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Week 7

Friday, Oct. 15


No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 21, No. 1 Rumson-Fair Haven 14

Junior running back Sabino Portella ran for 144 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and the RBC defense allowed just 147 yards of offense as the Caseys (7-0) went into Borden Stadium and took down the rival Bulldogs (5-1) in a battle of the top two teams in the Shore Conference.

Portella's 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter stood up as the game-winning score thanks to a Caseys defense that came up with clutch plays down the stretch, including sacks by Aidan Donohue and Ryan McPherson on Rumson's final two possessions. Sophomore running back Torin Harmon ran for a 48-yard touchdown and senior running back Rajahn Cooper caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Alex Brown.

Senior tight end/defensive end Alex Bauman had a tremendous game for RBC with three catches for 30 yards, a sack and two tackles for loss.

Junior wide receiver Najiah Rahman caught two passes for 54 yards, including a 46-yard catch that set up Portella's touchdown.

Rumson senior quarterback Colin Kennedy had a 1-yard touchdown run late in the first half that cut RBC's lead to 14-7 at halftime. Early in the fourth quarter, he tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Aidan Casuccio to pull the Bulldogs to within a touchdown at 21-14.

RFH senior linebacker John Lista had another outstanding game with a sack and a forced fumble and senior defensive end Aiden Moriarty also played a strong game with a sack and a forced fumble.


No. 7 Long Branch 23, Ocean 6

Junior running back Sekou Kamau had a 5-yard touchdown run, a 39-yard touchdown catch, and an interception on defense as the Green Wave (6-0) defeated the Spartans (0-7) to remain undefeated heading into the Shore Conference postseason.

Senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez also threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Michael Hall and Wesley Garcia kicked a field goal.

Rodriguez completed 16 of 21 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, Kamau totaled 106 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 15 touches, Hall caught three passes for 49 yards and a score, and Shamar Williams caught a team-high four passes for 60 yards.


No. 9 Southern 17, No. 8 Central 14

Senior running back Jaiden Brown ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns and senior Jaden Anthony kicked a 22-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter as the Rams (4-2) knocked the Golden Eagles (6-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten to claim the Boyd-Emmert Trophy for the third consecutive season.

Central still leads the all-time series, 26-22-1.

Brown scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter to give Southern a 6-0 lead. The extra point was unsuccessful. Central pulled ahead, 7-6 when freshman quarterback Deven Sisler tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Michael Rapolla and senior Sean Hurley converted the extra point.

Sisler was starting in place of Central's regular starter, junior Jahaziel Garcia.

Southern regained the lead, 14-7, on another 2-yard touchdown run by Brown followed by a successful 2-point conversion in the second quarter. After a scoreless third quarter, Anthony connected on a 22-yard field goal to extend Southern's lead to 17-7.

Central closed the gap to 17-14 when junior running back Chase Gumbrecht scored from two yards out with under a minute to play, but Southern was able to recover the ensuing onside kick and run out the rest of the clock.

Gumbrecht ran for 79 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 64 yards while Rappola had three catches for 78 yards to lead Central's offense. Senior Anthony Musso led the Golden Eagles' defense with 14 tackles and one tackle for loss.


Middletown North 24, St. John Vianney 21

Senior quarterback Tommy Giannone tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Zac Searight with 51 seconds left in regulation to lead the Lions (5-1) to a thrilling victory over the Lancers (3-4).

Giannone threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, also connecting with Searight for a 44-yard touchdown in the third quarter and with Levi Wilson for a 26-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Ian Poole-Morgan kicked a 29-yard field goal late in the first half that gave Middletown North a 10-7 halftime lead.

Wilson's touchdown reception gave Middletown North a 7-0 lead but St. John Vianney answered when junior quarterback Antonio Rosato fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Kyle Verriest.

Poole-Morgan's field goal gave Middletown North a 10-7 halftime lead and the Lions extended that lead to 17-7 on Giannone's 44-yard touchdown strike to Searight. SJV answered again when senior running back Pete Pezzullo scored on a 14-yard run to trim the Lancers' deficit to 17-14. St. John Vianney went ahead, 21-17, when Rosato hit Troy Dey for a touchdown with 7:44 left in the fourth quarter.


