WEEK 1

Friday, Sept. 13

Freedom Division

Toms River East 13, Toms River South 8

Senior running back Frankie Giannetti ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and also made seven tackles with one for a loss on defense to lead the Raiders (2-0) past the Indians (0-1) for their first 2-0 start since 2009.

Senior quarterback Mike Goodall threw for 39 yards and ran for 46 yards and also intercepted a pass on defense. Junior linebacker Yusuf Ahmed made a team-high eight tackles with one hit for a loss.

 

National Division

Point Beach 13, Keansburg 0

Jack Akins threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jason Sherlock in the second quarter and the Garnet Gulls recovered a fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter on their way to blanking the Titans (0-1, 0-1) and improving to 2-0.

 

Manchester 21, Keyport 6

A 6-yard touchdown run by Devin Zamot and the extra point by Evan Weiner in the first quarter were all the points the Hawks (1-1, 1-0) would need to defeat the Red Raiders (0-2, 0-1).

Josh Glenn added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and, following a Gavin Clark interception, Zamot scored from 10 yards out in the fourth quarter for a 21-6 lead.

 

Asbury Park 22, Pinelands 6

Junior running back Najier Massey caught two passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown to lead the Blue Bishops (1-1, 1-0) past the Wildcats (0-1, 0-1).

Freshman quarterback Jai'Sun Brown completed 7 of 16 passes for 165 yards and touchdowns of 40 and 81 yards to Massey. Senior linebacker Knajee Alston and sophomore Nasir Alston each had five tackles and two sacks while senior Marcus Hill intercepted two passes for the Asbury Park defense. Anthony Swearine, Naiheem Crooms, Jarrett Chathuant and Joshua Handy also recorded sacks.

Aaron Harris returned a punt 20 yards for a touchdown for Pinelands.

 

Nondivisional

No. 9 Wall 14, No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 3- WATCH THE REPLAY

Junior quarterback Logan Peters tossed a 4-yard touchdown to sophomore Charlie Sasso to give Wall a 7-3 lead with 4:12 left in the third quarter, then sealed the game with a 24-yard touchdown run with 2:11 to play as the Crimson Knights (2-0) stunned the Bulldogs (1-1) in a marquee Top-10 showdown.

Rumson had taken a 3-0 lead early in the game on a 20-yard field goal by Drew Venancio, which was set up by an interception from defensive lineman Jack Kelly on the first play of the game.

 

Middletown North 20, No. 3 Long Branch 13

The Lions (1-1) built a 20-0 lead through three quarters and held on to shock the two-time defending state champion Green Wave (1-1).

A 3-yard touchdown run by Anthony Soto staked Middletown North to a 7-0 lead. Soto then threw a touchdown pass to Matt Spencer on a double pass for a 13-0 advantage. The Lions' lead threw to three scores when Nick Ferreira threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Spencer.

Middletown North's defense contained state rushing champion Jermaine Corbett and also forced a pair of turnovers. Additionally, the Lions had a pair of defensive stands after turning the ball over inside their own 20-yard line.

 

No. 5 Toms River North 17, Southern 12

A blocked punt and a 5-yard touchdown run by senior Matt Spalletta in the second quarter held up as the winning points as the Mariners (2-0) survived an upset bid by the Rams (1-1) to win a wild game in Manahawkin.

Southern took a quick 6-0 lead when senior Will Devane blocked a punt and sophomore Jaiden Brown scored on a 21-yard touchdown on the Rams' first offensive play. Toms River North took the lead for good when junior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to senior Dominick Jacob.

Toms River North's lead grew to 10-6 when senior Justin Burkert connected on a 41-yard field goal and then moved to 17-6 when Spalletta blocked a Southern punt and finished off the short drive by taking a keeper five yards for a score.

Southern made it a one-score game when Brown ripped off a 59-yard touchdown run on the second play of the third quarter, but Toms River North's defense was able to get some clutch stops down the stretch, including an interception by Sergio Borda on fourth down and a tackle for loss by Burkert on 4th and 1.

Kazanowsky completed 6 of 12 passes for 165 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jacob caught three passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Jarrod Pruitt ran for 99 yards on 27 carries.

