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Week 3

Thursday, Sept. 14

Colonial Division

No. 6 Point Boro 51, Red Bank 13

Senior quarterback Matt Oliphant ran for 230 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries and also threw a touchdown - all in the first half - to lead the Panthers (3-0, 2-0) to a blowout victory over the Bucs (0-3, 0-2).

Junior running back Colin Obser caught the touchdown pass from Oliphant and also ran for a 30-yard touchdown. Sophomore Calvin Videon-Perino ran for a 50-yard touchdown and freshman running back Jake Clayton had 40 yards rushing on two carries.

Obser was also a standout on defense with eight tackles and one sack. Junior Paul Hagenmeyer recorded two sacks and senior Owen Dewysockie posted six tackles.


No. 13 Colts Neck 35, No. 8 Manalapan 0

Senior running back Chris Scully ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries and the defense put together a dominant night as the Cougars (1-2, 1-1) returned from their bye week to deliver an authoritative win over the Braves (2-2, 1-1).

Scully scored twice in the first half before Ethan Mathieu returned a fumble for a touchdown to give Colts Neck a 21-0 halftime lead. Scully's third touchdown made it 28-0 and John Sherrod added a touchdown with 1:07 left in the third quarter for a 35-0 advantage.

Sherrod led the charge on defense with 10 total tackles, a sack, and three tackles for loss. Senior Dean Collier had 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss and David Fichtenbaum intercepted a pass. Colts Neck's defense posted a total of seven sacks with Peter Fiicorelli, Eric Louriero, Anthony Lombardi, Charley Whalen, and James Bertan getting in on the action.


Constitution Division

Shore 17, Ocean 0

Senior running back Lucas White ran for 100 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and senior defensive end/tight end Jackson Whitacre caught a touchdown pass and recorded double-digit tackles, one sack, and four tackles for loss to lead the Blue Devils (2-1, 1-1) to a shutout victory over the Spartans (2-1, 1-1).

White broke a 60-yard run in the second quarter that led to junior quarterback Josh Moeller tossing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Whitacre on fourth-and-2. White added a 2-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds left in the first half. Sophomore John Mazzacco connected on a 20-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in the third quarter to extend Shore's lead to 17-0.

Shore's defense held Ocean to 86 yards of offense and six first downs.

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Holmdel 36, Asbury Park 0

Sophomore quarterback Jack Cannon tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another and senior running back AJ Todisco ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Hornets (3-0, 2-0) blanked the Blue Bishops (0-3, 0-2) to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2020.

Todisco scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and on a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Cannon threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Andrew Piscatelli in the second quarter, ran for a 33-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the second half, and connected with senior Gary Collyer on a 51-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter.

Setteducate ran for 109 yards on 10 carries, Todisco ran for 49 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, and Cannon ran for 54 yards and a touchdown on two carries and completed all three of his pass attempts for 70 yards and two scores. The Hornets ran for 250 yards on an average of 8.9 yards per carry.


Freedom Division

No. 9 Marlboro 17, Howell 7

Senior quarterback Brayden Klein threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Sam Hirsch in the third quarter to break a seven-all tie and send the Mustangs (3-0, 2-0) past the rival Rebels (0-3, 0-2) to start 3-0 for the third straight season.

Senior running back Matt Cassidy ran for 185 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and gave Marlboro a 7-0 lead with a 2-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. The Mustangs took that lead into halftime to conclude a dominant first two quarters in which they held Howell to five yards of offense and zero first downs.

The Rebels answered on the opening drive of the third quarter when Brandon Wright scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 70-yard drive. Klein's touchdown pass to Hirsch put Marlboro ahead for good and senior Luke Rubin converted a career-long 39-yard field goal with 9:24 left for a 17-7 advantage.

Marlboro senior linebacker Michael Consolazio had an incredible game with six sacks among his 10 total tackles, leading the way for a defense that has allowed just 14 points in three games. Junior linebacker Nicholas Diadema posted a sack and two tackles for loss and junior defensive back Luke Houston broke up two passes. Senior Anthony Tropeano tied Consolazio for the team-high with 10 tackles.



