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Week 3

Friday, Oct. 16

Monmouth County

Middletown North 6, No. 8 Long Branch 0

A 45-yard touchdown by Quentin Soler in the first quarter held up as the game's only score as the Lions (1-2) blanked the Green Wave (1-2). It is the second year in a row Middletown North has upset a ranked Long Branch team.

Soler also had an interception late in the game to clinch the victory. Middle linebacker Jake Jankowski made double-digit tackles and also had an interception.

 

Raritan 34, Ocean 12

Senior Luke O'Hea had a career game with four touchdowns to lead the Rockets (2-1) to a victory over the Spartans (0-2).

O'Hea had two short touchdown runs to go along with a 23-yard touchdown run and then added a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Ben Hutchins added a 36-yard touchdown pass to Robby Scarola.

Tyler Douglas threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Evan Peters and Chris Carasia scored on a 31-yard run for Ocean.

 

St. John Vianney 35, Matawan 0

Sophomore quarterback Antonio Rosato accounted for three touchdowns and junior running back Pete Pezzullo scored two touchdowns as the Lancers (2-1) got their offense back on track by spoiling the Huskies' season opener.

Pezzullo returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to send St. John Vianney on its way to a 21-0 halftime lead. Rosato then threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Kyle Verriest for a 14-0 lead and added a 6-yard touchdown pass to senior Blake Clayton early in the second quarter.

An interception by Verriest led to a 2-yard touchdown run by Rosato in the third quarter and a blocked punt set up a 22-yard touchdown run by Pezzullo in the fourth quarter.

 

Freehold Township at Manalapan, 7 p.m. - postponed, TBA

Nonconference

A.L. Johnson 35, Point Beach 17

Hunter Alia caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Matt Van Brunt and added a 69-yard touchdown run and Giuseppe Taurozzi kicked a 31-yard field but the Garnet Gulls (0-3) could not hold onto their 10-7 halftime lead and fell to the Crusaders (1-1).

 

Saturday, Oct. 17

Monmouth County

No. 6 Red Bank Catholic 21, No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 14

Red Bank Catholic's defense forced four turnovers in the first half, including an interception return for a touchdown by sophomore Najih Rahman, as the Caseys (2-1) clipped the Bulldogs (2-1) in a rivalry game between two of the Shore's best teams.

Rumson jumped out a quick 7-0 lead when senior running back John Volker ripped off a 56-yard touchdown run on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage. He has scored on Rumson's first offensive play in all three games this season.

An interception by Joe Diorio set up a 7-yard touchdown run by Robert Stolfa as RBC tied the score with 3:57 left in the first quarter. RBC took a 14-7 lead when a 29-yard catch by junior tight end Alex Bauman led to a 6-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Anthony Borriello. Rahman's pick-6 then put the Caseys ahead, 21-7.

RBC had another pick-6 that was wiped out by two personal foul penalties on the play.

Rumson pulled to within a touchdown when senior fullback Von Factor scored on a 2-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs had the ball down to the RBC 11-yard line late in the game but the Caseys forced a turnover on downs with 1:22 left to clinch the win.

 

No. 7 Mater Dei 10,  No. 9 Middletown South 3

 

Keansburg 22, Asbury Park 16

A touchdown run by junior quarterback Mikail Braithwaite with 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter lifted the Titans (3-0) to an incredible comeback win over the Blue Bishops (1-2) to give them their first 3-0 start since 2007.

Asbury Park led 8-0 at halftime and took a 16-0 lead in the third quarter before Keansburg began to mount its comeback with just five minutes left in the game. After getting on the board to cut Asbury's lead to 16-6 with 4:44 left in the game, Brendan Flanzbaum scored a touchdown and Keansburg added a 2-point conversion to make it 16-14 with 3:24 left. The Titans' defense got the ball back and Keansburg scored once again on Braithwaite's touchdown. Flanzbaum added the 2-point conversion for a six-point lead.

