For the fourth straight week, there are changes to the Shore Sports Network Football Top 10.

A pair of ranked teams were defeated last week and those teams have dropped from the Top 10, meaning two spots need to be filled. Ocean gets the nod among the undefeated teams for its 3-0 start, as does Southern Regional, which rallied to defeat Brick Memorial and improve to 3-1.

Another change is Toms River North jumping three spots after its epic double-overtime victory over Rumson-Fair Haven. No. 1 Mater Dei Prep left no doubt about its ranking with a dominant 35-0 victory over St. John Vianney. Wall and Donovan Catholic held strong with convincing wins while Manalapan and Middletown South each had byes in Week 3.

Week 4 is headlined by a matchup of the top two teams in the Shore as Mater Dei will host Wall on Saturday afternoon. There is also a Top-10-matchup between Rumson and Manalapan and key division matchups throughout the Shore Conference’s seven divisions.


1. Mater Dei Prep (4-0). Last week: No. 1

Senior running back Malik Ingram ran for 310 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries and Mater Dei’s defense allowed just 107 yards in a 35-0 victory over St. John Vianney. Sophomore wide receiver Kyree Drake added a touchdown run while Khurram Simpson and Dominick Giudice each recorded two sacks and Isaiah Noguera had an interception. The Seraphs can further cement their standing as the Shore’s top team with a win over their Week 4 opponent. Next game: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. No. 2 Wall (4-0).


2. Wall (4-0). Last week: No. 2

Junior running back Casey Larkin ran for 80 yards and three touchdowns and junior quarterback Logan Peters threw a touchdown pass to Gus Setteducato and also ran for a touchdown to lead the Crimson Knights to a 42-21 win over Freehold. Matt Dollive opened the game with an 85-yard kickoff return touchdown while on defense Charlie Sasso recorded 10 tackles and Peters intercepted a pass. The Crimson Knights will try to shock the Shore in a huge road game this Saturday. Next game: Saturday, Oct. 5 at No. 1 Mater Dei (4-0).


3. Toms River North (4-0). Last week: No. 6 

A one-handed touchdown reception by senior Ray Carlson followed by a two-point conversion catch by senior Dominick Jacob delivered the Mariners a sensational 22-21 double-overtime road victory over Rumson-Fair Haven. Rumson had tied the game at 14 with four seconds left in regulation and then intercepted quarterback Jake Kazanowsky on the first series of overtime, but Toms River North blocked a field goal attempt to extend the game. Carlson caught five passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, junior Zach Goodale had a touchdown catch and Kazanowsky threw for 293 yards. Next game: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Red Bank Catholic (2-2).


4. Donovan Catholic (4-0). Last week: No. 4 

Senior quarterback Ryan Clark ran for 176 yards and four touchdowns and senior running back Nasir Calhoun ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns as the Griffins pulled away from Central Regional in a 45-14 victory. Jahdir Loftland added 84 yards rushing as the Griffins rushed for 442 yards. Clark also threw for 140 yards and Keaon Torres kicked a 29-yard field goal. Next game: Friday, Oct. 4 at Red Bank (3-1).


5. Rumson-Fair Haven (2-2). Last week: No. 3

The Bulldogs put together a game-tying drive in the final seconds of regulation and took a lead in overtime but fell to Toms River North, 22-21, in a double-overtime thriller. Junior Patrick Jamin hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from senior Collin Coles with four seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 14. David Livingston caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Coles in double overtime to give Rumson a 21-14 lead before Toms River North answered with a touchdown and then converted a two-point conversion to win the game. Sophomore Geoff Schroeder ran for 113 yards and a touchdown filling in for injured starter John Volker. Next game: Friday, Oct. 5 at No. 7 Manalapan.


6. St. John Vianney (2-1). Last week: No. 5 

The Lancers could not get going against No. 1 Mater Dei and suffered a 35-0 defeat. They will try to get back on track against another division opponent. Next game: Friday, Oct. 4 at Jackson Memorial (2-2).


7. Manalapan (2-1). Last week: No. 7 

The Braves had a bye in Week 3 and are coming off a 42-40 loss to No. 3 Toms River North in Week 2. Next game: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven (2-2).


8. Ocean (3-0). Last week: not ranked 

Junior strong safety Chris Carasia had two interception returns for touchdowns, including a school-record 99-yard INT return touchdown, as the Spartans walloped Barnegat, 47-0. Senior Trebor Pena also had an interception return touchdown (55 yards) and ran for 106 yards and a touchdown. Robbie Nungesser threw touchdown passes to Mike Gavakis and Tyrell Wigfall and Nasir Thompson added a touchdown run. Next game: Friday, Oct. 4 at Shore (2-2).


9. Southern (3-1). Last week: not ranked 

The Rams rallied from an 11-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to defeat Brick Memorial, 42-32, and continue their resurgent season. Sophomore running back Jaiden Brown ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and senior quarterback Cole Robinson threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns, two to Will Devane and one to Xavier Hendricks. Brown also had a key interception on defense to set up a fourth-quarter touchdown. Next game: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Marlboro (1-3).


10. Middletown South (1-2). Last week: No. 10

The Eagles had a bye in Week 3 after defeating Red Bank Catholic, 30-7, in Week 2. Next game: Friday, Oct. 4 at Long Branch (1-3).


Dropped out: Middletown North (No. 8 last week), Red Bank (No. 9 last week).


Keep an eye on: 

Lacey (4-0)

Toms River East (4-0) 

Jackson Memorial (2-2)


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