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Week 5

Friday, Sept. 29


No. 5 Middletown South 30, No. 9 Colts Neck 14

Senior Jake Czwakiel ran 96 yards and a 4-yard touchdown, returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, and kicked a 26-yard field goal as the Eagles (3-2) moved over .500 with an important victory over the Cougars (2-3).

Czwakiel also had a 63-yard run that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Donovan Summey. Senior linebacker Colin Gallagher forced a fumble that senior defensive back Jesse Burbank recovered and returned 85 yards for a touchdown.

Senior running back Chris Scully ran for 141 yards and a 2-yard touchdown on 19 carries and senior quarterback Dom Beninato threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Eric Loureiro for Colts Neck.

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


No. 7 Jackson Memorial 33, Brick 13

Sophomore running back Jonah Glenn ran for a career-high 275 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries and senior wide receiver Albert D'Alessandro also had a touchdown run as the Jaguars (5-0) topped the Dragons (4-2) for a win over their old Class A South rival.

Glenn scored on runs of 58, 5, 10, and 33 yards for his fifth straight game of at least 125 yards rushing. D'Alessandro had a 4-yard touchdown run that opened a 27-6 lead in the third quarter and Glenn followed with a 33-yard touchdown run for a 33-6 advantage.

Senior Jake Toye had a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Christian Booker to lead Brick.

Glenn has rushed for 998 yards and nine touchdowns on an average of 9.1 yards per carry.


No. 11 Holmdel 31, Freehold 0

Senior linebacker Connor Fields returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown to headline another outstanding defensive performance by the Hornets (5-0), who recorded their third straight shutout by blanking the Colonials (2-3) to continue their excellent start to the season.

Matt Iulo scored on a 10-yard run and Anthony Setteducate scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to give Holmdel a 14-o lead at the end of the first quarter. Fields' pick-6 and a field goal by senior Connor Mendini extended the lead to 24-0 at halftime. Iulo added a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.


Howell 30, No. 12 Manalapan 27

Senior quarterback Egan Nelms completed 11 of 19 passes for 142 yards and tossed two touchdowns to senior wideout Kevin Maloney, and running back Juan DeJesus ran for 86. yards and two touchdowns to lift the Rebels (1-4) past the Braves (2-4) for their first win of the season.

Maloney caught six passes for 57 yards and had touchdown receptions of 5 and 19 yards when Howell rallied from a 14-0 deficit to take an 18-14 halftime lead. Senior tight end Declan Flaherty caught four passes for a team-high 75 yards.

Manalapan took a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Ahsere Woolfolk early in the second quarter and then went up 14-0 when senior defensive back Anthony Macchio intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 103 yards for a touchdown.

Howell rallied to go ahead 18-14 at halftime on Nelms' touchdown passes to Maloney and a touchdown run by DeJesus. Maloney leaped to haul in a 19-yard touchdown with seven seconds left in the first half.

Manalapan went back in front, 20-18, on a 21-yard touchdown run by Woolfolk midway through the third quarter before Howell scored on a 5-yard run by Vincent Meehan and a 36-yard run by DeJesus to take a 30-20 lead. Manalapan pulled to within 30-27 when Jason Rodriguez took a screen pass from Ryan Dougherty for a touchdown with 2:16 left in the game.

Howell sealed the game when junior defensive back Ryan Cross intercepted a pass at the Manalapan 30-yard line with 46 seconds on the clock.


Matawan 47, No. 16 Pinelands 12

Junior quarterback Am'ir Martinez ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the first half when the Huskies (2-4) opened a 34-6 lead and cruised to a victory that handed the Wildcats (4-1) their first loss of the season.

Junior running Colin Palumbo had a 13-yard touchdown run, Martinez ran for a 13-yard score, and Alexander Liss returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to give Matawan a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Pinelands scored on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Ty Kline to Mike Frawley but Matawan scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter to put the game away. Jamie Jenkins added a rushing touchdown for Pinelands in the second half.


Red Bank 19, Monmouth 0

Alex Choback threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score and Quinn Niesz returned an interception for a touchdown when the Bucs (1-4) scored three times in the second half to upend the Falcons (4-2) and pick up their first win of the season.

