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Week 8

Shore Conference Postseason

Friday, Oct. 22

No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 47, No. 5 Manalapan 7

Senior quarterback Alex Brown tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Caseys (8-0) backed up their big win over Rumson last week with an impressive road victory over the Braves (5-2).

Brown threw touchdown passes of 14 and 6 yards to senior tight end Alex Bauman, a 43-yard touchdown to Robert Stolfa on a screen, and ran for a 25-yard touchdown. He finished with 98 yards rushing on six carries and threw for 83 yards.

Junior running back Torin Harmon ran for 138 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, senior running back Rajahn Coope opened the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Junior running back Devin Mancuso added a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Caseys ran for 335 yards on an average of 11.1 yards per carry.

Senior running back Elijah Marquez had a touchdown run for Manalapan. Junior wide receiver Tyler Walker caught five passes for a game-high 83 yards.


No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 12, No. 4 Middletown South 7

Senior quarterback Colin Kennedy had a 47-yard touchdown run and a 31-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Scott Venancio as the Bulldogs (6-1) rebounded from their first loss to win a defensive battle against the Eagles (5-1) in a top-five showdown.

Both of Rumson's touchdowns came in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs a 12-0 halftime lead. Middletown South got on the board in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Tom Schork ran for a 1-yard touchdown.

Senior defensive end Jack Latore had 12 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss for Middletown South's defense. Senior linebacker Tyler Carey had 10 tackles, 1 sack, 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and a pass deflection, senior linebacker Jack Willi also had 10 tackles with one tackle for loss and a forced fumble, and junior defensive back Logan Colleran had an interception.


No. 3 Donovan Catholic 42, No. 8 Southern 7

Senior quarterback Jalin Butler ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and threw for 104 yards and two touchdowns as the Griffins (*4-4, 7-1 on the field) delivered another impressive win over a ranked team.

Senior running back Nunes Bukula IV ran for a team-high 133 yards and a touchdown 14 carries. Senior wide receiver Kyree Drake had a 71-yard touchdown run and a 35-yard touchdown reception. Sophomore tight end Hunter Johnson added an 18-yard touchdown catch.


No. 6 Wall 42, Middletown North 14

Senior running back Matt Dollive ran for a 52-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half to give Wall a 21-14 lead and sent the Crimson Knights (4-3) on their way to a big second half as they surged past the Lions (5-2).

The game was tied 14-14 at halftime before Wall scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.

Dollive also had a 25-yard touchdown run while senior wide receiver Jackson Coan 56-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Cole Brennan and a 6-yard touchdown run. Senior quarterback Jake Davis had a 22-yard touchdown run and junior defensive back Akeel Gaines polished off the win with an interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Middletown North opened the scoring with a 16-play drive that was capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tommy Giannone to senior tight end Zac Searight. After Wall went ahead, 14-7, Middletown North tied the score with 2:50 left in the half when Giannone found Searight for a 7-yard score.


No. 10 Manasquan 35, No. 9 Point Boro 30

Junior quarterback Brett Patten accounted for four total touchdowns and the defense held Point Boro's high-scoring offense under its usual yards and points totals as the Warriors (5-2) went into Al Saner Field and handed the Panthers their first loss of the season in a thriller.

Patten's 8-yard touchdown run gave Manasquan a 35-14 lead with 9:05 left in the fourth quarter but Point Boro roared back to make it a one-score game. Sophomore Matt Oliphant scored on a 13-yard touchdown and senior quarterback Charlie Vitale threw the 2-point conversion pass to Brian Orio cut Manasquan's lead to 35-22.

Point Boro then executed a perfect onside kick with Oliphant sliding to recover the kick in the air at the 47-yard line. Oliphant then broke a 32-yard run on the next play, and three plays later Vitale hit sophomore running back Jake Croce on a swing pass for a 12-yard touchdown. Croce then ran in the 2-point conversion to make it a 35-30 game.

Point Boro had no timeouts remaining and when Manasquan recovered the next onside kick it had to run only three plays to let the final 2:11 tick off and escape with the victory.

Patten threw for 163 yards with a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Cole Kozlowski and a 31-yard touchdown pass on a screen to senior wideout Robert Pendergist. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run in addition to his 8-yard score. Junior running back Jhamier Howard delivered an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half and give Manasquan a 21-14 lead. He also ran for a team-high 60 yards. Kozlowski caught three passes for 117 yards, including a 77-yard catch and run down the sideline that set up Patten's touchdown run that put Manasquan up 28-14 in the third quarter.

