NJSIAA PLAYOFFS

FRIDAY, NOV. 8

Public quarterfinals

Central, Group 5

2-Toms River North 42, 7-South Brunswick 17

Junior wide receiver Zach Goodale caught three passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns and senior Matt Spalletta ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Mariners (9-1) opened a big lead on their way to defeating the Vikings (5-5) and advancing to the semifinals.

Touchdown runs from a yard out by Spalletta and senior running back Jarrod Pruitt staked Toms River North to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. The lead grew to 21-0 in the second quarter when junior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to Goodale. Spalletta added a 3-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 28-0.

After a South Brunswick field goal, Kazanowsky hit Goodale for 40 yards before the two connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass that forged a 35-3 halftime lead.

Senior defensive tackle CJ Niedzielski capped the scoring for the Mariners in the third quarter when he intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.

Pruitt ran for a team-high 77 yards. Senior defensive back Ray Carlson had an interception and a fumble recovery.

Toms River North will host sixth-seeded Kingsway in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15.

 

5-Cherokee 12, 4-Manalapan 10

Andre Johnson had a 1-yard touchdown run and Vin Rea kicked a 30-yard field goal to give the Braves (5-4) a 10-0 lead, but the Chiefs rallied with a go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter to end Manalapan's season.

 

Central, Group 4

4-Middletown South 24, 5-Hamilton 7

Vinny Condito had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs and Chris Lotito had a 6-yard touchdown run and an interception on defense as the Eagles (4-4) topped the Hornets (7-2) to get back to the semifinals.

Mike D'Amato added a 25-yard field goal.

Middletown South will travel to top-seeded Hammonton in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15.

 

3-Toms River East 17, 6-Middletown North 7

Senior quarterback Mike Goodall ran for 119 yards, Gino Gallo and Yusuf Ahmed had touchdown runs and Nick Costa kicked a 31-yard field goal as the Raiders (9-1) defeated the Lions (4-5) for the program's first playoff win since 2009.

Toms River East will play at second-seeded Jackson Memorial in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15.

Brian Haddow ran for 104 yards and a touchdown for Middletown North.

 

2-Jackson Memorial 20, 7-Moorestown 0

Wally Doman had a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown on defense and Zack Novak returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown on offense and also caught a touchdown pass as the Jaguars (7-2) shut out the Quakers (4-6) to win their sixth straight game.

Senior defensive end Collin McCarthy had three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery and senior linebacker Brian Zapata forced two fumbles for Jackson. Junior running back Will Towns ran for 75 yards and senior quarterback Lonnie Cebulski threw for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson will host third-seeded Toms River East in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15.

 

1-Hammonton 35, 8-Brick 0

 

Central, Group 3

5-Lacey 35, 4-Burlington Township 15

Tynan Jensen scored three rushing touchdowns and Noah Brunatti tossed two touchdowns to Bobby Evans as the Lions (7-3) went on the road and defeated the Falcons (6-3) to advance.

Lacey opened the scoring when Brunatti threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Evans. Burlington tied the score when Rodney Vines returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown, but Lacey would respond with the next three scores to put the game away. Jenson scored from eight yards out and Evans hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Brunatti to give the Lions a 21-7 halftime lead.

After a scoreless third quarter, Lacey's lead grew to 28-7 when Jensen scored his third touchdown of the night on a 9-yard run. Burlington made it 28-15 when AJ Johnson threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Treyvon Reid and the Falcons ran for the 2-point conversion, but Lacey responded on a 56-yard touchdown run by Jensen.

Lacey will play the winner of Sunday's game between eight-seeded Allentown (5-4) and top-seeded Wall (8-0).

 

2-Rumson-Fair Haven 27, 7-Delsea 6

Junior running back John Volker ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns and the defense allowed just 117 yards as the defending-champion Bulldogs (5-4) toppled the Crusaders (3-6).

Volker had touchdown runs of 5 and 9 yards in the first half when Rumson built a 19-0 lead. Senior quarterback Collin Coles tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Luke Devlin and Pete Crowley added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Rumson will host third-seeded Timber Creek in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15.

 

3-Timber Creek 27, 6-Raritan 26

 

South, Group 5

5-Vineland 24, 4-Southern 21

The Rams (7-3) built a 21-0 lead but could not hold on as the Fighting Clan (5-4) rallied in the second half with 18 points in the fourth quarter to stun Southern.

Jaiden Brown and Will Devane had touchdown runs and Devane also caught a touchdown pass for Southern.

