WEEK 6

Friday, Oct. 18

American Division

Middletown South 20, No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 3

Quarterback Tyler Cuccia and running back Vin Condito each ran for touchdowns while Mark Tardy returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown as the Eagles (2-4, 2-3) stunned the Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2).

Cuccia ran for 85 yards and Condito added 66 yards on the ground.

Michael Piperno kicked a 36-yard field goal for Rumson. Sophomore Geoff Schroeder ran for 90 yards on seven carries and junior John Volker ran for 50 yards on 14 carries. Ryan Ruane had an interception on defense.

 

No. 7 Manalapan 20, No. 5 Red Bank Catholic 14

The Braves (4-2, 3-2) rallied from a two-touchdown deficit after the first quarter to defeat the Caseys (3-3, 2-3) in another hard-fought division battle.

A 70-yard touchdown run by senior Andre Johnson with 6:25 left gave Manalapan a 17-14 lead and Vin Rea added a 22-yard field goal with 2:20 left in regulation. RBC was driving late in the game and got down to Manalapan's 19-yard line after a 30-yard catch by Jack Pollackov, but the snap on the next play was fumbled and recovered by Manalapan linebacker Jake Freedman.

Johnson ran for 157 yards and a touchdown while Rea also kicked an 18-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Junior Ethan Rodriguez provided a spark when he returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to begin the Braves' rally.

Billy Guidetti ran for an 85-yard touchdown and Elijah Jules ran for a 44-yard touchdown for Red Bank Catholic.

 

Colonial Division

No. 1 Wall 41, St. John Vianney 14

Junior quarterback Logan Peters, senior running back Matt DeSarno and junior running back Casey Larkin ran for two touchdowns each as the Crimson Knights (7-0, 4-0) defeated the Lancers (3-3, 2-3) to clinch at least a share of the Colonial Division title.

Peters opened the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown run but the extra point was unsuccessful. A 1-yard touchdown run by Antonio Rosato plus the extra point gave SJV a 7-6 lead, but an 18-yard touchdown run by Peters with 1:22 left in the first half gave Wall the lead for good.

DeSarno broke a 51-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and Larkin scored on a 2-yard midway through the third to give Wall a 27-7 lead. Larkin then added a 36-yard touchdown run 18 seconds into the fourth quarter and DeSarno scored from four yards out with 2:42 on the clock.

Kyle Verriest had a 9-yard touchdown reception from CJ Duell in the third quarter that momentarily cut Wall's lead to 34-14.

 

Constitution Division

Middletown North 12, Howell 7

Recap courtesy of Ray Veth

The Lions held off the Rebels when Jake Jankowski recorded a quarterback sack on fourth down with only 30 seconds to go in the game.  Howell jumped out to a 7-0 lead when they drove the field on their first possession and Vaughn Meehan ran it in from the one.

The Lions responded with a 55-yard touchdown strike from senior Nick Ferreria (9-for-17, 181 yards) to classmate Matt Spencer. Spencer has five touchdowns on the season. When the PAT kick failed, the score was 7-6 in Howell’s favor with 42 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter belonged to Middletown as they followed the blocking of guard Rob Kelly, center Andrew Kanski and tackle Kaden LeTaul. After a long drive, sophomore Brian Haddow punched into the end zone on a 1-yard run with 1:16 left in the first half. When the PAT pass conversion failed, the Lions led 12-7 at halftime.

There was no further scoring in the game as the second half turned out to be a slugfest in the trenches. Each team mounted drives but could not convert. In the third period, Ferreria and Spencer connected again on a 20-yard touchdown, but it was called back due to a penalty. A missed field goal ended the drive.

Senior Ed Farrell, again showed why he is one of the best linebackers at the Shore. He was involved with 12 tackles, two of which were for a loss. He had a sack, a fumble recovery and recorded 4 hurries to harass the Rebels all night. His recovery stopped a Howell drive at the Lions’ 18-yard line with four minutes to go. Freshman defensive end Jack Lopez recorded two sacks, and seniors Travis Thompson and Justin Saginor led the charge against a strong Howell offensive line.

 

Freedom Division

Neptune 36, Toms River South 28 - WATCH THE REPLAY!