Oliphant ran for a team-high 71 yards and a touchdown and also had a 32-yard pass to Orio that set up a 10-yard touchdown run by junior slotback Connor Cilento. Vitale ran for 48 yards and threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Orio.


Colts Neck 24, Howell 21

Senior John Runfolo blocked the potential game-tying field goal with seconds on the clock as the Cougars (4-3) held on for a scintillating win over the Rebels (2-5) in a district rivalry game.

A 25-yard field goal by Christian Monteforte gave Colts Neck a 3-0 lead with 1:41 left in the first quarter and an 18-yard touchdown run by senior running back John Manos pushed the lead to 10-0 with 6:03 left in the first half.

Howell got on the board when senior quarterback Stephen Jardim threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Damien Padilla with 32 seconds left in the first half. Colts Neck was able to block the extra point to take a 10-6 lead into the locker room.

The Cougars took a two-score lead with 9:53 on the clock in the third quarter when Tyler Donnelly took a screen pass for a 24-yard touchdown and a 17-6 lead. A 35-yard touchdown pass by Jardim to sophomore tight end Declan Flaherty with 32 seconds left in the third quarter made it 17-14 but with 6:33 left in the fourth quarter sophomore running back Chris Scully scored from three yards out for a 24-14 Colts Neck lead.

Howell closed the gap to 24-21 on Jardim's 10-yard touchdown pass to Padilla with 4:51 left and the Rebels' defense forced Colts Neck to punt with 1:29 left, but Runfolo's special teams heroics clinched the win for the Cougars.

Jardim threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns, Nick Vecchiarelli caught seven passes for 96 yards, Padilla caught four passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns, and Kevin Maloney caught five passes for 45 yards.


Raritan 40, Asbury Park 28

Junior running back Kieran Falzon had touchdown runs of 6 and 44 yards in the second half to help the Rockets (3-4) hold off the Blue Bishops (4-3).

Raritan led 27-6 at halftime before Asbury Park used a 1-yard touchdown run by Jashawn Carter to cut the deficit to 27-12. Falzon answered with a 6-yard touchdown run for a 34-12 lead with 9:56 left in the game but Carter scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and Jai'Sun Brown tossed the 2-pt pass to Lydell Brown to make it 34-20.

Falcon played the role of closer, as well, with a 44-yard touchdown run with 1:20 on the clock to give Raritan a 40-20 lead. Asbury Park added another touchdown when Carter hauled in a 35-yard touchdown catch from Brown and Nasir Alston ran in the 2-point conversion with 59 seconds left.

Alston also had a 58-yard touchdown reception from Brown in the second quarter.


Freehold 34, Holmdel 21

Senior Kamore Gill switched from quarterback to wide receiver and produced three touchdowns to lead the Colonials (4-4) to a big road victory over the Hornets (3-4).

Gill caught 11 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown and ran for 68 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. He also completed 2 of 2 passes for 38 yards and made 12 tackles on defense. Yah-Sin Calhoun caught four passes for 44 yards, ran for two touchdowns and made eight tackles on defense. Spencer Rushton stepped in at quarterback and completed 14 of 19 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. Senior linebacker Tyler Ochojski recorded 20 total tackles with one sack, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Holmdel senior running back Jaden Gallo ran for 147 yards and a touchdown, senior running back Luke Dupont ran for 101 yards and a touchdown and senior quarterback Jared Battaglia ran for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Gallo is 16 yards away from his second straight 1,000-yard season. He is set to join his brother Dean as the only players in program history with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons.


Pinelands 34, Manchester 33

Junior running back Mike Hall ran for two touchdowns and junior quarterback Ryan Allen had a pair of touchdown passes as the Wildcats (4-3) survived a comeback bid by the Hawks (2-5).

Manchester scored a touchdown with 1:12 left in the game to pull within one point but could not convert the extra point after a penalty after the touchdown pushed the kick back to a 32-yard attempt. Pinelands recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to come away with the victory.

Allen completed 4 of 10 passes for 108 yards and ran for 123 yards on 17 carries. He had an 80-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Rucci in the second quarter and a 15-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ciccarelli in the third quarter. Hall ran for 83 yards and touchdowns of 6 and 2 yards on 11 carries and Kenyon White ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Liam Villinger added 54 yards rushing on seven carries as the Wildcats rumbled for 362 yards on the ground.

