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Week 9

Shore Conference Postseason

Thursday, Oct. 28

Freehold Township 23, Manchester 20

Junior kicker Cody Wohlrab connected on three field goals, including the go-ahead field goal with 2:50 left in regulation, as the Patriots (4-5) held on to win a thriller over the Hawks (2-6).

Manchester struck first when senior quarterback Savon Myers threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to sophomore running back Joshua Love in the first quarter. Wohlrab made it 7-3 with a 32-yard field goal and then kicked a 34-yard field goal to pull the Patriots within one point.

A 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Devin Olesin gave Freehold Township a 13-7 lead and the second interception of the first half by sophomore free safety Nick Carnevale kept the Patriots up by six at halftime.

With 2:38 left in the third quarter, freshman quarterback Nick Cardone tossed a touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Shawn Corchado to extend Freehold Township's lead to 20-7. Manchester rallied to tie the score as Myers hit Love again for a touchdown to make it 20-14 late in the third quarter and senior defensive tackle Kingborn Morris returned an interception for a touchdown to tie the score at 20 with 9:24 left in the game.

After Wohlrab's third field goal of the game put Freehold Township ahead, Manchester put together a late drive to get into field goal range, including converting a fourth-and-15, but the tying field goal attempt missed its mark.


Friday, Oct. 29

No. 3 Donovan Catholic 28, No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 7

Senior running back Nunes Bukula IV ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and the Griffins (5-4, 8-1 on the field) won the battle along the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball to come away with a statement-making victory over the formerly-undefeated Caseys (8-1).

Senior quarterback Jalin Butler and senior wide receiver Kyree Drake also had touchdown runs. Senior defensive tackle Nico Ippolito, senior defensive end Levi Wilkins and linebackers Nat Ianello and Dante Vernieri led a stout defensive effort that limited RBC's dangerous ground attack.

Butler finished with 75 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries and also completed both of his passes for 32 yards. Vernieri had both receptions and Drake had three carries for 18 yards.

Donovan got on the board first when the rain and wind led to a bad snap on an RBC punt and the Griffins tackled the punter at the 2-yard line. On the next play, Butler scored and followed with a 2-point conversion run for a quick 8-0 lead.

Another botched punt by RBC led to Donovan's second touchdown. The Griffins took over at the Caseys' 41-yard line and went up 14-0 in the second quarter when Drake took a handoff on a jet sweep and scored from 13 yards out.

A 51-yard run by Butler set up Bukula's 7-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to make it 21-0. RBC got on the board when Alex Brown threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Robert Stolfa, but Donovan recovered the ensuing onside kick and answered on the next offensive play when Bukula scored on a great 52-yard run to make it 28-7.

The debate now begins as to who is the No. 1 team in the Shore. There is a triangle between Donovan, RBC and Rumson-Fair Haven. RFB beat Donovan 14-0, RBC beat Rumson 21-14 and Donovan now owns a 28-7 win over RBC.


No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 43, No. 6 Long Branch 6

Senior running back Geoff Schroeder had four touchdown runs, including a 70-yarder, as the Bulldogs (7-1) pummeled the Green Wave (6-0) to hand them their first loss of the season.

Schroeder scored on runs of 12, 27, 8 and 70 yards while senior quarterback Colin Kennedy had a 9-yard touchdown run and senior running back Dan Garvey had a 2-yard touchdown run. Rumson also scored on a safety.

Shamer Williams returned a blocked punt 35 yards for a touchdown to account for Long Branch's points.


No. 4 Middletown South 34, Lacey 0

Senior running back Dan Primiano ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries while senior defensive end Jack Latore and sophomore linebacker Colin Gallagher led a stout defensive effort as the Eagles (6-1) blanked the Lions (5-3).

Latore recorded 11 total tackles with half a sack and three tackles for loss, Gallagher had eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 tackles for loss, and defensive backs Jake Czwakiel and Tyler Carey had interceptions.

Sophomore running back Donovan Summey added 89 yards rushing and two touchdowns on eight carries and senior quarterback Tom Schork ran for 64 yards on four carries as the Eagles ran for 370 yards and five touchdowns on 33 carries.