Willie Gross scored four touchdowns in the first half to lead the Scarlet Fliers (3-3, 3-1) to a victory over the Indians (1-4, 1-3).

Neptune vs Toms River South

 

Toms River East 35, Lakewood 22

Senior quarterback Mike Goodall completed 5 of 6 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown, including a 90-yard touchdown to senior wide receiver Nasceem Davis, as the Raiders (7-0, 6-0) beat the Piners (0-6, 0-5) to clinch the outright Freedom Division title, their first since 2009.

Junior running back Yusuh Ahmed ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns, junior Nick Totten had a 60-yard touchdown run and junior Gino Gallo had a 7-yard touchdown run. Davis and Alex Smith had interceptions on defense.

 

Matawan 14, Jackson Liberty 7

Mark Kawka broke a 77-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Dennis Buonagura threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Ziare Williams in the fourth quarter to lead the Huskies (3-3, 3-2) past the Lions (1-5, 1-3).

 

Liberty Division

No. 3 Donovan Catholic 35, Lacey 0

Senior quarterback Ryan Clark ran for 130 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and also threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Jahdir Loftland while the defense recorded its fifth shutout of the season to give the Griffins (7-0, 5-0) a win over the Lions (5-2, 3-2) that clinched the Liberty Division title.

Loftland also ran for 71 yards and a touchdown on five carries while senior Nasir Calhoun ran for 42 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

The division title is the third in program history and first since 2012.

 

Red Bank 30, Central 24

A kickoff return for a touchdown by Owen Laughlin as time expired delivered the Bucs (4-3, 2-3) a thrilling walk-off win over the Golden Eagles (2-4, 1-4). Central had tied the game at 24 on a 27-yard field goal by Sean Hurley.

 

Patriot Division

No. 8 Ocean 28, Point Boro 14

Senior running back Trebor Pena ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and senior quarterback Robbie Nungesser threw two touchdown passes as the Spartans (6-0, 5-0) got past the Panthers (2-4, 2-4) to clinch the Patriot Division championship.

Pena had touchdown runs of 30 and 42 yards in the fourth quarter while Nungesser threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Chris Carasia in the second quarter and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gavakis in the third quarter.

Senior Nasir Thompson had nine tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss to lead Ocean's defense. Freshman Tyler Douglas also recorded nine tackles and Pena made eight tackles.

Junior running back Nick Tuzzolino ran for 131 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and sophomore quarterback Charles Vitale ran for 103 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for Point Boro.

 

Raritan 34, Shore 14

Senior running back Mike Fiore ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries to lead the Rockets (5-2, 4-1) past the Blue Devils (3-4, 2-3).

Danny Fiore added a 43-yard touchdown run and Steve Caponi threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Smith.

Sophomore Jamie Mazzacco threw a touchdown pass to Terry Carlstrom and also ran for a touchdown for Shore.

 

National Division

Asbury Park 26, Manchester 8

Knajee Alston ran for 154 yards and a touchdown and Jai'Sun Brown threw for 101 yards and a touchdown as the Blue Bishops (4-2, 4-1) topped the Hawks (2-5, 2-3) to clinch the National Division championship.

Alston scored on a 31-yard run and Brown tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Makai Jones. Najier Massey and Anthony Swearine also had touchdown runs. Jarrett Chathuant recorded seven tackles and one sack to lead the defense.

 

Saturday, Oct. 19

American Division

No. 6 Toms River North 43, Long Branch 39

A 10-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky to senior wide receiver Dominick Jacob with 13 seconds left capped an incredible game as the Mariners (6-1, 4-1) used that late score to defeat the Green Wave (2-5, 1-4) and clinch the American Division championship.

Toms River North led 28-13 in the third quarter when Long Branch scored two touchdowns in 20 seconds to cut the Mariners' lead to one point and begin a crazy string of events that finally culminated in Jacob's winning touchdown.

After Jacob caught a 20-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-5 to give Toms River North a 28-13 lead, Long Branch responded on a 32-yard touchdown run by Jah'Kwan Gordon to make it 28-19. On the next play from scrimmage, Long Branch senior Jermaine Corbett ripped the ball out of a Toms River North player's hands after a catch and returned the fumble 30 yards for a touchdown. Senior quarterback Kyle Davidson then connected with junior wideout Basean Fraser for the 2-point conversion to cut TRN's lead to 28-27 with 4:44 left in the third quarter.