Brown rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and senior quarterback Cole Robinson ran for 62 yards on 12 carries for Southern.

 

No. 6 Manalapan 14, Howell 7

Senior running back Andre Johnson ran for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Manalapan's defense held Howell to one score as the Braves (2-0) beat the rival Rebels (0-2).

Senior quarterback Sean Kehley completed 9 of 15 passes for 143 yards. Linebacker Charlie Paulucci recorded a team-high 11 tackles and Jake Freedman added 10 tackles. Matt Benedetti recorded one sack and Johnson added an interception.

 

No. 7 Donovan Catholic 55, Point Boro 0

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Senior quarterback Ryan Clark accounted for 155 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Damian Johnson ran for 107 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries as the Griffins (2-0) blanked the Panthers (1-1).

Donovan Catholic QB Ryan Clark. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

Clark ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries and threw for 71 yards and a touchdown. He connected with tight end Ethan Capone on a 45-yard score. Jahdir Loftland added 49 yards rushing and two touchdowns and speedster James Bivins ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on just two carries and Evyn Menta ran for a score as Donovan rolled up 393 yards on the ground.

Senior Andre Laney had an interception on defense as the Griffins recorded their second straight shutout to start the season.

 

St. John Vianney 35, No. 10 Middletown South 7

Senior quarterback CJ Duell completed 15 of 20 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown, Jayden Bellamy had five receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown plus an interception on defense and Antonio Rosato had a pair of touchdowns as the Lancers (1-0) opened their season with a resounding win over the Eagles (0-2).

Rosato had a 56-yard touchdown pass to Bellamy and also a 38-yard touchdown run. Josh Eat added five receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown and senior running back  Kavon Chambers ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Chris Lotito ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on five carries for Middletown South.

 

Holmdel 26, Shore 23 (OT)

Cameron LaMountain's fourth touchdown run of the game came on fourth and inches in overtime and gave the Hornets a thrilling victory over the Blue Devils (1-1) in their season-opener.

Holmdel held a 6-3 halftime lead and increased its advantage to 13-3 when John Tomasulo's 65-yard run set up LaMountain's 1-yard plunge. Shore rallied to take a 17-13 lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by Shane McLaughlin and then a 23-yard pass from Mike McGhee to McLaughlin.

LaMountain's third touchdown gave Holmdel a 20-17 lead with 6:44 left in the game but Shore's Cade Torres kicked a 31-yard field goal to tie the score at 20 with 1:50 left in regulation.

In overtime, Torres converted his third field goal of the night, this one from 40 yards out, to give the Blue Devils a 23-20 lead. But on the next series, Holmdel found the end zone on LaMountain's fourth and final touchdown run to win a classic.

 

Red Bank 23, Raritan 12

Senior quarterback Jack Chamberlain gave the Bucs (2-0) their first lead with a 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, then scampered for a 68-yard touchdown with 2:08 remaining as Red Bank rallied from a 12-3 halftime deficit to defeat the Rockets (1-1) and improve to 2-0.

A blocked punt set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Mike Fiore to give Raritan a 6-0 lead with 8:08 left in the first quarter. Red Bank's Chris Maida cut the lead in half when he booted a 38-yard field goal with 3:50 left in the half, but Raritan found the endzone with 34 seconds left in the half when quarterback Steve Coponi hit Luke O'Hea for an 18-yard touchdown on third down, giving the Rockets a 12-3 halftime edge.

Red Bank's comeback started when Chamberlain scored on a 14-yard touchdown run with 5:50 left in the third. His second touchdown run put the Bucs up, 16-12, and a key sack on fourth down by Will Dal Pra set up Chamberlain's third scoring run.

 

Lacey 38, Monmouth 0

Senior running back Justin Gorski ran for 139 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries as the Lions (2-0) shut out the Falcons (0-1) to win the first night home game in program history.

Gorski had scoring runs of 33, 22, 30 and 15 yards. Scott Sevens returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and Jack Borel added a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter to close out the scoring. Sophomore quarterback Noah Brunatti completed 6 of 8 passes for 80 yards.

Gorski had an interception on defense and he and senior Bobby Evans each made a team-high seven tackles. Sophomore John Dodaro recorded two sacks plus two tackles for loss while Stevens and junior Dylan Hilsheimer also recorded sacks.

