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Week 7

Friday, Oct. 14


No. 2 Toms River North 70, Toms River East 6

Junior quarterback Micah Ford ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 85 yards and a touchdown as the Mariners (8-0) opened a 49-0 halftime lead en route to a lopsided victory over the Raiders (2-5).

Toms River North had five non-offensive touchdowns with three defensive touchdowns and two special teams touchdowns. Ty Boland returned a blocked punt 24 yards for a touchdown and Jeremiah Pruitt had a 13-yard interception return touchdown and a 10-yard fumble return touchdown. In the second half, Nasir Jackson returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Mordecai Ford returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown.

Pruitt also caught a 50-yard touchdown pass while Josh Moore and TJ Valerio added had touchdown runs.

Toms River East's lone touchdown was also a special teams play when. Nevin Hart returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score in the third quarter.


No. 3 Point Boro 35, Barnegat 0

Senior running back Connor Cilento ran for 119 yards and a touchdown on two carries and junior running back Jake Croce had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown as the Panthers (7-0) rolled to a victory over the Bengals (3-4).

Croce ran for 50 yards and a touchdown and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Matt Oliphant, who ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

Point Boro recorded its fourth shutout of the season and was led by sophomore nose guard Slade Samaritano and senior defensive end Connor Reynolds with nine tackles each. Senior linebacker Tyler Gordon and JJ Bennett had eight tackles each.


No. 4 Donovan Catholic 23, No. 8 Jackson Memorial 0

The Griffins' defense turned in another dominant performance to down the Jaguars (5-2) and post their third shutout of the season.

Junior defensive lineman Zaire Day had a sack in the end zone that resulted in a safety, and from there Donovan (5-2) was off and running. Junior quarterback Todd Lambertson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wideout Michael Thomas III, Roman Moyers ran for a 56-yard touchdown, and freshman running back Najee Calhoun scored on a 10-yard run.

Calhoun ran for 80 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and also ran for a 2-point conversion. Lambertson completed 12 of 18 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown and Thomas caught five passes for 33 yards and a score.


No. 5 Middletown South 41, Matawan 10

The Eagles (5-1) ran for over 250 yards and had five different players score rushing touchdowns in a dominant victory that snapped the Huskies' five-game winning streak.

Junior running back Donovan Summey had a 2-yard touchdown run, junior quarterback Jake Czwakiel ran for a 48-yard touchdown, sophomore running back Liam Curley ran for an 8-yard touchdown, junior running back Colin Gallagher ripped off a 45-yard touchdown run, and sophomore Brendan Sliva added an 11-yard touchdown run.

Czwakiel also threw a touchdown pass, connecting with senior Logan Colleran for a 21-yard score.

On defense, Gallgher had another big game at linebacker with 12 tackles, including two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss. Sophomore linebacker Luke Wafle had seven tackles, one sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss, Czwakiel intercepted a pass and had two pass deflections, Sliva recorded seven tackles, and Owen Richer made six tackles with one hit for a loss.

Sophomore running back Colin Palumbo led Matawan (5-2) with 210 yards rushing and scored a 25-yard touchdown. Jake Zibbell kicked a 25-yard field goal.


No. 6 Ocean 34, Middletown North 28 (OT)

Senior wide receiver CJ Flannigan scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in overtime for the game-winning score that lifted the Spartans (7-0) to a dramatic victory over the Lions (3-3).

Middletown North took a 28-21 lead in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by James Barnao and the extra point by Ian Poole-Morgan, but Ocean answered on a 1-yard touchdown run by Caleb Thompson and the extra point by Michael Sorrentino to knot the score at 28 with 7:02 left in regulation. Middletown North then drove to the Ocean 10-yard line and attempted a 27-yard field goal as time expired, but Ocean brought pressure and the kick missed its mark wide left.

Middletown North had the ball first in overtime but was unable to come away with any points when on third down, Ocean senior defensive lineman Shane Garrett intercepted a screen pass that was deflected. On Ocean's overtime possession, senior quarterback Tyler Douglas had an 18-yard run and then a 6-yard run to set up Flannigan's winning score.

Douglas threw for 140 yards and a touchdown and ran for 67 yards, senior running back Caleb Thompson ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Mateo Andrews caught three passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. The scoring pass from Douglas to Andrews spanned 86 yards and came one play after an electric run by Douglas was called back. Junior running back Nick Iacouzzi also ran for a touchdown for Ocean.

Junior running back Neno Morgan-Acker ran for a game-high 179 yards and a touchdown for Middletown North, which ran the ball at will against Ocean's defense for much of the night. Junior running back James Barnao added 53 yards rushing and a touchdown and senior wide receiver Derek Soto caught four passes for 58 yards and a touchdown.


