This was officially Washout Weekend for the Shore Conference. Teams were forced to play in some pretty heavy conditions. The severe weather certainly made an impact on the results as we had two games that finished with a score of 2-0. The rain and wind made the passing game very difficult around the league. Here is a quick recap of the action.
Red Bank Regional 28, Neptune 7
Donovan Catholic 23, Barnegat 20
Pt Pleasant Boro 26, Manchester 6
Nathan Husak ran for two touchdowns to lead the Pt Boro Panthers to their best start since 2007. Pt Pleasant Boro is now one of the six 4-0 teams in the Shore Conference. The Panthers have a real shot to make some noise in Class B South.
Quarterback Noah Husak also rushed for a score in the win. Manchester was able to pull within 14 after a 67 yard dash from Mike Rosario, but the Hawks would not get any closer. Gene Fransceschini finished off Manchester with a 14 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Pt. Boro would roll to a 26-6 win. Next Friday night they will play Central Regional on the road.
Middletown North 18, Manalapan 8
The Middletown North Lions got one of their biggest wins in school history. The Lions defeated Manalapan, officially ending a 33 game winning streak against Class A North competition. Manalapan has won 5 consecutive Class A North division championships.
Connor Welsh rushed for 84 yards on 16 carries, scoring two touchdowns to pace the Middletown North offense. Welsh hit the end zone for the first time on the opening possession of the game. Marcus Salinas was able to get Manalapan back in contest by cutting the deficit to 12-6. However, Welsh scored his final touchdown giving Middletown North the lead for good.
Matawan 14, Monmouth 0
Sophomore Quarterback George Pearson made his return to the starting lineup for the Huskies. This gave Matawan a much needed offensive boost. The team was happy to have the signal caller back.
Running Back Makiya Caesar ran for two touchdowns in the first half. Caesar scored on runs of 20, and 8 yards to give Matawan a 14-0 advantage. Defensively, they were able to keep Monmouth out of the end zone. Caesar also contributed on defense with an interception. Matawan picks up their first win of the season. They will look to get back into the Class A Central race.
Brick 2, Jackson Memorial 0
St John Vianney 13, Rumson Fair Haven 6
Long Branch 6, Colts Neck 0
A 2 yard touchdown in the second quarter from Brandon Lane was all the Green Wave needed to pull out a 6-0 Class B North victory over Colts Neck.
Long Branch now evens their record at 2-2 on the season. The Green Wave is 1-2 in Class B North division play. They will look to push for a playoff spot in the next couple of weeks.
Raritan 34, Freehold Boro 0
The Raritan Rockets continue to prove that they are for real in the Shore Conference. The Rockets are off to a 3-0 start after a shutout win over Freehold Boro. Derek Ernst was once again right there to lead the way.
Ernst scored 3 touchdowns, including runs of 79 and 31 yards to lead the Rockets rushing attack. The Running Back has really been on fire this season.
Quarterback Marc Carnivalte also had a good day passing the ball. Carnivalte hit Wide Receiver Jahciere Jones for a 77 yard touchdown. The Rockets have demonstrated that they can score quickly.
Next week Raritan will take on No 10 Red Bank Regional. This promises to be quite the mid-season battle. Can Raritan fight their way into the Top 10? Right now they are on the bubble and not far out!
Lakewood 20, Jackson Liberty 3
Lakewood continued their dominance over Class B South competition with a 20-3 victory over rival Jackson Liberty. The team is 4-0 for the first time in 23 years. Senior Quarterback Amir Tyler rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns to help the Piners cruise to a 14-3 halftime lead. Tyler found the end zone on scores of 75, and 32 yards.
The Piners appear to be the favorite in Class B South. After surviving a scare from Manchester, they were able to come out and take it to Jackson Liberty. Can Lakewood survive a matchup with surging Pt Boro? We will find out in a few weeks!
Shore 44, Dunellen 8
Jack Britton and Doug Goldsmith both contributed with a touchdown run to lead the Shore offense. Alex Johnson also had a touchdown run, and Duke Russo scored on a fumble recovery.
Shore is now off to a 4-0 start. They are looking more and more like a serious cotender in Central Jersey Group I.
Red Bank Catholic 20, Wall 0
Dylan Murphy rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries. He scored three touchdowns of 5, 1, and 3 yards. Murphy’s first touchdown broke a 0-0 tie late in the second quarter. RBC would then score 13 of its 20 points in the second half to pick up a 20-0 victory.
Murphy’s first touchdown was set up by a 20 yard Colin Shaughnessy run. Shaughnessy ran the ball after faking a punt attempt. Eddie Hahn also added 35 yards on the ground in the win.
Ocean 26, Manasquan 12
Quarterback Kenny Pickett threw a touchdown, and ran for two more in a 26-12 non-divisional victory. Running Back Tyler Thompson contributed with 229 yards and a score on the ground.
Thompson set up two short Pickett touchdowns by exploding for runs of 53 and 48 yards. Manasquan had a really tough time limiting the big plays in this game. Pickett’s touchdown pass came on a 10 yard play to Joey Aldarelli.
This was a big win for Ocean coming off of a tough loss to Red Bank Regional. The Big Red advance to 3-1 on the season. They will be a tough opponent for anyone down the road.
Middletown South 42, Freehold Twp 0
Freehold Twp was no match for Middletown South as they rolled to a 42-0 victory in Class A North. Matt Mosquera was all over the field, torching the Patriots with 3 touchdown passes. Mosquera hit Samson Dube for scoring plays of 10 and 29 yards.
