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Week 6

Thursday, Oct. 7

Liberty Division

Neptune 38, Freehold Township 25

Junior quarterback Davionne Pearson completed 10 of 13 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns and junior wide receiver Mateo Andrews caught three passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns as the Scarlet Fliers (1-3, 1-3) defeated the Patriots (1-4, 1-3) to earn their first win of the season.

It is also the first career win for head coach Brian Duffy.

Senior running back Ra'Sun Banks added 12 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown plus three 2-point conversion runs and senior linebacker Nasir Evans returned an interception for a touchdown. Sophomore running back DaVon Craft ran for a team-high 77 yards on 15 carries and junior wideout Razhere Whiting caught six passes for 82 yards. Andrews also had an interception in the end zone with less than three minutes left in the game.

Freehold Township sophomore quarterback Mark Augello completed 18 of 34 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown - his second straight game over 325 yards - but the Scarlet Fliers intercepted him three times. He threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Carnevale while Sean Corchado caught a team-high seven passes for 103 yards. Augello also had a 1-yard touchdown run and Nick Whisten ran for a touchdown and kicked a 27-yard field goal.



Friday, Oct. 8

American Division

No. 3 Donovan Catholic 36, No. 4 Wall 19

Senior quarterback Jalin Butler accounted for 320 combined yards and five touchdowns, ran for a 2-point conversion and intercepted a pass on defense as the Griffins defeated the Crimson Knights in a rematch of last season's (unofficial) Shore Conference championship game.

Butler ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with senior Mysun Rush-Esdaile for a 59-yard touchdown and sophomore tight end Hunter Johnson for a 36-yard touchdown. Senior running back Nunes Bukula IV ran for 68 yards and caught two passes for 75 yards. Senior wide receiver Kyree Drake had 82 scrimmage yards and also intercepted a pass on defense, and junior linebacker Dante Vernier also intercepted a pass.

Senior wide receiver Jackson Coan led the way for Wall with five catches for 182 yards and three touchdowns. He caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from senior running back Matt Dollive and had touchdown catches of 53 and 66 yards from senior quarterback Jake Davis.


Colonial Division

No. 5 Middletown South 21, No. 9 Southern 14

Senior tight end Anthony Brasco made a sensational juggling 51-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter as the Eagles (5-0, 4-0) defeated the Rams (3-2, 2-2) to clinch the outright Colonial Division title.

Brasco's tremendous touchdown reception gave Middletown South a 21-7 lead. Senior quarterback Tom Schork threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns, also connecting with Logan Colleran for a 49-yard score on a screen pass in the second quarter, and added a short rushing touchdown. Senior running back Dan Primiano added 60 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Senior linebacker Jack Willi made 12 tackles, half a sack, and two tackles for loss while senior defensive end Jack Latore had 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble to lead the Middletown South defense.

Southern senior running back Jaiden Brown had another big game with 197 yards rushing on 19 carries, including an 85-yard touchdown run. On defense, he made eight tackles with one sack and two tackles for loss. Senior defensive end/fullback Nate Committee had three sacks on defense and also ran for a touchdown.


No. 6 Manalapan 21, Jackson Memorial 14

Senior quarterback Mike Heckl threw touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Michael Bimonte and junior tight end Preston Birnie and senior running back Elijah Marquez ran for a touchdown to lead the Braves (4-1, 3-1) past the Jaguars (0-6, 0-4).

Jackson opened the scoring to take a 7-0 lead before Manalapan answered when Heckel tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Bimonte with 2:25 left in the first half. The Braves took a 14-7 on Marquez's 1-yard touchdown run with 3:54 left in the third quarter and extended their advantage to 21-7 when Heckel connected with Birnie for a 10-yard touchdown with 6:54 left in the fourth quarter.

Jackson closed to 21-14 on a touchdown run by junior quarterback Tai Mann.


Constitution Division

No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 34, Ocean 0

Senior running back Rajahn Cooper and junior running back Sabino Portella each scored twice and senior quarterback Alex Brown threw a touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Najih Rahman as the Caseys (6-0, 4-0) blanked the Spartans (0-6, 0-4) to clinch the Constitution Division championship.

Cooper had touchdown runs of 16 and 20 yards, Portella scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards and Brown tossed a 15-yard score to Rahman. RBC has allowed a touchdown or loss in five of six games with two shutouts.


