Results from the first round of the NJSIAA sectional quarterfinals involving Shore Conference teams.



1-Middletown South 56, 8-JFK-Iselin 7

The Eagles (7-2) erupted for 42 points in the second quarter to put away the Mustangs (4-6) and advance to the semifinals.

Running backs Anthony Summey and Chaz Alessi each scored twice on the ground while senior quarterback Aneesh Agrawal threw touchdown passes to fellow seniors Jeff Lewandowski and Samson Dube. Senior Brendan Donlon ran for a touchdown and junior Jake Krellin returned an interception for a touchdown.

Middletown South will host fifth-seeded Sayreville, which defeated Phillipsburg 21-7, in the semifinals next Friday night.


2-Middletown North 33, 7-Woodbridge 14

Junior running back Connor Welsh ran for 136 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and senior wide out Brendan Kube caught five passes for 140 yards and a touchdowns to lead the Lions (7-2) past the Barrons (5-5) and into the semifinals.

Senior quarterback Donald Glenn threw for 183 yards and also had a touchdown pass to senior Dwight Wilkerson, while sophomore running back Connor Robbins added a short touchdown run.  Senior defensive lineman Kyle Ewington made a game-high 10 tackles with one hit for a loss to lead a defense that forced four turnovers.

Middletown North will host third-seeded Summit (8-2) in the semifinals on Friday night where it will try to reach its first sectional final since 1996.




1-Manalapan 49, 8-New Brunswick 0

Junior running back Naim Mayfield ran for 274 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries in the first half alone Braves (10-0) bludgeoned the Zebras (4-6) to reach the semifinals for the seventh straight season.

Dave Ryan added 80 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries and junior fullback Chris Maksimik had a 17-yard touchdown catch and also ran for 40 yards on three carries. Junior quarterback Luke Corcione ran for a 17-yard score.

The Braves will host fifth-seeded South Brunswick in the semifinals. The Vikings are the defending champions.


5-South Brunswick 23, 4-Freehold Township 21

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1-Brick 20, 8-Neptune 13

Senior Ja'Sir Taylor ran for two touchdowns and senior John Prato added another to lift the top-seeded Dragons (7-3) past the Scarlet Fliers (2-7).

Taylor had touchdown runs of 11 and seven yards while Prato had a 68-yard touchdown run plus an interception on defense.

Kahmar Rice had a 10-yard touchdown catch from Chase Fairbanks and also ran for a 65-yard touchdown to lead Neptune.

Brick will host the winner of Saturday's game between fifth-seeded Freehold and fourth-seeded Pennsauken in the semifinals next Friday.



4-Rumson-Fair Haven 23, 5-Cranford 13

Senior running back Matt Vecchiarelli ran for two touchdowns and the defense recorded four interceptions to lead the three-time returning champion Bulldogs (7-2) past the Cougars (7-3) and into the semifinal.s

Senior quarterback Mike O'Connor had a rushing touchdown and senior Thomas Chapin kicked a field goal. Senior defensive back Ryan Tuorto led the defense with three interceptions and senior safety Mike Murdock also had an interception.

Rumson will travel to top-seeded Somerville to face the Pioneers and their high-otcane offense in the semifinals next Friday night.



5-Bernards 31, 4-Point Boro 27



1-Shore 50, 8-Keansburg 21

Senior running back Mark Russo ran for three touchdowns and senior running back Josh Campi rushed for two touchdowns as the two-time defending champion Blue Devils (6-3) cruised past the Titans (2-8) and into the semifinals.

Russo had touchdown runs of 41, 55 and 5 yards as part of a huge night, while Campi had a 21-yard touchdown run and a 15-yard score and also ran for a two-point conversion. Quadir Lawson added a 3-yard touchdown run and senior quarterback Matt Pennell threw a touchdown pass to sophomore Gil Goldsmith.

Shore will host fifth-seeded Asbury Park in a rematch of a Week 1 game won by Asbury, 14-7.


2-Point Beach 28, 7-Florence 14


5-Asbury Park 33, 4-New Egypt 14

Senior running back Paul Reed ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns to go over 1,000 yards for the season as the Blue Bishops (6-3) downed the Warriors (6-3) to move on to the semifinals.

Cishiume Simmons added 62 yards and 2 touchdowns on 10 carries.

Asbury Park will travel to top-seeded Shore in the semifinals. Asbury Park earned a 14-7 win when the team's met in Week 1 to end the Blue Devils' 20-game winning streak.



1-Toms River North 27, 8-Atlantic City 20

A 1-yard touchdown run by senior running Parker Day with 2:47 left in regulation snapped a 20-all tie and helped the Mariners (10-0) survive a scare from the Vikings (4-5).

Senior quarterback Mike Husni threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to senior wide out Darrion Carrington, ran for a two-point conversion and also had an interception late in the game that helped clinch the win. Day also had touchdown runs of 26 and four yards.

Atlantic City led 6-0 at halftime on a 78-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Islya Muhammad. Day's 26-yar touchdown tied the game 6-6, but the Vikings went ahead on long touchdown pass to Nahsir Morgan. After Husni and Carrington hooked up for a score to give Toms River North its first lead of the game, Atlantic City again tied the game on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Nazim Derry to Michael Preston with 7:07 left in the game.

Toms River North will host fifth-seeded Howell in the semifinals next Friday. The Mariners defeated the Rebels 58-33 in the regular season.


5-Howell 29, 4-Vineland 27

An 18-yard field goal by Pat Handy with 22.1 seconds left in regulation completed a thrilling comeback as the Rebels (6-4) stunned the Fighting Clan (7-2) and denied them the program's first playoff win.

Junior quarterback Eddie Morales threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown, while junior wide receiver Naz Brantley caught 10 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown and senior wide out Dan Cacciatore caught four passes for 100 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown that cut Vineland's lead to 27-26.

Junior receiver Ryan Mazik caught a 17-yard touchdown pass and junior running back Nick Chambers added 81 yards rushing and also had a clutch 14-yard catch for a first down on the game-winning drive.

Howell was making its first playoff appearance in seven years.

The Rebels will take on top-seeded Toms River North in a rematch of a regular season game won by the Mariners, 58-33.


2-Rancocas Valley 43, 7-Southern 6



1-Wall 35, 8-Camden 0

Senior running back Sean Larkin ran for three touchdowns behind a dominant effort by the offensive line as the Crimson Knights (7-2) blanked the Panthers in the first round.

Junior quarterback Eddie Scott and junior running back Brady McNalley added rushing touchdowns, while senior Darryin Valme led a relentless defensive effort with three sacks. Wall had eight sacks as a team. Senior Mike Capra and sophomore Dylan Richey each had interceptions.

Wall will host the winner of Saturday's game between fourth-seeded Lakewood and fifth-seeded Hamilton West in the semifinals next Friday.


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