Results from Week 12 football action in the Shore Conference.


Wednesday, Nov. 23

Shore 14, No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven 7

STORY: Shore Stuns Central Jersey Group III Finalist and Fifth-Ranked Rumson, 14-7, on Thanksgiving Eve


Barnegat 29, Pinelands 28

A two-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Connor Lustenberger with 6:30 left in regulation completed a comeback from down 28-6 as the Bengals (5-5, 4-3) took down the Wildcats (4-6, 3-4) in thrilling fashion.

Pinelands took a 21-0 lead in the first half on a six-yard touchdown run by Evan Burton, a 26-yard touchdown run by Brennan Richardson and a 5-uard touchdown run by Kyle Hehre. Barnegat got on the board when Hunter Mauro returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, but  Burton answered with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Wildcats a 28-6 lead with 8:17 left in the second quarter.

The Bengals began their comeback with a 1-yard touchdown run by Lustenberger late in the first half. Lustenberger then kicked a 20-yard field goal and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-23 with 3:49 left in the third quarter. His go-ahead touchdown run was set up by a 60-yard catch and run by Mauro on a screen pass.

Pinelands had a shot to win the game with a 42-yard field goal with seven seconds left but the kick fell just short.


Thursday, Nov. 24

No. 7 Middletown North 24, No. 4 Middletown South 6

Senior quarterback Donald Glenn threw three touchdown passes and the Middletown North (9-2, 4-2) defense forced four turnovers to defeat Middletown South (7-4, 5-1) for the first time since 2000.

Glenn threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Aidan Campbell and a 55-yard touchdown pass to senior wide out Brendan Kube for a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. He then connected with senior Dwight Wilkerson for a 4-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first half.

Sophomore Joey Cavanagh added a 28-yard field goal with 9:17 left in the game for a 24-0 lead before Middletown South avoided the shut out with a late score.


No. 8 Wall 21, No. 6 Manasquan 3

Senior running back Sean Larkin ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns and the Crimson Knights' defense held Manasquan to 85 yards of offense to win its third straight game in the rivalry series.

Manasquan (9-2, 4-2) led 3-0 at halftime thanks to a 37-yard field goal by senior Adam Schreck as time expired, but Wall (9-2, 4-2) came out on fire to start the third quarter and quickly took a 15-3 lead. Larkin had a 36-yard touchdown run to give Wall the lead for good and then scored on a 10-yard run. He ran for 103 yards in the third quarter and 132 of his 177 yards in the second half.

Larkin added a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Senior defensive backs R.J. Janeczek and Mike Capra each head interceptions, while linebacker Tim McKernan unofficially had a team-high 10 tackles.


Raritan 44, Holmdel 14

Senior running back Vito Aleo ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns and senior Matt Thompson had touchdowns on both sides of the ball to lead the Rockets (6-4, 4-2) past the Hornets (2-8, 1-5) for the third straight year.

Aleo had touchdown runs of 64 and 5 yards to help Raritan build a 20-7 halftime lead. Sophomore running back P.J. Buccine had a 3-yard touchdown run, Thompson had a pair of touchdowns and Gavin Toth kicked a 23-yard field goal.

Quarterback Jeff DeCicco had a 2-yard touchdown run and Holmdel also had a kickoff return for a touchdown.


Neptune 21, Asbury Park 20

A touchdown run by Malik Ingram and a 2-point conversion run by quarterback Chase Fairbanks with 1:15 left in the game gave the Scarlet Fliers (3-7) a thrilling win over the Blue Bishops (7-4) to retain the Friendship Trophy for the seventh straight year.

Neptune led 13-6 at halftime on a fumble return for a touchdown by junior free safety Mikey Morris and a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior cornerback Isaiah Mooney. Asbury Park countered with a 30-yard touchdown run by Namir Argilagos.

The Blue Bishops rallied to take a 20-13 lead when junior quarterback Ja'King Agostini hit senior Cishiume Simmons for a 26-yard touchdown and senior running back Paul Reed broke free for a 54-yard touchdown run.


Long Branch 27, Red Bank 0

Senior running back Keith Cooper scored three total touchdowns the the Green Wave (2-8) recorded their first shutout of the season to defeat the Bucs (4-6) and bring home the Ty Lewis Trophy.

Cooper took a screen pass 45 yards for a touchdown and ran for a 17-yard touchdown to give Long Branch a 13-0 halftime lead. Cooper added a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Ly'Qym Morris scored on a 1-yard touchdown for his first varsity touchdown in the fourth quarter.


Lakewood 28, Toms River South 24

A 1-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Zyhier Jones with five seconds left in the game polished off a rally from 10-points down in the fourth quarter as the Piners (7-3) edged the Indians (2-8) in the 97th meeting between the two programs.

Jones had three rushing touchdowns and also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to twin brother Jyhier Jones. Toms River South led 24-14 entering the fourth quarter before Jones scored on a pair of 1-yard runs to produce the win.

A 3-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Sam Conover gave Toms River South a 7-0 lead. Lakewood responded with the 26-yard touchdown from the Jones twins, but the two-point conversion pass was incomplete. Lakewood then took a 14-7 lead on a 12-yard touchdown run by Jones and a two-point conversion run by Ja'Shir Cooper, but Jorien Harris returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 14.

Another 3-yard touchdown run by Conover put Toms River South in front 21-14 in the third quarter, and a 28-yard field goal by Antonio Croprara gave the Indians a 24-14 lead with 1:03 left in the third quarter.



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