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Week 9

Thursday, Oct. 26

NJSIAA regional consolation games

South, Group 4

(2) Brick 31, (3) Steinert 7

Senior Travis Trempy ran for two touchdowns and junior receiver Jayden Johnson had an 80-yard reception that set up his own touchdown run as the Dragons (5-5) cruised to a victory over the Spartans (3-5) to snap a five-game losing streak.

Senior H-back Jake Toye also ran for a touchdown and senior kicker Kurt Wieboldt kicked a field goal.


South, Group 3

(1) Hopewell Valley 34, (4) Pinelands 0

Senior wideout Mike Frawley caught 11 passes for 97 yards and senior linebacker Devonte Bonds made 11 tackles in the loss for Pinelands (5-4).


South, Group 1

(3) Keansburg 40, (2) Manville 28

Junior running back/safety Zion Cooper ran for two touchdowns and returned a fumble for a touchdown when the Titans (4-5) scored the final 20 points of the game to take down the Mustangs (3-7).

Keansburg tailed early in the third quarter before Cooper scored on a 5-yard run and Milan Mraz ran for the 2-point conversion to put the Titans ahead, 28-24. Cooper then returned a fumble for a touchdown to extend the lead to 34-24 and iced the victory with a 45-yard touchdown run.

Dominick Terraciano returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and James Valle ran for an 11-yard touchdown to give Keansburg a 13-6 lead after the first quarter. Valle tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Preston Smith Jr. in the second q quarter.


Other Consolation Games

Lacey 42, Toms River East 21

Senior wideout Trevor Santucci caught nine passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns and freshman running back Joey Davis ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to send the Lions (3-7) to a three-score victory over the Raiders (4-6).

Senior quarterback Nick Maertens threw for 181 yards and a touchdown and ran for 25 yards and senior running back Joey Preston ran for 40 yards and a touchdown.


Point Beach 41, South River 8

Junior running back Liam Brosnan ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and added a pair of 2-point conversion runs, and senior quarterback Tommy Wagner completed 8 of 9 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns as the Garnet Gulls (2-8) rolled to a victory over the Rams (0-9) for their second straight win.

Wagner connected with sophomore receiver Elijah Ives on an 85-yard touchdown and tossed scoring passes to freshman Danny Cavanagh and senior Connor Loughran. Cavanagh finished with four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown and also intercepted two passes on defense, while Loughran added a touchdown run. Senior Nick Larsen also had two interceptions and junior Cristian Torres recorded a fumble.


Barnegat 19, Neptune 14

Junior running back Myquan Rush-Esdaile ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries to go over the 1,000-yard mark on the season, and junior linebacker Cole Toddings recorded 12 tackles to set the program's single-season record as the Bengals (2-8) concluded their season with a win over the Scarlet Fliers (2-8).

Rush-Esdaile scored on runs of 57, 4, and 42 yards to conclude the season with 1,096 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns on an average of 7.7 yards per carry. Toddings' 139 tackles is a new Barnegat single-season record.


Central 17, Freehold 14

East Brunswick 35, Jackson Liberty 20

Gateway 15, Lakewood 14


Friday, Oct. 27

Regular Season

American Division

No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 14, No. 1 Donovan Catholic 7

Senior wide receiver Emanuel Ross scored on a 74-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, junior quarterback Frankie Williams ran for a touchdown later in the first quarter, and the RBC defense came up with two stops in the final four minutes to defeat the Griffins in a marquee battle for the No. 1 spot in the Shore.

The victory also clinched a second straight American Division title for Red Bank Catholic (8-1, 5-0) and extended its Shore Conference winning streak to 14 games. RBC has won three straight division titles including the Constitution Division title captured in 2021.

The Caseys led 14-0 until Donovan sophomore running back Najee Calhoun scored on a 23-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Griffins then moved the ball to the RBC 22-yard line but Caseys' defensive back Danel Zabora broke up a pass on fourth down to force a turnover on downs.

Donovan got a stop to force a punt with just over a minute left, but RBC senior VJ Muscillo boomed a 51-yard punt that pinned the Griffins to their 8-yard line with 57 seconds left. A pressure by Logan Graham forced an incomplete pass on first down, then Graham sacked Donovan quarterback Todd Lambertson on second down. RBC stopped Donovan on the final play of the game to hold on for the victory in the unofficial Shore Conference championship game.



