WEEK 3

Friday, Sept. 27

American Division

No. 6 Toms River North 22, No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 21 (2OT)

Ray Carlson made a one-handed touchdown catch before Dominick Jacob caught a deflected pass for the winning two-point conversion as the Mariners (4-0, 2-0) won an instant classic over the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1).

Toms River North had taken a 14-7 lead on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jake Kazanowsky to Zach Goodale with 7:12 left in the game but Rumson tied it with a last-second score as Collin Coles threw up a prayer and Patrick Jamin made a diving catch for a 6-yard touchdown with 3.9 seconds left.

Gordon Forsyth intercepted Kazanowsky on the first possession of overtime but Toms River North kept the game going by blocking a 20-yard field goal attempt. In the second overtime, Rumson took a 21-14 lead when Coles connected with David Livingston for a 15-yard touchdown. Toms River North made it 21-20 when Carlson made a one-handed snag for a 28-yard touchdown on third and 13. The Mariners elected to go for the 2-point conversion and the win and converted on Jacob's catch.

 

Red Bank Catholic 21, Long Branch 7

Senior quarterback Ryan Edgerly threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior Kevin Degnan and a 13-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Kevin Bauman, and senior running back Elijah Jules broke a 76-yard touchdown to give the Caseys (2-2, 1-2) a much-needed victory over the Green Wave (1-3, 0-3).

 

Colonial Division

No. 1 Mater Dei Prep 35, No. 5 St. John Vianney 0

Senior running back Malik Ingram ran for 310 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries to spearhead a dominant performance by the Seraphs (4-0, 4-0) as they shut out the Lancers (2-1, 1-0) in a statement victory.

Sophomore Kyree Drake added a 10-yard rushing touchdown. Senior defensive end Khurram Simpson and junior defensive lineman Dominick Giudice each had two sacks and senior defensive back Isaiah Noguera had an interception as Mater Dei held SJV to 97 yards of offense.

 

No. 2 Wall 42, Freehold 21

Junior running back Casey Larkin had three touchdown runs and junior quarterback Logan Peters had a touchdown pass and a touchdown run as the Crimson Knights (4-0, 2-0) doubled up the Colonials (1-3, 0-2).

Larkin had three short scoring runs while Peters had a 22-yard touchdown run and a 30-yard touchdown pass to Gus Setteducato. Matt Dolive returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

 

Jackson Memorial 28, Brick 14. - WATCH THE REPLAY!

Junior running back Will Towns ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns as the Jaguars (2-2, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over the rival Dragons (1-3, 0-3).

Towns had touchdown runs of 11, 52, 5 and 82 yards.

Brick senior quarterback Anthony Prato had a 1-yard touchdown run and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Alex Lawes on the final play of the game.

 

Constitution Division

Freehold Township 21, No. 8 Middletown North 13

A 54-yard touchdown pass from Brendan Doel to Matt Cardone and the extra point from Billy Sebor with 4:10 left in the game held up as the winning points as the Patriots (1-3, 1-1) upended the Lions (2-2, 1-1).

Doel added a 38-yard touchdown run with under two minutes to play. Quarterback Lorenzo Chirichella started the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter.

 

Southern 42, Brick Memorial 32

The Rams (3-1, 2-0) rallied from an 11-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to stun the Mustangs (1-3, 1-1) and earn a critical division victory.

Down 32-21 to start the fourth quarter, sophomore running back Jaiden Brown scored on a 21-yard run to pull the Rams within 32-27 after the two-point conversion was stopped. After forcing Brick Memorial to punt, Southern took a 35-32 lead when senior Will Devane hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cole Robinson and Brown ran in the 2-point conversion with 4:11 to play.

Brown then intercepted a pass to set up his own 3-yard touchdown run with 2:02 left. Brown also had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Devane also had a 21-yard touchdown catch late in the first half and Xavier Hendricks caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Robinson.

Senior quarterback Anthony Albanese had touchdown runs of 2 and 40 yards and also ran for a 2-point conversion. Junior Akhi Barksdale had a 49-yard touchdown run and a 62-yard touchdown run and junior TJ McArthur returned a fumble for a touchdown.

 

Liberty Division

No. 4 Donovan Catholic 45, Central 14

Senior quarterback Ryan Clark ran for 176 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries and senior running back Nasir Calhoun ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as the Griffins (4-0, 2-0) pulled away from the Golden Eagles (1-2, 0-2) behind a dominant rushing effort.

Jahdir Loftland added 84 yards rushing on eight carries as Donovan rolled up 442 yards on the ground. Clark also completed 8 of 14 passes for 140 yards and Keaon Torres kicked a 29-yard field goal.

 

 

Holmdel 17, No. 9 Red Bank 7

John Tomasulo and Cameron LaMountain had touchdown runs and Ian Flanagan kicked a 22-yard field goal as the Hornets (2-1, 1-1) upset the Bucs (3-1, 2-1) for a big divisional victory.

Tomasulo capped an 80-yard drive to open the game with a 15-yard touchdown run and Flanagan's field goal with five minutes left in the first half forged a 10-0 advantage at the break. Red Bank got on the board via a Jack Chamberlain touchdown pass with 10 minutes left, but Holmdel iced the game on a 5-yard touchdown run by LaMountain with two minutes remaining.

 

Lacey 7, Manasquan 6

Senior running back Justin Gorski scored on a 5-yard touchdown run 9:38 left in the game and Jack Borel's extra point turned out to be the game-winning point as the Lions (4-0, 2-0) held off the Warriors (0-3, 0-2).

