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Friday, Sept. 6

American Division

No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 20, No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 14

Junior running back John Volker ran for 150 yards and a touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass, and junior safety Ryan Ruane returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown as the Bulldogs took down the rival Caseys for the first time in 18 years.

Rumson, the defending Central Jersey Group 3 and Central-South Group 3 Bowl Game champion, received big performances from several first-year starters, including an offensive featuring new starters at every position. The defense, which started just three seniors, was fantastic in holding RBC to 200 yards of offense, including just 56 yards rushing. Red Bank Catholic is the defending Non-Public Group 3 champion.

Kevin Degnan threw a 35-yard touchdown to Sean Rossback on a halfback pass and Anthony Boriello ran for a 12-yard touchdown to account for RBC's points.

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No. 6 Manalapan 23, No. 7 Middletown South 13 - WATCH THE REPLAY

Senior running back Andre Johnson ran for three touchdowns as the Braves opened the season with a road win over the Eagles.

Johnson had a 5-yard touchdown run to give Manalapan a 7-0 lead and ripped off a 62-yard touchdown run to give the Braves a commanding 23-0 halftime edge.

Middletown South closed the gap to 23-13 on touchdown passes of 18 and 36 yards from Vincent Bonavita to Matt Krellin, but the Eagles could draw no closer.

 

Patriot Division

Point Boro 23, Barnegat 13

Charlie Vitale tossed three touchdown passes to senior Sam Young and Joey Picolli kicked a 30-yard field goal to lead the Panthers past the Bengals.

Young's 70-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter tied the game at 13 and Picolli's field goal with 4:10 left in the game gave the Panthers a 16-13 lead. Young hauled in a 15-yard scoring pass with 26 seconds left to clinch the win. He finished with four receptions for 126 yards and three touchdowns.

Young and his twin brother, Cole, are first-year football players. Cole had an interception on defense.

Matt Vernieri had touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards for Barnegat.

 

Nondivisional

No. 9 Wall 23, Middletown North 10

The Crimson Knights scored the final 16 points of the game in the fourth quarter to rally from a 10-7 deficit and defeat the Lions.

Logan Peters connected with Dale McNalley on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 10:36 left in the game to give Wall a 14-10 lead. After recording a safety on a botched Middletown North punt, Wall put together a game-clinching drive that ended with Casey Larking scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run.

Peters also had a 5-yard touchdown pass to Mike Galos that tied the game at seven in the second quarter.

 

Shore 35, Asbury Park 6

Shane McLaughlin ran for 174 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the Blue Devils to a resounding win over the Blue Bishops. McLaughlin had scoring runs of 1, 19, 10, 11 and 4 yards and also caught three passes for 40 yards.

Terry Carlstrom had three receptions for 53 yards and added two interceptions on defense.

 

Toms River East 21, Howell 19

Quarterback Mike Goodall ran for 187 yards and touchdowns of 57 and 75 yards and Toms River East's defense stopped the tying two-point version attempt with six seconds left to earn a heart-pounding victory over the Rebels.

Frankie Giannetti added a 1-yard touchdown for the Raiders. He and Alex Smith each registered a sack on defense, as well.

Howell quarterback Jason Caston tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Sean Murphy and also had touchdown runs of 3 and 4 yards, the latter of which pulled Howell to within 21-19 with six seconds left in regulation.

 

Red Bank 50, Freehold 7

The Bucs fell behind 7-0 but rallied in furious fashion with 50 unanswered points to rock the Colonials. Jack Chamberlain completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a touchdown, while Owen Laughlin ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries to lead the way.

 

Raritan 33, Matawan 7

Senior running back Mike Fiore ran for 131 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries and senior quarterback Steve Caponi added a 63-yard touchdown run to lead the Rockets past the Huskies.

 

Nonconference

No. 5 Toms River North 45, Cherry Hill West 14

The Mariners scored all 45 points in the first half, including 38 in the second quarter, to cruise to a victory over the Lions.

Senior running back Jarrod Pruitt ran for four touchdowns on runs of 5, 8, 11 and 26 yards while junior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Dominick Jacob and a 4-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end John O'Donnell. Senior Justin Burkert added a 35-yard field goal.

 

Point Beach 28, Manville 7

Liam Buday ran for three touchdowns and Brandon Castronova recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown as the Garnet Gulls defeated the Mustangs to snap a 10-game losing streak and give head coach Joe Zaccone his first career win.