Immaculata 41, St. John Vianney 8


NJSIAA State Playoffs

North 2, Group 4

(4) Irvington 26, (5) Middletown North 7


Central Jersey Group 5

(1) Toms River North 49, (8) Southern 7

Senior quarterback Micah Ford ran for two touchdowns and threw two more as the defending Group 5 champion Mariners (8-2) stormed past the Rams (3-7) to advance to the semifinals.

Ford was back in the starting lineup Friday night after leaving last week's loss to No. 2 Red Bank Catholic with an injury late in the first quarter. He scored on a 4-yard quarterback keeper and later took a handoff 45 yards for a touchdown. He tossed scoring passes to wideouts Tareq Council and Camryn Thomas.

Senior running back Josh Moore had a short touchdown run and junior running back Mordecai Ford ran for a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Sophomore running back Brady Cicala added a long touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Toms River North will host fifth-seeded Freehold Township in the semifinals next Friday at 6 p.m.


(5) Freehold Township 21, (4) North Brunswick 20

An interception by Cam Greenberg late in the third quarter set up Sebastian Andujar for a 5-yard touchdown run and Bobby Loff for the go-ahead extra point as the Patriots (7-3) stunned the previously undefeated Raiders (8-1) to win the second playoff game in program history.

Freehold Township trailed 20-7 early in the second half before closing to 20-14 on a touchdown run by Nick Whisten and Loff's extra point.

The Patriots led 7-0 on a 2-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Nick Cardone. Senior Nick Carnevale had a key fumble recovery after North Brunswick had advanced to the Freehold Township 4-yard line on the first play of the second quarter. North Brunswick pulled ahead 20-7 on a touchdown with five seconds left in the first half and another early in the third quarter.

Freehold Township will travel to top-seeded Toms River North next Friday at 6 p.m.


South Jersey Group 5

(2) Hillsborough 14, (7) Howell 0


Central Jersey Group 4

(2) Brick Memorial 41, (7) Moorestown 7

Senior quarterback Connor Dietz gave Brick Memorial the lead late in the second quarter, then added two more touchdowns in the second half as the Mustangs (10-0) continued their undefeated season by running past the Quakers (6-4) and into the semifinals.

Senior Jasaan Whittaker also ran for two touchdowns in the second half.

Brick Memorial will host sixth-seeded Long Branch in the semifinals next Friday at 6 p.m. The Green Wave upset third-seeded Jackson Memorial, 13-0, in the first round.


(6) Long Branch 13, (3) Jackson Memorial 0

Senior running back Zaheem Brown took a screen pass 26 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and senior quarterback Earnest Reevey ran for a 1-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter to make a shutdown defensive effort stand up as the Green Wave (5-4) upended the Jaguars (7-2) to advance to the semifinals.

Christopher Moses had an interception on the final play of the first half to send Long Branch into the locker room with a 6-0 lead. Aulander Daniels had a key 38-yard catch that helped set up Reevey's third-quarter touchdown. Junior linebacker Joseph Corley led the defense with four tackles for loss.

Long Branch will travel to second-seeded Brick Memorial for a semifinal game next Friday at 6 p.m.


South Jersey Group 4

(2) Mainland 56, (7) Manalapan 20

(5) Shawnee 35, (4) Middletown South 21


Central Jersey Group 3

(2) Holmdel 21, (7) Matawan 7

Sophomore quarterback Jack Cannon threw a touchdown pass to senior tight end Matt Tempone and Matt Iulo and Brayden Savage ran for touchdowns in the second half to lead the Hornets (9-0) past the Huskies (4-6).

Holmdel will host third-seeded Camden in the semifinals next Friday at 7 p.m. Camden defeated Carteret, 27-7, in the first round.


(4) Cedar Creek 33, (5) Wall 20


Central Jersey Group 2

(1) Point Boro 55 (8) Spotswood 7

Senior running back Jake Croce ran for 182 yards and five touchdowns on eight carries to power the Panthers (8-1) to a dominant victory over the Chargers (8-2) to advance to the semifinals.

Point Boro led 41-0 at halftime.

Senior quarterback Matt Oliphant ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on just four carries. Junior defensive end Nick Jankovich had four tackles and 2.5 sacks and senior linebacker Owen Dewysockie had seven tackles and an interception to lead the defense.