Independence Division

No. 10 Brick Memorial 34, Matawan 24

Senior quarterback Connor Dietz ran for 199 yards and four touchdowns, junior running back Kevin Andrews ran for 50 yards and a touchdown, and junior defensive lineman Joe Cunningham intercepted a pass with under a minute left as the Mustangs (4-0, 2-0) held off an upset bid by the Huskies (0-4, 0-2) to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2003.

Brick Memorial led 21-12 with 7:35 left in the third quarter after a 21-yard touchdown run by Dietz before Matawan closed to 21-18 when sophomore wideout Welman Crooms took a short pass and turned it into a 52-yard touchdown reception with 3:51 left in the third quarter.

Dietz put Brick Memorial ahead, 27-18, with a four-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter but Matawan answered on a 9-yard touchdown run by junior running back Colin Palumbo. Matawan stopped Brick Memorial a forced a punt with 3:38 left and appeared to have taken the lead but a 65-yard touchdown pass was negated by a tripping penalty. Cuunningham's interception with 57 seconds left gave the ball back to Brick Memorial and Dietz scored from two yards to seal the victory.

Matawan struck first to take a 6-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Palumbo that was set up by his own 39-yard run. Brick Memorial went ahead, 7-6, on a 23-yard touchdown run by Andrews with 7:15 left in the first quarter. Matawan took a 12-7 lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Am'ir Martinez to senior wideout Cameron Cooper. Dietz capped a long drive with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter to give Brick Memorial 13-12 halftime lead.

Palumbo ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries to lead the way for Matawan. Martinez threw for 168 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and ran for 39 yards on six carries. Crooms caught five passes for 85 yards and a touchdown and Cooper had four receptions for 47 yards and a score.

Senior Nicco Maribo led Brick Memorial's defense with 12 tackles (9 solo), a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker Trey Tallmadge made 11 tackles (10 solo) while AJ Ermantraut and Ny'zier Whittaker had 10 tackles each.


No. 16 Freehold Township 21, Freehold 7

Junior quarterback Nick Cardone threw for 181 yards and three touchdowns and senior receiver Nick Carnevale caught four passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots (3-1, 2-0) topped the rival Colonials (1-2, 0-2) to hold onto "The Duke" trophy for another year.

Junior Noah Cancela caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown and Cardone ran for a team-high 65 yards on eight carries. Senior GianPaul Cortes had a team-high five catches for 64 yards. Senior linebacker Nick Whisten led the defense with 12 tackles and one tackle for loss.


Patriot Division

Keyport 54, Jackson Liberty 26

Big plays by senior quarterback Nazir Treadwell, junior Andrei Matthews, and sophomore Mekai Henerson powered the Red Raiders (3-1, 2-0) to a dominant victory over the Lions (1-2, 1-1).

Jackson Liberty returned the game's opening kickoff for a touchdown and Matthews answered with an 80-yard return to the 5-yard line that set up Treadwell for a touchdown. Matthews then scored on a 45-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 Keyport lead in the first quarter. Treadwell then scored from eight yards out and Henderson found the end zone on a 2-yard run to open a 26-7 lead for the Red Raiders midway through the second quarter.

Keyport's lead grew to 32-7 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Treadwell. Jackson Liberty made it 32-14 with a touchdown pass with 12 seconds left in the first half. Matthews got those points right back for Keyport with an 80-yard kickoff return touchdown to begin the second half for a 46-14 lead. Treadwell capped the scoring for Keyport with a 60-yard touchdown run.




Friday, Sept. 15

American Division

No. 4 Donovan Catholic 21, No. 1 Toms River North 7 - Game Story

Donovan Catholic's defense held Toms River North to 156 yards of offense and sophomore running back Najee Calhoun ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns as the Griffins put together a tremendous effort to stun the top-ranked Mariners and put an end to their 17-game winning streak.

Toms River North struck first on a 36-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Micah Ford to senior receiver Jeremiah Pruitt with 5:03 left in the first quarter. Donovan answered on the next drive when senior quarterback Todd Lambertson connected with a wide-open Emanuel Gerena for a 49-yard touchdown.

