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Friday, Oct. 2

Monmouth County

No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 41, Middletown North 9

Seniors John Volker and Patrick Jamin each scored a pair of touchdowns and senior quarterback Josh Harmon accounted for three scores as the Bulldogs walloped the Lions at Borden Stadium.

Volker, Rumson's standout running back, scored on a 60-yard touchdown run and then scored from eight yards out to stake the Bulldogs to a 14-0 lead. An interception by senior free safety Ian Littman led to a 45-yard touchdown pass from Harmon to Jamin, giving Rumson a 21-0 lead. The advantage grew to 28-0 when Jamin hauled in a 21-yard scoring pass from Harmon.

Harmon made it 35-0 in the third quarter with a 19-yard touchdown run and senior cornerback Jimmy Kennedy capped the scoring when he returned an interception for a touchdown.

Harmon completed 12 of 16 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, Volker ran for 121 yard and two touchdowns on 10 carries and Jamin caught five passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior running back Brian Haddow had a touchdown for Middletown North.


No. 6 Red Bank Catholic 10, No. 4 Mater Dei Prep 3

A goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter and a fumble recovery at the 5-yard line by sophomore linebacker Sabino Portella enabled the Caseys to hold off the Seraphs at Count Basie Field.

Junior defensive end Alex Bauman and senior defensive tackle Jake Louro spearheaded a tremendous defensive performance by RBC that limited Mater Dei to 188 yards of offense and zero touchdowns. Mater Dei ran three plays from inside the Caseys' 2-yard line with five minutes left in the game but could not find the end zone. On third and goal from the 2-yard line, senior linebacker Luke Guidetti made a stop at the 1-yard line and on fourth down, Bauman made the initial hit on Ra'Jahn Cooper and senor defensive back Anthony Borriello finished the play to completed the goal-line stand.

Mater Dei was able to force a punt from the 1-yard line, however, and took over at RBC's 26-yard line with 4:26 left in the game. The Seraphs moved to the 5-yard line but on first and goal, the snap was off the mark and when junior quarterback Alex Brown reached to grab the ball it deflected off Cooper's helmet and to the turf where Portella was able to pounce on it for the game-ending turnover.

The winning score came in the second quarter when Borriello found sophomore wide receiver Najih Rahman, who made a juggling catch on a 20-yard touchdown reception. Rahman finished with six catches for 89 yards. Borriello threw for 92 yards and ran for 31 yards. Senior Mike O'Connor connected on a 25-yard field goal.

Jake Jacobson kicked a 26-yard field goal to account for Mater Dei's only points.


Long Branch 14, No. 9 Middletown South 10

Christian Rodriguez escaped a would-be sack and fired a 15-yard touchdown pass to BaSean Fraser with 8:19 left in the game to give the Green Wave a comeback win over the Eagles.

Middletown South opened the scoring late in the first quarter when an interception by junior Tommy Schork set up a 27-yard field goal by Mike D'Amato. The Eagles extended their lead to 10-0 when Austin Ruziecki scored on a 40-yard touchdown run with 9:21 left in the first half.

Long Branch cut its deficit to 10-7 late in the first half. A 46-yard catch by Fraser set up a 3-yard touchdown pass from Rodriguez to Bobbly Lawrence ith 2:03 left in the half.


Freehold Township 15, Howell 14

Senior Matt Cardone had a sensational game with both touchdowns and a huge defensive play to lead the Patriots to a comeback victory over the rival Rebels.

With Freehold Township trailing Howell 8-0 in the fourth quarter, Cardone scored from 14 yards out on a hook-and-lateral, catching the flip from Antonio Willis after a 10-yard pass from senior quarterback Lorenzo Chirichella. The two-point conversion was successful to tie the score at eight.

After Howell took a 14-8 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Cardone returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to tie the score. Shawn Corchado followed with the go-ahead extra point.

Cardone added an interception on defense.

Howell, in its first game with new head coach Frank Edgerly, scored on a 64-yard touchdown run by senior Hunter Lino, a safety and an 11-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback J.T. Goodman to Lino.


Holmdel 26, Raritan 14

Senior quarterback Christian Donnelly had two rushing touchdowns while senior running backs A.J. DeCicco and Tighe Steineke had one touchdown each as the Hornets topped the Rockets to retain the "Battle of the Border" trophy.

Donnelly started the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown run on an option keeper midway through the first quarter. After Raritan tied the score at seven, Donnelly scored on a 28-yard run to give Holmdel a 13-7 lead with 9:29 left in the half.

