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Week 12

Friday, Nov. 19

NJSIAA Playoffs

South Jersey Group 2 Sectional Final

1-Point Boro 32, 2-Willingboro 8

Junior Tyler Gordon running back/linebacker had two touchdown runs plus a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown and senior quarterback Charlie Vitale threw a touchdown pass and ran for another as the Panthers (10-1) scored the final 32 points of the game to beat the Chimeras (8-4) and win the program's first sectional title since 2005.

Down 8-0 after Willingboro's Bryson Bright scored on a 35-yard touchdown and Nasir Abney added the 2-point conversion midway through the first quarter, Point Boro stay composed and methodically got its offense back into gear. They answered on 68-yard touchdown pass from Vitale to junior slotback Connor Cilento on third-and-9 to cut Willingboro's lead to 8-6. Later in the second quarter, Gordon plowed in for a 3-yard touchdown for a 12-8 lead the Panthers would not relinquish.

Gordon scored on an 8-yard run early in the fourth quarter to give Point Boro a 19-8 lead and Vitale added an 8-yard touchdown run for a 25-8 lead with 7:47 left. Gordon then put the finishing touches on the championship victory when he jumped a screen pass, intercepted it, and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown to give the Panthers a 32-8 lead with 6:46 to play.

Vitale finished with 103 yards passing and a touchdown and 68 yards rushing and a touchdown. Cilento caught two passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore fullback Jake Croce ran for a game-high 75 yards.

Point Boro's defense was outstanding in allowing just one touchdown and holding Willingboro's powerful rushing attack to just 80 yards rushing and the Chimeras to 106 yards of total offense. After moving 60 yards on their opening drive, Willingboro mustered just 46 yards and three first downs the rest of the game.

Point Boro will now face Central Jersey Group 2 champion Haddonfield in the Central/South Group 2 regional championship game the weekend of Friday, Dec. 3 at either Rutgers University or MetLife Stadium.

 

North 2, Group 4 Sectional Final

1-Irvington 28, 2-Middletown South 13

Senior quarterback Tom Schork ran for a touchdown and sophomore kicker Jake Czwakiel kicked a pair of field goals but the Blue Knights (10-2) scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to top the Eagles (8-2) and win the first sectional title in program history.

Middletown South will wrap up its season vs. Middletown North on Thanksgiving.

 

South Jersey Group 5 Sectional Final

4-Kingsway 21, 3-Toms River North 14

Toms River North rallied to tie the game on a touchdown catch by sophomore Jeremiah Pruitt and a 2-point conversion run by sophomore quarterback Micah Ford with 57 seconds left in regulation, but the Dragons (7-4) answered right back on a 36-yard touchdown catch by Luke Van Brill with just seven seconds remaining to stun the Mariners (7-4) and win the sectional title.

Kingsway started the scoring when Nate Maiers threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Van Brill midway through the first quarter. An interception by sophomore Tareq Council in the end zone ended another promising Kingsway drive and the Mariners responded on an 8-yard touchdown run by Ford, cutting the deficit to 7-6 after the extra point missed.

Darrell Brown Jr. scored on a 3-yard run to give Kingsway a 14-6 lead with 3:53 left in the third quarter.

 

Central Jersey Group 3 Sectional Final

2-Woodrow Wilson 28, 1-Rumson-Fair Haven 6

Na'Zir Oglesby had touchdown runs of 57 and 9 yards in the fourth quarter as the Tigers (8-2) stunned the Bulldogs (9-2) to win their third straight sectional title.

Woodrow Wilson led 8-0 at halftime on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Devin Kargman plus a 2-point conversion pass. The Tigers defense held RFH to only one first down in the first half.

Rumson finally got on the board with six minutes left in the game when senior quarterback Colin Kennedy scored on a 1-yard run, but the ensuing 2-point play was stopped when Kennedy was sacked.

Woodrow Wilson immediately responded on Oglesby's 57-yard touchdown run followed by the 2-point conversion run by Kargman to go up 16-6 with 5:47 left. Oglesby added a 9-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left and the Tigers put the finishing touches on a superb road win with an interception return for a touchdown with 32 seconds left.

 

Central Jersey Group 2 Sectional Final

3-Haddonfield 28, 1-Raritan 7

Junior running back Kieran Falzon ran for a game-high 143 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries but Haddonfield's Bobby Hahn delivered 138 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries to lead the Bulldawgs (9-2) over the Rockets (6-5) for their seventh sectional title in the last 11 years.

Hahn had touchdown runs of 42 and 20 yards and quarterback Carson Wolff scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 17 yards for Haddonfield, which led 14-0 at halftime and 21-0 midway through the third quarter.

Haddonfield plays Haddon Heights on Thanksgiving and will then meet South Jersey Group 2 champion Point Boro in the Central/South Regional Championship game the weekend of Dec. 3 at either Rutgers University or MetLife Stadium.

 

Non-Public B Semifinals

2-Red Bank Catholic 21, 3-St. Joseph (Hammonton) 10

Senior quarterback Alex Brown ran for a pair of touchdowns in the second half and senior running back Rajahn Cooper also ran for a touchdown as the Caseys (10-1) erased a three-point halftime deficit to defeat the Wildcats and return to a state championship game for the first time since 2018.

Red Bank Catholic will play DePaul in the Non-Public B state championship game at a date and site to be determined.

 

 

 

 

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