The score would remain that way until late in the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of Toms River North turnovers at the 1-yard line. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Matt Spalletta looked to have scored from the 1-yard line on fourth down, but it was ruled a fumble recovered by Long Branch. Toms River North's defense forced a punt and got the ball back at the LB 24-yard line, but three plays later a pass to the end zone was intercepted by Jayon Farrar and returned to the 36-yard line.

Long Branch took a 33-28 lead with 3:32 left in the game when Davidson connected with Farrar on a 40-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-6. Toms River North responded on the next series when Kazanowsky hit senior Ray Carlson for a 50-yard touchdown and then found Carlson again for the 2-point conversion, giving the Mariners a 36-33 lead with 2:36 to play.

Long Branch came right back with another scoring drive. On fourth-and-13, Farrar made a great catch for 16 yards to move the chains to the TRN 29-yard line, and on the next play, Davidson threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Farrar for a 39-36 lead with one minute left.

The 2-point conversion run was stopped, meaning TRN could have tied the game with a field goal, but the Mariners were able to get into the end zone on a 64-yard drive to win the game. On the first play, Kazanowsky hit Jaiden Fraser for 45 yards down to the 25-yard line and three plays later, hit Jacob for seven yards to convert a third-and-2. On first-and-goal from the 10, Kazanowsky slid away from pressure and hit Jacob dragging across the middle for a 10-yard touchdown and a 43-39 lead.

Long Branch had one final chance from its own 26-yard line but Spalletta sacked Davidson to end the game.

Kazanowsky threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns and Jacob caught six passes for 66 yards and three touchdowns. Carlson had two catches for 64 yards and a touchdown, junior Zach Browne had six catches for 64 yards and Fraiser had two receptions for 53 yards. Senior running back Jarrod Pruitt ran for 93 yards.

Spalletta made plays all over the field with a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 1-yard touchdown run, an interception, a blocked extra point, two sacks and a key pass breakup in the end zone.

Toms River North also scored on a safety when Long Branch snapped the ball through the end zone on a punt.

Davidson threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown for Long Branch. Fraser caught four passes for 143 yards and Farrar caught four passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Corbett returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in addition to his fumble return TD and Gordon had a 32-yard touchdown run.

 

Colonial Division

No. 10 Jackson Memorial 35, Freehold 28

 

Constitution Division

No. 9 Southern 14, Freehold Township 7

A 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Cole Robinson in the fourth quarter propelled the Rams (6-1, 5-0) past the Patriots (2-5, 2-3) and clinched the outright Constitution Division title.

Robinson also threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to sophomore running back Jaiden Brown. Brown totaled 115 yards from scrimmage with 79 yards rushing and 36 yards receiving. He also recorded five tackles with two tackles for loss and one sack.

Southern's defense totaled six sacks with senior defensive end JT Cornelius leading the way with two. Sophomore defensive end Nate Committee had one sack and three tackles for loss, junior linebacker Hank Gallacher had one sack and two tackles for loss and junior linebacker Steve Langton had one sack and one tackle for loss. Will Devane had an interception.

 

Marlboro 24, Brick Memorial 13

 

Liberty Division

Manasquan 16, Holmdel 6

 

Patriot Division

Barnegat 48, Monmouth 7

 

Nondivisional

Colts Neck 48, Pinelands 0

Sophomore quarterback Tommy Fallon completed 8 of 9 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown while junior defensive end Delano Marcelus recorded 12 tackles with two sacks and two tackles for loss to lead the Cougars (6-1) to an emphatic victory over the Wildcats (1-5).

Junior wide receiver Matt Scully caught three passes for 129 yards and a touchdown and senior running back Romeo Thomas had a touchdown run and a 34-yard touchdown reception. Senior Ibrahim Diallo also had a touchdown catch and junior Joe Barsky and sophomore John Runfolo added touchdown runs.

 

Point Beach 17, Keansburg 15

 

Nonconference

St. Thomas More (CT) 37, No. 4 Mater Dei Prep 14

 

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