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Week 14

NJSIAA State Playoffs

Saturday, Dec. 3, at SHI Stadium, Rutgers University

Group 1 State Championship

Woodbury 31, Mountain Lakes 7


Group 3 State Championship

Old Tappan 24, Delsea 14


Group 4 State Championship

Millville 18, Northern Highlands 14


Sunday, Dec. 4, at SHI Stadium, Rutgers University

Group 2 State Championship

Caldwell 18, Rumson-Fair Haven 14

Caldwell scored twice in the third quarter and forced a turnover on downs at the 10-yard line with just under two minutes left in the game to win the inaugural Group 2 title, end the season 13-0, and extend their winning streak to 28 games.

Rumson led 7-6 at halftime but Caldwell went ahead in the third quarter, 12-7, on a fake-punt touchdown pass from Louie Anemone to Michael Mignone. Later in the quarter, Harry Boland scored on a 19-yard run to put the Chiefs up 18-7.

Rumson (8-5) answered on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Owen O'Toole to cut the Chiefs' lead to 18-14 with 19 seconds left in the third quarter.

Caldwell opened the game with a 15-play, 76-yard drive to take a 6-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Harry Boland, but the extra point was unsuccessful. Rumson answered in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Brayden Dill and Ollie Lorraine added the extra point to give the Bulldogs a 7-6 halftime lead.

Rumson's defense also forced two turnovers in the first half with Luke Mikolajczyk recovering a fumble and John Connors recovering a fumble that was forced by Ryan Kalman.

Joey Marinello ran for 97 yards on 21 carries and Boland ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries for Caldwell. Quarterback Luke Jurzum completed 9 of 13 passes for 66 yards and ran for 70 yards on 17 carries as the Chiefs rushed for 249 yards. Lucas Lattimer caught seven passes for 37 yards.

Ryan Lawerence made nine tackles, Boland and Marinelli had eight tackles, and Julian Casale recorded seven tackles for Caldwell's defense.

Alastair Orr ran for 94 yards on 19 carries and O'Toole completed 19 of 37 passes for 212 yards to go over 2,000 yards passing on the season. Nick Rigby caught 10 passes for 109 yards and Sean Trinder caught four passes for 46 yards.

Luke Mikolajczyk had a game-high 14 tackles with two tackles for loss and Ryan Kalman had 12 tackles and a forced fumble to lead the defense.


Group 5 State Championship

Toms River North 28, Passaic Tech 7

The Mariners completed one of the most dominant seasons in Shore Conference history to win the inaugural Group 5 state championship and become what is believed to be the first team in state history to go 14-0.

Junior quarterback Micah Ford threw for 117 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 109 yards and junior running back Josh Moore ran for 127 yards and a touchdown, including an 80-yard touchdown run with 2:25 left to ice the game. Sophomore wide receiver Camryn Thomas had a 24-yard touchdown catch, senior tight end Ty Kazanowsky had a 10-yard touchdown reception, and sophomore Nasir Jackson caught a 48-yard touchdown pass. The Mariners churned out 389 yards of offense, including 272 yards rushing.

Ford completed his incredible junior season with 3,563 yards of offense and 50 total touchdowns, rushing for 2,360 yards and 33 touchdowns and passing for 1,203 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Toms River North's defense was also exceptional in allowing only one touchdown. Junior defensive back Jeremiah Pruitt had five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup, and Kazanowsky had six tackles and two pass breakups to lead the way.

Trashon Dye scored the lone touchdown for Passaic Tech, rushing for a 47-yard score in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs were held to 220 yards of offense on an average of 4.3 yards per play.

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