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Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 2

Independence Division

Brick Memorial 32, Howell 27

Sophomore quarterback Connor Dietz has a sparkling debut, rushing for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries and throwing another to Ben Woolley to lead the Mustangs to a thrilling victory over the Rebels.

Jake LaRocca added a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half.

Howell drove down to the Brick Memorial 3-yard line in the closing seconds but an interception by Jeremiah Crispin clinched the win for the Mustangs.

Howell senior quarterback Stephen Jardim completed 10 of 15 passes for 211 yards and two touchdown passes and ran for another. Junior wide receiver Jack Gartenstein caught two passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on throws of 78 and 10 yards. Conner Gordon added a 1-yard touchdown run. Senior wide receiver Nick Vecchiarelli caught five passes for 74 yards.


Patriot Division

Point Boro 34, Shore 20

Senior quarterback Charlie Vitale ran for 136 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries and junior running back Connor Cilento ran for 117 yards and a touchdown on just six carries as the Panthers opened with an important divisional victory over the Blue Devils.

Cilento had a 62-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Point Boro a 26-13 led. Vitale scored on an 11-yard run with 4:32 to play to open a 34-13 advantage and also had touchdown runs of 4, 71, and 8 yards. Sophomore running back Matt Oliphant added 62 yards and two 2-point conversion runs on seven carries and sophomore running back Jake Croce ran for 42 yards on 12 carries.

Junior linebacker JJ Bennet led the Panthers' defense with 13 tackles, while junior linebacker Connor Reynolds had five tackles and two sacks and junior linebacker Tyler Gordon made eight tackles.

Senior running back Andrew Decker had a 45-yard touchdown run and senior quarterback Jamie Mazzacco had a pair of short touchdown runs for Shore.



No. 7 Middletown South 15, No. 10 Manasquan 12

Senior quarterback Tom Schork spearheaded an 8-play, 57-yard drive that began with 2:12 left in the game, capping the comeback with a 22-yard touchdown run with 20 seconds on the clock as the Eagles authored a dramatic rally over the Warriors.

One play earlier, Schork connected with Logan Colleran for a 25-yard gain on 4th and 12. He finished the night with 125 yards passing and 74 yards rushing.

After a scoreless first quarter, Middletown South opened the scoring on a 14-yard run by senior running back Dan Primiano. The score was set up by a 59-yard pass from Schork to senior wide receiver Ryan St. Clair. Manasquan answered late in the first half when senior running back Patrick Woodford hauled in a 29-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Brett Patten. The extra point was wide left, however, after a penalty pushed the attempt back five yards.

Manasquan pulled ahead 12-7 in the third quarter when Patten threaded a pass over the middle to senior Cole Kozlowski, who raced for a 64-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

Patten threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 41 yards. Kozlowski caught four passes for 93 yards and also had an interception on defense.

Tyler Carey had an interception for Middletown South while sophomore linebacker Colin Gallagher had a game-high three sacks.


No. 8 Freehold 20, Jackson Memorial 19

Senior quarterback Kamore Gil ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 10:42 left in the game and pulled down a game-clinching interception on the final play of the game as the Colonials rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to clip the Jaguars.

Gil ran for 134 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and threw for 80 yards on 5 of 15 passing. Senior linebacker Tyler Ochojski had a huge game on defense with 15 tackles, including three tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and four quarterback pressures. He added four catches for 68 yards at tight end. Senior Yah-Sin Calhoun had 12 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. The returning All-Shore defensive back also had 11 tackles and one sack.

Jackson jumped on Freehold right away when Albert D'Alessandro returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The Jaguars extended their lead to 13-0 when junior quarterback Tai Mann fired a 20-yard touchdown pass to Joe Zeundrich.

Freehold answered after recovering a Jackson fumble when Gill hauled in a 45-yard touchdown on a reverse pass from sophomore Spencer Rushton with 4:25 left in the first half. Jackson came right back, however, when Mann hit Zundrich for 56 yards and Angelo Nicosia scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:15 left before the break.

A 1-yard touchdown run by senior YahSin Calhoun on the opening drive of the third quarter pulled Freehold to within 19-14 before Gill's touchdown gave the Colonials the lead.


Middletown North 31, Freehold Township 14

Senior running back Brian Haddown ran for 211 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and senior quarterback Tommy Giannone completed 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown to lead the Lions past the Patriots.

Junior Derek Soto added a touchdown run and also caught three passes for 70 yards. Senior tight end Zac Searight caught three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown and sophomore Ian Poole-Morgan connected on a field goal.