Raritan 38, Red Bank 28

Junior running back Kieran Falzon totaled four touchdowns as the Rockets (2-3, 2-2) won a high-scoring game over the Bucs (2-4, 1-3).

Falcon ripped off an 80-yard touchdown run to give Raritan a 7-0 lead. scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter that put the Rockets up 14-7, returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown to make it 27-7, and added a 4-yard touchdown run for a 35-21 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Senior quarterback Ben Hutchins threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Dan Calicari and also ran for a 2-point conversion. Jeffrey Spengler connected on a 24-yard field goal to give Raritan a two-score lead with 53 seconds left.

Junior quarterback Pierce Olsen led Red Bank with four total touchdowns. He threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Gus Dal Pra, touchdowns of 14 and 66 yards to Matt Dengler, and also ran for a 5-yard touchdown.


Freedom Division

St. John Vianney 28, Freehold 20


Independence Division

Lacey 28, Brick Memorial 21

Senior quarterback Noah Brunatti tossed three touchdown passes as the Lions (3-2, 3-1) rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat the Mustangs (1-4, 1-3) and clinch a share of the Independence Division title.

Lacey and Middletown North will finish as co-champs.

Brunatti completed 8 of 12 passes for 130 yards and three scores. he threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Michael Abode, a 17-yard touchdown pass to Mike Rozell and a touchdown pass to Matt McClung. Gaetano Dimiele added 75 yards rushing and a touchdown on eight carries.

Sophomore quarterback Connor Dietz ran for 240 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries to lead Brick Memorial.


Middletown North 22, Brick 8

Senior quarterback Tommy Giannone threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Lions (4-1, 3-1) topped the Dragons (4-2, 2-2) to clinch a share of the Independence Division title.

Middletown North and Lacey will finish as co-champs. It is Middletown North's first division title of any kind since winning Class A North in 1983.

A long pass to Lucas Cerbo set up Levi Wilson for a 5-yard touchdown run on Middletown North's first drive of the game. The extra point was no good.

Brick responded off a blocked punt when junior quarterback AJ Grygiel scored on a 5-yard touchdown run and senior running back Tyler Weisneck ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Dragons an 8-6 lead.

Middletown North took the lead for good when Giannone tossed a short touchdown pass to Cerbo and then the 2-point conversion pass to Wilson, making the score 14-8.

Senior running back Brian Haddow added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Cerbo hauled in the 2-p0int conversion pass.


Liberty Division

No. 8 Central 35, Matawan 6

The Golden Eagles finished off a dominant run through the division by defeating the Huskies and claiming their first outright division title since 1994.

Central outscored its four division opponents 145-6.

Junior running back Chase Gumbrecht had three touchdown runs and junior quarterback Jahaziel Garcia ran for a touchdown and threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Luke Krzyzkowski.


Patriot Division

Point Boro 41, Barnegat 0

Sophomore running back Jake Croce had a huge game with 285 yards of offense and five touchdowns as the Panthers (5-0, 5-0) mauled the Bengals (3-3, 2-3) to clinch the Patriot Division championship.

Croce ran for 223 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries and caught two passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. He had touchdown runs of 59, 44, 16, and 63 yards and hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Charlie Vitale. Junior running back Connor Cilento added a 34-yard touchdown run and finished with 78 yards rushing on just five carries as the Panthers piled up 447 yards of offense.

Junior linebackers JJ Bennet and Tyler Gordon each recorded nine tackles and junior defensive ends Connor Reynolds and Aiden Ward had two sacks each to lead the defense.


Shore 44, Jackson Liberty 3

Senior quarterback Jamie Mazzacco ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and completed 4 of 6 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns as the Blue Devils (4-1, 4-1) rolled to a victory over the Lions (1-5, 0-5).

Mazzacco had touchdown runs of 25 and 5 yards, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Aidan Scaturro and a 45-yard touchdown pass to Alex Kramer, kicked a 33-yard field goal and converted 5 of 6 extra points.

Lucas White added 50 yards rushing and a 20-yard touchdown run on six carries and Lucas Rosa scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Junior linebacker Aidan O'Brien had seven tackles with two tackles for loss while Andrew Decker and Rylan Fegan had interceptions to lead the defense

Cooper Yorke kicked a 35-yard field goal to account for Jackson Liberty's only points.


