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Week 5

Friday, Oct. 1

American Division

No. 1 Rumson-Fair Haven 37, Toms River North 7

Senior quarterback Colin Kennedy completed 9 of 13 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Geoff Schroeder ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to lead the Bulldogs (4-0, 3-0) to an emphatic victory over the Mariners (1-3, 1-3).

Kennedy threw touchdown passes to Scott Venancio, Aidan Cauccio and Nick Marchakitus. Rumson also came away with three interceptions, including an interception return for a touchdown by senior linebacker John Lista. Justin Worobel added a field goal.

 

No. 4 Wall 35, No. 7 Colts Neck 6

Senior quarterback Jake Davis had a touchdown run and a touchdown pass and senior running back Matt Dollive ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns as the Crimson Knights (2-2, 2-1) dominated the Cougars (3-1, 2-1) to even their record.

David connected with senior tight end Lou Pilla for a 23-yard touchdown to open the scoring. A punt return by Jackson Coan to the 5-yard line set Dollive up for his first touchdown run and a 14-0 Wall lead at halftime.

The Crimson Knights extended their lead to 21-0 on a 14-yard touchdown run by Davis and Dollive then broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run and a 28-0 lead. Senior Cole Brennan added a touchdown run in the final minute.

Dollive was selected as The Block GameDay Countdown MVP.

Senior running back Matt Dollive was The Block GameDay Countdown MVP

 

Colonial Division

Manalapan 21, No. 6 Southern 15

Senior running back Elijah Marquez scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:00 left in the fourth quarter and senior defensive back Paul Wojciechowski pulled down an interception with 1:27 left in the game as the Braves (3-1, 2-1) won a slugfest with the Rams (3-1, 2-1) in an important divisional game.

Manalapan led 6-0 at halftime on field goals of 26 and 32 yards by junior Michael Calton. Southern had the ball inside Manalapan's 10-yard line twice in the first half but failed to score, turning the ball over on downs once and then fumbling, which was recovered by Manalapan sophomore Anthony Macchio.

The Rams took the second-half kickoff and 80 yards in 10 plays to tie the score. A 26-yard reception by Nick Devane set up Brown for a 1-yard touchdown run, but the extra point was blocked by Manalapan senior Michael Bimonte to keep the score tied.

Manalapan then took a 14-6 lead when Macchio returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and senior quarterback Mike Heckel tossed the 2-point conversion pass to junior tight end Preston Birnie.

Southern cut Manalapan's lead to 14-9 with 8:49 left in the fourth quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Jaden Anthony. Southern had the ball first-and-goal at the 1-yard line but Manalapan stuffed Brown twice and then sacked Nolan Schubiger on third down.

Manalapan answered with a seven-play, 69-yards scoring drive to take a 21-9 lead on Marquez's short touchdown run but Southern responded immediately on a 48-yard catch by Kole Levy before Brown hit Anthony for a 37-yard touchdown on a halfback option pass. The extra point missed wide right, leaving the score 21-15.

Southern forced Manalapan to punt with 1:37 on the clock but Wojciechowski's interception - the third of the night and the fourth turnover forced by the Braves - clinched the win.

Marquez ran for 81 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, Heckel completed 11 of 15 passes for 119 yards, and Alex Dille caught four passes for 53 yards to lead Manalapan.

Brown ran for a game-high 165 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and also threw a touchdown pass for Southern. Devane had two catches for 68 yards, senior fullback Nate Committee had four catches for 45 yards, and Schubiger completed 9 of 16 passes for 197 yards but was picked off three times.

 

Holmdel 35, Jackson Memorial 16

Senior running back Jaden Gallo ran for a team-high 155 yards and two touchdowns as the Hornets (2-3, 1-3) surged past the Jaguars (0-5, 0-3) with 28 second-half points.

Senior running back Luke DuPont added 107 yards rushing and a touchdown on 10 carries and senior quarterback Jared Battaglia ran for 100 yards and a touchdown on eight carries as Holmdel ran for 362 yards on an average of 11 yards per carry.

