense. Collyer ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, Iuolo ran for 70 yards and a touchdown, and Cannon ran for 65 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and completed 6 of 10 passes for 85 yards.

Collyer added four receptions for 38 yards and Andrew Piscatelli had a 40-yard catch.


Freedom Division

No. 7 Jackson Memorial 21, Lacey 0

Sophomore running back Jonah Glenn exploded for a career-high 207 yards rushing and one touchdown on 23 carries and the defense was lights out to deliver the Jaguars (2-0, 1-0) a shutout victory over the Lions (0-3, 0-1).

Junior quarterback Dennis Caswell completed 5 of 7 passes for 122 yards and ran for a 7-yard touchdown. Senior receiver Albert D'Alessandro ran for a 1-yard touchdown and caught three passes for 77 yards. Senior wideout Jaiden Hernandez caught three passes for 55 yards.

Sophomore linebacker Jacob Zapata made a team-high 10 tackles, senior linebacker Ethan Kalinauskas had six tackles with two tackles for loss, and senior defensive end Shaun Hubbard had six tackles, a sack, and a tackle for loss. D'Alessandro and sophomore Marcus Simmelkjaer recovered fumbles.

Senior quarterback Nicholas Maertens led Lacey with 104 yards rushing and 78 yards passing. Senior Trevor Santucci caught six passes for 53 yards. Junior linebacker Corey Smith recorded 12 tackles with two tackles for loss and junior defensive end Giovanni Maldanis had a sack and two tackles for loss.


No. 10 Marlboro 31, No. 14 Southern 0

Senior running back Matt Cassidy ran for a pair of touchdowns, quarterback Brayden Klein ran for a touchdown, and receiver Michael Consolazio ran for a 95-yard touchdown to send the Mustangs (2-0, 1-0) to a convincing win over the Rams (2-1, 0-1) in a ranked matchup.

Klein ran for 80 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and completed 6 of 9 passes for 85 yards. Consolazio scored on a 95-yard run on his only carry of the game and junior Christian LaFonte ran for 71 yards on nine carries. Cassidy was held to 38 yards on 12 carries but scored twice. Senior Luke Rubin added a 27-yard field goal and went 4-for-4 on extra points.

Junior defensive backs Luke Houston and Brayden Bradley had interceptions on defense while senior defensive back Nick Scaff recorded a team-high nine tackles and broke up two passes. Senior linebacker Anthony Tropeano made eight tackles with one tackle for loss and Cassidy also had eight tackles.


No. 12 Middletown North 14, No. 16 Howell 12

Senior tight end Gavin Halloran and junior running back Shane Volante scored touchdowns and the Lions (2-1, 1-0) stopped the Rebels (0-2, 0-1) on a 2-point conversion attempt with 5:09 remaining to win a ranked matchup to begin division play.

Howell led 6-0 before Middletown South took a 7-6 lead just before halftime when Halloran secured a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Luke Sheehan. It remained that way until 9:02 remaining in the fourth quarter when a long reception by senior wideout Dylan Briggs set up Volante for a touchdown run and a 14-6 Lions advantage.

Sheehan completed 14 of 21 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown and Briggs caught six passes for 110 yards to lead Middletown North's offense. Junior cornerback TJ Rey made nine tackles with one tackle for loss and two pass breakups and junior Michael Dwyer and sophomore Jack Viola recorded sacks. Junior defensive end Brody Tooker had seven tackles with one tackle for loss and senior linebacker Justin Soto had six tackles with one tackle for loss.


Independence Division

No. 11 Brick Memorial 49, Barnegat 14

Senior quarterback Connor Dietz completed 8 of 10 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries as the Mustangs (3-0, 1-0) jumped on the Bengals (0-3, 0-1) early and rolled to victory in the division opener for both teams.

Junior running back Kevin Andrews ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and had a 17-yard touchdown reception. Senior Nicco Maribo caught two passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and senior wideout Jasaan Whittaker caught three passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Nyzier Matthews had one reception for 45 yards.

Johnnel Johnson ran for 152 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and Myquan Rush ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for Barnegat.


Freehold Township 20, Matawan 18

Junior quarterback Nick Cardone and senior wide receiver GianPaul Cortes connected on three touchdown receptions and the defense stopped a two-point conversion attempt with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter to deliver the Patriots (2-1, 1-0) a hard-fought victory over the Huskies (0-3, 0-1).

Cardone completed 16 of 27 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns and Cortes caught three passes for 83 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Noah Cancela caught six passes for 49 yards and senior wideout Nick Carnevale had six receptions for 48 yards.

Carnevale also intercepted a pass and made seven tackles while junior Jake Minniear had a team-leading 10 tackles.

