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Friday, Nov. 12

Non-Public B Quarterfinals

2-Red Bank Catholic 58, 7-Morris Catholic 34

The day after his mother passed away from a long battle with cancer, senior quarterback Alex Brown delivered an inspirational, career-best performance with eight total touchdowns to power the Caseys (9-1) to a victory over the Crusaders (4-6).

Brown threw six touchdown passes and ran for two more to send the Caseys into the state semifinals where they will host the winner of Saturday's game between third-seeded St. Joseph (Hammonton) and St. Thomas Aquinas.

 

South Jersey Group 5 Semifinals

3-Toms River North 48, 7-Edison 7

Sophomore quarterback Micah Ford ran for two touchdowns and threw two more, sophomore Tareq Council caught two touchdowns and returned an interception for a touchdown, and sophomore Jeremiah Pruitt had a touchdown run and a fumble return touchdown as the Mariners (7-3) crushed the Eagles (7-4) to return to a sectional final for the first time since 2016.

Ford had a 20-yard touchdown pass to Council and Pruitt returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown to give Toms River North a 14-0 lead. Edison scored on an untimed down on the final play of the first half to cut the Mariners' lead to 14-7 at halftime.

From there, it was all Toms River North. Ford unleashed an 89-yard touchdown pass to Council early in the third quarter to make the score 21-7 and then made it 28-7 with a 21-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The Mariners blew the game open three minutes later when Ford broke free on a 69-yard touchdown run for a 34-7 advantage. A 52-yard touchdown run by Pruitt made it 41-7 and an interception return for a touchdown by Council put the finishing touchdowns on a statement-making victory.

Toms River North will host Kingsway in the South Jersey Group 5 final next week.

 

 

North 2, Group 4 Semifinals

2-Middletown South 17, 3-Sayreville 8

Senior running back Dan Primiano ran for a game-high 152 yards, sophomore running back Donovan Summey had a touchdown run, sophomore Jake Czwakiel kicked three field goals, and the defense put together another fantastic performance to lead the Eagles (8-1) past the Bombers (8-3) and into a sectional final for the 22nd time in program history.

Senior defensive lineman Jake Williamson had an excellent game to lead a defense that held Sayreville to 173 yards of offense and standout sophomore running back Zaimer Wright to 77 yards rushing after he entered with nearly 1,400 yards.

Middletown South will travel to top-seeded Irvington for the sectional championship game next Friday.

 

South Jersey Group 4 Semifinals

2-Ocean City 45, 3-Long Branch 10

 

Central Jersey Group 3 Semifinals

1-Rumson-Fair Haven 34, 4-Burlington Township 0

A Burlington Township team that entered with an 8-1 record and averaging 35.6 points per game was no match for a Rumson difference that is simply playing at another level.

The Bulldogs held the Falcons to just 20 yards of offense, including minus-6 yards rushing, and did not allow a first down for the second straight game to advance to their eighth straight sectional final. In two playoff games, Rumson has allowed zero first downs and outscored its opponents 71-0.

Senior quarterback Colin Kennedy paced the offense by throwing for 119 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 126 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Senior tight end Aidan Casuccio had a 16-yard touchdown reception and sophomore wide receiver Nick Rigby had a 24-yard touchdown reception. Kennedy scored on a 14-yard run and senior running back Dan Garvey added a 2-yard touchdown run. Senior kicker Justin Worobel connected on field goals of 21 and 34 yards.

Rumson awaits the winner of Saturday's semifinal between second-seeded Woodrow Wilson and third-seeded Manasquan. The Bulldogs will host the winner in the title game next Friday.

 

Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinals

1-Raritan 41, 4-Hillside 34

Senior running back Joe Campanella scored on a 17-yard run to give Raritan the lead with 56 seconds left and the defense came up with a stop inside its own 15-yard line of the final play of the game to give the Rockets (6-4) a thrilling victory over the Comets to advance to their first sectional final since 2015.

Campanella also had a 44-yard touchdown run and an interception on defense. Junior running back Kieran Falzon had touchdown runs of 1, 9, and 15 yards, and senior quarterback Ben Hutchins had a 72-yard touchdown run.

Raritan jumped out to a lightning-quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter starting with Campanella's 44-yard score. Campanella then intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards to the Hillside 20. A 22-yard run by Hutchins then set up Falzon for a 1-yard plunge and a 14-0 Raritan lead. Hutchins' 72-yard touchdown run made it 21-0 a mere 7:58 into the game.

Hillside clawed back, however, starting with a 46-yard touchdown run by Kyon Simonson with 3:05 left in the first quarter. Falzon stretched Raritan's lead to 27-7 with a 9-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter but Hillside used a 39-yard touchdown run by Muffawq Parkman and a 51-yard touchdown run by Caleb Salters to cut Raritan's lead to 27-20 at halftime.

Hillside then tied the game at 27 on a 40-yard touchdown run by Simonson at the 8:31 mark of the third quarter. Falzon gave Raritan the lead back, 34-27, with his 15-yard touchdown run with 2:28 left in the third quarter. Hillside tied it up at 34 when Simonson ran for a 7-yard touchdown with 2:55 left in the game.

Raritan will host Haddonfield in the Central Jersey Group 2 final next Friday night.

 

South Jersey Group 2 Semifinals

1-Point Boro 28, 5-New Providence 7

Sophomore fullback Jake Croce ran for 122 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and senior quarterback Charlie Vitale ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as the Panthers (9-1) defeated the Pioneers (8-2) to advance to the sectional final.

Junior slotback Connor Cilento added 50 yards rushing on six carries and sophomore slotback Matt Oliphant ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on six carries as Point Boro's triple option racked up 330 yards on the ground.

The defense was led by junior middle linebacker JJ Bennet (10 tackles), junior defensive end Aidan Ward (7 tackles), and junior linebacker Maddox Samaritano (8 tackles).

Point Boro will host Willingboro in the sectional championship game next Friday night.

 

South Jersey Group 1 Semifinals

3-Woodstown 24, 2-Shore 19

 

Saturday, Nov. 13

Non-Public A Quarterfinals

1-Bergen Catholic 35, 8-Donovan Catholic 7

Senior quarterback Jalin Butler threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kyree Drake that cut Bergen Catholic's lead to 14-7 in the second quarter, but the Crusaders scored three touchdowns in the second half to thwart the Griffins' upset bid and remain undefeated.

The game began on Saturday concluded on Sunday after it was suspended due to severe weather. Bergen Catholic jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Donovan got on the board to make it 14-7. The game was halted late in the first half on Saturday and resumed just before 1:30 on Sunday.

 

Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinals

1-Winslow Township 41, 4-Colts Neck 14

 

Central Jersey Group 3 Semifinals

2-Woodrow Wilson 34, 3-Manasquan 7

Brett Patten threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Cole Kozlowski for the Warriors' only touchdown as the Tigers opened up a four-score lead entering the fourth quarter and put away Manasquan to reach the sectional final.

Woodrow Wilson will travel to top-seeded Rumson-Fair Have next Friday night.

 

 

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