No. 5 Wall 34, St. John Vianney 13

Senior quarterback Jake Davis ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and senior linebacker Charlie Sasso returned an interception for a touchdown as the Crimson Knights (5-3) scored four touchdowns in the second half to erase 13-6 halftime deficit and defeat the Lancers (3-6).

Senior running back Matt Dollive added 98 yards rushing and a touchdown on 18 carries and senior wide receiver Jackson Coan also ran for a touchdown.

Sasso finished with 13 total tackles, a tackle for loss, and the pick-6.


No. 7 Manalapan 28, Central 0

Junior wide receiver/defensive back Alex Dille had a 40-yard touchdown reception and a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown and senior running back Elijah Marquez had a pair of touchdown runs as the Braves (6-2) blanked the Golden Eagles (6-3) to earn a solid win heading into the playoffs.

Marquez gave Manalapan a 7-0 lead with a touchdown run and Dille made it 14-0 with his pick-6. In the third quarter, Dille caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Mike Heckel and Marquez ripped off a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.


No. 10 Point Boro 20, Middletown North 12

Sophomore fullback Jake Croce ran for 186 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and made 11 tackles on defense as the Panthers (7-1) earned a tough road victory over the Lions (5-3).

Senior quarterback Charlie Vitale and junior fullback Tyler Gordon also had rushing touchdowns while sophomore running back Matt Oliphant added 43 yards rushing on eight carries.

Oliphant also had a big special teams play when he used the wind at his back to bomb a 77-yard punt down to the Middletown North 1-yard line with three minutes left in the game.

Sophomore nose guard Charlie Davison totaled a team-high 14 tackles while Gordon had 12 to help hold down a dynamic Middletown North offense.


Brick Memorial 37, Ocean 14

Sophomore quarterback Connor Dietz ran for 255 yards and three touchdowns, ran for three 2-point conversions, and caught a touchdown pass to lead the Mustangs (3-5) past the Spartans (1-8) for their second straight victory.


Point Beach 8, Keyport 6

A 5-yard touchdown run by Dawson MacPherson and a 2-point conversion run by quarterback Joe Beley with 3:21 left in the game propelled the Garnet Gulls (2-7) to a huge home win over the Red Raiders (6-2).

Scoreless for most of the game, Keyport took a 6-0 lead with 4:04 left in the third quarter on a six-yard touchdown run by senior wide receiver DJ Thomson.

Point Beach's defense put together its best performance of the season in holding a dangerous Keyport offense to just 47 yards and three first downs. Beley had another strong game with eight total tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery to lead the way.

MacPherson ran for a game-high 66 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and Andrew Laumbach added 52 yards rushing on 13 carries. Beley had 25 yards on six carries plus the all-important 2-point conversion run that provided the winning points.


Barnegat 36, Pinelands, 0

Freshman running back Myquan Rush rushed for a trio of touchdowns in the second half as the Bengals (6-3) ran past the Wildcats (4-4).

Junior running back JoJo Bivins scored on a 25-yard run in the second quarter to give Barnegat a 7-0 halftime lead. Rush made it 14-0 with a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and then scored on a 5-yard run for a 21-0 lead with 2:20 left in the third.

Rush then scored on a 60-yard touchdown run and Justin Bye ran in the 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter for a 29-0 advantage. Isiah Cortes added a 15-yard touchdown run.


Raritan 20, Shore 13

Senior slotback Joe Campanella ran for 140 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries and junior running back Kieran Falzon ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries as the Rockets (4-4) clipped the Blue Devils (6-2) to lock up the No. 1 seed in the Central Jersey Group 2 playoffs.

Campanella had a 60-yard touchdown run and Falzon had touchdown runs of 1 and 10 yards.


Matawan 13, Toms River East 7

Senior running back David Onuoha ran for 139 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries and senior quarterback Dennis Buonagura threw a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kyle Halliburton to lift the Huskies (3-6) to a win over the Raiders (1-8).

