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WEEK 11

Friday, Nov. 22

NJSIAA public school sectional championship games

Central, Group 4

1-Hammonton 28, 2-Jackson Memorial 12

The Jaguars (8-3) fell into a 21-0 hole in the first half and could not recover as the Blue Devils (10-2) captured their sixth sectional title and denied Jackson what would have also been its sixth championship.

Junior running back Jaiden Abrams started the scoring when he brought down a deflected pass for a 22-yard touchdown on fourth and 10 with 42 seconds left in the first quarter. A blocked punt by sophomore AJ Ryker set up Hammonton's second touchdown as quarterback Ryan Barts found a wide-open Hunter Macduff for a 19-yard touchdown on fourth and 3. The Blue Devils' lead ballooned to 21-0 when Abrams capped a 14-play, 66-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds left in the half.

Jackson was able to get on the board midway through the third quarter when a 35-yard run by junior running back Will Towns set up a 32-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Lonnie Cebulski to senior wide receiver Zack Novak. The extra point was unsuccessful.

Hammonton answered the score, however, by driving 56 yards in seven plays and taking a 28-6 lead on a 30-yard touchdown run by Abrams.

Jackson staged a brief rally in the final five minutes when Novak hauled in a 41-yard touchdown pass from Cebulski with 3:42 left. Jackson forced a three-and-out and got the ball back at its own 49-yard line with 3:05 left, and on the first play, Cebulski found senior wideout Jake McKown for a 44-yard gain down to the 7-yard line. The Jaguars could not find the end zone, however, turning it over on downs at the 5-yard line with 1:59 to play.

 

Central, Group 3

1-Wall 14, 2-Rumson-Fair Haven 13 - WATCH THE REPLAY!

Junior quarterback Logan Peters connected with junior running back Casey Larkin for a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and Wall, aided by a missed extra point late in the third quarter, held off a rally from defending champion Rumson to win its first state sectional title since 2016 and fifth overall.

After a scoreless first quarter, Larkin made a great catch to haul in a 25-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone and give the Crimson Knights (11-0) a 7-0 lead with 9:31 left in the first half. Wall extended its lead to 14-0 when Peters found Larkin over the middle for a 41-yard touchdown with 1:12 left in the half.

Wall's defense held Rumson to 40 yards in the first half, including just 10 yards on eight carries by leading rusher John Volker.

Rumson answered on the first drive of the second half, however, marching 66 yards across 12 plays and getting into the end zone on a 2-yard run by senior Peter Crowley. Senior quarterback Collin Coles was 7-for-8 on the drive as the Bulldogs rode his arm to get back into the game. Rumson then drew to within one point when Coles threw a clutch 4-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Patrick Jamin with 24 seconds left in the third quarter, but the extra point hit off the right upright.

Wall drove down to the Rumson 10-yard line late in the game but the Bulldogs (6-5) stopped the Knights on downs with 1:05 left to give themselves a chance at one final drive. Wall was able to stop Rumson on fourth down to clinch the championship and improve to 11-0 for the first time since 1983.

Wall will play Manasquan on Thanksgiving Day and will then take on the winner of Saturday's South Jersey Group 3 final between Woodrow Wilson and Somerville in a Group 3 Regional Championship game at either Rutgers or MetLife Stadium the weekend of Dec. 6.

 

NJSIAA non-public sectional semifinals

Non-Public Group 3

3-Mater Dei Prep 10,  2-Red Bank Catholic 3

A touchdown run by senior running back Malik Ingram was all the offense Mater Dei would need thanks to a sensational defensive performance that shut down the defending-champion Caseys (5-4) and sent the Seraphs (8-3) to a state championship game for the fourth year in a row.

Ingram's 8-yard touchdown run with 7:36 left in the first half gave Mater Dei a 7-0 lead. Red Bank Catholic produced its only points of the game when junior Michael O'Connor connected on a 29-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

Mater Dei increased its lead to 10-7 in the third quarter when Richie Pekmezian kicked a 36-yard field goal.

Mater Dei will meet DePaul in the Non-Public Group 3 championship game at a neutral site (Rutgers or MetLife Stadium).

 

1-DePaul 35, 4-Donovan Catholic 21

 

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