WEEK 7

Friday, Oct. 25

Colonial Division

No. 1 Wall 35, Brick 6

Junior running back Casey Larkin ran for two touchdowns and caught another as the Crimson Knights (8-0, 5-0) beat the Dragons (3-4, 1-4) to clinch the Colonial Division championship.

Larkin had touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards and caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Logan Peters. It was a three-touchdown night for Peters, as well, with a 34-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Eric Rodriguez, the touchdown pass to Larkin and a 6-yard touchdown run.

Brick scored midway through the fourth quarter on a 35-yard touchdown catch by Val Grigorian.

 

Freedom Division

Toms River South 28, Jackson Liberty 10

Junior quarterback Jack Huber threw two touchdowns and senior Devin Porsch ran for two touchdowns as the Indians (2-4, 1-4) downed the Lions (1-6, 1-4) to pick up their first division win of the season.

Huber tossed a touchdown pass to junior Travis Squire in the first quarter and to senior Bo Marro in the fourth quarter.

 

Nondivisional

No. 7 Red Bank Catholic 27, No. 2 Donovan Catholic 16.WATCH THE REPLAY

Junior quarterback Anthony Borriello ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to senior tight end Kevin Bauman and senior running back Elijah Jules ran for two touchdowns as the Caseys (4-3) stopped the Griffins (7-1) for a huge road victory.

Trailing 10-7 at halftime, RBC took the lead on a 20-yard touchdown run by Jules that was set up by a 39-yard pass from Borriello to sophomore Joe Diorio. After forcing a 3-and-out and taking over at the Donovan 38-yard line, RBC extended its lead to 21-10 when Bauman hauled in a 37-yard touchdown strike from Borriello on 4th-and-9.

A 31-yard touchdown run by Borriello early in the fourth quarter made it 27-10. Donovan scored with 2:21 left in the game when senior quarterback Ryan Clark connected with senior wideout Andre Laney on a 13-yard score.

Donovan struck first when Clark rumbled for a 19-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-3 midway through the first quarter. RBC tied the game midway through the second quarter when Jules capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. Donovan took a 10-7 lead into halftime when senior Keaon Torres connected on a 42-yard field goal, the second-longest in the Shore this season.

Borriello threw for 101 yards and a touchdown and ran for 55 yards and a score while Jules totaled 71 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries and also had a 25-yard catch. Senior running back Billy Guidetti added 53 yards on the ground.

Senior linebacker Charlie Gordinier, senior defensive end Kevin Bauman and junior defensive tackle Jake Louro led the charge for a Caseys defense that kept Donovan's potent rushing attack contained. Junior defensive back Lenny Loria also had a strong game with two pass breakups.

Clark threw for 100 yards and a touchdown and ran for 74 yards and a touchdown to lead Donovan Catholic. Senior running back Nasir Calhoun added 44 yards rushing and freshman wide receiver Omaree Walker had three catches for 49 yards.

 

No. 3 Toms River North 47, Toms River East 20

The Mariners (7-1) scored 40 points in the second half, including 27 in the fourth quarter, to continue their match toward the playoffs and hand the Raiders (7-1) their first loss of the season.

Toms River North led 7-6 at halftime on the strength of a 6-yard touchdown run by Matt Spalletta and a blocked extra point after Toms River East's Yusuf Ahmed had scored on a 4-yard run. A 12-yard touchdown run by senior running back Jarrod Pruitt pushed the lead to 14-6 before a 2-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Jaiden Fraser on the ensuing kickoff pushed the lead to 20-6.

Toms River East made it a one-score game again when Riley Engelhard caught a deflected pass and raced 85 yards for a touchdown to cut North's lead to 20-13 heading to the fourth quarter.

A 6-yard touchdown run by Spalletta followed by a 22-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky to junior wide receiver Zach Browne stretched Toms River North's lead to 34-13. The Raiders drew closer when wide receiver Nick Totten threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Justin Deem, but the Mariners answered with a 46-yard touchdown run by Pruitt and a 5-yard touchdown run by junior running back Jordan Grey.

Pruitt ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Spalletta ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Kazanowsky threw for 190 yards and a touchdown.

 

No. 4 Manalapan 31, Freehold Township 10

Senior quarterback Sean Kehley threw for 103 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown as the Braves (5-2) topped the Patriots (2-6)

Senior running back Andre Johnson ran for 73 yards and a touchdown, junior Anthony Matrone caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown and senior tight end Matt Benedetti caught a 5-yard touchdown pass. Junior Vin Rea kicked a 35-yard field goal.

Matrone and junior linebacker Matt Sadler had interceptions on defense.

 

No. 6 Mater Dei Prep 37, Middletown North 0

Recap by Ray Veth

Prior to the game, a reunion was held for former players and cheerleaders from Leonardo HS, Middletown Township HS, Middletown HS North, Middletown HS South and Mater Dei HS. Included among the former gridders were Paul Frisco, age 94, of the Lions undefeated state championship team of 1942.

