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Week 3

Friday, Sept. 17

American Division

No. 3 Donovan Catholic 34, Toms River North 13

Senior wide receiver Kyree Drake scored a pair of long touchdowns en route to being named The Block GameDay Countdown MVP as the Griffins (2-1, 1-1) rebounded with a victory over the Mariners (0-2, 0-2).

Drake had four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown and a 90-yard touchdown run late in the first half. Senior running back Nunes Bukula IV ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, Mike Thomas had a 51-yard touchdown run and senior quarterback Jalin Butler ran for 85 yards on seven carries in addition to the touchdown pass to Drake.

Junior linebacker Dante Vernieri produced his third pick-6 of the season when he returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. Ethan Mathieu also had an interception.


Colonial Division

No. 7 Middletown South 27, Jackson Memorial 0

Senior running back Dan Primiano ran for 192 yards and two touchdowns while the Eagles' defense allowed just 85 yards of offense and forced four turnovers, one of which went for a touchdown, to shut out the Jaguars and deliver head coach Steve Antonucci his 200th career victory.

Middletown South had four interceptions on the night, including a 52-yard pick-6 by Brandon Rahill in the fourth quarter. Matt Grab, Logan Colleran and Tom Schork also had interceptions while Matt Yeserski recovered a fumble on an onside kick. Relentless pressure by the Eagles' front seven yielded a total of five sacks with seniors Jack Latore and Jake Williamson recording two sacks each.

Anthony Brasco added a touchdown catch off a deflected pass.

Now in his 24th season - all at Middletown South - Antonucci has a career record of 200 wins and just 59 losses. He has led the Eagles to six NJSIAA sectional titles, including four in a row from 2003 to 2006, along with 11 division titles. The Eagles also had a Shore Conference record 43-game winning streak between 2003-2006. Five of his teams have finished 12-0, most recently the 2015 team that finished ranked No. 1 in New Jersey.


Manalapan 31, Holmdel 20

Senior quarterback Mike Heckel threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Mike Bimonte, a 60-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Walker, and a 77-yard screen pass for a touchdown to Elijah Marquez as the Braves (2-0, 1-0) pulled away from the Hornets (1-2, 0-2) in the second half.

Alex Dille returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and Michael Calton connected on a 33-yard field goal.

Senior running back Jaden Gallo had a huge game for Holmdel with a 40-yard touchdown run, a 65-yard touchdown reception and an 85-yard touchdown reception. His 65-yard score gave the Hornets a 20-17 lead with 8:40 left in the game but Dille returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for the touchdown to put Manalapan in front for good.



Constitution Division

No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 49, No. 9 Raritan 7

Senior quarterback Alex Brown threw a 68-yad touchdown pass to junior wideout Najih Rahman and a 37-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Alex Bauman and also ran for a 36-yard touchdown as the Caseys (3-0, 1-0) overwhelmed the Rockets (1-1, 1-1).

Junior running back Sabino Portella added touchdown runs of 52 and 11 yards, senior running back Ra'Jahn Cooper had a 39-yard touchdown run, and Corbett Cimini had an interception to set up a touchdown.

Raritan's touchdown came on a 74-yard pass from Ben Hutchins to Joe Campanella, which tied the game 7-7 midway through the first quarter.


No. 10 Manasquan 38, Ocean 7

Junior quarterback Brett Patten threw touchdown passes to Daniel Hyland and Robert Pendergist and also ran for a touchdown as the Warriors (2-1, 2-0) rolled past the Spartans (0-3, 0-2).

Junior running back Jhamier Howard scored on touchdown runs of 21 and 27 yards and Jack Dettlinger kicked a 22-yard field goal and also had an interception on defense.


Freedom Division

St. John Vianney 43, Toms River East 0


Independence Division

Lacey 29, Middletown North 26


Brick 12, Howell 7

A stout defensive performance made touchdown runs by senior quarterback AJ Grygiel and senior running back Tyler Weisneck hold up as the Dragons (2-1, 1-1) held off the Rebels (0-2, 0-2).

Grygiel started the scoring with a 61-yard quarterback keeper in the second quarter. Brick led 6-0 at halftime and the score remained the same until Weisneck broke free for a long touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Howell got on the board when Stephen Jardim threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Matt Iandoli with 2:40 left but Brick's defense held the lead from there out.


Liberty Division

Central 35, Freehold Township 0

Junior running back Chase Gumbrecht had another huge game with five rushing touchdowns and the Golden Eagles' defense produced their third straight shutout as they blanked the Patriots (0-3, 0-1).


Marlboro 32, Neptune 13


Patriot Division

Point Boro 42, Asbury Park 14

Sophomore running back Matt Oliphant ran for 64 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and also returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to lead a balanced offense that sent the Panthers (3-0, 3-0) to an emphatic victory over the Blue Bishops (1-2, 0-2).

Senior quarterback Charlie Vitale ran for 57 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and also threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Connor Cilento.

