Week 7 featured a lot of great action. The teams at the top managed to stay right in the same spot. For the first time all season, we did not have any movement within the Top 10. It will be interesting to see what happens as we look into Week 8. This will be a very huge week for a lot of teams. The cutoff for the state tournament is right around the corner. Many teams will have to make their best effort for a final push!
Here is the Top 10 headed into Week 8
The Eagles survived a First Quarter scare from No 6 Brick Memorial. The Mustangs got a few key defensive stops and got off to a 3-0 lead after a long field goal. Middletown South rallied to score 21 unanswered points in the Second Quarter to hold off the Mustangs. It was a big win as Middletown South not only looks to hold down the No 1 spot, but to lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Middletown South linebackers James McCarthy, Kevin Higgins, and Dylan Rogers are just dominating the league. McCarthy had a huge interception against Brick Memorial that led to another scoring drive. Rogers and Higgins have been piling up the tackles and ultimately limiting the ground game of any opponent. Maxx Imsho leads a terrific secondary that does not give up very many passing yards.
The Eagles will use the bye week to rest up. Middletown South can run the table in Class A North with victories over Freehold Boro and Middletown North. Matt Mosquera and company will look to finish the job in the next few weeks. Next Game: Bye
The Lancers are getting closer and closer to another Class A Central title. St John Vianney rolled to a 63-21 non divisional victory over Donovan Catholic. Quarterback Anthony Brown threw two touchdown passes, and had another pair on the ground. Brown has the ability to make everything look so easy. When you have receivers like Michael Stapert, Marcque Ellington, and Khalil Haskins, the sky is the limit!
St John Vianney has lit up the scoreboard over the past two weeks. The team has scored 119 total points in the previous two games. SJV has already defeated both Rumson Fair Haven and Matawan this season. They can wrap up the Class A Central schedule with wins over Monmouth and Manasquan. The team is making a push for the No 1 seed in Non Public Group II. Next Game: Sat 10/31 at Monmouth 12PM.
This has really been an unbelievable season for the Dragons! First Year Head Coach Len Zdanowicz has done a phenomenal job motivating this team each and every week. It is the discipline of the Dragons that has been such a great story. This is a team that just loves to play football. You don’t hear a whole lot from them. They simply just do all their talking on the field!
The Dragons currently have the No 1 defense in the Shore. As a team, they have only given up 20 points for the entire season. Linebackers Cory Wilson, and Dean Helstowski have been punishing opponents all season. Dan and Jack Finelli consistently make life miserable for Quarterbacks. Jordan Keefe has also been a great defender. Throw in an outstanding secondary and Brick has the whole package on this side of the ball.
Brick can clinch their second straight Class A South title with a win over No 7 Toms River North on Friday night. The Dragons also have a shot at the top seed in Central Jersey Group IV. If you can make it to Keller Memorial Field on Friday night, come out because it’ll be a great environment! Next Game: Fri 10/30 vs TR North 7PM
Red Bank Regional will return to action after a bye week. The Bucs are coming off one of their biggest victories in school history over Red Bank Regional. The Question is, how will the Bucs respond after such an emotional victory? The team clinched at least a tie for the Class B North title. This is the first time RBR has won the division since 1977.
The Bucs will be at home for a non divisional matchup against Holmdel. The Hornets got their first win of the season over Pinelands. Quarterback Jack Navitsky will look to have another big night. Running Back Alim Godsey and Wide Receiver Sadiq Palmer will be there to put points on the board. Fans in Red Bank should be very excited about this team! Next Game: Fri 10/30 vs Holmdel 7PM
The Bulldogs did not play display their best effort against Lakewood, but managed to walk away with the win. Sometimes you have to find a way to get out of dodge, and Rumson did just that. Defensively, the Bulldogs held Lakewood star Running Back Amir Tyler to just 30 yards on 13 carries. Lakewood only managed one offensive touchdown the entire game.
