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Week 9

Scroll down for Thursday's Regional Invitational Tournament and consolation results

Friday, Oct. 28

NJSIAA State Playoffs

Central Jersey Group 5

1-Lenape 40, 8-Freehold Township 0


South Jersey Group 5

1-Toms River North 49, 8-Old Bridge 7

Junior quarterback Micah Ford ran for three touchdowns and tossed a touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Tariq Council as the top-seeded Mariners (10-0) rolled to an opening-round victory over the Knights (5-5).

Junior Jeremiah Pruitt had two touchdown runs and sophomore running back Mordecai Ford added a touchdown run.

Toms River North will host fourth-seeded Marlboro next Friday night in the semifinals.


2-Kingsway 35, 7-Southern 6


North 2, Group 4

1-North Hunterdon 34, 8-Middletown North 7


Central Jersey Group 4

1-Middletown South 42, 8-Cherry Hill West 0

Senior linebacker Colin Gallagher recorded 13 total tackles with 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble and junior quarterback Jake Czwakiel ran for three touchdowns as the Eagles (7-1) dominated the Lions (4-6) to advance to the semifinals.

Donovan Summey had two touchdown runs and Kyle Smith added a touchdown run. The Eaglen ran for 183 yards and six touchdowns on 29 carries and Czwakiel completed 6 of 8 passes for 89 yards.

Along with Gallagher on defense, John Nasta had one sack and Luke Wafle split a sack with Gallagher and Dante Farrell-Brown intercepted a pass.

Middletown South will host fifth-seeded Winslow Township in the semifinals next Friday night.


7-Long Branch 13, 2-Pennsauken 6 (OT)


South Jersey Group 4

3-Jackson Memorial 10, 6-Manalapan 7

Junior linebacker Ethan Kalinauskas returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown and senior kicker Alexey Tselichtev connected on a 27-yard field goal late in the first half as the Jaguars (7-2) rode a  clutch defensive effort to a victory over the Braves (3-7) and a trip to the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals.

Manalapan was driving late in the first half when pressure by senior linebacker Aidan Sweeney forced an errant throw that was intercepted by Kalinauskas and returned 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:02 left in the first half.

On the second play of the ensuing possession, junior defensive back Albert D'Alessandro intercepted a tipped pass to give Jackson the ball at its own 43-yard line with 39 seconds left before halftime. A 20-yard run by senior quarterback Tai Mann followed by a tremendous catch by junior wide receiver Frank Castellano for a 28-yard gain put the ball at the Manalapan 11 and set up Tselitchev's field goal for a 10-0 halftime lead.

Manalapan drove to Jackson's 18-yard line on the first series of the third quarter but a 35-yard field goal attempt came up short. Manalapan's defense was exceptional all game long and continued to get the ball back for the Braves' offense, and Manalapan was able to find the end zone when senior wideout Alex Dille made a diving catch for a 26-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Matt Grzejka with 9:15 left in the game.

Manalapan had two more possessions but was stopped on downs at the Jackson 25 when the Jaguars stuffed a run attempt on 4th and 2. Manalapan got the ball back with 47 seconds left in the game but was at its own 31-yard line with no timeouts remaining. After a Manalapan first down moved the ball to midfield, a sack by junior linebacker Brandon Bigelow pushed the Braves back. Jackson stopped two final separation throws to hold on for the victory.

Jackson will travel to second-seeded Millville next Friday night. Millville defeated Lacey, 49-6.


2-Millville 49, 7-Lacey 6

South Jersey Group 3

3-Hopewell Valley 34, 6-Matawan 21


7-Burlington Township 34, 2-Ocean 7

Standout senior quarterback Tyler Douglas, who is verbally committed to Temple, did not play because of a shoulder injury, and the Spartans (8-1) could not overcome his absence as they fell to the Falcons (4-6) to see their unbeaten season come to an end.



Central Jersey Group 2

1-Point Boro 62, 8-Overbrook 27

Junior running back Jake Croce ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries and senior running back Connor Cilento ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries as the Panthers (9-0) won a high-scoring showdown over the Rams (5-5) to advance to the semifinals.

Junior quarterback Matt Oliphant ran for 88 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and senior running back Tyler Gordon added a touchdown run as the Panthers churned out 421 yards rushing on 40 carries.

Senior defensive end Connor Reynolds had a great game with 13 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. Senior middle linebacker JJ Bennet made eight tackles and sophomore outside linebacker Colin Obser had 10 tackles.

Point Boro will host fourth-seeded Willingboro in the semifinals next Friday night. Point Boro defeated Willingboro to win last season's South Jersey Group 2 championship.


South Jersey Group 2

1-Raritan 34, 8-Middle Township 14

Senior running back Kieran Falzon ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns and junior slotback Jayden Craft had a 7-yard touchdown reception from Logan Goldsberry and a 41-yard touchdown run as the Rockets (7-2) downed the Panthers to reach the semifinals.

