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Friday, Nov. 5

NJSIAA Sectional Quarterfinals

Non-Public A First Round

8-Donovan Catholic 48, 9-Notre Dame 8

Senior quarterback Jalin Butler completed 8 of 12 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 72 yards and a touchdown as the Griffins (6-4, 9-1 on the field) thrashed the Fighting Irish (4-5) in the first round of the playoffs.

Senior wide receiver Kyree Drake had four catches for 55 yards and a touchdown, senior wide receiver Mysun Rush-Esdaile had a 50-yard touchdown catch, and freshman wide receiver Mike Thomas had a 44-yard touchdown catch. Senior running back Nunes Bukula ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and Anthony Perrelli threw a touchdown pass to Eric Zebrowski.

Donovan Catholic will travel to Oradell next Saturday to take on top-seeded and undefeated Bergen Catholic.


Central Jersey Group 5

5-Williamstown 34, 4-Southern 20

Senior quarterback Nolan Schubiger threw for 177 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a touchdown, and senior running back Jaiden Brown ran for 85 yards and a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass, but it wasn't enough for the Rams (4-5), who fell to the Braves (5-5) in the first round.

Southern had closed the gap to 21-14 in the third quarter on Brown's 9-yard touchdown run, but Williamstown responded with a touchdown run later in the quarter to take a 28-14 lead and then returned a fumble for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to extend the advantage to 34-14.


South Jersey Group 5

3-Toms River North 28, 6-East Brunswick 14

Sophomore quarterback Micah Ford ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 138 yards and a touchdown as the Mariners (6-3) topped the Bears (8-2) to advance to the semifinals.

Ford had a 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and then threw a 39-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Jeremiah Pruitt on the final play of the first half that bounced off several hands before Pruitt secured the catch in the end zone.

Ford then added a 3-yard touchdown run with 9:38 left in the fourth quarter to make it 21-0. East Brunswick got on the board with 6:40 left when Gianfranco Deguida scored on a 4-yard run but Pruitt added a 2-yard touchdown run to make it 28-7.

Toms River North will host seventh-seeded Edison in the semifinals.


7-Edison 23, 2-Manalapan 20 (OT)

Selbin Sabio connected on a 25-yard field goal in overtime as the Eagles (7-3) rallied to stun the second-seeded Braves (6-3) in the first round.

Junior kicker Michael Calton kicked a 38-yard field goal to give Manalapan a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter and the Braves made it 10-0 when an interception by junior Tyler Walker set up senior running back Elijah Marquez for a 2-yard touchdown run. With 2:41 left in the first half, Calton kicked a 28-yard field goal to give Manalapan a 13-0 lead.

Edison's comeback began on the ensuing kickoff when Jaden Peart returned the kick 99 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-6. An interception by Peart set up Edison's second touchdown, a 22-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Yascko to Malcolm Stansburywith 3.4 seconds left in the first half to tie the score at 13.

Edison then took a 20-13 lead when Yascko tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Stanbury with 7:08 left in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, a one-handed interception by Manalapan senior defensive back Michael Bimonte gave the Braves the ball at midfield. Thomas Clark-Glasco scored on a 25-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 20 with 7:09 left in regulation.

Manalapan had a chance at a 41-yard field goal with 52 seconds left in the game but the kick missed its mark wide to the right. Edison won the coin toss in overtime and elected to start on defense. Manalapan was unable to convert a 39-yard field goal attempt after its overtime drive stalled, giving Edison its chance for the win. Sabio's 25-yard field goal split the uprights and gave the Eagles the walk-off win.

Edison will face third-seeded Toms River North in the semifinals.


North 2, Group 4

2-Middletown South 34, 7-North Hunterdon 20

3-Sayreville 18, 6-Middletown North 0


Central Jersey Group 4

6-Clearview 34, 3-Lacey 14


South Jersey Group 4

4-Pennsauken 56, 5-Central Regional 21

Junior running back Chase Gumbrecht had touchdown runs of 11 and 74 yards and junior quarterback JJ Garcia threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior fullback Anthony Musso but the Golden Eagles (6-4) were unable to keep pace with the high-scoring Indians (8-2) and fell in the first round of the playoffs to end their season.


1-Millville 58, 8-Toms River South 0


Central Jersey Group 3

1-Rumson-Fair Haven 37, 8-Oakcrest 0

Senior quarterback Colin Kennedy completed 9 of 12 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown and ran for 85 yards and three touchdowns on three carries, and the defense put together an incredibly dominant performance to send the Bulldogs (8-1) to a resounding win over the Falcons (3-6).

Rumson held Oakcrest to five total yards, including negative-seven yards rushing, and zero first downs. Ryan Kalman had an interception, Ryan McKay forced a fumble that was recovered by Owen Sullivan and Cooper Bunnell forced a fumble that was recovered by Luke Mikolajczyk.

Markus Brown had a 12-yard touchdown reception from Kennedy, senior running back Geoff Schroeder had a 10-yard touchdown run and Justin Worobel kicked a 22-yard field goal.

Rumson will host fourth-seeded Burlington Township in the semifinals.


South Jersey Group 3

2-Wall 42, 7-Hopewell Valley 7

Senior running back Matt Dollive ran for 273 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and senior quarterback Jake Davis added 81 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the first half as the Crimson Knights (6-3) demolished the Bulldogs (5-4) to open their playoff run.