Point Boro will host fifth-seeded Cinnaminson in the semifinals next Friday at 7 p.m. Cinamminson defeated New Providence, 14-0, in the first round.


(2) Willingboro 42, (7) Monmouth 0


South Jersey Group 2

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 47, (8) Delaware Valley 13

Junior quarterback Owen O'Toole completed 14 of 19 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns and senior tight end Jackson Gallagher caught four passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs (5-4) blew out the Terriers (5-4) to advance to the semifinals.

Senior running back Griffin Kolb ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on six carries, senior running back Alastair Orr ran for 32 yards and a touchdown on six carries, and O'Toole had a 1-yard touchdown run. Junior wide receiver Nick Thomas caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, securing a 35-yard scoring pass from O'Toole in the second quarter when Rumson built a 33-6 halftime lead.

Gallagher had touchdown catches of 22 and 16 yards and senior Luke Marascio scored on a 2-yard run.

Rumson will host fifth-seeded Haddon Heights in the semifinals next Friday at 7 p.m. The Garnets defeated fourth-seeded Oakcreset, 14-12, in the first round.


(2) Haddonfield 31, (7) Raritan 7


Central Jersey Group 1

(4) Shore 14, (5) Clayton 0


(3) Glassboro 28, (6) Keyport 0


Saturday, Oct. 28

NJSIAA State Playoffs

South Jersey Group 5

(3) Marlboro 26, (6) South Brunswick 16

Senior running back Matt Cassidy ran for three touchdowns and senior quarterback Brayden Klein tossed a touchdown pass to senior Mike Consolazio to lead the Mustangs (7-2) past the Vikings (5-5) and into the semifinals.

South Brunswick led 8-0 on a 26-yard touchdown run by Braden Paulmenn and a 2-point conversion run at the. 7:30 mark of the first quarter. Marlboro responded on touchdown runs of 40 and 15 by Cassidy to take a 12-8 lead with 37 seconds left in the first half. The Mustangs extended the lead to 19-8 when a fumble recovery by senior linebacker Anthony Tropeano set up Cassidy for a 2-yard touchdown run with 7:00 left in the third quarter.

South Brunswick closed the gap to 19-16 on a 21-yard touchdown run by Paulmenn and a 2-point conversion catch by Shamil Dixon with 2:19 left in the third quarter. With 9:18 left in the fourth quarter, Klein threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Consolazio for a 26-16 Marlboro lead.

Marlboro is now 7-2 and has won at least six games in three straight seasons for the first time in program history.

Marlboro will travel to second-seeded Hillsborough for a semifinal game next Friday.


South Jersey Group 4

(3) Colts Neck 41, (6) Toms River South 0

Senior running back Chris Scully ran for 191 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries and the defense stopped Toms River South's run game to lead the Cougars (6-3) to a shutout victory over the Indians (6-3) to advance to the semifinals.

Scully had touchdown runs of 3 and 10 yards in the first half, the second of which came after a blocked punt by senior Eric Loueiro. Senior quarterback Dom Beninato tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Aidan Manasso to give Colts Neck a 21-0 halftime lead. Scully added touchdown runs of 2 and 35 yards in the third quarter and Bryson Royal scored on a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Colts neck will play at second-seeded and undefeated Mainland (10-0) in the semifinals next Friday. Mainland defeated Manalapan, 56-20, in the first round.


South Jersey Group 3

(4) Manasquan 14, (5) Somerville 13

Senior running back Julian Walthall ran for a 31-yard touchdown with 2:55 left in the fourth quarter and Manasquan's defense forced a turnover on downs with 58 seconds left to defeat the Pioneers (5-5) and advance to the semifinals.

Scoreless at halftime, Manasquan took a 7-0 lead in the third quarter on an 87-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Frank Fufaro to sophomore wide receiver Jack O'Reilly. Somerville scored the next two touchdowns, including a go-ahead score with 6:47 left to take a 13-7 lead. The extra point was unsuccessful on the second touchdown, however, opening the door for Manasquan to take the lead. The Warriors responded on Walthall's touchdown run and the extra point by sophomore Joey Dettlinger.

Manasquan will travel to top-seeded Delsea (8-1) for a semifinal game next Friday. Delsea defeated Burlington Township, 44-6, in the first round.


NJSIAA regional consolation games

South, Group 3

(2) Ocean 20, (3) Manchester 14






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