A 20-yard touchdown on a reverse by Steineke made it 20-7 in the third quarter and DeCicco busted loose on a 51-yard touchdown run with 4:47 left in the game to put the Hornets up 26-7.


St. John Vianney 30, Red Bank 8

Sophomore quarterback Antonio Rosato tossed three touchdown passes - two to sophomore Kyle Verriest - and junior Mason Schenk kicked three field goals to lead the Lancers to an impressive victory over the Bucs.

Rosato connected with Verriest on touchdown passes of 12 and 13 yards to Verriest and also threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to senior Josh East. Schenk had a huge kicking game with field goals of 41, 33 and 41 yards.

Jack Grassi threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Cian Curylo and Curylo ran in the 2-point conversion for Red Bank's points.


Matawan at Ocean - postponed, makeup date TBD


Ocean County

Toms River South 28, No. 2 Toms River North 21 - WATCH THE REPLAY!

Down by 15 at halftime after a crazy and controversial touchdown on the final play of the first half, the Indians responded with 22 unanswered points to shock the visiting Mariners.

During the closing seconds of the first half, Toms River South appeared to have scored a touchdown when senior quarterback Jack Huber connected with sophomore slotback Devon Bond, but the ball came loose, was ruled a fumble and was picked up and returned 99 yards for a touchdown by senior strong safety Kenny Warner.

The touchdown gave Toms River North a 21-6 halftime lead and It appeared to be a back-breaking jolt for Toms River South. But instead, the Indians responded with a great second half to earn the program's biggest win in years.

TR South vs TR North

With 2:56 left in the third quarter, Huber found senior wide receiver Tyler Madeo for a 25-yard touchdown, cutting Toms River North's lead to 21-13. A short touchdown run by Huber followed by a 2-point conversion pass to senior Anthony Jonin then tied the score at 21 with 8:09 left in the game. Bond delivered the go-ahead touchdown from five yards out with 3:53 left as Toms River South's flexbone offense chipped away and wore down the Mariners' defense. Senior safety Dominic Cats also made a clutch play when he came down with an interception with 3:41 left in the game.

Bond also had Toms River South's first touchdown, a 33-yard run in the first quarter that gave the Indians a 6-0 lead.

Toms River North took a 7-6 lead midway through the second quarter when senior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky fired a 50-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Zach Goodale. Later in the second quarter, Kazanowsky found Goodale for a 54-yard touchdown to make it 14-6. Warner's defensive touchdown put the Mariners up 21-6 at the break.


No. 5 Donovan Catholic 42, Brick Memorial 6

Senior running back Jahdir Loftland ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as the Griffins' ground game punished the Mustangs to the tune of 330 yards and four touchdowns. Senior running back Dominick Nocero and senior wide receiver James Bivens also had touchdown runs while junior running back Nunes Bukula added 51 yards on just four carries.

Senior quarterback Evyn Menta completed 8 of 10 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns with on interception. Senior wide receiver Jayon Farrar caught three passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 39 yards on five carries. Menta added 39 yards on the ground, as well.


No. 10 Southern 36, Brick 20

Junior running back Jaiden Brown ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and senior Nick Fabrizzio ran for 100 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries as the Rams ran past the Dragons. Brown had touchdown runs of 10 and 44 yards and Fabrizzio had a 67-yard touchdown run.

Senior quarterback Taylor Munt threw touchdown passes of 20 and 34 yards to senior wide receiver Alex Rainone and junior defensive end Nate Committee sacked the punter in the end zone after a high snap to record a safety. Committee had two sacks on the night and Xavier Hendricks had an interception.

Brick's Tyler Weisneck ran for a game-high 140 yards and scored two touchdowns on runs of 67 and nine yards. Senior quarterback Joaguin Ragland added a 4-yard touchdown run.


Manchester 12, Lacey 3

Senior running back Josh Glenn gave the Hawks the lead with a 35-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter and junior quarterback Savon Myers connected with senior tight end Gavin Clark on a 15-yard score with 7:36 to play as Manchester stunned Lacey to start the Brian Wilkinson era off with a huge victory.

Manchester's defense allowed a field goal in the first quarter but shut the Lions out the rest of the way.


Barnegat 42, Pinelands 7

Senior quarterback Matt Xiques had a great debut in his first varsity start, completing 11 of 15 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns to power the Bengals to a victory over the Wildcats. Xiques fired two touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Dorsey Criss and one each to junior tight end Keenan Paul and sophomore wide receiver Shikeith Gordon.



No. 1 Wall 55, Point Boro 13

The top-ranked Crimson Knights were as good as advertised in their 2020 season-opener, scored eight touchdowns to overpower Point Boro on opening night.