Dollive had touchdown runs of 35, 76, 50, and 5 yards and he and the rest of Wall's offensive starters did not play in the second half with the Knights leading 42-0 at halftime. Dollive had 170 yards rushing in the first quarter alone when Wall opened a 21-0 lead. Davis had a 10-yard touchdown run and a 51-yard touchdown run.

Senior defensive end Blake Rezk had a pair of sacks to lead the defensive effort while Davis had an interception and senior Jake Lowe had a blocked punt and an interception. Hopewell Valley scored late in the game vs. Wall's backups.

The Crimson Knights will host undefeated Delsea (10-0) next Friday in the semifinals.


Central Jersey Group 2

1-Raritan 30, 8-Barnegat 6

Junior running back Kieran Falzon ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns to lead a 300-plus yard effort on the ground as the Rockets (5-4) beat the Bengals (6-4) to advance to the semifinals.

Barnegat scored first on a 10-yard touchdown run by junior running back JoJo Bivins to cap a 98-yard scoring drive to open the game, but it was all Raritan after that. Senior quarterback Ben Hutchins connected with senior slotback Joe Campanella for a 7-yard touchdown and the extra point by Jeff Spengler gave Raritan the lead for good.

Campanella then had a 66-yard run that set up a 1-yard touchdown run for Falzon. Spengler kicked a 26-yard field goal to give Raritan a 17-6 halftime lead. Falzon added touchdown runs of 3 and 14 yards in the second half.

Raritan had three players rush for over 100 yards with Campanella (109) and Dan Calicari (101) joining Falzon above the century mark.

Raritan awaits the winner of Saturday's game between fifth-seeded Overbrook and fourth-seeded Hillside.


South Jersey Group 2

1-Point Boro 34, 8-Monmouth Regional 14

Senior quarterback Charlie Vitale ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and junior Tyler Gordon ran for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown as the Panthers (8-1) beat the Falcons (6-4) for the second time this season to advance to the semifinals.

Sophomore fullback Jake Croce added 74 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and sophomore running back Matt Oliphant also ran for a touchdown. Junior linebacker JJ Bennett recorded 13 tackles on defense and juniors Aiden Ward and Sam Muraglia had eight tackles each.

Point Boro will host fifth-seeded New Providence next Friday in the semifinals.


South Jersey Group 1

2-Shore 42, 7-Burlington City 8

Senior quarterback Jamie Mazzacco had another outstanding game with 245 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 23 carries to power the Blue Devils (7-2) past Burlington City in the first round of the playoffs.

Mazzacco had a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and touchdown runs of 33 and 46 yards in the second quarter to give Shore a three-score halftime lead. He then scored on runs of 12 and 37 yards in the third quarter before Ty Koch added a 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Shore will host third-seeded Woodstown next Friday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals.


Saturday, Nov. 6

NJSIAA Sectional Playoffs

Non-Public A First Round

5-Seton Hall Prep 49, 12-St. John Vianney 0


Central Jersey Group 4

4-Colts Neck 17, 5-Timber Creek 14

Playing with a heavy heart after his mother passed away last week, senior Christian Monteforte delivered a walk-off 25-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Cougars (6-3) to a thrilling victory over the Chargers (3-7).

Colts Neck took a 14-0 lead into halftime on a touchdown run by sophomore running back Chris Scully and a touchdown pass by senior quarterback Tommy Fallon. Timber Creek rallied to tie the score at 14 midway through the fourth quarter but Monteforte's heroics gave Colts Neck its first playoff win since 2013.

Colts Neck will face the winner of Saturday night's game between top-seeded Winslow and eighth-seeded Hightstown.


South Jersey Group 4

3-Long Branch 50, 6-Freehold 12

Senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns while the defense and special teams combined for seven sacks, two turnovers, and a touchdown to power the Green Wave (7-1) to a dominant victory over the Colonials (5-5) in the first round of the playoffs.

Senior wide receiver Ka'Jion Thorne caught five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown of 47 yards, junior wideout Mike Hall had a 60-yard touchdown catch, and senior Jayden Farmer had a 25-yard touchdown catch. Sophomore running back Zaheem Brown ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries and junior running back Sekou Kamau ran for 54 yards and a touchdown.

On special teams, junior Shamar Williams had a blocked punt that senior Josh Vann recovered for a touchdown and junior Esau Walker had a fumble recovery on a muffed punt. Junior defensive lineman Luke Tracey led the defense with a game-high three sacks and a forced fumble that was recovered by Walker. Senior linebacker Josh Duval and junior linebacker Hassan Bryant each had multiple hits behind the line of scrimmage.

Yah-Sin Calhoun had a 33-yard touchdown run and Spencer Rushton threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Christian DaSilva for Freehold.

Long Branch will play at second-seeded and undefeated Ocean City next Friday night in the semifinals.


Central Jersey Group 3

3-Manasquan 39, 6-Holmdel 7

Junior quarterback Brett Patten threw five touchdown passes and ran for another and senior wide receiver/defensive back Cole Kozlowski caught four touchdown passes and intercepted a pass on defense as the Warriors (7-2) stormed past the Hornets (3-6) to advance to the semifinals.

Patten threw touchdown passes of 2, 55, 62, and 15 yards to Kozlowski and also tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Michael Presbrey.

Senior running back Jaden Gallo had a 3-yard touchdown run for Holmdel.

Manasquan will travel to Camden to face second-seeded Woodrow Wilson in the semifinals. next Saturday.


Central Jersey Group 1

2-Salem 51, 7-Keyport 0


South Jersey Group 1

4-Penns Grove 41, 5-Asbury Park 14



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