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Week 2

Friday, Sept. 10

American Division

No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 14, No. 2 Donovan Catholic 0

Senior running back Dan Garvey and senior quarterback Colin Kennedy had touchdown runs while the Bulldogs' defense put together another sensational game as Rumson blanked Donovan Catholic in a clash of the titans at Borden Stadium.

Senior linebackers John Lista and Ryan McKay and senior defensive end Aiden Moriarty led the way for a unit that allowed just 125 yards of offense (53 rushing) and eight first downs to record its second consecutive shutout of a top-two team to open the season. RFH has now defeated then-No. 1 Wall and No. 2 Donovan Catholic in consecutive weeks and allowed just 162 yards of offense, nine first downs and zero points.

Garvey's 6-yard touchdown run capped Rumson's opening series, a 10-play 48-yard drive. Kennedy connected with senior tight end Aidan Cassucio for 17 yards on fourth and 3 at the DC 31-yard line to help set up the score.

The game remained 7-0 at halftime after Donovan missed a 27-yard field goal late in the first half. Rumson extended its lead to 14-0 on the opening drive of the third quarter, going 70 yards in just six plays. Kennedy hit sophomore wide receiver Nick Rigby for a 52-yard gain that helped set up Kennedy's 1-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown.

Rumson's defense made another huge play on the final play of the third quarter when Donovan was facing a fourth and 2 from the Rumson 25-yard line. Moriarty met the ballcarrier in the backfield and Rumson's defense swarmed to force a fumble that Ryan Kalman picked up near midfield.


Colonial Division

No. 6 Southern 21, Jackson Memorial 20

Senior running back Jaiden Brown ran for 139 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as the Rams (2-0, 1-0) survived a trip to The Jungle against the Jaguars (0-2, 0-1).

Brown's touchdown and the extra point by Jaden Anthony gave Southern a 21-14 lead. Jackson scored in the fourth quarter but could not convert the extra point.

Senior fullback Nate Committee added a 30-yard touchdown run and also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Nolan Schubiger. Committee ran for 52 yards on nine carries and Schubiger completed 9 of 14 passes for 100 yards and a score.

Brown and Committee also led Southern's defense with eight and seven tackles, respectively. Andy Falletta had an interception and Kole Levy forced a fumble that was recovered by Kyle Caufield.


No. 7 Middletown South 21, Holmdel 3

The Eagles (2-0, 1-0) scored on two short touchdown runs and a touchdown pass by senior quarterback Tom Schork while the defense did not allow a touchdown against the Hornets (1-1, 0-1).


Constitution Division

No. 9 Raritan 24, Ocean 20

A 5-yard touchdown run by junior running back Kieran Falzon capped a lightning-quick scoring drive with 1:02 left in the game as the Rockets (1-0, 1-0) rallied for a thrilling victory over the Spartans (0-2, 0-1).

Ocean had taken a 20-17 lead with 3:05 left when junior quarterback Tyler Douglas ran for a 9-yard touchdown and then connected with CJ Flannigan for the 2-point conversion.

Raritan started fast with an 80-yard scoring drive on the game's opening possession. Quarterback Ben Hutchins connected with Joe Campanella for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Rockets a 7-0 lead. The advantage grew to 14-0 when a fumble recovery by Jason Trotta helped set up Falzon's 2-yard touchdown run with 6:52 left in the first half.

Ocean got on the board with 1:15 left in the third quarter when Douglas ran for a 10-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good, however, leaving the score at 14-6. A 25-yard field goal by Jeffrey Spengler pushed Raritan's lead to 17-6 with 7:08 left in regulation before Ocean stormed back to take the lead.

The Spartans answered the field goal immediately as Douglas threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Nick Martinez with 6:48 to play. The 2-point conversion attempt failed and Raritan still held a 17-12 lead. Ocean recovered a fumble at the 45-yard line on the next series and that led to Ocean's go-ahead touchdown and 2-point conversion.

Raritan's game-winning drive took just 1:05 as Campanella returned the kickoff to the Ocean 39-yard line and Hutchins hit Matt Agar for 29 yards down to the 5-yard line to set up Falzon's touchdown run.


Freedom Division

Long Branch 14, St. John Vianney 7

The Danny George farewell tour started with a victory as the Green Wave (1-0, 1-0) held off the Lancers (0-2, 0-1). Senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Zaheem Brown with 7:57 left in the first half and then tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Sekou Kamau with 1:07 left in the half.

SJV scored its lone touchdown on a fumble return for a touchdown.