No. 7 Colts Neck 17, Wall 0

Junior quarterback Dom Beninato completed 7 of 10 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown and the Cougars (6-1) posted their first shutout of the season to push their winning streak to six consecutive games.

Senior Sal Marinello caught a 28-yard touchdown pass, junior running back Chris Scully ran for a touchdown, and junior Aidan Manasso kicked a 20-yard field goal. Wall did a good job bottling up Scully, who ran for just 67 yards on 21 carries for his first sub-100-yard game of the season, but he was still able to find the end zone for his 14th touchdown of the season. Scully has rushed for 1,128 yards on an average of 6.7 yards per carry this season.


No. 9 Raritan 47, Toms River South 6

Senior running back Kieran Falzon ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and senior Dan Calicari had a rushing touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown to power the Rockets (5-2) to a victory over the Indians (1-6).

Calicari ran for 68 yards and a touchdown on just two carries and also had a 23-yard reception. Sophomore Matthew Jones ran for 57 yards and a touchdown on four carries and junior Jayden Craft added a 9-yard touchdown run.


Lacey 21, Brick 0

Senior running back Dominick Perrone ran for 134 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and junior quarterback Nicholas Maertens tossed two touchdown passes as the Lions (2-5) shut out the Dragons (3-4) for their second win of the season.

Maertens completed 6 of 7 passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 53 yards. Senior Diego Wolf and junior Trevor Santucci had touchdown receptions.


Southern 16, Howell 7

Senior quarterback Andy Falletta threw two touchdown passes to senior tight end Max DiPietro and the Rams' (4-3) defense forced four turnovers to down the Rebels (3-4) and continue their push toward the playoffs.

Falletta completed 4 of 7 passes for 68 yards and tossed scoring passes of 46 and 17 yards to DiPetro. The pair's 46-yard touchdown connection gave Southern a 7-0 lead and a safety in the second quarter made it 9-0. Howell answered on the final play of the first half when senior quarterback Jack Gartenstein threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Damian Padilla.

The score remained 9-7 in Southern's advantage until Falletta hit DiPietro for a 17-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Falletta also had an interception on defense, as did senior cornerback Kyle Caufield and senior linebacker Xander Murray, while senior strong safety Domenick Crisalli recovered a fumble.

Padilla caught six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown and junior wideout Kevin Maloney caught nine passes for 77 yards for Howell.


Freehold Township 40, Manchester 7

Sophomore quarterback Nick Cardone threw for 198 yards and a touchdown and sophomore running back Chase Enlow ran for 61 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Patriots (5-3) past the Hawks (2-5) for their third straight win.

Enlow ran for 61 yards on eight carries and also caught two passes for 55 yards. Sophomore Jaylen Gill-Anderson had a 59-yard touchdown reception, junior linebacker Jack Ironside was credited with a safety, and senior kicker Cody Wohlrab kicked a 37-yard field goal and went 5-for-5 on extra points.

Freehold Township's defense piled up six sacks with junior Sebastian Andujar and senior Jayden Holmes-Cotter each recording two sacks. Junior Nick Whisten and sophomore Braden Larkin had one sack each. Andujar had 11 total tackles, senior Nick Benjamino had 10 tackles, and junior Nick Carnevale recovered a fumble that was forced by Whisten.

Sophomore quarterback Aiden Lunn had a 5-yard touchdown run for Manchester.


Marlboro 17, Manalapan 14 

Junior kicker Luke Rubin connected on an 18-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Mustangs (4-3) to their first win over the Braves (3-4) in nearly three decades.

Junior quarterback Brayden Klein completed 10 of 18 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Ryan Mendes and Daniel Alcide on scoring throws. Mendes caught five passes for 57 yards and junior running back Matt Cassidy ran for 80 yards.

Cassidy also led the way on defense with 12 tackles and one tackle for loss while Mendes had two tackles for loss.

Senior quarterback Matt Grzejka threw for 189 yards and a touchdown for Manalapan. Joseph Melo caught two passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and Jason Rodriguez ran for a touchdown. Artem Reinikov-Jouk had three tackles for loss and Aidan Wilmot had two tackles for loss to lead the Manalapan defense.


Brick Memorial 53, Central 33

Junior quarterback Connor Dietz broke two school records with 385 yards rushing and seven touchdowns to lead the Mustangs (4-3) to a high-octane victory over the Golden Eagles (0-7).

Dietz carried 26 times and averaged 14.8 yards per carry. He also threw for 180 yards to account for a staggering 565 yards of offense. Sophomore running back Kevin Andrews added 118 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries and also had three receptions for 44 yards. Senior Jeremiah Crispin led the receiving group with four catches for 84 yards. Jaason Whittaker added five receptions for 44 yards.

