Friday, Oct. 4

American Division

Red Bank Catholic 21, No. 3 Toms River North 6WATCH THE REPLAY

Senior quarterback Ryan Edgerly ran for two short touchdowns and threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Kevin Bauman as the Caseys (3-2, 2-2) earned a huge road victory to hand the Mariners (4-1, 2-1) their first defeat.

Red Bank Catholic's defense was outstanding in holding Toms River North, which entered the night averaging 31.5 points per game, to only one score. Junior running back Jordan Grey supplied the Mariners' only points with a 48-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.


No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven 23, No. 7 Manalapan 20 (OT)

Senior quarterback Collin Coles threw a game-winning touchdown pass to junior Luke Devlin as the Bulldogs (3-2, 3-1) came out on the winning end of their second overtime classic in as many weeks.

Rumson had taken a 17-10 lead on a 34-yard touchdown reception by Pete Crowley and a 2-point conversion catch by Patrick Jamin with 7:30 left in regulation. Manalapan (2-2, 1-2) tied the score at 17 with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Sean Kehley threw a touchdown pass to sophomore Wojciechowski.

Manalapan took a 20-17 lead when junior Vin Rea kicked a 44-yard field goal on Manalapan's overtime possession. Rea also kicked a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Braves a 3-0 lead. Rumson's Michael Piperno kicked a 28-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in the half to tie the score 3-3.

Manalapan took a 10-3 lead at 8:02 of the third quarter when Kehley threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Matt Benedetti following a forced fumble by Hayden Hess and a recovery by Raymond Vender. Rumson scored to make it 10-9 when Coles tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Devlin, but Gavin Claro blocked the extra point to keep Manalapan in front, 10-9.


Long Branch 26, No. 10 Middletown South 14


Colonial Division

Jackson Memorial 22, No. 6 St. John Vianney 14

Junior running back Will Towns ran for 135 yards and a touchdown and senior quarterback Lonnie Cebulski ran for 110 yards and a touchdown as the Jaguars (3-2, 2-2) rallied past the Lancers (2-2, 1-2) for an important divisional victory.

Trailing 14-9 entering the fourth quarter, Cebulski ripped off a 52-yard touchdown run to give Jackson a 15-14 lead. Towns then added a 30-yard touchdown run to give the Jags a 22-14 advantage.

Senior linebacker Nic Ford gave Jackson a lift early in the game when he returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. St. John Vianney took a 7-6 lead when senior quarterback CJ Duell threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to freshman wideout Kyle Verriest, but Jackson got the lead back, 9-7, on an 18-yard field goal by Jake McKown.

In the third quarter, St. John Vianney went up, 14-9, when Josh East returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.


Constitution Division

Freehold Township 9, Howell 3

Three field goals by Billy Sebor and a stout defensive performance led the Patriots (2-3, 2-1) to a victory over the rival Rebels (0-5, 0-3).


No. 9 Southern 27, Marlboro 7

Sophomore running back Jaiden Brown continued his great season by rushing for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries as the Rams (4-1, 3-0) corralled the Mustangs (1-4, 1-2) to remain atop the division standings.

Brown scored on runs of 8, 1 and 2 yards and senior wide receiver Will Devane added an 11-yard touchdown run. Junior safety Kwadair Holland recorded two interceptions to lead the defensive effort.


Middletown North 28, Brick Memorial 14

Senior quarterback Nick Ferreira threw two touchdown passes to senior Matt Spencer and sophomore running back Brian Haddow scored twice on the ground to lead the Lions (3-2, 2-1) to a victory over the Mustangs (1-4, 1-2).

Haddow scored on a 9-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter to stake Middletown North to a 7-0 lead. Brick Memorial answered with a 30-yard touchdown run by junior Akhi Barksdale with 3:32 left in the half to begin a string of four touchdowns in the final four minutes of the half.

Middletown North took a 14-7 lead with 1:37 left in the first half when Spencer hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Ferreira. Bardsdale returned the ensuing kickoff to the 33-yard line before ripping off a 67-yard touchdown run to knot the score at 14 apiece with 1:17 on the clock. Middletown North responded with a quick drive to take a 21-14 lead into the break as Spencer caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ferreria.

Midway through the third quarter, Haddow ran for a 12-yard touchdown run to put Middletown North up, 28-14.


Freedom Division

Colts Neck 35, Toms River South 6

Senior running back Romeo Thomas had three touchdown runs to lead the Cougars (4-1, 2-1) past the Indians (1-2, 0-2).


Toms River East 12, Matawan 7

Junior Nick Totten stepped in at quarterback in place of usual starter Mike Goodall and threw for two touchdowns as the Raiders (5-0, 4-0) outlasted the Huskies (1-3, 1-2) to continue their best start in a decade.

Totten threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Nasceem Davis early in the first quarter and then tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Riley Engelhard in the second quarter.

Matawan closed the gap to 12-7 with four minutes left in the first half when Vincent Guarino broke a 58-yard touchdown run.


Jackson Liberty 35, Lakewood 0

Senior Jake Bosco ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as the Lions (1-3, 1-1) erupted to defeat the Piners (0-4, 0-3) and pick up their first win of the season. Liberty had been shutout in its first three games of the season.

Junior Jayvon Vilius added 97 yards and a touchdown on just two carries and senior running back Jimmy Celantano ran for 51 yards and a touchdown and also returned an interception for a touchdown.


Liberty Division

No. 4 Donovan Catholic 35, Red Bank 0

Senior running back Nasir Calhoun ran for 67 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and junior Dom Nocero returned a punt 20 yards for a touchdown as the Griffins (5-0, 3-0) blanked the Bucs (3-2, 1-2) to record their third shutout of the season.