Pinelands has not been over .500 this late in the season since 2016. The program's last winning season came in 2004.

Senior wide receiver D'Maari Brown had two touchdown catches and a kickoff return touchdown to lead the way for Manchester.


Brick Memorial 31, Matawan 0

Sophomore quarterback Connor Dietz had a pair of touchdown runs and threw a touchdown pass as the Mustangs (2-5) dominated the Huskies (2-6) to snap a five-game losing streak.

Jeremiah Crispin returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to send Brick Memorial on its way. Senior running back Jake LaRocca scored on an 8-yard run late in the first quarter to make it 12-0 and Dietz connected with senior Tim Quackenboss for a 12-yard touchdown to push the lead to 18-0 with 1:32 left in the first half.

A 12-yard touchdown run by Dietz made it 25-0 in the third quarter and a Dietz's 16-yard touchdown run stretched the advantage to 31-0 with 7:25 left in the game.

The shutout is Brick Memorial's first since Week 3 of the 2017 season.


Barnegat 48, Lakewood 20

Junior running back JoJo Bivins ran for 223 yards and a program single-game record six touchdowns on 24 carries to power the Bengals (5-3) to a victory over the Piners (0-6).

Bivins scored on a 56-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and added five more as Barnegat steadily increased its lead. Myquan Rush added a touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.

In addition to setting the single-game touchdown record, Bivins also set a new program single-season rushing record with 1,172 yards and counting and a single-season touchdown record with 19 and counting.

Kenyon Tims had two touchdown runs and Andre Peace also ran for a touchdown for Lakewood.


Shore 23, Red Bank 8

Senior quarterback Jamie Mazzacco ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, kicked a 28-yard field goal, threw for 91 yards, and intercepted a pass on defense as the Blue Devils (6-1) defeated the Bucs (3-5) to run their winning streak to six games.

Andrew Decker added 54 yards rushing and Lucas White scored on a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Sophomore defensive end Jackson Whitacre had a big game on defense with nine total tackles, three sacks, and five tackles for loss. Liam Rosa also recorded a sack and Alex Kramer added an interception.

Cian Curylo scored Red Bank's touchdown and Gunnar Eckerstrom added a 2-point conversion.


Monmouth 20, Jackson Liberty 7

Junior running back Julian Jones ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the way for the Falcons (6-2) in their victory over the Lions (1-7).

Sophomore defensive back Evan Booth recorded a team-high 11 tackles and recovered a fumble and junior linebacker Nick Huisman made nine tackles with two tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble. Senior defensive end Loukas Plasteras also had two tackles for loss and senior Phil White pulled down an interception.


Lacey 17, Central 7

Senior running back Gaetano Dimiele and senior wide receiver Michael Abode had touchdown runs and senior Jack Borel kicked a field goal as the Lions (5-2) defeated their old Thanksgiving rivals the Golden Eagles (6-2).

Junior running back Chase Gumbrecht ran for 96 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, including a 79-yard touchdown run, to lead Central. Junior defensive end Logan Brennan led the Eagles' defense with eight total tackles and three tackles for loss and Danny Morris had an interception. Alex Bechtle recorded a game-high 13 tackles, Anthony Musso made 11 tackles and Joe Ruggiero had nine tackles.


Freehold Township 16, Toms River East 7

Toms River North 25, St. John Vianney 22

Ocean 28, Neptune 0

Jackson Memorial 14, Brick 8


Saturday, Oct. 23

Marlboro 34, Toms River South 6

Junior quarterback AJ Schwartz tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Mustangs (5-2) cruised to a victory over the Indians (2-6) to bolster their playoff chances.

Schwartz threw two touchdown passes to Keith Omane-Agyei and another to Ryan Mendes. Zach Mendes added a touchdown run. Marlboro led 34-0 at halftime.

The victory ensures Marlboro will finish with a record at or above .500 for the first time since going 6-4 in 1999 and for just the seventh time in program history.


Keansburg 42, Point Beach 0

Senior quarterback Mikal Braithwaite threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries to lead the Titans (4-4) past the Garnet Gulls (1-7).

Braithwaite had a 43-yard touchdown run and a 28-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and scored on a 33-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Michael Alonso caught three passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on receptions of 40 and 78 yards. Dejuan Weems added a fourth-quarter touchdown run and finished with 85 yards on 11 carries. Keansburg posted 415 yards of offense.




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