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Week 8

Thursday, Oct. 19

Liberty Division

Monmouth 20, Pinelands 17

Seniors Jaylen Harris and Nick Crossley ran for touchdowns and senior quarterback Dom O'Grady tossed a touchdown pass to senior receiver Kaiden Stafford as the Falcons (6-3, 4-1) won a showdown with the Wildcats (5-3, 3-2) to bolster their playoff hopes.

Monmouth entered the week 17th in the South Group 2 United Power Ranking. The top 16 teams qualify for the state playoffs.

Harris ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter, Stafford caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and Crossley scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Stafford caught three passes for 82 yards and a score and O'Grady threw for 86 yards and ran for 50 yards.

Harris and senior defensive linemen Dan Kikta and Griffin Hicks led the defense with two tackles for loss each.


Friday, Oct. 20

American Division

No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 35, No. 3 Toms River North 28 (OT) - Game Story

Senior wide receiver Emanuel Ross made a spectacular catch for a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime and the RBC defense stopped Toms River North on downs to lift the Caseys (7-1) to an epic victory over the Mariners (7-2) in an instant classic between two of New Jersey's top teams.

No. 18 Emanuel Ross on Oct 20th, 2023 at Toms River North. Photo by: Scott Martin, Shore Sports Network
No. 18 Emanuel Ross on Oct 20th, 2023 at Toms River North.
Photo by: Scott Martin, Shore Sports Network

Toms River North led 28-21 on a 24-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback TJ Valerio to junior wideout Nasir Jackson with 7:21 left. After forcing a punt later in the fourth quarter, RBC got the ball back at its own 14-yard line with no timeouts and 1:42 left in regulation. Junior quarterback Frankie Williams was fantastic in engineering a 13-play, 86-yard drive that ended with junior running back Matt Lonczak scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run with two seconds left in regulation. The Caseys lined up to go for the 2-point conversion and the lead and scored on a run by Ross, but a penalty negated the conversion. Senior kicker Justin LaMorte converted the longer extra point to tie the game at 28 and force overtime. Ross secured an incredible 24-yard catch down to the 1-yard line to set up the tying scores.

Toms River North struck first when senior quarterback Micah Ford ran for a 76-yard touchdown on fourth-and-1 with 6:45 left in the first quarter. RBC answered on the next series when Williams hit Ross for a 57-yard touchdown pass.

Ford, who missed three games with a leg injury suffered in a September game vs. Donovan Catholic and returned last week in a win over Toms River South, re-aggravated the injury when he was sacked in the second quarter. He limped off the field and did not return but was walking on the sidelines the rest of the game.

The Caseys took a 10-7 lead on a 22-yard field goal by LaMorte and extended their advantage to 13-7 at halftime when LaMorte drilled a Shore Conference season-best 43-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

Toms River North went ahead 14-13 when Valerio ran for a 5-yard score to cap a 50-yard scoring drive with 6:45 left in the third quarter. Red Bank Catholic took the lead back when Williams found senior tight end Jack Bohm-Squicciarini wide open for a 12-yard touchdown. Ross then ran in the 2-point conversion for a 21-14 RBC lead.

Toms River North scored the next two touchdowns, tying the score at 21 on a leaping 29-yard touchdown catch by Cam Thomas and taking a 28-21 lead when Valerio threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jackson.


No. 1 Donovan Catholic 17, No. 8 Middletown South 13

Sophomore running back Najee Calhoun ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, senior quarterback Todd Lamberton threw a touchdown pass to sophomore Emanuel Gerena, and Dante Priolo kicked a 21-yard field goal as the Griffins (7-1, 4-0) won a dogfight against the Eagles (3-4, 1-4) keep pace atop the division.

Junior wideout Michael Thomas II caught four passes for 62 yards and ran for 28 yards on three carries. Lambertson threw for 106 yards on 7 of 16 passing and Isaac Correa intercepted a pass on defense.

Senior quarterback Jake Czwakiel threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Owen Richter and ran for 47 yards and a touchdown for Middletown South. Senior linebacker Colin Gallagher led the defense with 14 tackles, a tackle for loss, and a forced fumble.


No. 7 Rumson-Fair Haven 21, Wall 0

Senior tight end Jackson Gallagher caught three passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Alastair Orr returned from injury to rush for 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries to lead the Bulldogs (4-4, 2-3) past the Crimson Knights (2-6, 0-5).

Gallagher caught touchdown passes for 25 and 32 yards from junior quarterback Owen O'Toole and Orr rushed for a 2-yard touchdown. Rumson led 7-0 at halftime and entering the fourth quarter before putting the game away with 14 points in the final 12 minutes.


Colonial Division

No. 6 Point Boro 50, Raritan 0

Senior quarterback Matt Oliphant ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries and freshman slotback Jake Clayton ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns on four carries as the Panthers (7-1, 4-1) pummeled the Rockets (2-6, 2-3) to clinch a share of the Colonial Division title.