 

Freehold 42, Marlboro 14

Wide receiver Yahsin Calhoun had three touchdowns and intercepted a pass and quarterback Sha'Kim Shuler had three touchdown runs as the Colonials (2-1) pulled away from the Mustangs (0-3) in the second half.

Freehold was up 14-0 before Marlboro rallied to tie the score midway through the first quarter. Calhoun's interception at the goal line set up a long drive that Shuler capped with a short touchdown run, giving Freehold the lead for good.

Shuler finished with 16 carries for 145 yards and three touchdowns plus 101 yards on 10 of 16 passing. Calhoun ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and Kamore Gill added 82 yardss on six carries. Junior tight end Tyler Ochojski caught seven passes for 77 yards.

 

Colts Neck 21, Howell 7

Senior running back Joe Barsky ran for three touchdowns to lead the Cougars (3-0) past the Rebels (1-2).

 

Shore 35, Keyport 0

Senior quarterback Mike McGhee ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Tyler Tilton as the Blue Devils (2-1) shut out the Red Raiders (0-3).

Shore built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Shane McLaughlin, an 11-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Torin Harmon and a 2-yard touchdown run by McGhee. Tilton's touchdown grab made it 28-0 early in the third quarter. A forced fumble by junior linebacker Jamie Mazzacco was recovered by Dylan Drahos and, shortly after, Mazzacco scored on a touchdown run to give the Blue Devils a five-touchdown lead.

 

Holmdel 35, Red Bank 7

Junior running back Jaden Gallo ran for well over 100 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Hornets (3-0) to a convincing win over the Bucs (1-2).

Senior running back A.J. DeCicco added a 2-yard touchdown run and senior Tighe Steineke had an interception on defense.

 

Ocean County

No. 3 Donovan Catholic 49, No. 10 Toms River South 6

Senior running back Jahdir Loftland scored three rushing touchdowns as the Griffins (3-0) flew past the Indians (2-1) behind a punishing ground attack.

Senior wide receiver Jayon Farrar got the scoring started with a 25-yard touchdown run and Loftland then scored on a 16-yard touchdown to give Donovan a quick 14-0 lead. Loftland then broke off a 56-yard touchdown run and senior wide receiver James Bivins turned on the jets for an 85-yard touchdown run that made it 28-0 on the first play of the second quarter.

Even senior offensive lineman Cam McNair found the end zone as the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for a 35-0 halftime lead.

Loftland's third touchdown was a 55-yard run on the first play of the second half and pushed the Griffins' advantage to 42-0. After another Donovan touchdown, Toms River South got on the board with a touchdown pass from Jack Huber to Tyler Madeo.

 

No. 5 Southern 48, Toms River North 14

Junior running back Jaiden Brown had another massive huge game with 240 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 12 carries as the Rams (3-0) pummeled the Mariners (1-2) to continue their strong start to the season.

Brown ripped off a 50-yard touchdown early in the first quarter and then sprinted to the end zone on a 66-yard touchdown run to give Southern a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. An 85-yard interception return for a touchdown by Xavier Hendricks extended Southern's lead to 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Toms River North got on the board when senior running back Jordan Grey scored on a 1-yard run, but Southern came right back as Brown broke free for a 65-yard run to set up his own 1-yard touchdown run for a 28-7 Rams' lead. Toms River North then drove inside Southern's 5-yard line but a goalline stand halted the Mariners at the 1-yard line. Southern then used a 99-yard drive that culminated in a 10-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Taylor Munt to senior tight end Jay Silva, making it 34-7 at halftime.

Nick Fabrizzio added a 37-yard touchdown run and Nate Committee scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as the Rams approached 500 yards of offense on less than 30 plays.

Grey scored on a 5-yard touchdown run for Toms River North to cap the scoring.

Southern is 3-0 for the first time since 2008. Brown has rushed for 581 yards and nine touchdowns in three games this season.