Quarterback Michael O’Connor has been looking more and more effective passing the ball. O’Connor found his favorite target Elijah McCallister for a touchdown in the first half. The Junior also fired another scoring strike to Wide Receiver John Kingdon. The team will need O’Connor to play his best football in December. Matt Vecchiarelli has also ran the ball very well for the Bulldogs. Next Game: Fri 10/30 At Raritan 7PM
Brick Memorial suffered a tough 21-3 loss at home to No 1 Middletown South, but the score is not necessarily a great description of the game. The Mustangs were able to hang in there by playing tough defense. The team was able to stall three Middletown South drives in the first half. Middletown South scored 14 of their 21 points off of turnovers in the Second Quarter.
The Mustangs have a very strong ground game with Quarterback Tim Santiago, and Running Back TJ Thorpe. Eli Lavarin also gives Brick Memorial another option out of the backfield. The team will look to get back on track against Toms River South. Brick Memorial will need to mix it up a bit and get the passing game going. Matt Cuppari and Mike Kraft can both be very reliable catching the ball. A balanced offense will help this team for the stretch run. Next Game: Fri 10/30 At TR South 7PM.
The Mariners won their fifth straight, defeating Southern Regional by a score of 42-13. Senior Running Back Asante Moorer ran for three scores. Quarterback Mike Husni tossed a touchdown, and run for another in the game. The Mariners offense has been rolling all season. The team will go into Brick with a chance to clinch at least a tie for the Class A South title with a win. It would be the Mariners first division title since 2008.
How well can the Mariners match up with the No 1 defense in the Shore. Quarterback Mike Husni certainly has the mobile ability to keep Brick guessing. He’s got plenty of playmakers in Bryce Watts and Darian Carrington. Toms River North will need a great gameplan to put points on the board. Next Game: Fri 10/30 at Brick Twp 7PM.
Senior Quarterback Eddie Hahn may have had his best game of the season, throwing for 257 yards, and rushing for 62 in a 33-14 win against Manalapan. The Caseys were able to overcome a 14-13 deficit, scoring 20 straight points to pick up their sixth win of the year. Running Backs Dylan Murphy and Mike Wilen also contributed in the win.
Is Red Bank Catholic ready for another deep playoff run? They are certainly one of the more talented teams in the Non Public Group II bracket. They will finish the regular season schedule with games against Ocean Twp and Jackson Memorial. This will give the Caseys another opportunity to gain some momentum before going into the postseason. Next Game: Fri 10/19 vs Ocean Twp 7PM
It has been a thrilling season for the Pt Pleasant Boro Panthers. Did anyone really expect this team to be 7-0 at this point? I will tell you this, they just seem to always be able to find a way to win. Last Week, they pulled away with a 33-27 shootout win over Raritan. Quarterback Noah Husak has been the man to lead the option offense. Twin brother Nathan Husak has really propelled the ground game.
Pt Boro will go on the road to face Jackson Liberty in a Class B South game. The Panthers will need to take a one week at a time approach. Many Pt Boro fans are already thinking about Lakewood on Nov 7th. While a chance at a division title is very exciting, Pt Boro needs to take care of business on Friday! Next Game: Fri 10/30 at Jackson Liberty 7PM
The Big Red can still make an impact in Class B North with a win at Count Basile Field. Ocean will face a very tough Red Bank Catholic team in what should be a fantastic football game. Quarterback Kenny Pickett and Running Back Tyler Thompson will look to get the offense going. Teams have had success running the ball against the Caseys this season.
Both Ocean and RBC are preparing for a playoff run. You can bet that both coaches will want their teams to go into the postseason on a positive note. Ocean’s best chance against RBC will be to establish the run. RBC is tough to throw against with the likes of Eddie Hahn, Colin Shaughnessy, and Mike Balzofiore in the secondary. Next Game: Fri 10/30 at Red Bank Catholic 7PM.
ON THE BUBBLE – Jackson Memorial 4-3, Shore 6-0, Lakewood 6-1, Raritan 3-3, Matawan 4-3.
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