WEEK 5

Friday, October 11

American Division

No. 6 Toms River North 34, Middletown South 29

 

No. 7 Manalapan 34, Long Branch 19

Senior running back Andre Johnson ran for 182 yards and four touchdowns and senior quarterback Sean Kehley added a rushing touchdown to lead the Braves (3-2, 2-2) past the Green Wave (2-4, 1-3).

 

Colonial Division

St. John Vianney 33, Freehold 0

 

Constitution Division

No. 9 Southern 21, Middletown North 14

Senior quarterback Cole Robinson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to senior Kieran Lang with 2:50 left in regulation and then came through with an interception with under two minute to play as the Rams (5-1, 4-0) held off the Lions (3-3, 2-2).

The victory initially cinched at least a share of the division title, but when Marlboro defeated Freehold Township, 14-12, it delivered the Rams the outright division title for the third time in program history and first since 2011.

Sophomore running back Jaiden Brown ran for 156 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries while Robinson also threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to senior Will Devane.

Southern's defense was outstanding in holding Middletown North to 110 yards of offense, including just 18 yards rushing. Senior defensive tackle Colby Saxton had 2.5 sacks and Devane and Robinson had interceptions.

Senior quarterback Nick Ferreira threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Quentin Soler and an 8-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Travis Thompson for Middletown North.

 

Marlboro 14, Freehold Township 12

Junior quarterback Nick Wright and senior tight end Dom Palumbo connected on a pair of touchdown passes and Marlboro's defense came up with a stop late in the game as the Mustangs (2-4, 2-2) outlasted the rival Patriots (2-4, 2-2) on a key division game.

Freehold Township still had a shot to tie for the division title but Marlboro squashed that idea and ensured that Southern Regional clinched the outright division title.

Wright threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Palumbo in the first quarter to give Marlboro a 7-0 lead, and the Mustangs held that lead until the fourth quarter. Freehold Township scored with 4:47 left in regulation, but the extra point was blocked. On the ensuing possession, Wright threw a 96-yard touchdown pass to Palumbo to give Marlboro a 14-6 lead.

Brendan Doel ran for a touchdown with 22 seconds left in the game but Marlboro stopped the 2-point conversion attempt to remain in front, 14-12. Freehold Township recovered the onside kick but Marlboro stopped a Hail Mary attempt to come away with the thrilling victory.

 

Freedom Division

Toms River East 14, Neptune 13

A 28-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Mike Goodall in the fourth quarter put the Raiders (6-0, 5-0) in front for good as they clipped the Scarlet Fliers (2-3, 2-1) to clinch at least a share of the Freedom Division title.

After a scoreless first half, Toms River East took a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Goodall that was keyed by an onside kick recovery to start the third quarter. Neptune would respond with a pair of touchdowns as junior running back Junior Haughton scored on a 2-yard run to tie the game, 7-7, before junior quarterback Nino Bua connected with senior Willie Gross on a 36-yard touchdown pass to give Neptune a 13-7 lead. The extra point was missed, however, which allowed Toms River East to take the lead shortly after.

 

Liberty Division

No. 3 Donovan Catholic 42, Manasquan 6

Senior quarterback Ryan Clark ran for 156 yards on 15 carries and tossed a pair of touchdown passes to junior tight end Ethan Capone as the Griffins (6-0, 4-0) pulled away from the Warriors (1-4, 1-3) for a historic win.

The victory put Donovan at 6-0 for the first time in program history and clinched at least a share of the Liberty Division championship.

Junior running back Jahdir Loftland ran for 45 yards and two touchdowns on six carries, senior Damian Johnson had a 12-yard touchdown run and senior Andre Laney returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown.

 

Lacey 14, Red Bank 7

Sophomore quarterback Noah Brunatti tossed a pair of touchdown passes and the defense pulled down three interceptions to lead the Lions (5-1, 3-1) to an important victory over the Bucs (3-3, 1-3).

Brunatti threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Donovan Bacchetta in the second quarter to give Lacey a 7-0 halftime lead and then threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Mike Kudlacik.

Senior quarterback Jack Chamberlain threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Owen Laughlin for Red Bank.

Lacey's three interceptions -- all in the fourth quarter -- came from Kudlacik and seniors Matt Kuligoski and Bobby Hicks. Kuligoski's pick early in the fourth quarter halted a Red Bank drive that had the Bucs set up with a first-and-goal from the 3-yard line.

 

Central 16, Holmdel 9

A 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown by junior I-meer Johnson keyed a stout defensive performance by the Golden Eagles (2-3, 1-3) to take down a surging Hornets (3-2, 2-2) team and pick up their first division win of the season.

Senior running back Landon Richardson added a 1-yard touchdown run and sophomore Sean Hurley kicked a 43-yard field goal to tie the longest kick in the Shore this season. Junior cornerback Giovanni LiBassi had an interception on defense and sophomore free safety Danny Morris also recovered a fumble.

 

Patriot Division

No. 8 Ocean 42, Raritan 37

A huge game by senior Trebor Pena fueled a furious comeback as the Spartans (5-0, 4-0) rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to defeat the Rockets (4-2, 3-1) and clinch at least a share of the Patriot Division title.

Pena, who is committed to Temple University, ran for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, caught three passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass as Ocean came back from down 21-0 in the second quarter and 24-7 at halftime.

Pena caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Robbie Nungesser in the second quarter to cut Raritan's lead to 21-7. After an 11-yard touchdown run by Nungesser in the third quarter pulled trimmed the deficit to 24-14, Pena ripped off a 95-yard touchdown run to cut Raritan's lead to 24-21.