Senior running back Casey Larkin scored on runs of 4,15 and 46 yards and senior quarterback Logan Peters ran for an 18-yard touchdown and threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Matt Dollive. Mike Furnorola and Jake Davis also had rushing touchdowns and Wall added a blocked punt for a touchdown,


No. 7 Jackson Memorial 35, Neptune 0

Senior running back Will Towns ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and senior Wally Doman had a pair of touchdowns as the Jaguars blanked the Scarlet Fliers in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Doman began the scoring when he recovered a muffed punt in the end zone and later made it 14-0 when he caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Tai Mann. A 19-yard touchdown run by Towns in the second quarter stretched the lead to 21-0. Later in the second quarter, senior Kai Blair hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Devin Foderaro.

Senior Damian Henderson added a 16-yard run in the third quarter.


Keansburg 40, Point Beach 21

Junior quarterback Mikal Braithwaite ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns, returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and threw for 104 yards as the Titans beat the Garnet Gulls to win their season-opener for the first time since 2012.

Senior running back Patrick Beltran ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and also had 55 receiving yards.


Saturday, Oct. 3

Monmouth County

Freehold 14, No. 8 Manalapan 12

A huge game by senior quarterback Sha'Kim Shuler and a pair of critical special teams plays enabled the Colonials to start the season with an upset victory over the district-rival Braves.

Shuler ran for 215 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries and also threw for 110 yards. His 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave Freehold a 14-6 lead and later in the fourth after Manalapan scored to close the gap to 14-12, Shuler broke up a 2-point conversion pass to keep Freehold ahead.

Junior wide receiver Kamore Gill added 106 yards rushing on just eight carries and caught two passes for 53 yards. Yahsin Calhoun and Jason Lee had interceptions on defense.

Freehold was also able to neutralize one of Manalapan's biggest weapons, first-team All-Shore kicker Vincenzo Rea. After quarterback Mike DeMayo connected with junior wideout Paul Wojciechowski for a 7-yard touchdown, Rea's extra point attempt was blocked by senior Jiasion Carpenter to keep Freehold ahead, 7-6. Early in the third quarter, Rea had a field goal attempt blocked by Colonials junior Tyler Ochojski.

DeMayo threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with senior Anthony Matrone on a 67-yard score in addition to the 7-yard pass to Wojciechowski. Matrone also had an interception on defense.


Manasquan 38, Asbury Park 15

Sophomore quarterback Brett Patten threw for 195 yards and a touchdown on 9 of 11 passing and ran for 27 yards and a score as the Warriors showcased a dynamic and balanced offense in a resounding season-opening win over the Blue Bishops.

Sophomore running back Jhamier Howard ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns, junior fullback Cole Kozlowski had a touchdown run and a 25-yard touchdown catch and Jack Dettlinger kicked a 23-yard field goal. Patten's touchdown run came from seven yards out.

Senior wide receiver Jack Collins also had a big game, going over the century mark with four receptions for 101 yards.

Manasquan built a 38-0 through the third quarter before Asbury Park got on the board via a 25-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jai'Sun Brown to senior wide receiver Mikai Brown-Jones. Na'Jier Massie ran in the 2-point conversion. Late in the game, Asbury Park scored against Manasquan's backups when junior wideout Lydell Brown hauled in an 8-yard touchdown pass.


Colts Neck 28, Marlboro 0

Colts Neck vs Marlboro

Shore 34, Monmouth 6


Ocean County

Central 35, Lakewood 14

Junior quarterback Frankie Farmer tossed touchdown passes to senior tight end Danny Taris and senior wide receiver Brandon Montgomery and Nick Sura, Anthony Musso and Chase Gumbrecht added touchdown runs to lead the Golden Eagles past the Piners and give head coach Jarrett Pidgeon his first career win.

Trailing 8-0, Farmer connected with Taris on a 25-yard touchdown pass on fourth and 11 to cut Central's deficit to 8-7. Lakewood extended its lead on a pick-6 but Sura ripped off a 25-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 14.

Central took the lead for good when Gumbrecht broke loose on a 55-yard touchdown run to give the Golden Eagles a 21-14 advantage. Musso scored on a 1-yard plunge to make it 28-14 and Farmer hit Montgomery for a 51-yard touchdown with 8:08 to play to cap the scoring.



Gov. Livingston 36, Keyport 21

Senior quarterback Troy Alvarez threw two touchdown passes to junior wide receiver DJ Thomson and ran for another score, but the Red Raiders could not overcome four turnovers and fell to the Highlanders.


Monday, Oct. 5

Ocean County

Jackson Liberty 16, Toms River East 14



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