Running Back James McCarthy continued to run over the competition. McCarthy has been quite the battering ram for the Eagles this season. McCarthy finished with 135 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.
Maxx Imsho was there to lead the Eagles defense. Imsho has been flying to the ball through the first four games. Imsho made a huge play, returning an interception 67 yards for a touchdown. Tom Marron also scored on a 30 yard fumble return. The Eagles recorded their second shutout of the season. They have outscored their opponents 174-40.
Toms River South 2, Lacey 0
Toms River South got a safety with 5:24 left in the game to secure a Class A South win over Lacey Twp. This was the second game that ended 2-0 in the past 24 hours. You can read the Brick-Jackson Memorial Game Story to find out about the other one.
Linebacker Jake Newton and Defensive Lineman Jake Iavedia teamed up to tackle the Lacey Running Back in the end zone. This was all the Indians would need in a defensive struggle. The difficult weather conditions had really limited any offense in this game.
It was the Indians special teams who were responsible for setting up the winning play. RJ Laing got off a great punt, booming the ball 53 yards all the way back to the Lacey 1 yard line. This put the Indians in great position to go for the safety.
Central 49, Pinelands 8
Central Regional cruised to a 49-8 win over the Pinelands Wildcats in Class B South. Quarterback Mike Miserendino got the offense going with an 18 yard touchdown run. Miserendino rushed for two touchdowns in the game, and threw for another. Miserendino hit Anthony Holloway for a 38 yard score.
Mike Bickford rushed for 197 yards on 11 caries. Bickford finished with four total touchdowns, including a 55 yard kick return. Pinelands were not able to slow him down all day long.
The Eagles will host Pt Plesant Boro this Friday night. Pt Boro is 4-0 and will be looking to continue their winning streak. The Central defense will have to find a way to slow down Noah and Nathan Husak.
Asbury Park 14, Middlesex 13
Trailing 13-7 with only 1:38 to go in the game, Asbury Park was able to find the end zone and come out with a very emotional win over an undefeated Middlesex team. Asbury Park Quarterback Davon Thompson completed an 80 yard bomb to Jadon Stephens that went the distance for the score. Thompson converted a 4th and 38 on the scoring play.
The Blue Bishops are looking like a real contender in Class B Central. After opening the season with a tough overtime loss to Pt Pleasant Beach, they have rallied to win three straight. Asbury Park improves to 3-1 under new Head Coach Tim Fosque. The team has a real shot to make the playoffs.
Keansburg 18, South River 13
Running Back Arkeyel Brown had one of the best games of his high school career. Brown piled up 155 yards on 21 carries to lead the Titans running attack. He exploded for touchdown runs of 71 and 29 yards.
However, it was Brown’s play on defense that would seal the game. South River would drive the ball all the way down to the goal line with a 13-12 lead. It appeared that they were going to put this one away, but Brown had other ideas. Brown stripped the ball away from South River’s Mario Nigro and recovered it in the end zone. This would give Keansburg the lead for good at 18-13.
The Titans are now 1-3 on the season after getting their first win. They will look to build on this success working through the Class B Central schedule. Arkeyel Brown is a serious candidate for Player of the Week!
Pt Pleasant Beach 17, Spotswood 7
Luke Fraunheim led the Garnett Gulls offense, rushing for 114 yards on 22 carries. Fraunheim ripped off a 38 yard score. The running game of Pt Pleasant Beach would pace their way to a 17-7 non-divisional victory over Spotswood.
Sean Gould kicked a 38 yard field goal to open up the scoring in the first half. Connor Kells made a huge defensive play, returning an interception for a touchdown. Defensively, Pt Pleasant Beach looked very strong today. They held a good Spotswood team to only 7 points.
Brick Memorial 44, Toms River East 6
Brick Memorial Quarterback Tim Santiago continued to put on a show for the Mustangs fans. Santiago has been phenomenal on the ground all year. The Senior pounded his way forward for 166 rushing yards on 20 carries. Santiago has run for over 600 yards on the season. He had a 16 yard touchdown in this game.
Running Back Tony Thorpe had his best game of the season. Thorpe ran for 179 yards on 21 carries. He hit the end zone four times with scoring plays of 33, 29, 15, and 12 yards. Toms River East had no ability to slow down the ground game of the Mustangs.
Brick Memorial are very hard to stop when Santiago and Thorpe are so dominant. Both players have been riding a lot of momentum over the past few weeks. It will be interesting to see how Brick Memorial matches up with Jackson Memorial and Middletown South.
Peddie School 48, Mater Dei Prep 12
Toms River North 42, Marlboro 0
Junior Quarterback Mike Husni took control of this game right away. Husni finished with 150 yards on the ground, and 4 touchdowns. Husni hit the open field with an 81 yard dash on the first play from scrimmage. The other scoring plays were from 31, 6, and 4 yards out.
Both Asante Moorer and Andrew Duniluk added touchdowns in the victory. Moorer ripped off a 19 yard touchdown run. Duniluk caught an 18 yard pass from Husni. Toms River North advances to 3-1 on the season. They will look forward to a Week 5 matchup with Jackson Memorial.
Metuchen 44, Keyport 0
Southern 21, Howell 14
Sam Cammarata came off the bench to throw 3 touchdown passes in the second half. This would spark the Rams as they outscored Howell 21-8 in the final two quarters.
Cammarata made the game winning play, finding Nick Simonelli for a 17 yard score with :12 seconds left in the game. The Junior Quarterback was able to convert 4th down at the right time! The Rams improve to 2-3 on the season, and will look to build on this momentum.
Stay tuned to NJSR as we will update all the scores across the Shore.