Cilento added 64 yards rushing and a touchdown on six carries and also had two interceptions on defense. Sophomore fullback Jake Croce ran for 70 yards on 13 carries and Junior Tyler Gordon also had a touchdown run.

Junior defensive ends Aidan Ward (five tackles)( and Connor Reynolds (four tackles) led a solid all-around defensive effort.


Barnegat 26, Jackson Liberty 0

Junior running back JoJo Bivins had a pair of touchdown runs, Kurt Bonin threw a touchdown pass to Justin Bye and Shikeith Gordon returned an interception for a touchdown as the Bengals (3-0, 2-0) blanked the Lions (1-2, 0-2) to continue their fast start under first-year head coach Paul Covine.


Shore 21, Manchester 8

Senior quarterback Jamie Mazzacco had another huge game with over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils (2-1, 2-1) to a victory over the Hawks (1-2, 0-2).

Mazzacco had a 16-yard touchdown run in the first half when he also rumbled for 188 yards on 20 carries. He added a 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to go over the 200-yard mark and added a 2-yard touchdown run.

Manchester's touchdown came on a 17-yard pass from Savon Myers to Kingborn Morris.



Toms River South 14, Brick Memorial 12

A touchdown by Roy Pappalardo in the second quarter gave the Indians (1-2) the lead and Gavin Migliori made a highlight-reel catch with 3:35 left in the game as Toms River South held off the Mustangs for its first win of the season.



Red Bank 14, John F. Kennedy 6


Saturday, Sept. 18

Freedom Division

Long Branch 29, No. 8 Freehold 14

Senior Christian Rodriguez totaled 247 yards and four touchdowns and also intercepted a pass on defense to power the Green Wave (2-0, 2-0) to a top-10 road upset over the Colonials (2-1, 0-1).

With the game tied at 14 entering the fourth quarter, Long Branch stopped Freehold on fake punt deep in Colonials' territory, and on the next play, Rodriguez connected with Jayden Farmer for a 25-yard touchdown and a 21-14 lead. Later in the fourth quarter, Rodriguez scored on a 4-yard touchdown run and Rodriguez added a 2-point conversion run.

Long Branch started the scoring late in the first quarter when Rodriguez scored on an 8-yard touchdown run. Freehold answered on a 10-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Kamore Gil and then took the lead when an interception by Matt Giuffrida set up a 14-yard touchdown pass from Gill to Cameron Croons. Long Branch was able to tie the score at 14 when Rodriguez fired a 53-yard touchdown pass to Ka'Jion Thorne.

Rodriguez finished 13 of 17 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions and ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Jyshon Presley and Antonio Castanon had sacks for Long Branch to help stifle Freehold's high-scoring offense.


National Division

Monmouth 34, Keansburg 7

Junior quarterback Anthony Jehn completed 9 of 16 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns and junior running back Julian Jones ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and also caught a touchdown pass to lead the Falcons (2-1, 2-0) to an impressive win over the Titans (1-2, 0-2).

Junior wide receiver Ta'haj Wiggins caught three passes for 92 yards and a touchdown and Jones caught two passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.

Junior linebacker Eric Crossley led the defensive effort for Monmouth with nine tackles and one sack while sophomore Evan Booth had nine tackles with one tackle for loss and sophomore Griffin Hicks also recorded a sack.

Senior quarterback Mikail Braithwaite had a 40-yard touchdown run for Keansburg. He finished with 72 yards rushing on 11 carries.


Keyport 45, Point Beach 26

Senior DJ Thomson had another huge game with a punt return touchdown, a 32-yard touchdown reception, and a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown as the Red Raiders (3-0, 2-0) defeated the Garnet Gulls (1-2, 1-1) to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2009.

Thompson gave Keyport a 7-6 lead when he returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown with no time left on the clock in the first quarter. He then hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from George Mitchell to give Keyport a 14-6 lead. Sophomore running back Nazir Treadwell then ripped off a 50-yard touchdown run and Mitchell added a 35-yard field goal. Zivon Crank then returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown to give Keyport a 31-12 halftime lead.

Thomson began the second half with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to make it 38-12 and Treadwell added a 25-yard touchdown run later in the third quarter.


Pinelands 18, Lakewood 6

Junior quarterback Ryan Allen scored all three touchdowns and sophomore Liam Villinger had a strong game on both sides of the ball as the Wildcats (1-1, 1-1) defeated the Piners (1-1, 1-1) in a rare night game in Lakewood.

Allen ran for 145 yards and three scores on 22 carries and also completed both of his passing attempts for 27 yards. Villinger ran for 104 yards on 12 carries. Junior Stephen Borden had an interception on defense.



No. 5 Colts Neck 33, Matawan 0

Senior quarterback Tommy Fallon rushed for a career-high 218 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries, averaging 36.3 yards per carry, as the Cougars (2-0) overpowered the Huskies (1-2).

Fallon had touchdown runs of 69, 66 and 70 yards and also threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver John Runfolo. Senior running back John Manos added a touchdown run. The Cougars ran for 324 yards on an average of 13 yards per carry behind their standout offensive line.





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