 

Ocean 19, Neptune 6

Senior running back Trebor Pena ran for 115 yards and a touchdown and senior quarterback Robbie Nungesser threw for 115 yards and a score as the Spartans (1-0) opened their season with a win over the rival Scarlet Fliers (0-2).

Pena had a 67-yard touchdown run and Nungesser tossed a 66-yard touchdown pass to Chris Carasia. Tyler Douglas added a pair of 27-yard field goals. Pena also had an interception on defense.

Sophomore quarterback Jalin Butler had a 1-yard touchdown run for Neptune.

 

Central 9, Jackson Liberty 0

Landon Richardson ran for 121 yards and a touchdown and Imeer Johnson recorded a safety to make a superb defensive effort stand up as the Eagles (1-0) shut out the Lions (0-1) in the season-opener for both teams.

Johnson had a huge game on defense with five sacks and two tackles for loss to go along with the safety. Gunnar Nemeth added two sacks and two tackles for loss, Vinnie Dallicardillo made a team-high nine tackles and Colin Steimle recovered a fumble.

 

Barnegat 8, Lakewood 6

Senior quarterback Matt Vernieri threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Matt Scott and the Bengals (1-1) recorded a safety in the third quarter to defeat the Piners (0-1).

Vernieri also ran for a team-high 72 yards on 10 carries.

Senior outside linebacker Dominick Aneses had a record-setting game with a program single-game record 20 tackles, which included seven tackles for loss and one sack. The previous record of 18 tackles was by Mike Riley in 2006 vs. Raritan.

 

Saturday, Sept. 14

Colonial Division

No. 1 Mater Dei Prep 41, No. 8 Jackson Memorial 7

Senior running back Malik Ingram ran for four touchdowns and sophomore quarterback Alex Brown threw touchdowns of 37 and 73 yards to Nuran Buntin to lead the Seraphs (2-0) to an emphatic victory over the Jaguars (1-1).

Ingram had a 52-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game and later added a 5-yard score after a blocked punt by Khurram Simpson. After Brown's 37-yard scoring strike to Buntin, Ingram scored on a 3-yard run to build a 28-0 Mater Dei lead.

Jackson got on the board with a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Lonnie Cebulski, but Ingram's 39-yard touchdown run gave the Seraphs a 35-7 halftime lead. Brown's 73-yard touchdown pass to Buntin in the third quarter capped the scoring.

 

Nondivisional

No. 4 Red Bank Catholic 7, Manasquan 0

A 10-yard touchdown run by Elijah Jules late in the third quarter broke a scoreless tie and the Caseys defense did the rest to give RBC (1-1) the win over the Warriors (0-1).

 

Colts Neck 14, Marlboro 7

Senior Romeo Thomas ran for a pair of touchdowns, scored a two-point conversion and came down with a game-clinching interception as the Cougars (2-0) topped the rival Mustangs (0-2) to start 2-0 for the first time since 2013.

 

Brick 21, Brick Memorial 14

The Dragons (1-1) built a 21-0 lead and held off a late rally by the Mustangs (0-2) to win their seventh straight game in the rivalry series.

Senior quarterback Anthony Prato ran for 45 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Evan Travasino. Senior running back Joe Armooh spearheaded the ground attack with 145 yards rushing on 19 carries. Senior defensive end John Costanza had two sacks and one tackle for loss to lead the way on defense. Tyler Weisneck and Riley Bell each had fumble recovered fumbles and Darian Newcomb blocked a punt.

Senior quarterback Anthony Albanese threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns for Brick Memorial. Mekhi Irving caught six passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns and junior Ahki Barksdale caught six passes for 71 yards.

 

Freehold 27, Freehold Township 21 (2OT)

A touchdown run by Sha'Kim Shuler in double overtime sent the Colonials (1-1) to a win over the rival Patriots (0-2) to claim "The Duke" for the first time since 2015.

Shuler had three touchdown runs and Matt Grady returned a blocked punt 50 yards for a touchdown. Sophomore defensive end Tyler Ochojski had a monster game in his first varsity start, recording four sacks, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He had a forced fumble and recovery to half Freehold Township's drive in overtime.

 

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