Holmdel 30, Raritan 24

Senior running back Jaden Gallo had another huge game with touchdown runs of 65, 57, and 12 yards as the Hornets (3-3) won their fifth straight game over the Rockets (2-4) in the Battle of the Border rivalry.

Senior quarterback Ben Hutchins gave Raritan a 7-0 lead when he hit senior wide receiver Joe Campanella for a 22-yard touchdown run on a drive that started after a fumble recovery by Tommy Jeleniewski. Holmdel responded on Gallo's 65-yard touchdown run with 2:55 left in the first quarter.

Raritan grabbed the lead right back just 60 seconds later when Hutchins connected with Campanella again for a 58-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead. Holmdel responded on its next series and capped a 74-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run by senior Luke Dupont. The Hornets then took the lead for good when Gallo broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run with 4:05 left in the first half.

Raritan was able to cut Holmdel's lead to 21-17 when Jeffrey Spengler kicked a 30-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the half.

Raritan pushed its lead to 27-17 midway through the third quarter on Gallo's 12-yard touchdown run and extended the advantage to 30-17 on a 29-yard field goal by Connor Mendini.

A 15-yard touchdown run by junior running back Kieran Falzon with 1:09 left in the game pulled Raritan within one score at 30-24 but Holmdel was able to hold on from there.


Jackson Memorial 27, Jackson Liberty 0

Junior quarterback Tai Mann ran for two touchdowns and threw another and the Jackson Memorial defense pitched a shutout as the Jaguars (1-6) blanked the Lions (1-6) to retain the Connor Cup and pick up their first win of the season.

Mann had touchdown runs of 2 and 6 yards and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Shaun Hubbard. Junior running back Aidan Sweeney added a 1-yard touchdown run.


Freehold Township 35, Howell 33

Sophomore quarterback Mark Augello broke the program single-game record by throwing five touchdown passes to lead the Patriots (2-5) to their fourth straight win over the rival Rebels (2-4).


Red Bank 42, Matawan 34

Junior quarterback Pierce Olsen threw a pair of touchdown passes and Red Bank's special teams units were fantastic in producing three touchdowns as the Bucs (3-4) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat the Huskies (2-5).

Lamar Hicks returned a kickoff for a touchdown, Sean Masonious returned a punt for a touchdown and Gus Dal Pra blocked a punt and then returned the loose ball for a score. Both of Olsen's touchdown passes went to KyYam Martin and Gunnar Eckerstrom added a rushing touchdown.

Senior running back David Onuoha ran for 183 yards and four touchdowns to lead the way for Matawan. He had three 3-yard touchdown runs along with a 28-yard touchdown run. Senior quarterback Dennis Buonagura completed 11 of 17 passes for 148 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Cameron Cooper. Cooper caught seven passes for 104 yards and a score.


Marlboro 35, Brick Memorial 21

Senior running back Zach Mendes ran for well over 100 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Marlboro (4-2) to a victory over Brick Memorial (1-5) that keeps its playoff hopes alive.

Marlboro was 19th in United Power Ranking in the South Group 5 section entering Friday night. The top 16 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Junior quarterback AJ Schwartz gave Marlboro a 7-0 lead with a six-yard touchdown run on the game's opening series. After an interception by the Marlboro defense, Mendes scored on a 29-yard run to give the visiting Mustangs a 14-0 lead.

Brick Memorial cut into the Marlboro lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Connor Dietz with 2:47 left in the first half but the extra point attempt was blocked.

A stop on fourth down by Marlboro's defense led to Mendes scoring on an 8-yard run for a 21-6 lead with 7:52 left in the third quarter. Another touchdown un by Mendes made it 28-6 with 4:19 left in the third quarter.

A safety on Marlboro made it 28-8 and Brick Memorial's Mike Angrosina scored on a six-yard run to cut Marlboro's lead to 28-15 with 8:05 left in the fourth quarter. Brick Memorial dug deep into the playbook to pull within one score as Jake LaRocca took the snap and found Dietz for a 55-yard touchdown run. The extra point was no good, leaving the score 28-21 with 5:47 left.

Mendes iced the victory with a 31-yard touchdown with just under 60 seconds left in the game.


