Once again, it was another big weekend in the Shore Conference. The Top 3 teams continued to dominate their opponents, but we also had some surprises. Two new teams have entered the Top 10, while two others have dropped out.
Several of the Shore Conference divisions continue to be extremely competitive. Week 4 will help answer some of the questions as teams’ continue to separate themselves from the competition. Brick Twp will host Jackson Memorial in what is expected to be one of the biggest games of the year. St John Vianney will also host Rumson Fair Haven on Friday. This looks to be the best offense vs the best defense at the Shore.
Here is a look at the Top 10 headed into Week 4.
The Jaguars are simply putting on a show for the fans. The team rolled to a 42-0 victory on the road against Southern Regional. Mike Gawlik and Vinny Lee are just running over the competition. Gawlik has rushed for 319 yards on just 20 carries. Will anyone be able to slow this Running Back combination down?
Dan Barker has been showing off his arm in a big way. The Quarterback has completed 17 of 24 passes for 338 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season. Barker threw for four scores in the victory on Friday night. Wide Receiver Kyle Johnson has been the favorite target of Barker.
This week the Jaguars will face their biggest challenge of the season. Jackson Memorial will be on the road to face a very hungry Brick Dragons team. Brick has only given up 6 points in their first three games. Will Jackson Memorial hang on to the No 1 spot? Stay Tuned! Next Game: 10/2 At Brick Twp 7PM.
2 – Red Bank Catholic 3-0 Last Week: No 2
Eddie Hahn has brought a spark back to the Red Bank Catholic offense. The Senior Quarterback has been a major weapon on the field. He’s got great field vision and simply makes huge plays down the field. Hahn has completed 25 of 38 passes for 462 yards and 5 touchdowns. Liam Smith and Ryan Oneidas have led an offensive line that has opened up some big holes for the running game.
Dylan Murphy and Mike Wilen have been huge for the Caseys down the stretch. Murphy has rushed for 300 yards and 2 scores. Both players have been hard runners on the offensive side. Defensively they have also contributed in a big way.
This Caseys team has a lot of talent. They are finally hitting their stride. Can they make a bid for the No 1 ranking by the end of the year? If they keep growing together as a team, anything is possible! Next Game: 10/2 vs Wall 7PM.
Is there anyone on the schedule that can stop this Middletown South team? That’s very hard to say. Matt Mosquera, Cole Rogers, and James McCarthy have all looked unstoppable this year. The Eagles have outscored their opponents 132-35 this season. It will be interesting as the Eagles continue to work through the Class A North schedule.
Defensively, the Eagles are capable of shutting anyone down. Dylan Rogers has been one of the best in the Shore at the Linebacker position. The Eagles secondary is also tough for anyone to throw against.
Middletown South will have some difficult games in the second half of the season. Manalapan will present a tough challenge. They will also have a non-divisional matchup against Brick Memorial. Next Game: 10/2 At Freehold Twp 630PM
4 – St John Vianney 3-0 Last Week: No 4
The Lancers just keep rolling each and every week. Anthony Brown has been sensational, once again proving why he is one of the best players in the State. The Senior is 27/42 passing for 570 yards and 7 touchdowns. SJV was unstoppable in a 49-6 slashing of Central Regional. The non divisional game turned out to be no match for this SJV team. The Lancers are making a strong argument to be the best offensive team in the Shore.
This week St John Vianney will face their first big test in Class A Central. They will host a Rumson Fair Haven team that has yet to give up a touchdown. The receiving core of Michael Stapert, Marcque Ellington, and Khalil Haskins will be challenged by a very strong Bulldogs secondary. Who will emerge as the early leader in this division? Friday promises to be a great one! Next Game: 10/2 vs RFH 7PM
Rumson Fair Haven showed no signs of slowing down in a 27-0 victory over Monmouth Regional. Junior Quarterback Michael O’Connor looks very efficient in an offense that is perfectly suited for him. Running Back Matt Vecchiareli is a powerful runner who will get better and better every game. This Bulldogs team can score a lot of points.