 

Robbinsville 19, Manchester 15

Jimmy Johns ran for a 10-yard touchdown and added a 2-point conversion run and Josh Glenn ran for a 3-yard touchdown to give the Hawks a fourth-quarter lead, but the Ravens rallied on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Dan Surtz with 2:18 left to surge to the victory.

 

Saturday, Sept. 7

Colonial Division

No. 2 Mater Dei Prep 40, Brick 13

Sophomore quarterback Alex Brown threw touchdown passes to Isaiah Noguera and Malik Ingram and Ingram added two rushing touchdowns as the Seraphs opened the season with a convincing win over the Dragons.

 

Nondivisional

No. 3 Long Branch 25, Neptune 13

Senior running back Jermaine Corbett ran for a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Kyle Davidson threw touchdowns to sophomore Jayden Farmer and junior Jayon Farrar to lead the Green Wave past the Scarlet Fliers.

Corbett, New Jersey's reigning rushing champion, finished with 132 yards on the ground. Davidson threw for 115.

Willie Gross had a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and quarterback Nino Bua ran for a touchdown for Neptune. Junior Haughton ran for 95 yards.

 

No. 8 Jackson Memorial 24, Brick Memorial 17

A 1-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Nic Ford with 1:16 left in regulation lifted the Jaguars to a hard-fought victory over the rival Mustangs.

Jackson trailed 17-16 with under seven minutes to play but used a defensive stand deep in Brick Memorial territory to get the ball back to its offense with great field position. Ford's plunge capped a methodical 9-play, 34-yard drive.

Junior running back Will Towns ran for 187 yards and a touchdown of 60 yards on 21 carries to lead the way for the Jaguars. Steven Rodriguez added a 14-yard touchdown run and Jake McKown kicked a 27-yard field goal.

The Jaguars' defense had eight sacks on the day, including two by junior defensive tackle Jaden Persichilli and 1.5 by senior defensive end Collin McCarthy.

Senior quarterback Anthony Albanese threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to Mekhi Irving, to lead Brick Memorial's offense. Irving caught three passes for 103 yards and touchdowns of 13 and 65 yards. Ryan McCombs added a 32-yard field that gave Brick Memorial a 17-16 lead with 8:59 left

 

Colts Neck 24, Freehold Township 0

Sophomore quarterback Tommy Fallon threw a touchdown pass to junior wideout Matt Scully and ran for a touchdown and senior running back Romeo Thomas ran for 89 yards and a score as the Cougars christened the season with a shutout of the district rival Patriots. Sophomore Christian Monteforte added a 22-yard field goal.

Colts Neck shut down Freehold Township's Air Raid passing attack as junior defensive end Delano Marcelus recorded an interception, four tackles, one tackle for loss, three quarterback pressures and one pass defense to lead the way. Scully and sophomore linebacker Anthony Bonanno each recorded a team-high eight tackles with Bonanno and junior linebacker Joe Barsky recording sacks.

 

Nonconference

No. 10 Donovan Catholic 35, Linden 0

Senior quarterback Ryan Clark ran for a pair of touchdowns and also threw a touchdown to tight end Levi Wilkins and the Griffins' defense held Linden under 100 yards of offense in a dominating season-opening victory. Linden entered the game ranked No. 20 in the state by USA Today NJ.

Nasir Calhoun added two touchdown runs while Jared Helstowski had a key interception and Chris Aldrich recorded three sacks.

 

Lacey 14, Hamilton East 6

Bobby Evans caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Noah Brunatti in the first quarter and John Stevens ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Lions topped the Spartans in Hamilton.

Justin Gorski ran for 79 yards on 20 carries to lead Lacey's offense while Donovan Bacchetta and Matt Kuligoski each snagged interceptions on defense as Lacey limited Steinert to 143 yards of offense.

 

Southern 21, Nottingham 0

Sophomore running back Jaiden Brown ran for 138 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and senior defensive tackle Colby Saxton recorded eight tackles with three sacks and three tackles for a loss to lead the way in the Rams' shutout of the Northstars.

Defensive end JT Cornelius had a sack and three tackles for loss, Hank Gallacher also recorded a sack and Steve Langton came down with an interception.

Cole Robinson threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Alex Rainone and JP Ricciardi added a 1-yard touchdown run.

 

Trenton Central 8, Marlboro 0

Metuchen 20, Keyport 12

 

 

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