It was another wild week in the Shore Conference. We had lots of action with some games that went down to the last second. Three teams continue to separate themselves from the bunch, while two others dropped out of the race. This was definitely one of the toughest weeks to rank teams.
There were a few surprising games that really sent the Shore into shock mode. Brick Memorial not only proved that they belong back in the Top 10, but they did so with a vengeance. Rumson Fair Haven showed why they may have the best defense in the Shore. It’s been a long time since we witnessed such a punishing effort on the field.
Jackson Memorial continues to run over the competition. Mike Gawlik and Vinny Lee are arguably the best one and two punch in the Shore.
No one can ever underestimate the value of Eddie Hahn to a football team! Didn’t RBC look re-energized on Friday night? We will have more analysis on the upcoming games soon.
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The Jackson Memorial machine continued to roll this week. The latest victim was Lacey Twp after the Jaguars cruised to a 41-10 victory in Class A South. Mike Gawlik and Vinny Lee are simply running over the competition. Gawlik ran for 131 yards on just 6 carries. The Junior scored on touchdown runs of 80, 20, and 14 yards to boost the running attack.
Dan Barker once again showed off his big arm with a 70 yard touchdown pass to Kyle Johnson. This Jaguars team is clicking on all cylinders. Is there anyone at the Shore who is going to slow them down? The Class A South schedule is about to get interesting over the next few weeks. Brick, Brick Memorial, and Toms River North will all look to challenge. Next Game: 9/25 At Southern.
2 – Red Bank Catholic Last Week: No 2
You cannot even describe the impact that Quarterback Eddie Hahn has made on this football team. He simply just brings the RBC offense to another level. He is a nightmare for any Defensive Coordinator to prepare for. Hahn is just capable of doing so many different things.
Eddie Hahn returned to the lineup and looked like he never left. The Senior turned in another outstanding performance, completing 14 of 18 passes for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns. The timing between Hahn and the skill position players was as perfect as it could get. RBC ended up with a 32-18 victory over St Joe’s Metuchen. This was another one of the crossover games between the SC and GMC. Next Game: 9/25 At Neptune
Middletown South continues to put major points on the board. This is a team that is just making big play after big play! The Eagles really took it to Neptune this past week, winning the game by a score of 42-0. The Eagles have not given up a touchdown since the first half of the South Brunswick game. One thing is for sure, this Middletown South team is scary!
Cole Rogers ran for a game high 135 yards and 3 touchdowns on 13 carries. The Senior Running Back is heating up and just getting started. Quarterback Matt Mosquera is one of the most underrated passers at the Shore. Mosquera has a great ability to see the field and get the ball out quick. Middletown South has a very good chance to finally capture the Class A North crown. Next Game: 9/25 vs Marlboro.
4 – St John Vianney Last Week: No 6
The Lancers move up in the poll after another dominant offensive performance. St John Vianney rolled to a 49-0 victory over Holmdel. Anthony Brown is on pace for another tremendous season. Brown has all the help that he needs with this receiving core. Michael Stapert and Marcque Ellington are both 6’6″, and Khalil Haskins brings the speed inside.
Will St John Vianney win Class A Central again? This is going to be a very tight race in the next few weeks. The SJV offense vs The RFH defense will be something to watch. That game could likely decide who is going to take home the title. Next Game: 9/25 At Central Regional.
Coach Bryan Batchler could not have asked for a better defensive effort in the opening game. Rumson shattered the Matawan offense, holding them to 39 total yards. The Bulldogs did not allow Jake Burlew to get comfortable in the pocket.
Linebackers Max Pfrang and Mike Ruane were flying to the ball throughout the game. Mike Murdock and Mike Caruso came up with key turnovers. Quarterback Michael O’Connor led the offense with 117 rushing yards. This Rumson team is loaded with talent. They are a real threat to win Class A Central. Next Game 9/26 At Monmouth Regional.
For a team that was once unranked, Brick Twp is really working their way up the poll. The Dragons are coming off a convincing 35-0 victory over Southern Regional. Defensively, Dan Finelli and Octavian Battle are really making some noise. John Prato has been all over the field.
Offensively, Tom Zbranak threw his first touchdown pass, connecting with superstar Ja’Sir Taylor for a 59 yard play. Jay Obenauer is a real force running between the tackles. The Brick running game has not missed a beat. Expect the Dragons to be a serious challenge for Jackson Memorial in Class A South. Next Game: 9/26 At Toms River East.
7 – Manalapan Last Week: No 4
The Braves had a tough time holding off Freehold Twp this past weekend. The Patriots took Manalapan all the way down to the wire. Manalapan won the game on a last minute touchdown pass from Quarterback Cody Weiner to L’Jeron Holder. The Braves showed that they can persevere through adversity.
While this team will experience some growing pains, the talent is definitely there. Marcus Salinas had quite the game, running for 233 yards. Sophomore Na’im Mayfield has the potential to have a great high school career. This Manalapan team will get better and better throughout the season. Next Game: 9/25 At Sayreville.
8 – Brick Memorial Last Week: Unranked
After being knocked out of the poll, Brick Memorial has returned after a statement win. The Mustangs defeated Toms River North 52-20 in front of their home fans. This was quite a turnaround after a very tough opening game.
Quarterback Tim Santiago had one of the greatest performances’ that I have seen at the Shore. Santiago rushed for a career high 335 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground. Santiago also threw a touchdown to Eli Lavarin. Matt Cuppari kicked a 47 yard field goal in the victory. Brick Memorial will now look to ride that momentum heading into Lacey. Next Game: 9/26 vs Lacey
Ocean Twp is really making a name for themselves in Class B North. Ocean finished with a very dominating Week 2 performance, defeating Wall 48-21. The Ocean running game led the way from the start.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett completed 9 of 12 passes for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. Tyler Thompson rushed for 209 yards on 21 carries, and 4 scores. The combination of Pickett and Thompson is deadly on the field. Look for Ocean to keep this winning streak going. Next Game: 9/25 vs Red Bank Regional.
The Lions are the new team in the NJSR Top 10. They have outscored their first two opponents by an 81-24 margin. This is an offense that continues to put up big numbers. Middletown North is finally ready to become one of the Shore’s elite.
Quarterback Donald Glenn, Running Back Chad Freshnock,and Wide Receiver Nick Kish lead a very prolific offense for Middletown North. Glenn has already thrown for 371 yards and 5 touchdowns in the first two games. Next Game: 9/26 At Freehold Boro.
Dropped Out: Toms River North, Matawan
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