Battaglia also completed 3 of 4 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Gavin Raheb on a 27-yard touchdown. Gallo had touchdown runs of 58 and 48 yards, DuPont had a 50-yard touchdown run and Battaglia had a 50-yard touchdown run.

Photo gallery by Tom Smith

Holmdel's Jaden Gallo. (Tom Smith | tspsportsimages.com)

 

Constitution Division

No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 47, Red Bank 6

Senior quarterback Alex Brown completed 10 of 15 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown to Emmanuel Ross as the Caseys (5-0, 3-0) used a balanced attack to defeat the Bucs (2-3, 1-2).

Sabino Portella, Nick Bracco, and Davin Brewton added touchdown runs. Senior linebacker Rajahn Cooper had two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery to go along with his six total tackles, Aidan Donohue had three tackles for loss, and Alex Bauman and Connor Wanagiel each recorded two sacks.

 

No. 8 Manasquan 35, Raritan 28 (OT)

Senior running back Patrick Woodford scored on a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of overtime and the Warriors (3-2, 3-1) then stopped Raritan on its possession for a dramatic comeback road victory over the Rockets (1-3, 1-2).

Manasquan trailed 28-14 early in the third quarter.

Junior quarterback Brett Patten threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Cole Kozlowski, ran for a 3-yard touchdown and threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Robert Pendergist, the latter of which tied the score at 28 with 8:58 left in regulation. Junior running back Jhamier Howard added a 1-yard touchdown run.

Patten completed 12 of 16 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 39 yards and a score on six carries. Pendergist had four catches for 122 yards and a touchdown, Kozlowski caught six passes for 96 yards and a score and Woodford ran for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Junior running back Kieran Falzon ran for 162 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries to lead the way for Raritan. Joe Campanella added 88 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, Zach Reilley ran for 37 yards and a touchdown and Dan Calicari also ran for a touchdown.

 

Independence Division

Howell 33, Lacey 28

Senior running back Conner Gordon had four touchdowns on the night, including the go-ahead touchdown with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter, as the Rebels (1-3, 1-3) stunned the Lions (2-2, 2-1) to pick up their first win under head coach Bill Hill.

Lacey led 21-0 in the second quarter.

Gordon ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries and also returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown. Senior quarterback Stephen Jardim completed 22 of 29 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown to junior tight end Damien Padilla. Senior wide receiver Nick Vecchiarelli caught seven passes for 103 yards.

Howell totaled 459 yards of offense.

Noah Brunatti threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Tobia and then added a 2-yard touchdown run to give Lacey an early 14-0 lead. The Lions went up by three scores when Michael Abode threw a touchdown pass to Matt McClung on a reverse pass.

Lacey scored the next two touchdowns to cut Lacey's lead to 21-13 at halftime, but Mike Rozell returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown to give the Lions a 28-13 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Howell scored to make it 28-26, then recovered an onside kick before finding the end zone for the winning points.

 

Middletown North 35, Brick Memorial 10

Senior running back Brian Haddow ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and senior quarterback Tommy Giannone completed 12 of 15 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown as the Lions (3-1, 2-1) surged past the Mustangs (1-3, 1-2).

Derek Soto added a touchdown run and Lucas Cerbo had a touchdown catch.

Peter Dempsey helped lead the way on defense with three tackles for loss among his six total tackles. Ryan Demedici made 10 tackles and pulled down an interception and Haddown recorded a team-high 13 tackles with one pass breakup. Jack Lopez also had a strong game with two tackles for loss and Collin Devine recorded 12 tackles with one pass breakup.

 

Liberty Division

No. 10 Central 42, Marlboro 0

Photo gallery by Ray Rich Photography

Junior running back Chase Gumbrecht ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns and the Golden Eagles (5-0, 4-0) posted their fourth shutout of the season to defeat the Mustangs and clinch at least a share of the Liberty Division title.