Junior running back Colin Palumbo ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries to lead Matawan. Junior quarterback Am'ir Martinez completed 6 of 9 passes for 88 yards with one touchdown and one interception, tossing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keyshaun Sylvester.

Palumbo also tied for the team-high with 10 tackles, matched by MorganBlake Gagneron.


Liberty Division

Pinelands 19, Neptune 0

Senior wide receiver Mike Frawley caught six passes for 99 yards and a 44-yard touchdown and senior strong safety Liam Villinger had 14 tackles with three tackles for loss as the Wildcats (2-0, 1-0) blanked the Scarlet Fliers (1-1, 0-1) to improve to 2-0 for the first time in 13 years.

Gerald Newsome returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and junior running back Jaimin Parkinson had a 1-yard touchdown run that was set up by a 32-yard catch by Frawley. Quarterback Ty Kline completed 11 of 15 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown and Parkinson finished with 81 yards on 17 carries.

Shayne Gordon added 10 tackles with two tackles for loss, Eric Kobilnyk had eight tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss, and Chase Martin made seven tackles with two tackles for loss.

Neptune senior running back Eddie Gren ran for 112 yards on 22 carries.


Toms River East 35, Central 22

Avery Phillips ran for two touchdowns and the Raiders' (1-2, 1-0) special teams delivered two blocked punts which they returned for touchdowns as they stormed past the Golden Eagles (1-2, 0-1) to pick up their first win of the season.

Luke Brush and Justin Bell returned said blocked punts for touchdowns while Nevin Hart added a rushing touchdown. Phillips' rushing touchdowns were from 21 and 50 yards out. Junior running back Christian Valeo ran for 102 yards on 11 carries and junior quarterback Anthony DeMarco ran for 85 yards on 10 carries.

Phillips and Alexander Hall helped lead the Toms River East defense with one sack and two tackles for loss each. Phillips also blocked both punts that were returned for touchdowns. Senior cornerback Brandon Peins intercepted a pass and junior defensive lineman James Lynch recovered a fumble.


Toms River South 6, Monmouth 0


Patriot Division

Manchester 41, Point Beach 13

Senior running back Josh Love ran for 244 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries - all in the first half - as the Hawks (3-0, 1-0) built a 34-point halftime lead en route to a lopsided victory over the Garnet Gulls (0-3, 0-1).

Ny'Zyr Battle caught a touchdown pass from Aidan Lunn and Malik Pharmes added a touchdown run. Dom Hunt and Antonio Sarama intercepted passes on defense and Justyce Garcia recovered a fumble.


Jackson Liberty 27, Keansburg 16

Tucker Pazinko ran for two touchdowns in the third quarter when the Lions (1-1, 1-0) snapped a 14-all tie and pulled away from the Titans (0-2, 0-1).

Justin Uhteg forced a fumble, recovered the loose ball, and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to start the scoring. Joe Accordino then broke off a 42-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 Jackson Liberty lead. Keansburg tied the game with two second-quarter touchdowns before Pazinko scored on a 2-yard run and again on a 20-yard run.




Saturday, Sept. 9

Independence Division

Brick 14, Freehold 7

A touchdown pass of 70 yards from senior quarterback Ryan Bontorno to junior wide receiver Jayden Johnson with four minutes left in regulation broke a seven-all tie and sent the Dragons (3-0, 1-0) past the Colonials (1-1, 0-1) to remain undefeated.

Freehold took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Rushton to Qu'Amere Everett. Brick tied the score on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Bontorno to Johnson.

The game went to halftime tied 7-7 before a long weather delay forced the game to be suspended until it resumed on Sunday morning.

Bontorno had a career-best game with 234 yards passing and two touchdowns on 14 of 21 passing (1 INT). Johnson caught five passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns and sophomore Justice Morgan ran for 83 yards on 18 carries.

Senior Jake Toye had a huge all-around game with 15 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 quarterback pressures, a pass breakup, four catches for 55 yards, three carries for 14 yards, and one passing completion for 15 yards. He also averaged 35 yards on four punts.


Patriot Division

Keyport 41, Lakewood 16

Senior quarterback Nazir Treadwell ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries and completed 8 of 8 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns to send the Red Raiders (2-1, 1-0) to a victory over the Piners (0-2, 0-1).

Junior receiver Andrei Matthews also had a huge afternoon with five catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Mike Ford caught two passes for 26 yards and a t touchdown and sophomore Mekai Henderson ran for 82 yards on 10 carries. Ryan Burns led the defense with five tackles, one sack, and four tackles for loss while Marshall Colangelo went 4-for-4 on extra points.







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