Nick Medina ran for 96 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, including a 48-yard touchdown run, to lead Toms River East.


Toms River South 12, Red Bank 9

Junior running back Devon Bond ran for 139 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, including a 78-yard touchdown run, as the Indians (3-6) won a thriller over the Bucs (3-6) to qualify for the NJSIAA state playoffs.

Senior slotback Roy Pappalardo had a 1-yard touchdown run that stood up as the game-winning points.


Saturday, Oct. 30

Toms River North 17, No. 8 Southern 0

Sophomore quarterback Micah Ford ran for 190 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and Tareq Council caught three passes for 105 yards for a touchdown as the Mariners (5-3) blanked the rival Rams (4-4) to earn the No. 3 seed in the South Jersey Group 5 playoff bracket.


No. 9 Manasquan 28, Asbury Park 0

Junior quarterback Brett Patten threw two touchdown passes and ran for another and Manasquan's defense shut out an explosive offense as the Warriors (6-2) blanked the Blue Bishops (4-4) heading into the state playoffs.

Patten tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Matt O'Donnell and a 10-yard touchdown to Patrick Woodford on a screen pass. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown. Junior running back Jhamier Howard got the scoring started with a touchdown run in the second quarter.


Jackson Memorial 19, Marlboro 13

Junior quarterback Tai Mann threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hirsch and ran for a 28-yard touchdown as the Jaguars (3-6) won their third straight game to put a dent in the Mustangs' (5-3) playoff hopes.

Mann's touchdown pass to Hirsch put Jackson up 6-0 with 2:31 left in the first quarter and Aidan Sweeney added a 5-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to give Jackson a 13-0 lead.

Marlboro answered on a 7-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback AJ Schwartz to sophomore wide receiver Matt Cassity to make it 13-7 with 9:09 left in the first half.

Jackson added to its lead on Mann's 28-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. Marlboro pulled within six points on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Schwartz to Ryan Mendes with 5:47 left in the fourth quarter but Jackson was able to hold on for the victory.


Colts Neck 28, Holmdel 27

A blocked punt by John Manos that was returned for a touchdown with six minutes left in the fourth quarter tied the game and Christian Monteforte's extra point gave the Cougars (5-3) the lead as they rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to win a thriller over the Hornets (3-5).

Holmdel led 14-0 after the first quarter and Colts Neck began its comeback when sophomore running back Chris Scully scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:12 left in the first half. Holmdel answered with a touchdown but the Cougars came back again when senior quarterback Tommy Fallon tossed a touchdown pass to make it 21-14 with 1:12 left in the half.

A fumble return touchdown of over 60 yards by John Runfolo tied the game at 21 early in the third quarter but Holmdel scored late in the third quarter to take a 27-21 lead.

Holmdel senior running back Jaden Gallo had another huge game with a career-high 302 yards rushing on 22 carries to become Holmel's single-season rushing record holder with 1,288 yards this season.


Jackson Liberty 14, Lakewood 6

Zach Corrado had an 80-yard fumble return touchdown, an 85-yard touchdown run, and an interception on defense to lead the Lions (2-7) to a win over the Piners (0-7).

Joey Celentano had two interceptions and Coe Malinowski clinched the win with an interception in the final minute as Jackson Liberty forced five turnovers.


Freehold 17, Howell 14

Senior playmaker Kamore Gill ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries and Kayden Hutchinson connected on a 27-yard field goal as the Colonials (5-4) held off the Rebels (2-6).

Gill also had five receptions for 32 yards and senior Yah-Sin Calhoun added 65 yards rushing and 36 yards receiving.


Neptune 34, Monmouth 18

Sophomore running back DaVon Craft erupted for a career-high 267 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 28 carries to power the Scarlet Fliers (3-4) to a win over the Falcons (6-3).

Davionne Pearson added a touchdown pass to Nasir Evans and Ra'Sun Banks ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

Junior quarterback Anthony Jehn threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and junior running back Julian Jones ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for Monmouth. Junior wideout Ta'haj Wiggins caught five passes for 116 yards and both touchdowns.




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