Shore Sports Network Football Top 10, 9/29/15
We are just four weeks into the 2015 high school football season and already there has been constant change in the Shore Sports Network Top 10.
The teams at the top have mostly remained the same, but the bottom half has been different each week as teams have begun to separate in their respective division races. The team that made the most noise in Week Three was Red Bank, which knocked off previously-seventh-ranked Ocean 16-6 to start 3-0 for the first time in over a decade. The Bucs enter the rankings for the first time this season. Toms River North also jumps back into the top 10 after a 55-20 victory over Toms River South to get back on track after getting thumped by Brick Memorial in Week Two.
The top six teams all won handily, as did No. 8 Brick Memorial. Manalapan went on the road and took down Sayreville for a solid nonconference win, while teams like Raritan, Shore, Lakewood and Point Boro continued their solid play to remain in the hunt for a spot.
1. Middletown South (3-0). Last week: No. 1
Junior running back James McCarthy ran for touchdowns of 51, 21 and 3 yards and senior quarterback Matt Mosquera threw touchdown passes to Samson Dube and Jeff Lewandowski in a 49-14 Class A North victory over Marlboro. Senior defensive back Tom Coffey and junior defensive back Maxx Imsho each had interception returns for touchdowns. The Eagles have out-scored their opponents 132-35 through three games. They will travel to Freehold Township (1-2) for a Class A North game on Friday night.
2. Red Bank Catholic (3-0). Last week: No. 2
Senior running back Mike Wilen ran for touchdowns of 25 and 6 yards, and also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Eddie Hahn while the Caseys’ defense recorded its second shutout of the season in a 35-0 Class B North victory over Neptune. Hahn added an 8-yard touchdown run and senior Liam McArdle also had a touchdown run for RBC. Charlie Gargiulo had a sack and two tackles for loss to lead a defense that allowed just 68 total yards and registered six sacks. The Caseys host Wall (1-2) in a Class B North game on Friday night.
3. Jackson Memorial (3-0). Last week: No. 3
Junior quarterback Dan Barker tossed four touchdown passes to tie a Jackson Memorial single-game record and the Jaguars’ defense held Southern to 35 total yards in a 42-0 Class A South victory over Southern. Junior linebacker Zack Lubertazzi returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and sophomore Justin Martin-Culet scored on a short touchdown run. Senior Adante Davis finished with 11 tackles and senior Tyler Towns had two sacks and two tackles for loss to lead the defensive effort. The Jaguars have a marquee matchup on Friday night with No. 6 Brick (3-0) in a Class A North game.
4. St. John Vianney (3-0). Last week: No. 4
Senior quarterback Anthony Brown threw for 187 yard and three touchdowns on 9-of-15 passing and also ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in a 49-6 nondivisional victory over Central. Senior Khalil Haskins had touchdown receptions of 16 and 12 yards and senior Marcque Ellington hauled in a 13-yard score. Junior running back Chris Chukwuneke ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and senior Mike Stapert had 114 receiving yards on three receptions. Junior linebacker Tyler Tedeschi had a huge game defensively with 11 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. The Lancers host No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven (2-0) on Friday night in a game that will likely decide the Class A Central division title.
5. Rumson-Fair Haven (2-0). Last week: No. 5
Matt Vecchiarelli ran for a pair of touchdowns and junior quarterback Mike O’Connor ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver John Kingdon in a 27-0 Class A Central victory over Monmouth Regional. The Bulldogs’ defense notched its second straight shutout to start the season and limited the Falcons to 73 total yards, including negative-9 yards rushing. Rumson travels to fourth-ranked St. John Vianney on Friday night where the winner will take a major step toward securing the Class A Central division title.
6. Brick (3-0). Last week: No. 6
Junior wide receiver Ja’Sir Taylor ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown, and senior quarterback Tom Zbranak finished with a pair of touchdown passes in a 28-0 Class A South victory over Toms River East. It was the second straight shutout for Brick’s defense, which has allowed just six points in three games. The Dragons host No. 3 Jackson Memorial on Friday night in a pivotal Class A South game. The game between the Dragons and Jaguars has decided the division title in each of the past two seasons.