Asbury Park 30, Red Bank 19

Junior quarterback Jai'Sun Brown completed 14 of 16 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns, Jashawn Carter returned a kickoff for a touchdown and I'Quann Crawford ran for a touchdown as the Blue Bishops opened their season with a home victory over the Bucs.

Brown threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ta'Jier Burress in the second quarter and then tossed the 2-point conversion pass to Rah'Lee Stephens to give Asbury Park an 8-0 halftime lead.

Carter then returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0. Red Bank got on the board when Jack Grassi connected on a touchdown pass to Matt Dengler but the Bishops added another score on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Stephens.

Red Bank pulled to within 22-19 when Grassi scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter but Asbury Park never let them get any closer. Crawford's 7-yard touchdown run and Brown's 2-point conversion run made it a 30-13 lead before Ky'Yam Martin caught a touchdown pass from Grassi to account for the final scoring margin.

Crawford led the Asbury Park ground attack with 76 yards on eight carries. Nasir Alson added 45 yards on seven carries to go along with 10 tackles (7 solo), two tackles for loss and one sack on defense. Stephens caught three passes for 49 yards to lead the receivers. Carter also recorded a sack, Crawford added a forced fumble and Dontay Ayala had a fumble recovery.

Grassi had a huge game for Red Bank with 228 yards and two touchdowns on 10 of 12 passing, plus 154 yards rushing and a touchdown on 20 carries. Dengler caught four passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.


Matawan 28, Ocean 27

Senior quarterback Dennis Buonagura threw for a career-high 320 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter, as the Huskies stormed back to stun the Spartans in a dramatic season-opening game.

Buonagura's 5-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Halliburton coupled with a 2-point conversion run by David Ohuoha in the fourth quarter stood up as the winning points. Buonagura finished the night 19 of 34 for 320 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He also threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dante Stevenson in the first quarter before a 20-yard touchdown pass to Halliburton in the fourth quarter, a 38-yard touchdown pass to BrianCharles Gagneron and finally the 5-yard score to Halliburton.

Gagneron caught six passes for 116 yard and a touchdown, Joey Bodin caught five passes for 66 yards, Halliburton had five receptions for 68 yards and Stevenson caught two passes for 56 yards. Onuoha ran for 83 yards on 19 carries and also had a 24-yard catch and Colin Palumbo added 70 yards rushing on just nine carries. Matawan rolled up an impressive 488 yards of offense.

Junior quarterback Tyler Douglas led Ocean with 148 yards and three touchdowns on 8 of 12 passing and also ran for 37 yards and a touchdown. Senior Zavier Morales caught five passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns.


Manchester 20, Monmouth 14

Senior quarterback Savon Myers ran for 145 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and threw for 108 yards and a touchdown as the Hawks opened their season with a victory by defeating the Falcons.

Senior wide receiver D'Maari Brown caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown and Joshua Love ran for 31 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Amari Petty added a team-high five catches for 56 yards.

Kingborn Morris led Manchester's defense with six tackles, one sack, and one tackle for loss while Broan had an interception.

Junior running back Julian Jones ran for 56 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and junior quarterback Anthony Jehn threw for 137 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Frankie Harris-Thomas caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Junior Eric Crossley recorded a game-high 12 tackles with one tackle for loss while Gerald Wiggins and Harris-Thomas each had interceptions.


Jackson Liberty 13, Point Beach 0

A 30-yard touchdown run to open the third quarter by senior quarterback Dallas Weisse was all the offense the Lions would need as their defense kept the Garnet Gulls off the board in a season-opening shutout victory.

Cooper York added a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.



Holmdel 28, St. Joseph by the Sea (NY) 0

Senior running back Jaden Gallo had three touchdown runs and the Hornets' defense was flawless to lead the way in a shutout victory.

Gallo scored on runs 19, 12 and 41 yards while Luke DuPont added a 29-yard touchdown run.


Barnegat 34, Allentown 26

Junior running back JoJo Bivins erupted for 232 yards rushing and a program single-game record five touchdowns on 32 carries to power the Bengals past the Redbirds and give first-year head coach Paul Covine his first career victory.

Bivins had touchdown runs of 11, 10, 16, 2 and 34 yards on the night. Quarterback Kurt Bonin completed 5 of 9 passes for 44 yards and also ran for 71 yards on 10 carries.

Senior linebacker Jared Scwhorn and nine tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a blocked kick to lead Barnegat's defense.MAx Giaccone added seven tackles and one sack.


Friday, Sept. 3

American Division

No. 5 Colts Neck 28, Toms River North 21

Senior quarterback Tommy Fallon tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Eric Loureiro with 17 seconds left as the Cougars rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat the Mariners in a season-opening thriller.