When it came to the game, Mater Dei Prep (5-3) broke their three-game losing streak while giving an indication as to why they will be a threat in the playoffs. They overwhelmed host Middletown North (4-4) by the score of 37-0. The schools are less than one mile apart, but this is the first time they have ever met in a regular-season game.

The Seraphs drove 55 yards on their first possession of the game behind the powerful running of Malik Ingram and the passing combo of quarterback Alex Brown and wide receiver Naran Buntin. Ingram powered into the end zone from the 11-yard line and Richie Pekmezian added the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 8:03 left in the first period.

The Lions kept the game even for the balance of the quarter, but Mater Dei exploded for 23 points in the second frame. Brown and Buntin hooked up again on an 8-yard pass at the 11:06 mark and when the PAT attempt was missed, the score was 13-0. The Lions responded with their best threat of the night when they started at their own 23-yard line and Nick Ferreria completed passes to Quentin Soler and Travis Thompson to advance to the Mater Dei 35 yard line. However, they were stopped on downs at the Seraph 26 yard line by a strong Seraph defensive line that was keyed by end Khurram Simpson.

The lead expanded to 20-0 on the next play as Buntin scored his third TD of the night on a 76-yard jet sweep. The Seraphs tacked on another score with 3:38 left in the half when Brown hit Notre Dame bound Clarence Lewis on an 8-yard pass.

After Pekmezian’s kickoff reached the end zone, Tahaj Parland picked off a pass at the Middletown North 35 yard line. When the Lions put up a stiff defense to force a 4th down, Pekmezian nailed a 38-yard field goal to make the score 30-0 with 1:54 left in the half.

Upon receiving the second-half kickoff, Mater Dei picked up where it left off after intermission. Backup quarterback Isaiah Noguera came into the game and promptly turned the corner and sped for a 59-yard TD run. The PAT kick ended the scoring for the night.

Leading the charge in the trenches for the Seraphs were guard Tajay Passmore and tackles Dom Guidice and Anthony Perez. Travis Thompson recovered a fumble for the Lions and Logan Halloran’s solid punting prevented Mater Dei from making any yardage on returns.

 

No. 8 Ocean 35, Manchester 0

 

St. John Vianney 21, No. 9 Southern 0

 

Freehold 41, Howell 34

A 50-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Sha'Kim Shuler to sophomore Tyler Ochojski with 34 seconds left in regulation sent the Colonials (2-6) to a thrilling win over the Rebels (0-8).

 

Matawan 10, Shore 6

Senior running back Marcandrew Gangeron took a screen pass 48 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to lift the Huskies (4-3) past the Blue Devils (3-5) for their third straight win.

A 19-yard field goal by junior Andrew Myerson gave Matawan a 3-0 lead. Shore took a 6-3 lead in the third quarter when Dylan Drahos scored on a short touchdown run.

Gangeron ran for 50 yards and caught three passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Dennis Buonagura threw for 159 yards.

 

Holmdel 17, Raritan 14

Playing without starting running back Cam LaMountain and starting quarterback John Tomasula, Holmdel picked up a huge victory over rival Raritan thanks to a great defensive performance.

A forced fumble by senior linebacker Joe D'Acunto that was returned 70 yards for a touchdown by senior Evan Jennings in the second quarter snapped a 7-7 tie and sent the Hornets (4-3) past the Rockets (5-3) to retain the Battle of the Border trophy.

Holmdel took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by Jennings before Raritan tied it on a 31-yard pass from senior quarterback Steve Coponi to senior wideout Jaylen Smith. Jennings' defensive touchdown gave Holmdel a 14-7 lead which remained until the fourth quarter when Gavin Raheb kicked a 31-yard field goal.

Kevin Haug scored o a 4-yard run with 2:58 to cut Raritan's deficit to 17-14, but the Hornets were able to close out the victory and bolster their playoff position.

Holmdel recovered three fumbles on the night, two by Jennings and one by D'Acunto.

 

Lacey 17, Point Boro 7

Sophomore quarterback Noah Brunatti threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Mike Kudlacik, junior running back Chase Granitt ran for a 29-yard touchdown and sophomore Jack Borel kicked a 22-yard field goal to send the Lions (6-2) to a win over the Panthers (2-5).

Sophomore Scott Stevens led the defense with one sack and four tackles for loss. Freshman Matt Coon had an interception and Kudlacik had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

 

Asbury Park 15, Barnegat 9

Freshman quarterback Jai'Sun Brown threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns the Bishop' defense did the rest in a nondivisional win over the Bengals (3-4).

After a scoreless first quarter, Brown threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Najier Massey and then tossed the 2-point conversion to Makai Jones. Brown and Jones connected again later in the quarter, this time on a 77-yard touchdown pass that gave Asbury Park (5-2) a 15-0 halftime lead.