Toms River East 27, Toms River South 7

The Raiders (1-1, 1-0) scored 27 unanswered points and did not allow a point for the final 47:30 of the game to defeat the rival Indians (0-2, 0-1)


Independence Division

Lacey 28, Brick 14

Senior quarterback Noah Brunatti threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Michael Abode and also ran for a touchdown as the Lions (1-0, 1-0) opened their season by defeating the Dragons (1-1, 0-1) to give head coach Lou Vircillo his 300th career victory.

Vircillo joins the late Warren Wolf as the only Shore Conference head coaches to win 300 games. Vircillo is the only head coach in Lacey history since the program's first varsity season in 1981. He has led the Lions to four NJSIAA state sectional championships and 13 Shore Conference division titles.


Liberty Division

Central 34, Neptune 0

Junior running back Chase Gumbrecht had another big night with three rushing touchdowns while Sean Hurley kicked field goals of 31 and 38 yards and Andre Roggenkamp also ran for a touchdown to lead the Golden Eagles (2-0, 1-0) past the Scarlet Fliers (0-1, 0-1).

Central's defense recorded its second straight shutout to start the season and the Golden Eagles have outscored their first two opponents by a combined score of 69-0.


Patriot Division

Shore 21, Asbury Park 20

Senior quarterback Jamie Mazzacco scored on a 7-yard touchdown run on fourth and goal and then ran in the two-point conversion with just nine seconds remaining as the Blue Devils (1-1, 1-1) rallied for a scintillating victory over the Blue Bishops (1-1, 0-1).

Mazzacco scored all three of Shore's touchdowns. His 12-yard touchdown run with eight seconds left in the first quarter gave the Blue Devils a 6-0 lead and his 1-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter followed by his extra point gave Shore a 13-12 lead.


Barnegat 21, Manchester 14

Junior running back JoJo Bivins scored his second touchdown of the night with 34 seconds left in the third quarter to snap a 14-all tie and lift the Bengals (2-0, 1-0) to a victory over the Hawks (1-1, 0-1).

Quarterback Kurt Bonin added a touchdown on a quarterback sneak. Bivins now has seven touchdowns in two games.

Manchester senior quarterback Savon Myers threw a touchdown pass to senior wideout D'Maari Brown with three seconds left in the first half and also had a touchdown run in the third quarter that tied the game at 14.


Point Boro 41, Jackson Liberty 6

Senior quarterback Charlie Vitale ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries and sophomore Matt Oliphant had eight carries for 33 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers (2-0, 2-0) sprinted past the Lions (1-1, 0-1) to start 2-0 for the first time since 2017.

Sophomore Jake Croce added 60 yards on 10 carries and also intercepted two passes on defense, one of which he returned 40 yards for a touchdown. Junior defensive end Connor Reynolds recorded six tackles and senior outside linebacker Thomas Welch had five tackles with one tackle for loss.


National Division

Point Beach 35, Lakewood 32

A fumble recovery in the end zone by Arthur LoGuidice with 2:28 in regulation proved to be the winning points as the Garnet Gulls (1-1, 1-0) held off the Piners (0-1, 0-1) to snap a nine-game losing streak dating back to the 2019 season.

Junior quarterback/defensive back Joe Beley had a 4-yard touchdown run, a 53-yard touchdown pass to Connor DeLorenzo, an interception return for a touchdown, and two 2-point conversion runs. DeLorenzo also had a 3-yard touchdown run.

Jayvon Gonzalez had touchdown runs of 22, 5, and 4 yards and also threw a touchdown pass to lead Lakewood. Keyon Tims had a 46-yard touchdown run for the Piners.



No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 20, No. 4 Wall 16

Senior quarterback Alex Brown threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Alex Bauman with 1:23 left in regulation as the Caseys (2-0) won a back-and-forth thriller over the Crimson Knights (0-2).

Red Bank Catholic took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Brown connected with junior wide receiver Najih Rahman for a 13-yard touchdown. Wall responded on the ensuing possession when senior quarterback Jake Davis capped a drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.

Wall took a 10-7 lead into halftime on the strength of a 32-yard field goal by senior Max Oakley. It was a strong first half for Wall's defense, which also used two interceptions from Akeel Gaines to hold the Caseys in check.

The Knights then extended their lead to 16-7 with 7:50 left in the third quarter when Davis broke free for a 45-yard touchdown run. Red Bank Catholic pulled to within two points when Emanuel Ross hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Brown early in the fourth quarter.