 

South, Group 4

1-Shawnee 31, 8-Neptune 21

 

6-Long Branch 33, 3-Highland 3

A blocked punt by Jack Friedman that Christian Rodriguez recovered for a touchdown jump-started the Green Wave (4-5) as they traveled south and took down the third-seeded Tartans (6-3).

Senior quarterback Kyle Davidson then threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Tellas De Sa to make it 12-0. After Highland got on the board with a 32-yard field goal by Justin Carter, junior Jayon Farrar returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to give Long Branch a 19-3 lead. A 1-yard touchdown run by Davidson gave the Geen Wave a 26-3 halftime lead.

Karon Laws would go on to add an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Laws ran for 71 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries while senior running back Jermaine Corbett ran for 91 yards on 15 carries and added a 33-yard reception.

Rodriguez had two interceptions on defense while Jayson Glasper recorded three sacks and a forced fumble.

Highland played without star junior running back Johnny Martin, who missed his third straight game stemming from an out-of-school incident.

Long Branch, which won the last two Central Jersey Group 4 championships, will host seventh-seeded Ocean City in the semifinals after the Raiders stunned previously-undefeated Mainland, 21-14.

 

South, Group 3

4-Holmdel 22, 5-Red Bank 14WATCH THE REPLAY!

Senior running back Tom Ammirati ran for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown to Myles Day as the Hornets (6-3) defeated the Bucs (5-4) for the second time this season to advance to the semifinals for the second consecutive year.

After a scoreless first quarter, Red Bank struck first when senior quarterback Jack Chamberlain threw a long touchdown to junior wide receiver Nick Ferrogine. Holmdel took an 8-7 lead when Ammirati connected with Day on a halfback option pass and Evan Jennings ran for the 2-point conversion.

A long run by quarterback Jared Battaglia set up Ammirati for a touchdown run that gave Holmdel a 15-7 lead in the third quarter and a fourth-down stop by Holmdel's defense led to Ammirati's second touchdown run that stretched the Hornets' lead to 22-7.

Red Bank cut its deficit to 22-14 late in the game when Chamberlain threw a touchdown pass junior Gordon Ogden, but Holmdel was able to hold on for the win.

Holmdel will play the winner of Saturday's game between top-seeded Woodrow Wilson and eighth-seeded Hopewell Valley. Woodrow Wilson is the defending sectional champion.

 

6-Seneca 27, 3-Ocean 23

The Golden Eagles (8-2) stunned the Spartans (8-1) when a 47-yard catch by junior wide receiver George Thorp set up his own 10-yard touchdown reception from Malin Jasinski with just 10 seconds left in regulation, ending Ocean's undefeated season.

The Spartans had taken a 23-21 lead on a 19-yard field goal by Tyler Douglas with 7:07 left in the game.

It was a back-and-forth game throughout the night, starting with Najheem Johnson giving Seneca a 7-0 lead with a 65-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. Ocean answered on a 3-yard touchdown run by senior running back Trebor Pena to tie the score at seven with 4:13 left in the first half.

Seneca came right back to take the lead with an 80-yard drive that culminated with a 40-yard touchdown run by Travis Laster. Ocean responded quickly when Pena's 74-yard kickoff return set up his own 1-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 14 with 46 seconds left in the half.

Seneca took a 21-14 lead with 6:17 left in the third quarter when Jasinski scored on a 2-yard run. Ocean punched back on a 1-yard touchdown run by Pena but the extra point was wide left, leaving Seneca in front, 21-20.

Pena, who entered as the Shore Conference's leading rusher and scorer, concluded his season with another great performance as he ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns and intercepted two passes on defense.

 

South, Group 2

2-Haddonfield 28, 7-Shore 14

 

South, Group 1

5-Woodbury 42, 4-Asbury Park 20

3-Gateway 51, 6-Point Beach 7

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 9

Central, Group 2

2-Cedar Creek 49, 7-Point Boro 14

 

South, Group 2

5-Delran 29, 4-Manasquan 14

 

South, Group 1

1-Penns Grove 57, 8-Keansburg 0

 

SUNDAY, NOV. 10

Central, Group 3

1-Wall 49, 8-Allentown 7

Junior quarterback Logan Peters ran for three touchdowns and threw another to sophomore tight end Blake Rezk when the Crimson Knights (9-0) scored seven times to bury the Redbirds (5-5) and advance to the semifinals.

Casey Larkin and Dale McNally also had touchdown runs and Eric Rodriguez returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Wall will host fifth-seeded Lacey (7-3) on Friday, Nov. 15 in the semifinals.

 

 

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