The game remained tied 7-7 until Donovan took a 14-7 lead on a 3-yard touchdown run by Calhoun on fourth-and-1 with 6:36 left in the game. Toms River North appeared poised to tie the game at 14 but a wide-open receiver dropped a sure touchdown on first down from the Donovan 32-yard line. On the next play, Ford was stopped for no gain and was injured on the play. He limped off the field and did not return, and Donovan capitalized by coming up with a sack on fourth down against backup quarterback TJ Valerio.

The Griffins iced the game on its next possession when, after a touchdown run by Michael Thomas III was negated by a penalty, Calhoun broke free for a 59-yard touchdown run and a 21-7 lead with 1:19 on the clock, clinching one of the biggest wins in the history of Donovan Catholic's football program.

Senior cornerback Najee Morgan and senior linebacker Roman Moyers both intercepted passes for the Griffins' defense with both turnovers occurring inside the Donovan 25-yard line. Moyers and senior linebacker JJ Correa had one sack each and senior defensive linemen Sam Rock III and Zaeir Day had half a sack each. A phenomenal team defensive effort held Ford to 104 yards rushing on 14 carries and limited him to 51 yards on 4 of 12 passing with two interceptions. Toms River North gained just 35 yards in the second half.


No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 46, No. 15 Wall 0

Junior quarterback Frankie Williams threw a touchdown pass to senior wideout Emanuel Ross and also ran for a touchdown as the Caseys (2-1, 1-0) returned from their bye week to put together a dominant victory over the Crimson Knights (1-3, 0-2).

Williams completed 9 of 11 passes for 159 yards and a 27-yard touchdown pass to Ross and ran for 31 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Senior running back Luke Wassef ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on just four carries, junior running back Matthew Lonczak ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and junior running back Jamie Gutridge ran for a touchdown. RBC ran for 255 yards on an average of 8.8 yards per carry. Sophomore Johnny Williams caught two passes for a team-high 65 yards.


Colonial Division

No. 14 Long Branch 33, Raritan 16

Davon Craft and Zaheem Brown each ran for two touchdowns and Quentin Fisher tossed a touchdown pass to Nehemiah Lambert to lead the Green Wave (2-2, 1-1) past the Rockets (1-2, 1-1) to snap a two-game losing streak.

Craft, making his season debut after transferring from Neptune, scored on runs of six and eight yards. Brown had a 21-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Lambert's touchdown reception was from 10 yards out.

Jayden Craft ran for a touchdown to get Raritan on the board in the fourth quarter.


Constitution Division

Manasquan 21, St. John Vianney 12

Austin Griffith and Frank Furfaro each threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter and the Warriors (2-1, 2-0) shut out the Lancers (0-4, 0-2) in the second half to pull out the road victory.

Manasquan took the lead for good when Griffith found Caden Eastmond in the back of the endzone for a 14-yard touchdown connection on 3rd-and-10, giving the Warriors a 14-12 lead after Joey Dettlinger’s extra point.

Furfaro added to the lead with another clutch play by a Manasquan quarterback in the third. On 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line, Furfaro faked a handoff, rolled to his right, and flipped an on-target pass to Will Burns, who slipped out of the backfield to catch the fourth-down touchdown pass and make it 21-12.

St. John Vianney jumped on top on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Vallely to freshman tailback Abdul Turay to cap an opening drive that lasted 5:28 and spanned 70 yards. Manasquan blocked the extra point and early in the fourth, Eastmond blocked a 26-yard field goal attempt that could have pulled St. John Vianney within six points.

Manasquan answered thanks to a turnover, with Jack Mead forcing a fumble that Noah Mammeri returned to the Lancers' three-yard line. Griffith pushed into the endzone from one yard out on third down to make it 7-6 after the extra point.

Turay gave St. John Vianney a 12-7 lead with a 15-yard touchdown run with 4:50 left in the half. Turay stood at 68 rushing yards on 13 carries after the touchdown, but Manasquan held him to minus-four yards on two attempts after halftime.