 

Barnegat 10, Central 7

A 6-yard touchdown run by senior running back Nik DiLeo with three seconds left in the third quarter gave Barnegat the lead for good as the Bengals (3-0) stopped the Golden Eagles (2-1) in a battle of undefeated teams.

Barnegat led 3-0 at halftime on the strength of a 28-yard field goal by Matt Xiques. Central went ahead on a 40-yard touchdown pass by junior quarterback Frankie Farmer with 6:43 left in the third quarter.

 

Lacey 25, Brick Memorial 19

Senior running back Tynan Jensen ran for 89 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and junior running back Scott Stevens ran for a pair of touchdowns and blocked a field goal as the Lions (2-1) topped the Mustangs (0-3).

Stevens also had a team-high nine tackles while Jensen recorded eight tackles with one tackle for loss and recovered a fumble that was forced by Zachary Stroin. Junior quarterback Noah Brunatti completed 7 of 11 passes for 126 yards and also caught a 2-point conversion pass from junior Mike Rozell. Junior kicker Jack Borel kicked a 32-yard field goal and converted both of his extra-point attempts.

 

Brick 13, Toms River East 10

 

Manchester 42, Pinelands 13

Junior quarterback Savon Myers completed 16 of 21 passes for 262 yards and four touchdowns and added 18 yards rushing and a touchdown as the Hawks (2-1) soared over the Wildcats (0-3).

Senior running back Josh Glenn caught six passes for 117 yards an a touchdown and also ran for a touchdown, junior wide receiver D'Maari Brown hauled in four passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns and senior tight end Gavin Clark caught four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown.

 

Crossover

No. 1 Wall 22, No. 4 Jackson Memorial 0

Senior running back Casey Larkin ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries and Wall's defense held Jackson to 72 yards of offense as the top-ranked Crimson Knights posted their second straight shutout and won the battle of top-five teams.

Senior quarterback Logan Peters threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Matt Dollive and Wall earned a safety when sophomore Chris Mozeika blocked a punt that went out of the end zone.

Wall's defense was relentless in holding Jackson running back Will Towns, a Wake Forest recruit, to 32 yards on 17 carries. Junior defensive end Blake Rezk had a sack and a forced fumble, junior linebacker Charlie Sasso had a fumble recovery and multiple tackles and junior linebacker Colin Riley, junior linebacker Lou Pilla and senior defensive back Orlando Valeriano all had tackles for loss.

Wall has now outscored its opponents 121-13 this season.

 

Lakewood 22, Monmouth 14

The Piners (1-2) rallied from a two-touchdown deficit with 22 unanswered points to rally past the Falcons (1-2) and earn their first win of the season. Sophomore quarterback Jayvon Gonzalez had two touchdown runs, Aneuris Ozaria returned an interception for a touchdown and senior running back Haaziq Barksdale converted two 2-point conversions.

 

Manasquan 42, Point Boro 7

Sophomore quarterback Brett Patten threw four touchdown passes and junior running back Patrick Woodford had two touchdowns as the Warriors (2-1) got their offense rolling again in a victory over the Panthers (0-3).

Point Boro took a 7-0 lead on a 19-yard touchdown run by freshman Jake Croce, but it was all Manasquan from there. Patten connected with Woodford for a 39-yard touchdown to tie the score 7-7 and then found junior H-back Cole Kozlowski for a 45-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead. With 1:13 left in the first half, Patten hit senior wideout Jack Collins for a 47-yard touchdown to give Manasquan a 21-7 halftime lead.

Woodford broke free on a 48-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to make it 28-7. An interception by Kozlowski led to a 28-yard touchdown pass from Patten to junior wide receiver Robert Pendergist, who returned after missing the first two games of the season. Joe Franklin capped the scoring with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter.

 

Monday, Oct. 19

Crossover

Neptune 34, Jackson Liberty 7 

 

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