Results from Friday's NJSIAA sectional semifinals involving Shore Conference teams.


NJSIAA Sectional Semifinals

North 2, Group IV

Game previews

2-Middletown North 20, 3-Summit 0

The Lions' first shutout of the season came at the perfect time, as they blanked the Hilltoppers (8-3) to reach a sectional final for the first time since 1996.

Senior quarterback Donald Glenn threw for 240 yards on 17 of 27 passing and senior wide out Brendan Kube caught nine passes for 121 yards. Glenn had a 1-yard touchdown run, senior Dwight Wilkerson scored on a 5-yard run and Joey Cavanagh kicked field goals of 23 and 25 yards. Junior running back Connor Welsh ran for 104 yards on 15 carries.

Kube also had an interception on defense while Austin Dewise had a key fumble recovery deep in Middletown North territory.

Middletown South will play Sayreville in the championship game on Saturday Dec. 3 at Rutgers University. The Bombers ousted defending champion Middletown South, 42-28 on Friday night.


5-Sayreville 42, 1-Middletown South 28

Senior quarterback Jayson DeMild threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns as the Bombers (9-2) stunned the defending champions Eagles (7-3) at "The Swamp".

DeMild's 85-yard touchdown pass to Jacari Carter with 6:30 left in the game gave Sayreville the lead for good, and a 2-yard touchdown run by JaQuae Roberts clinched it.

Sayreville will play second-seeded Middletown North in the championship game on Saturday Dec. 3 at Rutgers University.

It was back and forth the entire game until Sayreville scored the final two touchdowns of the game late in the fourth quarter. Carter's 33-yard touchdown catch put the Bombers up 7-0 early, but Middletown South tied the game on a 6-yard touchdown run by sophomore Anthony Summey. A 1-yard run by DeMild put Sayreville up 14-7 and Middletown South came right back on a 32-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Aneesh Agrawal to junior tight end Jake Krellin.

DeMild found Jashim Floyd for a touchdown pass in the third quarter, but the extra point was no good. That allowed the Eagles to grab a 21-20 lead after Agrawal tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Samson Dube and sophomore Chris Kaldrovics converted the extra point. Sayreville went back up with Floyd caught an 8-yard touchdown pass and the Bombers ran in the two-point conversion for a 28-21 lead. Middletown South knotted the score again on Agrawal's 32-yard touchdown pass to Summey before Sayreville pulled away with the final two scores.


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Central Jersey Group V

1-Manalapan 34, 5-South Brunswick 20

Junior running back Naim Mayfield ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries and the Braves (11-0) eliminated the defending champion Vikings (7-3) to reach a sectional final for the fifth time in six seasons.

Mayfield had touchdown runs of 5, 6 and 35 yards, while junior quarterback Luke Corcione threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to junior wide out Scott Scherzer. Junior fullback Chris Maksimik added a 1-yard touchdown run. Corcione finished 6 of 13 for 108 yards and a touchdown and Scherzer had three catches for 75 yards and a score.

Senior quarterback Josh Liao had touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards and a 75-yard touchdown pass to junior Penn State recruit Justin Shorter for South Brunswick.

Manalapan will play the winner of Saturday's game between third-seeded Old Bridge and second-seeded Piscataway on Saturday Dec. 3 at Rutgers University. Manalapan's only state title came in 2014, and the Braves have never had an undefeated season.


Central Jersey Group IV

1-Brick 24, 5-Freehold 23

Game story: Brick Wins a Last-Minute Thriller over Freehold to Reach Central Jersey Group IV Final


2-Allentown 41, 6-Jackson Memorial 15

The Redbirds (9-2) received a huge game from running back Joe Mannino while keeping Jackson Memorial star tailback Mike Gawlik in check to reach their second sectional final in program history.

Mannino ran for 234 yards and 4 touchdowns on 21 carries, including three in the second half when Allentown broke a 7-7 tie on its way to a convincing win. Gawlik entered the game with 2,023 yards, which was second in the state, but the Redbirds' defense led by senior linebacker Rick Mottram limited Gawlik to 90 yards and a late touchdown on 31 carries.

Senior quarterback Jordan Winston added 104 yards rushing and a touchdown and Mottram had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown. Touchdown runs of 15, 1 and 76 yards by Mannino in the third quarter gave Allentown a 27-7 lead, and Mottram's pick six put the game away at 34-7.

Jackson tied the score 7-7 when senior quarterback Dan Barker threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Matt D'Amore with five seconds left in the first half. With the Jaguars set to receive the kickoff to begin the second half it appeared all the momentum was on their side. Things changed quickly, however, when Allentown recovered a fumble on the opening series of the third quarter and took the lead for good on Mannino's touchdown.

Allentown will play top-seeded Brick in the final on Saturday Dec. 3 at Rutgers where it will try to win the program's first sectional title.


Central Jersey Group III

4-Rumson-Fair Haven 21, 1-Somerville 13

Rumson's defense came through with another legendary performance in the playoffs by holding down a Somerville (10-1) team that was averaging 50 points per game to reach its seventh sectional final in the last 10 years.