Barnegat 27, Point Beach 7

Junior running back JoJo Bivins scored four touchdowns and the Bengals (4-3) snapped a three-game slide by defeating the Garnet Gulls (1-6).

Joe Beley threw a touchdown pass to Andrew Laumbach for Point Beach.


Shore 42, Pinelands 0



No. 3 Donovan Catholic 42, Rahway 0

Senior quarterback Jalin Butler completed 6 of 6 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Nunes Bukula IV ran for 71 yards and two touchdowns on five carries as the Griffins (*3-4, 6-1 on the field) steamrolled the Indians (2-4).

Freshman wideout Michael Thomas and sophomore Zaeir Day had touchdown catches and senior running back Gaige Rebmann added a touchdown run. Junior linebacker Dante Vernier had a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown for his fifth interception and fourth pick-6 of the season.


No. 5 Wall 31, Lenape 17

Senior running back Matt Dollive ran for three touchdowns, senior quarterback Jake Davis ran for a touchdown and senior Max Oakley booted a field goal as the Crimson Knights (3-2) bounced back from a Week 6 loss to defeat the Indians (2-5).

Dollive had a 29-yard touchdown run, Davis scored on a 5-yard run and Oakley kicked a 31-yard field goal to give Wall a 16-14 halftime lead. The score remained that way through the third quarter until a 4-yard touchdown run by Dollive plus a successful 2-point conversion put the Knights up 24-14. Dollive added a third touchdown run for a 31-14 lead before Lenape converted a late 39-yard field goal.


Saturday, Oct. 16


No. 6 Manalapan 39, Freehold 7

Senior quarterback Mike Heckel fired three touchdown passes, senior running back Elijah Marquez ran for two touchdowns and senior Michael Bimonte returned a fumble for a touchdown to lead the Braves (5-1) to a convincing victory over the Colonials (3-4).

Marquez opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run and Heckel threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Bimonte to give Manalapan a 13-0 lead after the first quarter. The lead grew to 20-0 on Heckel's 23-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Walker before Bimonte scooped up a fumble and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown to give Manalapan a 26-0 lead with 5:50 left in the first half.

Walker caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Heckel with 14.5 seconds left in the first half to extend the Braves' lead to 33-0 at halftime. Marquez added a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Yah-Sin Calhoun scored Freehold's touchdown on a 6-yard screen pass from Kamore Gill.


No. 10 Manasquan 41, Toms River East 0

Junior quarterback Brett Patten threw four touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Warriors (4-2) to a wipeout victory over the Raiders (1-6).

Patten threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Jahmier Howard to open the scoring and then, after a Jack Burns fumble recovery, connected with senior running back Patrick Woodford for a touchdown. An interception by senior safety Cole Kozlowski set up Manasquan's third touchdown, a 29-yard touchdown reception by Howard. Patten added a 1-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak for a 28-0 halftime lead.

Woodford broke a 72-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 34-0 and Patten threw a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Robert Pendergist for a 41-0 lead.


Point Boro 49, Monmouth 6

Junior slotback Connor Cilento ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries, sophomore running back Matt Oliphant had a pair of rushing touchdowns and senior quarterback Charlie Vitale had a touchdown run plus an interception return for a touchdown as the Panthers (6-0) walloped the Falcons (5-2) in a matchup of division champions.

Vitale had two interceptions while junior linebacker JJ Bennet had six tackles and junior defensive end Connor Reynolds had four tackles and one sack.


Lacey 27, Colts Neck 21

Senior quarterback Noah Brunatti threw a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Matt McClung with under a minute left in the game to give the Lions (4-2) a thrilling comeback victory over the Cougars (3-4).

Lacey jumped out to a 13-0 lead but Colts Neck scored the next three touchdowns to go up 21-13. Lacey rallied with a touchdown to make it 21-19 early in the fourth quarter and then took the lead on the Brunatti to McClung touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion.


Keyport 30, Keansburg 14

Senior wide receiver DJ Thomson scored three total touchdowns, sophomore running back Nazir Treadwell had a touchdown run and senior George Mitchell kicked a 36-yard field goal as the Red Raiders (6-1) defeated the rival Titans (3-4) for the second time this season.


Neptune 22, Brick 8


Toms River North 28, Toms River South 6


Manchester at Lakewood - canceled




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