Anyone who has been following Red Bank Catholic this season knows the team has been through some hard fought battles. For the first time in the past six years, RBC has really been tested within the Shore Conference. Tonight’s game would be no different.
It was a tale of two halves for Red Bank Catholic as they were able to overcome adversity in a 21-10 comeback victory over Jackson Memorial. Trailing 10-0 in the third quarter, the Caseys rallied to score 21 unanswered points to seal the win.
“We knew we had to play with heart, physicality, and passion. It was just a matter of overcoming everything that we faced from the 10-0 deficit. As a team, we had to fight, scratch, and claw for everything that we could get. We executed tremendously tonight”, added Quarterback Eddie Hahn.
Jackson Memorial scored the only points of the first half as Jared Calhoun connected on a 22 yard Field Goal. Calhoun was also responsible for the 20 yard reception that sparked the drive. This play brought the Jaguars all the way down inside the RBC 21. The Jaguars got inside the RBC 5 after a Kyle Johnson scramble. This set up Calhoun’s kick.
Watch Jared Calhoun give the Jaguars a 3-0 lead.
The Jaguars would extend the lead to 10-0 after putting together a 60 yard drive to start the second half. Quarterback Kyle Johnson found the end zone on a 32 yard bootleg around the ride side. Jackson Memorial leaned on the running of Mike Gawlik who picked up two key first downs to put the team in scoring position.
Watch Kyle Johnson hit the end zone for Jackson.
From there, it was Eddie Hahn who would step up to the plate. Hahn has a unique ability to turn the game around at any given moment. The UConn commit took matters into his own hands and took his game to another level!
Hahn ripped right through the middle of the Jackson Memorial defense, hitting the end zone on a 38 yard dash. You could sense the momentum shifting toward this Caseys football team. The 6 play 65 yard scoring drive was highlighted by Hahn’s completion to Wide Receiver Max Hazard for 22 yards.
Watch Eddie Hahn explode for a 38 yard TD run.
The Caseys would take their first lead of the game with another big drive. Eddie Hahn would go to work once again, breaking free for a 38 yard run into Jackson Memorial territory. Hahn then hit Sophomore Wide Receiver Matt Ansell for a 27 yard completion. The Caseys took the 14-10 lead as Hahn found Mike Balzofiore for a 14 yard scoring strike.
Watch Mike Balzofiore haul in a 14 yard touchdown.
The Caseys continued their explosion well into the fourth quarter. Eddie Hahn was simply putting on a show. The Senior put the after burners on, getting behind the Jackson Memorial defense for 60 yards. Hahn raced all the way down inside the 2 yard line. Running Back Dylan Murphy finished the job, pounding his way across the goal line for the 21-10 lead.
Watch Dylan Murphy power his way into the end zone.
Jackson Memorial would give it one last shot. The Jaguars were rolling out Kyle Johnson and trying to get the vertical passing game going. However, Kyle Lona and Jared Calhoun could not get any separation. Johnson tried to take matters into his own hands, but the RBC defensive line led by Liam Smith and Ryan Oneidas would not allow any late game heroics. The RBC defense held the Jaguars on 4th and 9 and that would close it out.
Red Bank Catholic picked up a nice win and improved to 7-2 on the season. They have unofficially secured the No 5 seed in Non Public Group III. This will more than likely result in a road trip to No 4 Pope John next weekend. RBC will look to defend their title and win another sectional championship.
“We know our bracket is tough. It’s going to be a fight every single week. These next three games are going to be a rough road, but we know we can get through it”, said Eddie Hahn.
It takes a lot of confidence to be able to persevere when things are not going your way. Both of the Caseys losses this season had come by 3 and 7 points. Last week, they gave up a last minute touchdown in the loss to Ocean. This week you could sense that things were going to be different.
Running Back Dylan Murphy talked about the message that Coach Portela shared with his team prior to the second half. “Something new is about to happen. We’ve been in these close games before, we just haven’t been able to finish. We have to come out with a new energy level to be able to get it done”, added Murphy after the game.
“We lost two games by a total of 10 points. It really showed that we had to get over the hump and learn from our mistakes. We had to find a way to prevail when we needed to”, said Eddie Hahn.
Hahn finished the game with 286 all purpose yards. Dylan Murphy also contributed with 48 yards on 10 carries and a score. Liam Smith and Ryan Oneidas did a fantastic job opening holes to get the Caseys ground attack going. If RBC can continue to get that kind of push up front, they will be a very dangerous team in the next few weeks!
NJSR had a chance to catch up with Eddie Hahn and Dylan Murphy after the game.
Passing: RBC – Hahn 10-20-1-167, JM – Johnson 3-13-1-29
Rushing: RBC – Hahn 12-120, Murphy 10-48, Wilen 4-12, Purge 1–4. JM – Gawlik 15-87, Johnson 16-62, Lubertazzi 2-5, Lee 2–2.
Receiving: RBC – Balzofiore 4-38, Lukawski 2-38, Bair 1-26 Hazard 2-39, Ansel 1-27. JM – Calhoun 1-20, Lona 1-11, Lee 1–3.
Interceptions: RBC – Whelan, JM – Papandrea
JM – Jared Calhoun – 22 yard Field Goal.
JM – Kyle Johnson – 32 yard run. ( Calhoun Kick)
RBC – Eddie Hahn – 38 yard run. ( Shaughnessy Kick)
RBC – Mike Balzofiore – 14 yard pass from Hahn. ( Shaughnessy Kick)
RBC – Dylan Murphy – 2 yard run. ( Shaughnessy Kick)
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