Point Boro will share the title with Colts Neck after the Cougars defeated Long Branch on Saturday.

Senior fullback Jake Croce added 50 yards rushing and a touchdown when the Panthers built a 36-0 halftime lead. Senior fullback Graysen Pagan and junior quarterback Mikey Ollendorf ran for touchdowns in the second half.

Junior linebacker Dylan Reitmeyer had seven tackles and a sack to lead the defense to its first shutout of the season. Senior linebacker Owen Dewysockie recorded six tackles and junior defensive end Tanner Hynes had one sack.


No. 16 Manalapan 21, Red Bank 14

Junior defensive back Jackson Pfister returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown and pulled down a game-ending interception as the Braves (4-4, 3-2) scored on offense, defense, and special teams to hold off the Bucs (1-6, 0-4) and get back to .500 while bolstering their playoff chances.

Junior quarterback Ryan Dougherty completed 7 of 11 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, connecting with senior tight end Joseph Melo for an 11-yard touchdown. Manalapan also scored on defense when junior linebacker Dennis Healy forced a fumble that senior linebacker Aidan Wilmot picked up and returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

Melo finished with three catches for 32 yards and sophomore running back Ah'sere Woolfolk ran for 82 yards on 16 carries.


Constitution Division

No. 5 Holmdel 39, Shore 0

Senior tight end Matt Tempone caught two touchdown passes, Gary Collyer, Alexander Todisco, and Marcus Cermele ran for touchdowns, and Connor Mendini kicked a 32-yard field goal as the Hornets (8-0, 5-0) walloped the Blue Devils (5-3, 2-3) to recorded their sixth straight shutout, clinch the division title, and complete the program's first undefeated regular season since 2007.

Collyer had a 2-yard touchdown run and Matt Iulo ran in the 2-point conversion for an early 8-0 lead. Todisco scored from a yard out and Tempone caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jack Cannon to give the Hornets a commanding 22-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Tempone then caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Cannon in the second quarter and Mendini added a field goal to put Holmdel up 32-0 at halftime. Cermele scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter to provide the final scoring margin. Holmdel's six shutouts this season ties a program record.


St. John Vianney 29, Asbury Park 22 (2OT)



Freedom Division

No. 10 Jackson Memorial 13, Southern 0

Sophomore running back Jonah Glenn ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries and junior quarterback Dennis Caswell also ran for a touchdown as the Jaguars (7-1, 4-1) blanked the Rams (3-6, 1-4).

The victory coupled with Middletown North upending Marlboro on Saturday means Jackson clinched a share of the division title with Marlboro. It is the Jaguars' second straight shared division title.

Senior defensive end Shaun Hubbard had a sack and senior defensive back Jaiden Hernandez forced and recovered a fumble and recorded a tackle for loss to lead a defense that held Southern to 47 yards of offense and posted its second shutout of the season.


Howell 35, Lacey 12

Junior running back/linebacker Juan DeJesus ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and returned a fumble for a touchdown on defense as the Rebels (3-5, 2-3) opened a 28-0 halftime lead on their way to a crucial win over the Lions (2-7, 1-4). Howell entered the week 15th in South Group 5 United Power Rankings and needed a victory to stay in the playoff hunt.

DeJesus had touchdown runs of 67 and 35 yards and a 58-yard scoop and score on defense. Senior quarterback Egan Nelms through a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kevin Maloney and junior Vincent Meehan ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on five carries.


Independence Division

No. 4 Brick Memorial 19, Brick 14 - Game Story

Sophomore linebacker Trey Tallmadge forced a fumble that senior linebacker Nick Maribo returned 27 yards for a touchdown with 49 seconds left in the game to lift the Mustangs (9-0, 6-0) to a miraculous win over the Dragons (4-5, 2-3) that clinched the outright division title and completed an undefeated regular season.

Brick had taken a 14-13 lead with 42 seconds left in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by senior Jake Toye.

Brick Memorial struck first on a 2-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Connor Dietz to take a 7-0 lead with 6:57 left in the first quarter. Brick answered to tie the score 7-7 on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Christian Booker to Germaine Rice with 5:52 left in the first half. Brick kept it 7-7 when they asked Dietz at the Dragons' 15-yard line on fourth down with 18 seconds left in the half.

Dietz scored on a 5-yard run to give Brick Memorial a 13-7 lead with 6:27 left in the third quarter before Brick went ahead, 14-13, on Toye's touchdown run and the extra point by Kurt Wieboldt Jr.


No. 14 Freehold Township 40, Barnegat 27

Junior quarterback Nick Cardone tied a single-game program record with five touchdown passes and set the single-season record with 22 touchdown passes to lead the Patriots (6-3, 4-1) to a thrilling comeback victory over the Bengals (1-8, 0-5).

Freehold Township led 13-0 on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cardone to senior wideout GianPaul Cortes and a touchdown pass to Noah Cancela on fourth down. Barnegat answered to tie the score at halftime and then took a 20-13 lead on a 65-yard touchdown run by Myquan Rush. The Bengals' lead grew to 27-13 on a 35-yard touchdown by Rush later in the third quarter.