Raritan will host Pleasantville next Friday night.

Goldsberry threw for 128 yards and Craft totaled 75 yards and two touchdowns on five offensive touches. Senior slot back Dan Calicari caught four passes for 66 yards.


2-Rumson-Fair Haven 37, 7-Monmouth 0

Sophomore quarterback Owen O'Toole completed 7 of 15 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns while senior linebacker Luke Mikolajzyk and senior defensive back Ryan Kalman each had two interceptions to send the Bulldogs (5-4) past the Falcons (2-7) and into the semifinals.

Junior wide receiver Nick Rigby caught four passes for 85 yards and a touchdown, senior wide receiver Scott Venancio caught a 34-yard touchdown pass, and senior tight end Will Rehder caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. Junior running back Griffin Kolb ran for 84 yards and a touchdown on just two carries and junior running back Alastair Orr ran for 48 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Rumson ran for 225 yards on 30 carries.

Rumson will host third-seeded Oakcrest in the semifinals next Friday.


Central Jersey Group 1

3-Glassboro 18, 6-Keyport 0


South Jersey Group 1

5-Shore 23, 4-Manville 16

Ty Koch, Lucas Rosa, and Brendan O'Brien had short touchdown runs and Michael Furlong kicked a 30-yard field goal as the Blue Devils (6-3) scored 23 points in the first half and held off the Mustangs (8-2) to advance to the semifinals.

Shore will travel to top-seeded Woodbury for the semifinals.


Regular Season


No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 57, Curtis (NY) 36

Sophomore quarterback Frankie Williams had touchdown runs of 20 and 18 yards and also tossed touchdown passes to senior wideout Najih Rahman and junior wideout Emanuel Ross to lead the Caseys (8-1) past the Warriors (4-4).

Williams completed 7 of 14 passes for 201 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Senior running back Sabino Portella ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, Devin Mancuso ran for a 29-yard touchdown, and Justin LaMorte connected on a field goal. Senior running back Torin Harmon added 80 yards rushing as the Caseys churned out 320 yards on the ground.

Ross caught three passes for 104 yards and a score, Rahman had one catch for 51 yards and a touchdown, and senior Robert Stolfa caught three passes for 47 yards.

Luke Wassef (12 tackles), Mike Palmieri (11 tackles), and Davin Brewton (10 tackles) along with Portella (1 sack) and Evan Bielenda (1 sack) led the way on defense


St. Thomas Aquinas 27, No. 8 St. John Vianney 14



Saturday, Oct. 29

NJSIAA State Playoffs

South Jersey Group 5

4-Marlboro 21, 5-Washington Township 17

Senior wide receiver Ryan Mendes caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from senior wide receiver Alex Frank on a trick play with 6:27 left in the game and junior linebacker Anthony Tropeano came down with Marlboro's fifth interception of the game in the final minute as the Mustangs (6-3) rallied for an incredible victory over the Minutemen (5-5) for their first playoff victory since 1994.

Standout junior running back Matt Cassidy gave Marlboro a 7-0 lead with a 17-yard touchdown run that capped a game-opening 80-drive, but Cassidy was injured later in the quarter and did not return. Marlboro's defense stepped up to play an incredible game, forcing intercepting five passes with Nick Scaff and Jake Houston grabbing two INTs each.

Washington Township cut the lead to 7-3 on a 27-yard field goal by Max DiRaddo and then went ahead 10-7 when quarterback Jared Dziergowski ripped off a 99-yard touchdown run after a fantastic punt by Luke Rubin had pinned the Minutemen deep. After an INT by the Washington Township defense gave it the ball right back, Dziergowski connected with Jason DiBlasio for a 10-yard touchdown pass and a 17-7 halftime lead.

Marlboro clawed back with its defense leading the way and putting the offensive in advantageous positions. An INT by Houston led to Christian LaFonte scoring on a 1-yard run to cut the deficit to 17-14 with 8:27 left in the game. Marlboro then forced a three-and-out to get the ball right back.

On the first play of the ensuing series, quarterback Brayden Klein flipped a screen pass to Frank, but the junior wideout pulled up and connected with a wide-open Mendes for the go-ahead score.

Interceptions by Scaff and Houston and the final pick by Tropeano closed out an inspiring performance and put the Mustangs into the semifinals. They will travel to top-seeded Toms River North (10-0) next Friday night.