Manasquan responded immediately after Gorski's touchdown when sophomore wide receiver Robert Pendergist took a reverse 65-yards for a touchdown, but Lacey blocked the extra point to remain in front.

 

Patriot Division

Ocean 47, Barnegat 0

 

Raritan 54, Monmouth 8

Luke O'Hea ahd Steve Coponi each had two touchdown runs as the Rockets (3-1, 2-0) used a balanced rushing attack to churn out 326 yards and cruise to a lopsided win over the Falcons (0-3, 0-2).

Danny Fiore ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on four carries and O'Hea ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. Mike Fiore ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on four carries and Keith Walling ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

Aidan Convery threw a touchdown pass to John Demarzo for Monmouth.

 

Shore 37, Point Boro 30

Mike McGhee threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Drahos with 47 seconds left in regulation to snap a 30-30 tie and send the Blue Devils (2-2, 1-1) to a thrilling win over the Panthers (1-3, 1-2).

It was a back-and-forth game from the onset with Shore taking a 9-0 lead on a 23-yard field goal by Cade Torres and a 1-yard touchdown run by Shane McLaughlin. Point Boro closed to 9-7 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Charlie Vitale before Shore went up 16-7 when McGhee connected with Jake Shirley on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Point Boro trimmed Shore's lead to 16-14 at halftime on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Vitale to Nick Tuzzolino.

Tuzzolino scored on an 11-yard run and then ran in the 2-point conversion in the third quarter to give Pint Boro a 22-16 lead, but McLaughlin answered for Shore with a 10-yard touchdown run and Torres added the extra point for a 23-22 Blue Devils lead.

Colby Biggs put Point Boro ahead, 30-23, with a 17-yard touchdown run followed by a 2-point conversion run by Tuzzolino in the fourth quarter. Shore answered to tie the score at 30 on a 14-yard touchdown run by McLaughlin before the winning touchdown pass from McGhee to Drahos.

McLaughlin had another big game in rushing for 141 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. McGhee completed 6 of 8 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Vitale was 6-for-11 for 87 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 78 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Biggs ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and Tuzzolino added 59 yards and a score.

 

National Division

Asbury Park 22, Point Beach 7

Junior running back Najier Massey had two touchdown runs and senior running back Knajee Alson ran for a score as the Blue Bishops (2-1, 2-0) stopped the Garnet Gulls (3-1, 2-1).

Alson gave Asbury Park an early lead with a 9-yard touchdown run and Massey also scored on a 9-yard run early in the second quarter as the Bishops built a 14-0 halftime lead.

Point Beach cut its deficit in half when Jack Akins hit Jason Sherlock for a 25-yard touchdown with 7:02 left in the game but Asbury Park regained its two-score lead when Massey broke a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

 

Saturday, Sept. 28

Constitution Division

Marlboro 24, Howell 17

Junior quarterback Nick Wright tossed three touchdown passes and Zach Schneider kicked a pair of field goals to lead the Mustangs (1-3, 1-1) past the Rebels (0-4, 0-2) for their first win of the season. Wright threw two touchdown passes to senior tight end Dom Palumbo and one to senior running back Steven Cassidy.

 

Freedom Division

Toms River East 24, Colts Neck 20

A 31-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Mike Goodall on the final play of the third quarter held up as the game-winning score as the Raiders (4-0, 3-0) outlasted the Cougars (3-1, 1-1) to win a pivotal division game.

Colts Neck was driving deep in Toms River East territory when senior linebacker Anthony Kontogiannis recovered a fumble at the 14-yard line. The Raiders never let the Cougars get the ball back, salting the game away with a 14-play, 85-yard drive that chewed up the final 7:40 of the game. On the final drive, Toms River East converted two third-and-1 plays, a fourth-and-1 play and finally a fourth-and-2 play when junior Yusuf Ahmed ran for 19 yards down to the 1-yard line to clinch the victory.

Goodall ran for a game-high 95 yards and a touchdown, Ahmed ran for 59 yards and a touchdown and senior running back Frankie Giannetti ran for a touchdown but exited the game early with an injury. Nick Costa boomed a 44-yard field goal, the longest in the Shore this season, in the second quarter.

Senior running back Romeo Thomas ran for 92 yards and a touchdown and sophomore quarterback Tommy Fallon threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Matthew Scully for Colts Neck, Fallon threw for 74 yards and ran for 42 yards. Sophomore John Manos blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown in the third quarter to give Colts Neck a 20-17 lead.

 

Matawan 31, Lakewood 0

 

Neptune 46, Jackson Liberty 0

Sophomore running back Junior Haughton ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries as the Scarlet Fliers (2-2, 2-0) built 32-0 halftime lead to put away the Lions (0-3, 0-1).

Isaiah Leeks and Willie Gross added short touchdowns runs and junior quarterback Nino Bua threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Khalil Garrett-Dogan. Sophomore quarterback Jalin Butler threw for 129 yards on 7 of 10 passing and Garrett-Dogan also had an interception on defense.

 

National Division

Keyport 14, Pinelands 13

Troy Alvarez threw a touchdown pass to DJ Thomson and also ran for a short touchdown as the Red Raiders (1-3, 1-2) survived a historic performance by Pinelands linebacker Andrew Bartlett to pick up their first win of the season.

Bartlett intercepted five passes, including four in the first half and a 50-plus yard interception return for a touchdown. His five interceptions in one game are believed to be a Shore Conference record.

Pinelands' other touchdown came on a Dom Darcy kickoff return for a touchdown. The extra point was no good, however, allowing Keyport to hold onto its 14-13 lead late in the third quarter.

 

Keansburg 12, Manchester 7

 

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