Freehold Township rallied on three more touchdown passes by Cardone, including a scoring pass to Jaylen Gill-Anderson for a 34-27 lead with 4:11 left in the game. Cortes sealed the victory with an interception return for a touchdown with 3:52 remaining.

Senior running back Nick Whisten ran for 146 yards on 19 carries and also caught four passes for 44 yards for Freehold Township.


Liberty Division

No. 15 Toms River South 41, Central 20

Junior running back Jake Henehan ran for 183 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries as the Indians (6-2, 5-0) pushed past the Golden Eagles (3-6, 1-4) to claim the outright Liberty Division title.

It is Toms River South's first division title since 2002.

Junior running back Damir Nelson ran for 52 yards and two touchdowns on four carries and senior quarterback Jimmy Alexander ran for 100 yards on 22 carries.

Central led 20-14 at halftime.


Toms River East 31, Neptune 8

Nevin Hart ran for two touchdowns, Anthony DeMarco and Christian Valeo had one rushing touchdown each, and PJ Kempker intercepted a pass on defense to lead the Raiders (4-5, 2-3) to a victory over the Scarlet Fliers (2-5, 0-5).


Patriot Division

Point Beach 8, Jackson Liberty 6


Saturday, Oct. 21

Colonial Division

No. 11 Colts Neck 57, No. 12 Long Branch 20

Senior running back Chris Scully ran for 185 yards and four touchdowns to become the program's all-time leading rusher and also returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown as the Cougars (5-3, 4-1) surged to an emphatic victory over the Green Wave (4-4, 1-3) to clinch a share of the division title.

Colts Neck and Point Boro finished tied atop the Colonial Division standings and will share the championship.

Scully scored on a 10-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to pass Anthony Gargiulo as the Cougars' all-time leading rusher. Scully entered the day needing 132 yards to break the previous record of 3,436 yards set in 2013 by Gargiulo, who was a First Team All-Shore selection and went on to become the starting fullback at Navy. Scully then added a 35-yard touchdown run to put Colts Neck up 50-20 and is up to 3,490 yards for his career and 1,372 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season.

Senior quarterback Dom Beninato threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to senior Tesio Carabello and a 3-yard touchdown pass to senior running back John Sherrod. Senior Devin Donnelly added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Senior running back Da'Von Craft led Long Branch with 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns while senior quarterback Earnest Reevey ran for 89 yards and a touchdown. Reevey also played without a cast on his throwing hand for the first time since suffering an injury during Week 0. He completed 4 of 6 passes for 54 yards.

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


Constitution Division

Manasquan 29, Ocean 0

Senior quarterback Frank Furfaro threw for 101 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown, while senior Noah Mammeri ran for 60 yards and a touchdown and had two tackles for loss on defense to lead the Warriors (4-3, 4-1) to a shutout victory over the Spartans (3-5, 1-4).

Senior running back Will Burns also had a pair of touchdowns with a 3-yard run and a 57-yard touchdown reception. Junior linebacker Jackson Battaglia intercepted a pass on defense.

A safety gave Manasquan an early 2-0 lead before Furfaro ran for a 5-yard touchdown and Burns ran for a 3-yard touchdown to give the Warriors a 16-0 lead after the first quarter. Mammeri's 8-yard touchdown run made it 23-0 and Burns' long touchdown catch accounted for the final points.


Freedom Division

No. 13 Middletown North 28, No. 9 Marlboro 21

Senior quarterback Luke Sheehan scrambled for a touchdown run with 17 seconds left in regulation to lift the Lions (5-3, 3-2) to a dramatic victory over the Mustangs (6-2, 4-1).

The win by Middletown North denied Marlboro the outright division title. The championship will now be shared by Marlboro and Jackson Memorial.

Marlboro had tied the game at 21 with 1:15 left on a touchdown reception by Nick Scaff and a 2-point conversion run by Matt Cassidy.


Independence Division

Matawan 27, Freehold 7


Patriot Division

Manchester 48, Lakewood 22

Senior running back Josh Love scored six touchdowns as the Hawks (7-2, 4-1) pulled away from the Piners (2-6, 2-3) in the second half to set a single-season program record with seven wins.



Keyport 33, New Egypt 7

Senior quarterback Nazir Treadwell ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass, and sophomore running back Mekai Henderson ran for two touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders (8-1) past the Warriors (3-6) for their seventh straight win.

Henderson gave Keyport a 7-0 lead with a 5-yard touchdown run and junior wide receiver Andrei Matthews took a jet sweep 10 yards for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead with 3:29 left in the first quarter. The lead grew to 20-0 when Treadwell found Vinny Cavallo for an 80-yard touchdown with 8:58 left in the first half. Henderson scored from a yard out for a 26-0 halftime lead.

Treadwell added a 10-yard touchdown run with 3:14 left in the third quarter.



Keansburg 28, KIPP Academy 14








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