Gumbrecht now has conference-leading 1,128 yards rushing and 19 total touchdowns.

Senior Danny Morris scored on a 55-yard punt return touchdown while senior fullback Anthony Musso and junior quarterback Jahaziel Garcia added touchdown runs.

 

Freehold Township 29, Matawan 0

Sophomore quarterback Mark Augello set a program single-game record by throwing for 407 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots (1-4, 1-2) soared past the Huskies (2-3, 1-2) to pick up their first win of the season.

Augello, who completed 24 of 32 passes, including an 80-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Shawn Corchado, broke the previous record of 354 yards held by Charles Sabbagh (2016 vs. Colts Neck). He also tied the school record of four touchdown passes in a game, equaling the mark set by Sabbagh (2016 vs. Jackson Liberty) and Jack O'Brien (2015 vs. Edison and 2015 vs. Marlboro).

Corchado caught six passes for 157 yards and a touchdown, senior Giacomo Calamita caught four passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, senior Matt Carney caught five passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns and junior Anthony Long caught seven passes for 92 yards.

Junior linebacker Nick Benjamino led the Freehold Township defense with 12 tackles while sophomore linebacker Sebastian Andujar had eight tackles and a sack, sophomore free safety Nicholas Carnevale had an interception and senior cornerback Aiden Greenberg recovered a fumble.

Senior running back David Onuoha had another strong game for Matawan with a game-high 151 yards rushing on 25 carries. The Huskies ran for 220 yards as a team but were held down in the passing department, going 4-for-22 for just 41 yards.

 

Patriot Division

Asbury Park 42, Barnegat 7

Junior running back Jashawn Carter ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries and added a touchdown catch as the Blue Bishops (3-2, 2-2) rolled to a victory over the Bengals (3-2, 2-2).

Carter had touchdown runs of 12, 45 and 43 and also caught a 52-yard touchdown pass. Junior quarterback Jai'Sun Brown completed 10 of 13 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns, also connecting with Dontay Ayala for a 14-yard touchdown. Senior Nasir Alston added an 8-yard touchdown run.

I'Quann Crawford added 62 yards rushing on seven carries, Lydel Brown caught five passes for 68 yards and Rah'Lee Stephens had two catches for 56 yards.

Javon King led the Asbury Park defense with eight total tackles, including two sacks and two tackles for loss. Alston also recorded eight tackles, picked up a sack and intercepted a pass. Crawford made seven tackles and Rahzon McNeil had six tackles with one tackle for loss.

 

Manchester 34, Jackson Liberty 20

Senior quarterback Savon Myers completed 16 of 27 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 55 yards and a touchdown as the Hawks (2-3, 1-3) snapped a three-game skid by defeating the Lions (1-4, 0-4).

D'Maari Brown caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, Tyrone Benjamin had a 65-yard touchdown reception, and Evan Weiner caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Joshua Irizarry added 43 yards rushing and a touchdown on four carries.

Irizarry also helped lead the defense with 11 total tackles. Kingborn Morris and Daniel Saggau each recorded a team-leading 13 tackles.

 

National Division

Pinelands 14, Point Beach 7

Junior quarterback Ryan Allen completed 5 of 9 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown and ran for 45 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wildcats (2-2, 2-2) past the Garnet Gulls (1-4, 1-3).

Allen threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Liam Villinger that pulled Pinelands to within 7-6 in the second quarter and then ran for an 11-yard score to give Pinelands a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter.

Mekhi Hall caught two passes for a team-high 78 yards.

 

Nondivisional

No. 3 Donovan Catholic 34, St. John Vianney 9

Senior running back Nunes Bukula IV ran for three touchdowns while senior quarterback Jalin Butler and freshman wide receiver Michael Thomas also had touchdown runs to lead the Griffins (1-4*) to a victory over the Lancers (2-3).

Mason Shenk gave St, John Vianney the lead with w field goal but Donovan took the lead for good on a 52-yard touchdown run by Butler. Bukula followed with touchdown runs of 12, 32, and 1 yards and Thomas had a 13-yard touchdown.