Defensively, this may be the best unit in the Shore. Linebackers Max Pfrang and Mike Ruane will be All Shore Candidates. Mike Caruso and Mike Murdock can fly to the ball and force turnovers. This week we will truly find out what this defense is made of. They will take on the high flying offense of St John Vianney. Can this group shut down Anthony Brown and company? This all remains to be seen! Next Game: 10/2 at St John Vianney 7PM
The Dragons have really been a force to start the season. Brick Twp rolled to a 28-0 victory over Toms River East. Quarterback Tom Zbranak is looking more comfortable every single week. Zbranak had his best game as a starter, throwing touchdown passes to Ja’Sir Taylor and Javion Harris.
The Brick defense has been as dominant as you can get, only giving up 6 points through the first three games. Cory Wilson and Deano Helstowski have been making big time plays. John Prato, Sean Smith, and Octavian Battle have led a very complete secondary.
We will find out what this defense is made of on Friday Night. Can they slow down a Jackson Memorial offense that has been torching opponents? I can promise that it will be a big time Showdown in Brick! Next Game: 10/2 vs Jackson Memorial 7PM
7 – Manalapan 3-0 Last Week: No 7
After getting through a scare from Freehold Twp, the Braves were able to make a statement in a big way. Manalapan went on the road and really took it to a very good Sayreville team. Marcus Salinas is really making a name for himself at the Running Back position. Na’im Mayfield is also becoming quite the weapon for the Braves. The experience of this offensive line has been the anchor that Manalapan has needed to succeed.
The schedule will start to get interesting. We will find out what the young skill position players are made of in the coming weeks. Manalapan will have games against Middletown South and Red Bank Catholic. If the Braves can win those games, they will surely work their way up the rankings. Next Game: At Midd North 7PM
The Brick Memorial Mustangs continue to prove that the first week did not define what kind of team they are. The Mustangs have outscored their opponents 102-20 in the past two games. A 52-20 victory over Toms River North put the Mustangs back on the map. This week they continued that dominance by defeating Lacey 48-0.
Tim Santiago looks to be a Most Valuable Player candiate. The Quarterback rushed for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win vs Lacey. He is the player that really propels the Mustangs triple option offense. Santiago already has over 500 rushing yards on the season.
Defensively, Mike and Anthony Nobile have been tremendous at the tackle position. Victor Gomez has played really well in the secondary. Can the Mustangs be a serious contender in Class A South? The next few weeks will tell us a lot more about this team! Next Game: 10/3 at Toms River East.
Everyone in the Shore knew the Mariners would not stay out of this poll for very long. After suffering a huge loss to Brick Memorial, the Mariners came back with a 55-20 win over crosstown rival Toms River South.
Quarterback Mike Husni was very dynamic in the win, throwing for 3 touchdowns and running for 2 more. Husni is a true leader on the field. He has the ability to lead this offense to great heights. The Junior has completed 33 of 53 passes for 514 yards and 6 touchdowns this season.
Defensively, Toms River North were making tons of plays. Pete LaQuaglia had two fumble recoveries, and returned one for a touchdown. Anthony Sterino also had another defensive touchdown. This team can fly to the ball and really control a game. Toms River North will host Jackson Memorial in Week 5. The Mariners will have a chance to prove that they can win Class A South. Next Game 10/3 vs Marlboro 6PM.
10 – Red Bank Regional 3-0 Last Week: Unranked
Red Bank Regional are the new kids on the block in the Shore Conference Top 10! The Buccaneers are off to their best start in 10 years with a 3-0 record. RBR defeated Ocean Twp 16-6 in a Class B North matchup. The Buccaneers are certainly giving the fans a lot to be excited about.
Quarterback Jack Navitsky is showing how great of a signal caller he can be. Matt Reardon has become one of his favorite targets on the field. The Buccaneers can make the big play at any time. There is a lot of talent at the skill positions.
Defensively, Chris Outterbridge had one of the best performances at the Shore. Outterbridge finished with 10 tackles and 2 sacks. The RBR defense held Running Back Tyler Thompson to just 64 yards rushing. Is RBR a serious contender for the Class B North title? Is RBR a playoff contender? They are certainly making a real push! Next Game: vs Neptune 7PM.
On The Bubble: Middletown North, Shore, Ocean Twp, Lakewood, Raritan, Pt Pleasant Boro
Stay tuned to NJSR as we will have previews, updates, heading into some tremendous Week 4 matchups!