RBC began its go-ahead scoring drive from its own 26-yard line with 4:12 on the clock. After Bauman's touchdown gave the Caseys the lead, their defense came up with one final stop on downs to preserve the victory.


No. 9 Freehold 41, Freehold Township 12

Senior quarterback Kamore Gill ran for three touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to Matt Giuffrida as the Colonials (2-0) retained The Duke by defeating the rival Patriots (0-2). Yah-Sin Calhoun added two touchdowns.

Gil ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and completed 10 of 14 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. Calhoun ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, caught five passes for 48 yards and made eight tackles on defense. Matt Giuffrida added two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Senior linebacker Tyler Ochojski recorded 11 tackles with five tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery to lead the Colonials' defense. Alex D'Antonio added 2.5 sacks. Matt Verardi had 1.5 sacks and Ian Staples had one sack as they held Freehold Township under 60 yards of total offense.


Saturday, Sept. 11

Constitution Division

No. 10 Manasquan 45, Red Bank 13

Junior quarterback Brett Patten tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another and running back Jhamier Howard had a touchdown run and a touchdown catch as the Warriors (1-1, 1-0) surged past the Bucs (0-2, 0-1) at Vic Kubu Warrior Field.

Patten opened the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. After Red Bank tied the score, senior Pat Woodford came down with an interception to set up a 13-yard touchdown pass from Patten to senior Cole Kozlowski. Red Bank answered again but missed the extra point to keep Manasquan ahead, 14-13. Later in the second quarter, Howard took a short pass from Patten and turned it into a 21-yard touchdown and a 21-13 Manasquan lead at halftime.

On the first play of the third quarter, Howard took a draw and raced 62 yards for a touchdown and a 28-13 Warriors lead. Senior defensive lineman JJ Cavanagh then intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. Later in the third quarter, Dan Hyland caught his first career touchdown off a 9-yard pass from Patten.

Jack Dettlinger added a 20-yard field goal to account for the final points.


Liberty Division

Marlboro 35, Matawan 20

Zach Mendes had three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and AJ Schwartz threw touchdown passes to Ryan Mendes and Matt Cassidy as the Mustangs (1-0, 1-0) opened their season with a victory over the Huskies (1-1, 0-1) to start 1-0 for the fist time since 2010.

A fumble recovery led to Mendes' 25-yard touchdown run that gave Marlboro a 7-0 lead. He added a 15-yard TD run to make it 14-0. Matawan got on the board via a 28-yard touchdown run by David Onuoha but Mendes and the Mustangs responded with a 13-yard touchdown run to cap an eventful first quarter.

Marlboro added to its lead early in the second quarter when Schwartz hit Ryan Mendes for a 12-yard touchdown. Onuoha scored on a 1-yard run to make it 28-13 with 4:11 left in the first half. Schwartz closed the half with an interception in the red zone.

Marlboro pushed its advantage to 35-13 on Schwartz's 23-yard touchdown pass to Cassidy. In the final minute, Cassidy snagged an interception to clinch the victory.


National Division

Keyport 28, Keansburg 21

Senior quarterback George Mitchell threw a pair of long touchdowns to senior wideout DJ Thomson, another to sophomore running back Nazir Treadwell, and also ran for a touchdown as the Red Raiders (2-0, 1-0) claimed the Bayshore Bell by defeating the rival Titans (1-1, 0-1).

Mitchell threw touchdown passes of 85 and 55 yards to Thomson, the second of which came with 2:10 left in the game and snapped a 21-all tie. He had a 6-yard touchdown pass to Treadwell and ran for a 1-yard touchdown. Thomson pulled down an interception late in the game to clinch the win.


Monmouth 28, Pinelands 14

Anthony Jenn threw touchdown passes to Ta'haj Wiggins and Loukas Plasteras while Frankie Harris-Thomas and Nelson Harris-Thomas also found the end zone to lead the Falcons (1-1, 1-0) to a win over the Wildcats (0-1, 0-1).

Pinelands took a 6-0 lead on a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown before Monmouth answered on a 3-yard touchdown run by Frankie Harris-Thomas. The Falcons then took a 14-6 lead when Jenn fumbled but Nelson Harris-Thomas recovered in the end zone. Jenn then connected with Wiggins for the 2-point conversion.

Monmouth's lead grew to 22-6 on Jenn's 18-yard touchdown pass to Wiggins followed by Plasteras scoring the 2-point conversion. Pinelands scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Allen to Michael Frawley to cut the lead to 22-14 with six minutes left but Monmouth iced the game on Plasteras' 22-yard touchdown catch with 2:49 to play.




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