 

Brick 24, Ocean 12

Senior running back Tyler Weisneck had a monster game with a career-high 306 yards rushing and two touchdowns on  25 carries and senior Justin Kurc snagged three interceptions and ran for a touchdown to lead the Dragons (4-1) past the Spartans (0-5).

Weisneck opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run and quarterback AJ Grygiel added the 2-point conversion run to stake the Dragons to an 8-0 lead. Ocean answered when Tyler Douglas threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Craig Flannigan on the final play of the first quarter, but the Spartans' 2-point attempt was unsuccessful.

After the teams traded interceptions - one by Flannigan, one by Kurc and then one by Douglas to give Ocean the ball back - Douglas found Flannigan for a 56-yard touchdown and a 12-8 lead for the Spartans.

Brick took back the lead, 16-12, when Kurc ran for an 8-yard touchdown and Weisneck added the 2-point conversion with 35 seconds left in the first half. Weisneck's 11-yard touchdown gave Brick a 24-12 lead with 35.6 seconds left in the third quarter.

Weisneck also had a big game on defense with 11 total tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

 

Saturday, Oct. 2

Freedom Division

Toms River South 14, Freehold 13 (OT)

Sophomore quarterback Jimmy Alexander gave the Indians (2-3, 1-2) the lead with a touchdown run in overtime and Toms River South's defense stopped a 2-point conversion run after Freehold scored to earn a dramatic overtime win over the Colonials (3-2, 1-2).

Devon Bond gave Toms River South a 7-0 in the firsts half before Freehold tied the game on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Kamore Gill to Nick Terefenko with 20 seconds left in the half.

Alexander's touchdown gave Toms River South a 14-7 lead. Freehold pulled to within 14-13 on a touchdown pass from Gill to Yah-Sin Calhoun. The Colonials elected to go for the 2-point conversion but the Indians stopped Gill on a run wide off the right side.

Gill completed 18 of 26 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 140 yards on 18 carries. Calhoun caught six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown, Terefenko had two catches for 53 yards and a score, and Kayden Hutchinson caught five passes for a team-high 106 yards.

 

No. 9 Long Branch 53, Toms River East 7

Junior running back Sekou Kamau ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries and junior wide receiver Michael Hall had a touchdown catch and a punt return for a touchdown as the Green Wave (4-0, 3-0) overwhelmed the Raiders (1-4, 1-3) to continue their great start to the season.

Senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez added a touchdown run and also ran for a 2-point conversion, Sharmar Williams returned an interception for a touchdown and Wesley Garcia added a field goal.

 

National Division

Monmouth 28, Keyport 7

Junior running back Julian Jones ran for a career-high 224 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries and Monmouth's defense forced four turnovers and limited Keyport to 117 yards of offense as the Falcons clinched at least a share of the division title.

Monmouth can claim the outright title with a win over Point Beach next week. Monmouth's last division title came in 2006.

Jones had touchdown runs of 3, 1 and 9 yards and senior linebacker Jeremiah Robles returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. Senior Nelson Harris-Thomas also had an interception and a strip-sack that was recovered by junior linebacker Eric Crossley. Senior defensive end Loukas Plasteras also recovered a fumble.

Senior quarterback George Mitchell threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout DJ Thomson on the final play of the third quarter to account for Keyport's only touchdown.

 

Keansburg 42, Lakewood 28

Senior quarterback Mikal Braithwaite completed 7 of 11 passes for 171 yards two touchdowns and ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries as the Titans (3-2, 2-2) ran past the Piners (0-4, 0-4).

Braithwaite scored on a 48-yard touchdown run, threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Michael Alonso, and flipped a pass to Shane Debow that went for a 55-yard score. Dajuan Weems added touchdown runs of 4 and 19 yards,  and Ian Mendez broke a 42-yard touchdown run.

Braithwaite also led the Titans' defense with 16 tackles and an interception.

 

 

 

 

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