We are heading into the Semi-Finals of the NJSIAA playoffs! The first round was a successful one for the Shore Conference as 15 teams managed to stay alive. Central Jersey Group III is very intriguing as all 4 remaining teams are from the Shore. We will see two big time rematches with Rumson Fair Haven hosting Matawan, and Red Bank Regional on the road against Ocean.
On the Non Public side, we will see the latest version of the St John Vianney-Red Bank Catholic rivalry. Whenever both of these programs matchup, it is always one that you do not want to miss!
Here is our NJSR Shore Conference Power Rankings For Week 10!
1 – MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 9-0 Last Week: No 1
The Eagles opened the playoffs with a 55-0 slashing over West Windsor Plainsboro North. One thing is for sure, this Middletown South football team means business! Senior Running Back Cole Rogers ran for a game high 147 yards and 3 touchdowns. James McCarthy also added another 2 on the ground. Quarterback Matt Mosquera threw for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. His biggest play came on a 40 yard bomb to Jeremy Joyce.
Middletown South dominated from the start, scoring on their first seven possessions to run away with a 49-0 lead by halftime. Head Coach Steve Antonucci had all his starters resting for most of the second half. Running Back Eddie Pinto hit the end zone on a 5 yard run in the fourth. The Eagles will now host crosstown rival Middletown North. The Lions are coming off a 31-6 victory over Sayreville. Both the Eagles and Lions will also square off on Thanksgiving Day. Next Game: Fri 11/20 vs Middletown North 7PM.
The Lancers continued their offensive surge by defeating Donovan Catholic 41-0 in the Non Public Group III bracket. Quarterback Anthony Brown had another stellar performance, throwing touchdown passes to Khalil Haskins and Michael Stapert. Fullback Calvin Beaty also contributed with two rushing touchdowns. This Lancers team is simply clicking on all cylinders.
St John Vianney advances to play in one of the most anticipated games of the weekend. Defending Non Public Group III Champion Red Bank Catholic will be heading up the Parkway. Defensively, SJV will have the task of stopping a very strong Caseys running game. Linebackers Calvin Beaty and Tyler Tedeschi will be counted on in a huge way! Next Game – Fri 11/20 vs Red Bank Catholic – 7PM
The Mariners kicked off the South Jersey Group V tournament with a very convincing 35-7 win over Kingsway. Defensively, Toms River North held Kingsway Running Back Anthony Seas to just 35 yards on 10 carries. Da’Shon Copes and Pete LaQuaglia both combined for 2 sacks. Kingsway scored their only touchdown of the game on a punt return.
Quarterback Mike Husni was very efficient, completing 13 of 17 passes for 210 yards, including a 60 yard play to Kenny Cook. Husni also ran for another three scores to lead a very dangerous Mariners offense. Toms River North will look to continue their winning streak when they go on the road to face Lenape. Remember, it was the Mariners who upset the Indians in the playoffs last year. Next Game: Fri 11/7 At Lenape – 7PM.
4 – RED BANK REGIONAL 9-0 Last Week: No 4
The Buccaneers got off to a great start with a 30-0 win over South Plainfield. Senior Wide Receiver Sadiq Palmer finished with two touchdowns in the win. Palmer returned a fumble 37 yards, and scored on a 4 yard run. This was the first playoff win for RBR since 2003.
Quarterback Jack Navitsky threw for 118 yards. Running Back Amir Godsey ran for 68 and a touchdown. Red Bank Regional will now go on the road to face Ocean Twp. The Bucs defeated the Spartans 16-6 during the regular season. RBR will have to stop a very good Spartans offense led by Kenny Pickett and Tyler Thompson. Next Game: Fri 11/20 At Ocean Twp – 7PM
Rumson Fair Haven overcame a slow start in the first half to roll over Rahway 43-6. The Bulldogs ripped off a 36 point second half after only leading 7-6. Quarterback Michael O’Connor scored on touchdown runs of 45, and 54 yards. He also threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to John Kingdon. Matt Vecchiarelli hit the end zone on a 3 yard run.