Choback connected with Liam Stack for a 35-yard touchdown to give Red Bank a 6-0 lead in the third quarter. Niesz returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown and Choback scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to push Red Bank's lead to 19-0.

The victory marked Red Bank's first shutout over a Shore Conference team since 2018, which was also a 19-0 win over Monmouth.



Keansburg 27, Haddon Township 7

James Valle tossed three touchdown passes and Kevin Perez went 3-for-3 on extra points and connected on a pair of field goals to lead the Titans (2-3) to a victory over the Hawks (1-4).

Valle threw touchdown passes to A'son Young, Jahziere Wynn, and Dom Terraciano. Perez's second field goal came from 33 yards out and put the Titans up 27-7 midway through the fourth quarter. Keansburg led 10-7 at halftime.


Keyport 39, Gateway 6

Senior quarterback Nazir Treadwell had touchdown runs of 40, 70, and 30 yards and also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Andrei Matthews as the Red Raiders (5-1) went into South Jersey and scored a dominant win over the Gators (1-4).

Sophomore running back Mekai Henderson had a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 12-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Keyport led 33-6 at halftime.



Saturday, Sept. 30


No. 3 Toms River North 42, Southern 6

Junior quarterback TJ Valerio ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and also threw a touchdown pass to senior Tareq Council as the Mariners (5-1) rolled to a victory over the Rams (3-3).

Senior Jeremiah Pruitt ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Eddie Slosky. Junior wideout Nasir Jackson returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to start the second half and junior running back Mordecai Ford ran for a 64-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Ford ran for 70 yards on four carries and senior running back Josh Moore ran for 52 yards on eight carries as the Mariners rushed for 313 yards.

Slosky had a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss on defense while Pruitt, senior linebacker Christian Olivieri, senior defensive back Luke Oizerowitz, and junior defensive lineman Jaelyne Matthews each had 1.5 tackles for loss.

Collin Markoski ran for a 48-yard touchdown for Southern.


No. 6 Point Boro 42, No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 28 - Game Story

Senior quarterback Matt Oliphant went 7-for-7 passing for 156 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 145 yards and a touchdown, while senior fullback Jake Croce ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (5-0) rolled up 519 yards of offense and delivered a statement-making victory over the Bulldogs (2-3).

Oliphant had a 40-yard touchdown run and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Colin Obser, an 8-yard touchdown pass to Brayden Forfar, and a 61-yard touchdown pass to Brian Simoes. Croce had a 4-yard touchdown run and a 65-yard touchdown run. Simoes finished with two catches for 93 yards and also had an interception on defense.

Point Boro led 14-0 before Rumson rallied to tie the score at 14 with 3:13 left in the first half. The Panthers then put together a nine-play, 80-yard drive that climate in an 8-yard touchdown reception by Forfar with eight seconds left in the half for a 21-14 lead.

Point Boro executed a successful surprise onside kick to begin the third quarter with Forfar pouncing on the ball near midfield. The Panthers scored on that series with Croce scoring up the middle from four yards out for a 28-14 lead. Point Boro maintained that two-score edge the rest of the way for a huge regular-season victory over a perennial Shore powerhouse.

Senior quarterback Owen O'Toole threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown for Rumson. Sophomore running back Kellen Murray ran for 86 yards and a touchdown and senior wideout Nick Rigby caught five passes for 65 yards and a score. Rigby came up limping after scoring a 39-yard touchdown in the third quarter and did not return to the game.

Check back for a game story, photos, and the box score.




No. 8 Marlboro 28, Freehold Township 14

Senior running back/linebacker Matt Cassidy ran for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries and returned an interception for a touchdown on defense to lead the Mustangs (5-0) past the rival Patriots (3-3).

Sophomore quarterback Zach Caporale entered after senior Brayden Klein suffered an injury and rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Marlboro's defense held its fifth straight opponent to two touchdowns or less with Cassidy leading the way with his pick-6 plus six tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble. Junior defensive back Luke Houston had another standout game with an interception and four pass breakups and junior defensive lineman Viacheslav Kostenko recorded a sack.

Junior quarterback Nick Cardone ran for 55 yards and two touchdowns for Freehold Township.