Julian Walthal rushed for 52 yards on 19 carries while hauling in three passes for 37 yards for Manasquan.

Vallely completed 10-of-16 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, while Dante Campagna caught five passes for 78 yards for St. John Vianney. Luca Minardo totaled 73 yards rushing (49) and receiving (24) for the Lancers.


Freedom Division

No. 7 Jackson Memorial 34, No. 11 Middletown North 17

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Lacey 14, Southern 10

Senior quarterback Nicholas Maertens threw touchdown passes to seniors Aaron Tobia and Trevor Santucci and ran for a team-high 77 yards on 17 carries to lead the Lions (1-3, 1-1) past the Rams (2-2, 0-2) for their first win of the season.

Maertens also had a sack on defense while Tobia and junior Corey Smith had interceptions. Lacey's defense held Southern to 150 yards of offense and zero points. The Rams scored their lone touchdown on a fumble return by AJ Sanchez.


Independence Division

No. 12 Brick 21, Barnegat 13

Justice Morgan had touchdown runs of 11 and two yards and Jayden Johnson caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Christian Booker as the Dragons (4-0, 2-0) beat the Bengals (0-4, 0-2) to start 4-0 for the first time since 2015. Senior Kurt Weiboldt added a 26-yard field goal.

Myquan Rush-Esdaile ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead Barnegat. He scored on runs of 18 and 23 yards. Rush-Esdaile also had 15 tackles with one tackle for loss on defense. Linebacker Cole Toddings had a team-high 16 tackles with two tackles for loss, three quarterback pressures, and one blocked kick.


Liberty Division

Pinelands 28, Central 12

Junior running back Jaimin Parkinson ran for over 200 yards and scored three touchdowns and the Wildcats (3-0, 2-0 powered past the Golden Eagles (1-3, 0-2) to start 3-0 for the first time in at least 20 years.

Ty Kline threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Mike Frawley and the Wildcats' defense held Central to just two Evan Brounstein field goals until the Golden Eagles scored a touchdown in the final minute of the game on a 4-yard run by Nick Ruggiero.


Monmouth 20, Neptune 8

Senior running back Jaylen Harris ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and added four tackles for loss on defense to help send the Falcons (3-1, 1-1) to a victory over the Scarlet Fliers (1-2, 0-2).

Senior Nasir Watson added 35 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and senior quarterback Dom O'Grady completed 7 of 10 passes for 84 yards. Senior Kai Stafford led the receivers with three receptions for 48 yards. Senior Evan Booth had a huge game on defense with 18 tackles and two tackles for loss. The Falcons posted 14 hits behind the line of scrimmage with senior Dan Kikta and freshman Jaden Hall also recording multiple TFLs. Watson was also active in the secondary with three pass breakups.


Toms River South 21, Toms River East 14

Junior running back Jake Henehan ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the Indians (2-1, 2-0) past the Raiders (1-3, 1-1) for their second straight win.


Patriot Division

Manchester 45, Keansburg 7

Junior quarterback Aidan Lunn completed 5 of 8 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a touchdown, while senior running back Josh Love continued his excellent season with 168 yards rushing and two touchdowns plus a 69-yard touchdown catch as the Hawks (4-0, 2-0) rolled past the Titans (0-3, 0-1) to start 4-0 for the first time in program history.

Love's 69-yard touchdown reception started the scoring and Lunn made it 14-0 in the first quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run. Keansburg cut its deficit to 14-7 in the first quarter but Manchester scored 17 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 31-7 halftime lead. Lunn tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dante Mortellite, Ian Spicer kicked a 25-yard field goal, and Love scored on a 20-yard run.

Love pushed the Hawks' lead to 38-7 with a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Marquis Goins Jr. added a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Manchester rushed for 299 yards on an average of 8.5 yards per carry.

Sophomore defensive lineman Kurtis Mayer had another multi-sack game, finishing with two sacks to give him seven on the season. Manny Swain made a team-high eight tackles with one sack and one tackle for loss, Dillon Colon had one sack, and Gio Tripodi had two tackles for loss.


Lakewood 22, Point Beach 14







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