Junior Matt Xiques kicked a 22-yard field goal and senior quarterback Matt Vernieri ran for a touchdown in the second half, but Barnegat's comeback attempt fell short. Vernieri paced the Bengals' offense with 134 yards passing and 57 yards rushing on nine carries. Junior Nik Dileo added 51 yards rushing on 10 carries and senior tight end Isaiah Gerena caught six passes for 81 yards.

Junior defensive lineman Naiheem Crooms had one sack and a forced fumble while junior defensive lineman Anthony Swearine and Nasir Alston also recorded sacks to lead Asbury Park's defense.

 

Point Beach 10, Keyport 7

A 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Liam Buday with 7:42 left in the game lifted the Garnet Gulls (6-2) past the Red Raiders (2-5) for the second time this season.

A 24-yard field goal by George Kaiafas gave Point Beach a 3-0 lead that would remain through halftime. Keyport took a 7-3 lead with 7:24 left in the third quarter when Troy Alvarez threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jake Mitchell.

Matt Van Brunt had a pair of interceptions, including a pick with 17 seconds left that clinched the victory.

 

Saturday, Oct. 26

Freedom Division

Neptune 21, Colts Neck 17

A 24-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Nino Bua to senior wide receiver Khalil Garrett-Dogan with 3:30 left in regulation gave the Scarlet Fliers (4-3, 4-1) the win over the Cougars (6-2, 3-2).

Neptune took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Willie Gross hauled in a 58-yard touchdown pass from Bua. Colts Neck tied the score at seven on the next series when sophomore quarterback Tommy Fallon tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Ibrahim Diallo. A 46-yard touchdown run by senior running back Romeo Thomas followed by a 31-yard field by sophomore Christian Monteforte gave Colts Neck a 17-7 halftime lead.

Neptune pulled within three points late in the third quarter when Bua scored on a 1-yard sneak to cap an 11-play, 65-yard drive. An interception in the end zone by Gross squashed a Colts Neck drive and set up the Scarlet Fliers to drive 80 yards and take the lead on Bua's touchdown pass to Garrett-Dogan.

 

Nondivisional

Central 34, Marlboro 21 (OT)

A 2-yard touchdown run by junior Nick Sura gave Central the lead and Sura then clinched the win with a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown as the Golden Eagles (3-4) won an overtime thriller over the Mustangs (3-5) to keep their playoff hopes alive.

A 58-yard touchdown pass from Marlboro junior quarterback Nick Wright to junior Caden Lawless under four minutes left in regulation tied the score at 21. Central was driving late in the game but Andrew Spinello intercepted a pass in the end zone to force overtime.

A 2-yard touchdown run by senior running back Landon Richardson gave Central a 7-0 lead before Marlboro tied it up on a 2-yard touchdown run by Vinny Spitalieri. Marlboro pulled in front, 14-7, on a 35-yard double pass for a touchdown as Wright threw to Lawless who then fired it to Christian Trombetta for the score. Central drew even at 14 when junior I'meer Johnson made an incredible play to strip the ball from Wright with one hand and return it 75 yards for a touchdown.

A 2-yard touchdown run by Richardson gave Central a 21-14 lead before Marlboro tied it to force overtime.

Richardson ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries to lead Central's offense. In addition to the defensive touchdowns by Johnson and Sura, senior linebacker Nick Caruti also had a strong game with eight tackles and two sacks. Johnson also had had one sack and one tackle for loss while junior linebacker Vinnie Dallicardillo made a team-high 12 tackles with one hit for a loss.

 

Keansburg 14, Monmouth 0

Desmond Lawson ran for a 7-yard touchdown and Nasir Williams caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Mikal Braithwaite to lead the Titans (4-3) to a win over the Falcons (0-7).

Braithwaite completed 8 of 13 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a team-high 84 yards on 12 carries. In addition to his acrobatic touchdown catch in which he brought the pass down after it was tipped in the air by the Monmouth defensive back, Williams recorded two sacks and three tackles for loss in his first game at outside linebacker. Senior defensive end Justin Hicks added two sacks and two tackles for loss and junior cornerback Brendan Flantzbaum brought down an interception.

 

Manasquan 10, Pinelands 8

An 82-yard touchdown pass from Cam Teza to Jack Collins midway through the third quarter held up as the winning score as the Warriors (3-4) prevailed in a defensive battle with the Wildcats (1-6).

Pinelands led 2-0 via a safety before Manasquan took a 3-2 halftime lead on a 21-yard field goal by sophomore Robert Pendergist late in the second quarter. The Teza-to-Collins touchdown put Manasquan up 10-2 and after Pinelands scored late in the game, Manasquan halted the 2-point conversion attempt to keep the lead.

 

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