Central Jersey Group 4

5-Winslow Township 16, 4-Colts Neck 8


Central Jersey Group 3

5-Highland 32, 4-Manasquan 7


South Jersey Group 1

2-Asbury Park 54, 7-Pitman 21


NJSIAA Regional Invitational Tournament

South 5

Howell 26, Perth Amboy 6


NJSIAA Regional Crossover (Consolation) Games

Keansburg 33, South River 18


Thursday, Oct. 27

NJSIAA Regional Invitational Tournament

South 4

Brick Memorial 37, Toms River East 21

Junior quarterback Connor Dietz ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries and completed 8 of 15 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown as the Mustangs (5-4) rolled to a victory over the Raiders (3-6) to advance to the semifinals.

Sophomore running back Kevin Andrews ran for 170 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and senior wide receiver Jeremiah Crispin caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Brick Memorial will play at Northern Burlington next Thursday in the semifinals.


Northern Burlington 23, Brick 7


Red Bank 42, Princeton 7

Senior wide receiver Lamar Hicks caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown and ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on three carries as the Bucs (6-3) walloped the Tigers (1-9) to advance to the semifinals.

Pierce Olsen threw for 102 yards and two touchdowns, Gunner Eckerstrom ran for two touchdowns, Jah'Cire Jones ran for a touchdown, and Ky'Yam Martin caught a touchdown pass.

Red Bank will travel to Steinert for the semifinals.


South 3

Wall 42, Allentown 21

Senior tight end Patrick Donohue caught two touchdown passes and sophomore running back Mason Adam ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Crimson Knights (2-6) topped the Redbirds (4-5) to earn their second straight win and advance in the RIT.

Donohue caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Olsen in the second quarter and then caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Olsen in the second quarter. Senior fullback Keisun Sanders had a 1-yard touchdown run and Adam ran for a 2-yard score to help Wall open a 28-0 halftime lead.

Olsen ran for a 21-yard touchdown in the third quarter to make it 35-0. Allentown scored three times in the fourth quarter but Adam ripped off a 40-yard touchdown run to put Wall up 42-21.

Olsen completed 5 of 11 passes for 104 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and also ran for a score. Anthony Gartz ran for a team-high 97 yards on 13 carries and Adam ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.

Wall will host Carteret in the semifinals.


Pinelands 35, Triton 33

Junior wide receiver Mike Frawley caught six passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns and senior quarterback Ryan Allen completed 11 of 19 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 67 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wildcats (6-3) past the Mustangs (2-7) and into the next round of the RIT.

Frawley had touchdown receptions of 6, 23, and 38 yards from Allen while Allen also ran for an 8-yard score. Sophomore running back Jaimin Parkinson ran for 57 yards and a 1-yard touchdown run.

Pinelands now has six wins in a season for the first time since 2004 and has a chance to tie the school single-season record when it takes on rival Barnegat in the RIT semifinals. Barnegat defeated Pinelands, 7-6, during the regular season.


Barnegat 13, Pemberton 0

Senior running back JoJo Bivins ran for 103 yards and a touchdown and sophomore safety Myquan Rush had 10 tackles, 2 interceptions, and a forced fumble to lead the Bengals (4-5) past the Hornets (3-6) and into the semifinals.

Bivins had a 12-yard touchdown run and Jake Harashinski tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Jarvis. Max Giaccone had three tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, and a pass deflection, and Cole Toddings had an interception, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup.

Barnegat will play Pinelands in the semifinals in a rematch of a regular-season game won by Barnegat, 7-6.


NJSIAA Regional Crossover (Consolation) Games

Ewing 34, Neptune 20


Point Beach 48, Holy Cross 26

Senior running back/linebacker Roman Grauso ran for 207 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and made 10 tackles on defense to help lead the Garnet Gulls (3-6) past the Lancers (2-7).

Ryan Oreste ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns, while Joey Beley, Connor Loughran, Liam Brosnan, and Jake Mullins had one rushing touchdown each. The Gulls ran for 459 yards and seven touchdowns on 51 attempts.

Thomas Wagner had two interceptions on defense and Jackson Killian had a sack and two tackles for loss.


Lakewood 28, Lawrence 14


Hamilton West 14, Jackson Liberty 6


Central 33, Toms River South 8

Senior running back Chase Gumbrecht returned from an injury sustained in the first game of the season and scored two touchdowns as the Golden Eagles (1-8) defeated the Indians (1-8) to earn their first win of the season.

Gumbrecht led the Shore Conference in rushing last season and was a Second Team All-Shore selection. He was injured during a Week 1 loss to Howell and had been out until returning on Thursday night.


Bordentown 27, Manchester 13

Aiden Lunn tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Sarama and Josh Love ran for a touchdown in the Hawks' (2-7) loss to the Scotties (4-4).

Lunn completed 13 of 23 passes for 106 yards with one touchdown and one interception and Love ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Joe Horowitz caught three passes for a team-high 45 yards. Dante Mortellite led the defense with 10 total tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss.

Manchester will host Pemberton in a consolation game next Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m.





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