The Bulldogs will now face a Matawan team that are winners of seven straight. Rumson Fair Haven defeated Matawan 17-0 during Week 2, but the Huskies were without Quarterback George Pearson and Running Back Makiya Caesar. RFH will need to get outstanding play from both Mike Ruane and Max Pfrang to stop a potent Huskies offense. This is definitely a game that you want to check out! Next Game: Fri 11/20 Vs Matawan – 7PM
Brick Memorial put up over 400 yards of offense in a 38-6 first round playoff win over Jackson Liberty. Sophomore Fullback Tony Thorpe went over 1,000 yards for the season, finishing with 161 yards and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Tim Santiago ran for 119 yards and ripped off a 32 yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Mustangs led 28-0 at the half.
Defensively, the Mustangs held Jackson Liberty to -10 yards on the ground. Jackson Liberty turned over the ball twice as Tim Santiago picked off a Ryan Van Wicke pass. Brick Memorial also recovered a fumble. The Mustangs will host Allentown who are coming off a 10-7 win over Freehold Boro. Next Game: Fri 11/20 Vs Allentown – 7PM
The Spartans opened the playoffs with a bang by defeating Hamilton West 35-0. Running Back Tyler Thompson rushed for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Kenny Pickett had a big night, completing 9 of 13 passes for 187 yards. Pickett also threw a 28 yard touchdown to RuQuan Dean in the third quarter.
Ocean held Hamilton West to just 90 yards of total offense. Hamilton West managed just three first downs, and turned over the ball twice. Ocean will now get the opportunity they have been waiting for all season. The Spartans would love nothing more than to avenge an early season loss to Red Bank Regional. A spot in the Central Jersey Group III championship will be on the line this Friday! Next Game: vs Red Bank Regional – 7PM
8 – SHORE 9-0 Last Week: No 9
The Blue Devils move up a spot after opening the Central Jersey Group I playoffs with a 36-0 win over Burlington City. Shore wasted no time getting off to a good start as Doug Goldsmith returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. Goldsmith would also rush for two more touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils offense. Wingback Jack Britton broke free for a 75 yard touchdown to seal the deal for Shore.
Shore will face Florence on Friday with a chance to play in the championship game for the fifth year in a row. The Blue Devils have won the last two titles and are looking for a three-peat. This will be an interesting week as Shore will not have much time to rest. They play Rumson on Thanksgiving Day. Next Game: Fri 11/20 Vs Florence – 7PM
The Caseys move up to the No 9 spot after a very impressive road win over Pope John. Red Bank Catholic overcame a two hour road trip and windy conditions to come up with the 21-14 decision. Senior Running Back Dylan Murphy ran for 81 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a 34 yard dash in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Mike Wilen also contributed with 87 on the ground to pace the Caseys offense.
Defensively, Red Bank Catholic displayed excellent defense in the red zone. They were able to stall several Pope John drives that kept the Caseys in the lead. Dan Lukawski made a great play on special teams by blocking a Pope John field goal in the first half. Red Bank Catholic will now face their biggest challenge of the season against a St John Vianney team that is averaging 40 points per game! Next Game: Fri 11/20 Vs St John Vianney – 7PM
The Jaguars have finally returned to the NJSR Top 10 after a huge playoff win. Jackson Memorial were able to defeat Brick 21-7, avenging an earlier season loss where they fell 2-0. Junior Running Back Mike Gawlik turned in another dynamite performance in the playoffs. Gawlik ran for a game high 215 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 52 yard run. Kyle Johnson also scored a touchdown on a quarterback keeper.
The Jackson Memorial defense held Brick to just 82 yards rushing. The Dragons could not get any kind of rhythm going offensively. If Jackson Memorial are going to repeat as Central Jersey Group IV champions, they will have to be the road warriors in this bracket. They will return to action on Saturday with a trip to Steinert. Next Game: Sat 11/21 At Steinert – 1PM
DROPPED OUT – Brick Twp
ON THE BUBBLE – Matawan, Middletown North, Keyport, Raritan
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