Dietz also had two interceptions on defense and kicked four extra points.


Red Bank 27, Holmdel 13

Senior wide receiver Ky'Yam Martin caught five passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns as the Bucs (4-2) downed the Hornets (0-7) for their fourth straight victory.

Senior quarterback Pierce Olsen completed 8 of 11 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Martin on scores of 23 and 55 yards. Jah'Cire Jones added a 2-yard touchdown run and senior kicker GianCarlo Dautaj kicked two field goals. Lamar Hicks ran for a team-high 85 yards on seven carries and also caught three passes for 20 yards. Gunner Eckerstrom added 57 yards rushing on nine carries.

Anthony Setteducate ran for 118 and a touchdown on nine carries, including a 97-yard touchdown run, to lead Holmdel. Tim Haggerty ran for a touchdown and Alexander Todisco ran for 86 yards on five carries.



Jackson Liberty 21, Point Beach 14

The Lions (3-4) defeated the Garnet Gulls (2-5).

Senior quarterback Joe Beley threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns and Kevin Burns caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns to lead Point Beach. Burns had touchdown receptions of 37 and 18 yards. Roman Grauso ran for a team-high 112 yards on 14 carries.


Saturday, Oct. 15

Patriot Division

Asbury Park 53, Lakewood 6


Keyport 13, Keansburg 6

Senior running back Daijon Cross had a touchdown run and sophomore defensive back Mike Ford returned an interception for a touchdown as the Red Raiders (5-2, 4-1) rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Titans (0-6, 0-5) and bring home the Bayshore Bell.

Junior running back Nazir Treadwell ran for 104 yards on 17 carries and Cross ran for 56 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Sophomore quarterback Roman Blanks ran for 40 yards on nine carries and completed 6 of 9 passes for 48 yards.

Ryan Burns led Keyport's defense with seven total tackles, one sack, and one tackle for loss. Ford picked off two passes to give him seven interceptions this season  Blanks had a sack, a tackle for loss, and a forced fumble, and Kevin Fitzgerald recovered a fumble.

Joe Sautner kicked field goals of 32 and 20 yards to account for Keansburg's points.



Manasquan 34, Shore 13

Senior quarterback Brett Patten and senior running back Jahmier Howard had a hand in all five touchdowns for the Warriors (3-3), who dominated the Blue Devils (5-2) to win their third game in a row.

Howard ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and caught two passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. He had rushing touchdowns of 44 and 5 yards and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass. Patten also tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to JD Teza. Patten completed 9 of 16 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 68 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Torey Falkinburg added 37 yards rushing on six carries and Jack Dettlinger caught two passes for 37 yards.

Terrance Marks led the Manasquan defense with two sacks and six tackles and Julian Walthall recorded a team-high 10 tackles with one sack and a fumble recovery.

Shore scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 17-yard run by Alex George and a 10-yard run by quarterback Ty Koch.


Rumson-Fair Haven 42, Freehold 6

Sophomore quarterback Owen O'Toole completed 9 of 13 passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns and junior running back Alastair Orr had a pair of touchdown runs to lead the Bulldogs (4-3) over the Colonials (0-7).

Orr ran for 52 yards on 12 carries and senior wide receiver Scott Venancio caught four passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Nick Rigby had a touchdown catch and senior Jack Thomas had a 3-yard touchdown run.

Rumson's defense generated 14 negative plays, including 12 tackles for loss. Cooper Bunnell led the way with three tackles for loss among his 11 total tackles. Nick Costello and Beau Kemler both had interceptions.


Pinelands 12, Monmouth 7

Senior defensive end Mike Hall forced a fumble and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to deliver the Wildcats (4-3) a dramatic victory over the Falcons (2-5).

Monmouth led 7-0 in the second quarter when senior running back Julian Jones ran for a 9-yard touchdown and Brandon Ramirez converted the extra point. Pinelands answered on a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Jaimin Parkinson, but the extra point did not connect, leaving Monmouth ahead, 7-6, at halftime.

Senior quarterback Ryan Allen completed 10 of 15 passes for 55 yards and Parkinson ran for 49 yards on 19 carries for Pinelands. On defense, Hall totaled eight tackles with one sack, two tackles for loss, and the fumble return touchdown. Freshman Eric Kobilnyk had a great game, as well, with a game-high 15 tackles that included 11 solo stops, a sack, and two tackles for loss. Anthony Aguanno added a sack, a tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery. Mike Frawley intercepted a pass and forced a fumble.

Daniel Kikta had five tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss and Eric Crossley and Nasir Watson each recorded nine tackles for Monmouth's defense.


Long Branch over Neptune by forfeit





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