No. 13 Long Branch 20, St.  John Vianney 14


Ocean 14, No. 14 Raritan 7


Toms River East 41, Lakewood 12

Junior quarterback Anthony Demarco accounted for three touchdowns and senior quarterback Brandon Peins had two rushing touchdowns to lead the Raiders (2-4) to a victory over the Piners (1-4).

Demarco ran for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to Jake Buckman. Owen Wright added a rushing touchdown and Peins had an interception on defense.


Lacey 28, Central 0

Senior quarterback Nick Maertens completed 7 of 10 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns and senior defensive back Aaron Tobia intercepted two passes to lead the Lions (2-4) to a shutout victory over the rival Golden Eagles (1-5).

Senior wide receiver Trevor Santucci caught five passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns and freshman running back Joey Davis ran for 72 yards and a touchdown and intercepted a pass on defense. Senior Joey Preston ran for 68 yards and a touchdown.


Toms River South 35, Jackson Liberty 13

Senior quarterback James Alexander threw two touchdown passes to senior Cooper Grietz and ran for a touchdown, and junior running back Jake Henehan ran for two touchdowns to lead the Indians (4-1) past the Lions (2-3) for their fourth straight victory.

Alexander ran for a 5-yard score and threw scoring passes of 20 and 10 yards to Greitz. Henehan's touchdown runs were from 32 and three yards out. Jordan Jones intercepted a pass on defense and Dan Herald had eight tackles and one sack.

It is Toms River South's first four-game winning streak since the 2013 team that finished 8-3 and reached the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. The Indians lost their first game of the season to No. 11 Holmdel, 42-6, which was the program's 10th straight loss dating back to last season but have since turned it around with victories over Monmouth, Toms River East, Neptune, and Jackson Liberty. They are tied atop the Liberty Division with Pinelands and will welcome the Wildcats to Detwiler Stadium next Friday.


Shore 35, Manchester 14

Senior running back Alex George ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and junior quarterback Josh Moeller threw for 77 yards and a touchdown and ran for 29 yards and a touchdown as the Blue Devils (4-1) scored 35 unanswered points to defeat the Hawks (4-2) and win their fourth straight game.

Manchester led 14-0 at the end of the first on a touchdown run by junior quarterback Aidan Lunn and a touchdown pass from Lunn to junior Ny'zyr Battle. Shore rallied to tie the score at halftime and then scored 21 straight points in the second half. Junior running back Brendan. O'Brien ran for 94 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and senior running back Lucas White ran for 33 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver CJ Sears caught a 33-yard touchdown pass.

Senior defensive end Jackson Whitacre had eight tackles and senior Parker Fegan and sophomore Enzo Cagliostro had one interception each.

Senior running back Josh Love ran for 107 yards on 21 carries and Lunn ran for 40 yards on six carries to lead Manchester.



No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 21, Seton Hall Prep 16

Junior quarterback Frankie Williams scored on a 3-yard run with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter and the Caseys (4-1) came through with a fourth-down stop with 48 seconds left in the game to rally past the Pirates (1-4) and avenge a loss from last season.

After a field goal by Seton Hall Prep, Jamie Gutridge gave RBC the lead with a 2-yard touchdown run with 6:49 left in the first quarter. Seton Hall Prep scored the next 13 points and held a 16-7 lead midway through the third quarter until senior Emanuel Ross returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to pull the Caseys within two points at 16-14.

Williams completed 8 of 16 passes for 173 yards and ran for 40 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Ross had six catches for 107 yards and Johnny Williams had a 66-yard reception. Ross also had an interception and six tackles on defense.


St. Joseph (Montvale) 52, No. 1 Donovan Catholic 28

Sophomore running back Najee Calhoun ran for 128 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries but the Griffins (4-1) saw their early 14-point lead evaporate as the Green Knights (5-1) rallied to take the lead at halftime and added more points in the second half.

Donovan led 14-0 at halftime before St. Joe's scored 24 straight points to take a 24-14 halftime lead.


Sunday, Oct. 1


No. 10 Brick Memorial 41, Manasquan 0



Wall 20, Middle Township 14


Monday, Oct. 2


Barnegat 47, Point Beach 0





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