Raritan extended its lead to 31-21 when senior quarterback Steve Coponi hit junior wide receiver Luke O'Hea for a 21-yard touchdown, but Ocean would turn in a big fourth quarter to take the lead and hold on for the win. Pena caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Nungesser to make it 31-28, then recovered a Raritan fumble which led to his own 1-yard touchdown run that gave Ocean a 35-31 lead. Pena then came down with an interception on the next series before scoring his fifth touchdown of the night on a 62-yard touchdown run.

Nungesser completed 7 of 11 passes for 135 yards to complement Pena's career night. Coponi threw for 235 yards and touchdowns to O'Hea, Danny Fiore and Jaylen Smith and also ran for a touchdown for Raritan. Both Danny and Mike Fiore ran for 100 yards with Mike Fiore also scoring on a 31-yard touchdown run. Anthony Bailey added a 36-yard field goal.

 

Shore 35, Monmouth 7

Junior running back Dylan Drahos ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead a balanced attack as the Blue Devils (3-3, 2-2) rebounded with a convincing win over the Falcons (0-5, 0-4).

Drahos ran for 64 yards on just nine carries while freshman running back Torin Harmon ran for 86 yards on 10 carries. Senior running back Danny Kelly ran for 41 yards and a touchdown just six carries and senior Terry Carlstrom caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from junior Mike McGhee and finished with four receptions for 86 yards. Sophomore linebacker Jamie Mazzacco had two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.

 

National Division

Manchester 20, Point Beach 10

A 2-yard touchdown run by senior running back Romello Bush early in the fourth quarter gave the Hawks (2-4, 2-2) the lead for good as they rallied for an upset victory over the Garnet Gulls (4-2, 3-2).

Point Beach built a 10-0 lead at halftime on a 2-yard touchdown run by senior Liam Buday and a 32-yard field goal by George Kaiafias.

Manchester began its comeback when junior linebacker Chris Grille scooped up a fumble and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown with 6:56 left in the third quarter. An interception by senior Devin Zamot late in the third quarter set up Bush's go-ahead touchdown. Josh Glenn added a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:19 left to seal the win.

 

Keansburg 21, Pinelands 6

Sophomore quarterback Mikal Braithwaite tossed three touchdown passes to lead the Titans (3-2, 3-2) past the Wildcats (1-4, 1-4) and push their record over .500.

Braithwaite hurled two touchdowns to senior Jake Quigley and one to senior Nasir Williams. Junior cornerback Brendan Flanzbaum pulled down his second interception of the year.

 

Nondivisional

No. 1 Wall 34, Brick Memorial 7

Junior quarterback Logan Peters threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Dale McNally on the first play from scrimmage to send the top-ranked Crimson Knights (6-0) on their way to a lopsided win over the Mustangs (1-5).

Peters threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns, also finding McNalley for an 18-yard touchdown pass and throwing a 50-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Matt Dollive. Junior running back Casey Larkin had a 23-yard touchdown run and finished with 91 yards on eight carries and senior linebacker Will Terry returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown.

Ahki Bardsdale had a 45-yard touchdown run for Brick Memorial.

 

No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 21, No. 2 Mater Dei Prep 16

A 50-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior defensive lineman Jack Kelly with 2:49 left in the third quarter snapped a 14-all tie and sent the Bulldogs (4-2) to a hard-fought victory over the Seraphs (4-2) in a matchup of top-five teams.

Mater Dei jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 25-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Alex Brown to senior wide receiver Clarence Lewis and then a 2-yard touchdown run by senior running back Malik Ingram. Rumson cut the lead in half heading into halftime when junior running back John Volker broke free for a 68-yard touchdown run.

Rumson tied the score at 14 just 26 seconds into the second half when a long kick return by junior Patrick Jamin set up a 32-yard touchdown run by sophomore Geoff Schroeder.

 

No. 10 Jackson Memorial 14, Jackson Liberty 7

 

Brick 28, Howell 3

Senior quarterback Anthony Prato accounted for three touchdowns with two on the ground and one through the air to lead the Dragons (3-3) past the winless Rebels (0-6).

Prato had a 5-yard touchdown run and a 1-yard touchdown run to stake Brick to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter. Senior wide receiver CJ Lavarin scored on a 7-yard touchdown run late in the half for a 21-3 lead and then caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Prato in the third quarter.

 

Saturday, Oct. 12

Freedom Division

Colts Neck 42, Lakewood 0

The Cougars (5-1, 3-1) raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead and cruised to a victory over the Piners (0-5, 0-4)/

 

Matawan 49, Toms River South 42 (OT)

The Huskies from a 42-28 deficit with two touchdowns in the final 3:50 before winning the game in overtime to improve to 2-3.

 

National Division

Keyport 22, Asbury Park 16

A 6-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Troy Alvarez with 37 seconds left in regulation was enough to lift the Red Raiders (2-4, 2-3) to a thrilling win over the Blue Bishops (3-2, 3-1) that shook up the National Division race.

Asbury Park had taken a 16-14 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Knajee Alston and a successful 2-point conversion pass with 2:13 left before Keyport rallied for the game-winning touchdown on its final drive.

Alvarez ran for a 9-yard touchdown in the first quarter and threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Zack Connallon.

Asbury Park's other touchdown, which, coupled with a 2-point conversion pass, gave it an 8-7 lead at the 4:37 mark of the third quarter, came via a 69-yard punt return touchdown by junior Makai Brown-Jones.

Even with the loss, Asbury Park clinched at least a share of the division title thanks to Point Beach's loss to Manchester on Friday night. The Blue Bishops can clinch the outright title with a win over Manchester next Friday but a win by Manchester would make it a quad-championship with Asbury Park, Point Beach, Keansburg and Manchester each claiming a piece with all having a 3-2 division mark.

 

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