Senior quarterback Ryan Clark completed 10 of 14 passes for 107 yards and also ran for two touchdowns while junior wide receiver James Bivens also ran for a touchdown. Senior Andre Laney had an interception on defense.

Donovan Catholic is 5-0 for the first time since 1992.


Holmdel 17, Lacey 0

Senior running back Tom Ammirati ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and senior linebacker Joe D'Acunto recorded three sacks as the Hornets (3-1, 2-1) blanked the Lions (4-1, 2-1) to hand them their first loss of the season.

Ammirati had a 70-yard touchdown run and D'Acunto had eight total tackles plus one tackle for loss to go along with his three sacks.


Patriot Division

No. 8 Ocean 40, Shore 0

Senior running back Trebor Pena ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns and the Spartans recorded their second straight shutout to defeat the Blue Devils (2-3) and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2013.

Senior Nas Thompson added 48 yards rushing and two touchdowns and junior Joe Teresi returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown.


Raritan 30, Barnegat 7

Senior running back Mike Fiore ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rockets (4-1, 3-0) past the Bengals (2-3, 1-3).

Senior quarterback Steve Coponi completed 8 of 11 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, connecting with senior Jaylen Smith on a 6-yard touchdown pass. Smith caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. Matt Lugli added a 27-yard field goal.


National Division

Asbury Park 21, Keansburg 6

Senior running back Knajee Alson ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and freshman quarterback Jai'Sun Brown threw a touchdown pass to junior Najier Massey to lead the Blue Bishops (3-1, 3-0) to a victory over the Titans (2-2, 2-2).

Alston had touchdown runs of 25 and 65 yards and Brown threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Massey to help Asbury Park build a 14-o halftime lead which grew to 21-0 in the third quarter. Junior Naiheem Crooms had two sacks to lead the defense.

Mikal Braithwaite threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Nasir Williams for Keansburg.


Pinelands 19, Manchester 14

Sophomore running back Nunes Bukula ran for three touchdowns as the Wildcats (1-3, 1-3) clipped the Hawks (1-4, 1-2) to pick up their first win of the season.


Saturday, Oct. 5

Colonial Division

No. 2 Wall 14, No. 1 Mater Dei 7

Junior running back Casey Larkin scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:06 left in regulation and junior Logan Peters came away with a game-clinching interception as the Crimson Knights (5-0, 3-0) shocked the Seraphs (4-1, 2-1) to end their 21-game regular-season winning streak against Shore Conference teams.

Starting at their own 28-yard line with 5:17 left in the game, Wall drove for the game-winning touchdown thanks to a pair of big plays. Larkin had a 24-yard run on third-and-six that moved the ball into Mater Dei territory and senior wide receiver Gus Setteducato then came down with an acrobatic 29-yard reception down to the 2-yard line, catching a pass while falling down that was tipped by Larkin.

After Larkin's touchdown made it 12-7, Peters connected with sophomore tight end Blake Rezk for the 2-point conversion and a 14-7 lead. Mater Dei was tasked with driving for the tying score with just 58 seconds left in the game, but on first down, Rezk sacked Alex Brown for an 11-yard loss. On the next play, Peters got a read on a pass over the middle and dived forward to collect the interception and clinch the victory.

Wall's defense was outstanding in holding Mater Dei running back Malik Ingram to just 70 yards rushing on 13 carries. The Crimson Knights also limited Brown to 9 of 20 passing for 135 yards and two interceptions. Rezk also had a fumble recovery as Wall forced three turnovers.

Larkin ran for 65 yards and a touchdown and senior running back Matt DeSarno ran for 52 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The extra point was blocked on DeSarno's touchdown run.

Mater Dei answered on the next series when Ingram scored from three yards out to cap a 58-yard drive.


Brick 34, Freehold 27

A 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Anthony Prato with 12 seconds left in regulation lifted the Dragons (2-3, 1-3) to a road victory over the Colonials (1-4, 0-3).

Prato also threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Val Grigorian while senior running back Joe Armooh had touchdown runs of four and six yards. Declan Decoursey recovered a fumble in the end zone to account for another Brick touchdown.

Junior quarterback Sha'Kim Shuler ran for touchdowns of nine and 19 yards and threw touchdown passes of 12 and 61 yards to sophomore Yah-Sin Calhoun to lead Freehold.


Liberty Division

Manasquan 12, Central 0

Cam Teza threw touchdown passes to Jack Collins and John Foreman and Manasquan's defense played outstanding again to deliver the Warriors (1-3, 1-2) a shutout over the Golden Eagles (1-3, 1-2) for their first win of the season.

Teza connected with Collins on the final play of the first half for a 6-0 lead and then tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Foreman on the first possession of the second half.


National Division

Point Beach 10, Keyport 7

Senior running back Liam Buday had a touchdown run and senior George Kaiafas kicked a 32-yard field goal to send the Garnet Gulls (4-1, 3-1) past the Red Raiders (1-4, 1-3).


Patriot Division

Point Boro 27, Monmouth 7

Sophomore quarterback Charlie Vitale ran threw for 110 yards and a touchdown and ran for 79 yards and a touchdown to lead the Panthers (2-3, 2-2) topped the Falcons (0-4, 0-3) on the road.

Vitale threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior Sam Young and also ran for a 5-yard touchdown. He also pulled down an interception on defense. Junior running back Nick Tuzzolino ran for a game-high 106 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and also led the defense with eight tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss. Senior running back Colby Biggs added 87 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.


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