With the game tied at 21, Colts Neck mounted a 14-play, 77-yard drive that chewed 7:50 off the clock. Fallon and senior running back John Manos combined for 13 straight running plays before Fallon used play-action, rolled out, and connected with Loureiro for the winning score.

Fallon ran for 89 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and threw for 32 yards and two touchdowns. Manos ran for 72 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, sophomore wide receiver Aiden Diaz had a 28-yard touchdown catch, and sophomore Sam Surdez blocked a punt that set up a touchdown.

Toms River North sophomore quarterback Micah Ford led the Mariners by rushing for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and throwing for 115 yards and a touchdown on 6 of 12 passing. Sophomore running back Josh Moore ran for 69 yards on 13 carries and had a 28-yard touchdown catch.



Brick 21, Toms River South 14

A 6-yard touchdown run by senior running back Mike Schleifer with 52 seconds left in the game catapulted the Dragons to a dramatic victory over the Indians. Scheifer's touchdown run put Brick up 19-14 and senior running back Tyler Weisneck ran for a 2-point conversion.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Weisneck had a 20-yard touchdown run to make it 14-13 but the extra point was unsuccessful and left Toms River South on top by one.

Brick took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 32-yard touchdown by senior running back Justin Kurc. Toms River South tied the game on a kickoff return for a touchdown by Devin Bond and then went ahead when Bond broke off a 39-yard touchdown run with 3:01 left in the half.


Manalapan 14, St. John Vianney 6

Senior linebacker EJ Marquez returned a fumble 46 yards for a touchdown off a strip-sack by senior defensive lineman Mario Chierchia and senior quarterback Mike Heckel threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Michael Bimonte to lead the Braves past the Lancers.

Antonio Rosato threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Verriest for St. John Vianney.



Central 35, Hightstown 0

The Golden Eagles ran for 438 yards and five touchdowns and produced five sacks and seven tackles for loss in a dominating shutout victory over the Rams.

Chase Gumbrecht led the way with 241 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 carries and Anthony Musso ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries.


Saturday, Sept. 4


No. 6 Southern 41, Toms River East 0

Senior running back Jaiden Brown ran for 127 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries to lead the Rams to a dominating victory over the Raiders.

Brown scored on runs of 31, 2, 16, and 1 yards while Xander Murray added a 3-yard touchdown run and Jaden Anthony caught a 31-yard touchdown pass. Senior defensive end Nate Committee had five tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble to lead the way on defense. Sean Rowland had a sack and Tristan Arthur had a fumble recovery.



No. 3 Donovan Catholic 54, Archbishop Stepinac (NYC) 14

Senior wide receiver Kyree Drake was named Rumble on the Raritan game MVP with two receiving touchdowns and a fake punt touchdown as the Griffins walloped Stepinaci in a home game that was part of the Rumble on the Raritan showcased originally scheduled to be played at Rutgers University.

Donovan's defense was dominant and scored 21 points off three interceptions returned for touchdowns. Sophomore Dante Vernieri had two pick-sixes and senior defensive lineman Caron McNair pulled off a highlight-reel play with a 60-yard INT return for a score. Senior running back Nunes Bukula IV added a touchdown run and senior tight end Levi Wilkins caught a touchdown pass.


Sunday, Sept. 5


No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 35, No. 1 Wall 0

Rumson put together a dominant, all-phases victory to stun the Crimson Knights and put an end to their 20-game Shore Conference winning streak.

The Bulldogs marched 66 yards in seven plays to open the game and never looked back, outgaining the Crimson Knights 271-37. Senior quarterback Colin Kennedy had a marvelous showing in his first career start by rushing for 131 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and completing 5 of 6 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Senior running back Geoff Schroeder added 84 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries and junior wide receiver Scott Venancio had a 32-yard touchdown reception.

Rumson's defense was lights-out in holding Wall to just 37 yards of offense and one first down.

The loss for Wall is its first to a Shore Conference opponent since Oct. 12, 2018.


Monday, Sept. 6


Keyport 37, Metuchen 20

Senior wide receiver DJ Thomson had touchdown receptions of 40 and 60 yards from quarterback George Mitchell and also returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown as the Red Raiders opened their season with a resounding win over the Bulldogs.

Thomson finished with 160 yards on four receptions while sophomore running back Nazir Treadwell ran for 161 yards and touchdowns of 12 and 40 yards on 15 carries. Mitchell was 5 of 10 for 171 yards passing and also made 11 tackles on defense.




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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

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