7. Manalapan (3-0). Last week: No. 8
Senior running back Marcus Salinas ran for 151 yard and a touchdown, sophomore running back Chris Maksimik had three short touchdown runs and sophomore running back Naim Mayfield had a touchdown run and a 60-yard punt return touchdown in a 47-27 nonconference victory over Sayreville. Junior quarterback Cody Wiener finished 7-for-7 passing 71 yards and T.J. Orrico had a key 83-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Braves travel to Middletown North (2-1) on Friday night for a Class A North game where they will look to run their division winning streak to 34 games.
8. Brick Memorial (2-1). Last week: No. 9
The Mustangs offense was running on all cylinders again in a 48-0 Class A South victory over Lacey. Senior quarterback Tim Santiago ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and sophomore fullback Tony Thorpe had 86 yards rushing and a touchdown. Senior running back Elie Lavarin also had a rushing touchdown. Senior Justin Bates had a short touchdown run and also returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. Justin Hans also had a defensive touchdown with a 40-yard fumble return for a score. After being held to six points in a season-opening loss to Brick, the Mustangs have scored 100 points in their last two games. They will travel to Toms River East (0-3) for a Class A South game on Friday night.
9. Red Bank (3-0). Last week: not ranked
The Bucs move into the top 10 for the first time this season after knocking off last week’s No. 7 team, Ocean, 16-6 in a key Class B North game to improve to 3-0 for the first time in over a decade. Linebacker Chris Outterbridge led the defensive effort with 10 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and a 28-yard fumble return touchdown. Quarterback Jack Navitsky threw for 188 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown to Matt Reardon, senior wide receiver Sadiq Palmer caught five passes for 85 yards and Jack O’Connor kicked a 32-yard field goal. The Bucs host a winless yet dangerous Neptune team on Friday night in a Class B North game.
10. Toms River North (2-1). Last week: Not ranked
The Mariners rebounded from a lopsided Week Two loss to Brick Memorial that knocked them out of the top 10 with a 55-20 Class A South victory over Toms River South in “The Civil War”. Junior quarterback Mike Husni went 11-for-16 passing for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns while also running for 44 yards and 2 touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Darrion Carrington caught 5 passes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns, junior Bryce Watts had a touchdown catch and senior running back Asante Moorer ran for 70 yards and a touchdown. The Mariners also had a pair of defensive touchdowns with Pete Laquaglia returning a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown and Anthony Storino returning a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown. Toms River North hosts Marlboro (0-3) in a nondivisional game on Saturday night.
Dropped out: Ocean (7), Middletown North (10).
Teams to watch:
Raritan (2-0): The Rockets roughed up Matawan 40-3 in a Class A Central game with senior Derek Ernst scoring on a 98-yard fumble return, a 47-yard touchdown reception and a 50-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Marc Carnivale added two touchdown passes to Mason Sheehan and Nick Pasquin ran for a 35-yard touchdown. The Rockets host Freehold (2-1) in a nondivisional game on Friday night.
Shore (3-0): Mark Russo had a kickoff return for a touchdown, quarterback Matt Pennell ran and threw for a touchdown and Doug Goldsmith, Jack Britton and Josh Campi each scored rushing touchdowns in a 46-6 Class B Central win over Keansburg. Connor Rempel added a 38-yard rumble return for a touchdown. The Blue Devils host Dunellen (0-2) on Friday in a nonconference game.
Lakewood (3-0): Senior running back Amir Tyler ran for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11 carries in a 20-13 Class B South victory over Manchester. Sophomore quarterback Zyheir Jones ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. The Piners travel to Jackson Liberty (2-1) on Friday night for a Class B South battle between teams which are undefeated in the division.
Point Boro (3-0): Senior fullback Nate Husak ran for a 40-yard touchdown and senior running back Devin Connelly ran for a 33-yard touchdown in a 14-6 nonconference victory over Bishop Ahr. The Panthers host Manchester (0-3) on Friday night in a Class B South game.