Rumson look to join Middletown South and Manasquan as the only Shore Conference programs to win four straight state titles when it takes on South Plainfield on Saturday Dec. 3 at Rutgers University.

Somerville grabbed a quick 13-0 lead on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Nick Couzzi to Nasyr Petties-Jackson and a 70-yard touchdown run by Petties-Jackson on fourth-and-one. Rumson settled in on defense and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions of Couzzi. The Somerville quarterback entered the game with 3,222 yards of total offense between rushing and passing and 43 total touchdowns, but was held to 163 yards passing and 40 rushing by Rumson's defense.

James Melia had two interceptions, including one in the end zone, and Pat Russo had a game-ending interception in the end zone when Somerville was trying to drive for the touchdown and attempt a game-tying two-point conversion.

Rumson's offense, specifically its running game, bled the clock to keep Couzzi and company off the field for as long as possible. Junior quarterback Mike O'Connor ran for 81 yards on 17 carries and senior running back Matt Vecchiarelli rumbled for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. O'Connor also threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to senior Colin Pavluk late in the first half to give the Bulldogs (8-2) a 14-13 halftime lead.


Central Jersey Group I

5-Asbury Park 39, 1-Shore 19

The Blue Bishops (7-3) scored the final 20 points of the game to knock off the two-time defending champions Blue Devils (6-4) and reach their first state final since 2011.

Nymeir Agologos had a career-high 150 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on just 8 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Senior running back Paul Reed added a 45-yard touchdown run and Cishiume Simmons had a 1-yard touchdown run. Donte Abrams scored on a 45-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter and Kharod Young iced the game with a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Senior running back Josh Campi gave Shore a 6-0 lead when he hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Matt Pennell. Abrams' punt return touchdown tied the score and touchdown runs by Reed and Simmons put Asbury Park up 19-12. A 7-yard touchdown run by Quadir Lawson and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Gil Goldsmith tied the game at 19. Agologos' 5-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter gave the Blue Bishops the lead for good.

Asbury Park will play Keyport in the final on Saturday Dec. 3 at Kean University. Asbury Park will be going for its seventh overall state title and first since winning the 2011 title to cap a run of four championships in five years.


3-Keyport 27, 2-Point Beach 14

A 76-yard touchdown pass from Chris Hogrefe to Joey Kay-Flagg with 1:24 left in the game sent the Red Raiders (10-1) to the sectional championship game for the first time since 2003.

Point Beach had tied the game 14-14 with 2:42 to play when junior quarterback Luke Frauenheim connected with Jacob Clement for a 14-yard touchdown on fourth-and-10. Kay-Flagg's touchdown grab gave Keyport the lead right back, and sophomore Devin Wollner scored on a 45-yard touchdown run as time expired.

Sophomore running back Greg Robinson had a 6-yard touchdown run and Hogrefe scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Kay-Flagg also had an interception on defense.

Chris Webber had a 17-yard touchdown run for Point Beach that tied the score 7-7 with 5:19 left in the game before Robinson's scoring run gave Keyport the lead once again.

Keyport will play Asbury Park in the final on Saturday Dec. 3 at Kean University where it will go for its first state title since 2002 and seventh overall.




South Jersey Group V

1-Toms River North 62, 5-Howell 34

The Mariners' offense got back to their usual scoreboard-melting ways with 590 yards of offense and the defense made enough stops in the second half to give them their 21st straight win and send them back to Rowan University to defend their state title.

Senior quarterback Mike Husni threw for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the way, while senior running back Parker Day ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide out Darrion Carrington caught five passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and senior receiver Bryce Watts had three catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Howell will play Millville in the sectional final on Saturday December 3 at Rowan University.

Toms River North scored on the opening drive of the game and never looked back, leading 27-14 at halftime and pulling away with 21 points in the fourth quarter. Howell was able to cut the deficit to seven points in two occasions, but each time Toms River North (11-0) scored on the first play thereafter to keep momentum squarely on its side.

Howell (6-5) junior quarterback Eddie Morales III was outstanding in defeat with 214 yards passing and a touchdown and 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Junior wide out Naz Brantley had seven catches for 79 yards and Ryan Mazik had a seven-yard touchdown catch. Senior Mekai Gandy had a short touchdown run and senior Joe Curto ran for a score late in the game.


South Jersey Group III

1-Wall 49, 5-Hamilton 21

Senior running back Sean Larkin ran for 205 yards and five touchdowns and the Crimson Knights (8-2) scored the final 28 points of the game to power past the Hornets (6-4) and into their first sectional final since 2004.

Larkin had touchdown runs of 10, 11, 15, 37 and 37 yards to set the Wall single-season record with 21. Junior running back Chevesse Covin added a 37-yard touchdown run on a jet sweep and senior Gene Scott had 43-yard interception return for a touchdown. Scott had a pair of interceptions while seniors Shane Richey and R.J. Janeczek also had interceptions.

Wall will play defending champion Delsea for the state title on Saturday Dec. 3 at Rowan University. The Crimson Knights' last state championship came in 2002.


Regular season


Manchester 20, Donovan Catholic 14


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