National Division

Pinelands 38, Keansburg 0

Mike Hall scored three rushing touchdowns and Ryan Allen and Kenyon White each ran for a score as the Wildcats (3-2, 3-2) pummeled the Titans (3-3, 2-3) for an impressive divisional victory.

Hall ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries while Allen had 42 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and White carried four times for 32 yards and a score. Hall also had eight tackles on defense. Liam Villinger led the way on defense with 10 total tackles and one tackle for loss.



Toms River North 33, Toms River East 14

Sophomore quarterback Micah Ford ran 131 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and also threw a touchdown pass to lead the Mariners (2-3) past the rival Raiders (1-5).


Saturday, Oct. 9

American Division

No. 1 Rumson-Fair Haven 21, Colts Neck 6

Senior running back Geoff Schroeder ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries and senior linebacker John Lista recorded three sacks as the Bulldogs (5-0, 4-0) won a defensive battle with the Cougars (3-2, 2-2) to clinch the outright American Division championship.

Schroeder had touchdown runs of 7 and 3 yards in the second quarter to stake Rumson to a 14-0 halftime lead. Colts Neck closed the gap to 14-6 on a 2-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Chris Scully in the third quarter before Schroeder's 43-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter put the game away.

Scully led Colts Neck with 75 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries. Colts Neck was again without senior quarterback Tommy Fallon, who was injured early in a Week 5 loss to Wall and did not return in that game.


Freedom Division

No. 7 Long Branch 28, Toms River South 0

Senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez completed 11 of 15 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown as the Green Wave (5-0, 4-0) shut out the Indians (2-4, 1-3) to clinch the Freedom Division title.

Rodriguez tossed touchdown passes to Sekou Kamau and Ka'Jion Thorne. Zyheme Brown added a touchdown run.


Patriot Division

Asbury Park 34, Manchester 14

Junior running back Jashawn Carter continued his fantastic play with 118 yards rushing and two touchdowns on nine carries along with a 90-yard touchdown reception to lead the Blue Bishops (4-2, 3-2) past the Hawks (2-4, 1-4).

Carter had touchdown runs of 4 and 80 yards in addition to his 90-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Jai'Sun Brown. Nasir Alston also had a big game with a 65-yard touchdown run and a 46-yard touchdown catch.

Javon King led the defensive effort with eight total tackles and two sacks and Rah'Lee Stephens had an interception.

Senior quarterback Savon Myers had a 1-yard touchdown run and Evan Weiner kicked a pair of field goals for Manchester.


National Division

Monmouth 38, Point Beach 0

Junior running back Julian Jones ran for 215 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and senior running back Jeremiah Robles ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries as the Falcons (5-1, 5-0) blanked the Garnet Gulls (1-5, 1-4) to clinch the outright National Division title.

Junior defensive lineman Lucas Bomtempo added a fumble return touchdown while Jones, Robles, senior Phil White and junior Nick Huisman scored on 2-point conversion plays.

Junior linebacker Eric Crossley led a stout defensive effort with 10 tackles and three tackles for loss. Huisman had two sacks, Bomtempo, Loukas Plasteras, Nelson Harris-Thomas, and John Pannullo had one sack each, and Gerald Wiggins had an interception.


Keyport 28, Lakewood 14

Sophomore running back Nazir Treadwell ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries and senior wide receiver DJ Thomson also ran for a touchdown to lead the Red Raiders (5-1, 4-1) to a victory over the Piners (0-5, 0-5).

Treadwell had touchdown runs of 55, 53 and 32 yards and Thomson had a 40-yard touchdown run. Senior quarterback George Mitchell ran for 93 yards on five carries as Keyport rolled up 343 yards on the ground on just 17 carries.



Howell 42, Marlboro 24

Senior quarterback Stephen Jardim completed 15 of 20 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Conner Gordon ran for 105 yards and a touchdown as the Rebels (2-3, 2-3) defeated to Mustangs (3-2, 3-2) for their second straight win.

Jack Gartenstein had a pair of touchdown catches, Damien Padilla caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown and Nick Vecchiarelli had a team-high five passes for 86 yards. Luke Dalton and Robert Owen added touchdown runs.






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