There was plenty of action on the second Saturday of the season. Keyport earned sole possession of first place in Class B Central with a win over Asbury Park. The Red Raiders, along with Howell, Freehold Twp, and Lakewood are all 2-0. Monmouth advanced to 2-1 with a win over Metuchen.
Keyport 14, Asbury Park 7
The Red Raiders used a second half surge that was led by a big play defense and consistent rushing attack. Sophomore Devin Wallner is only 5 foot 3, but is very tough to tackle. The young back constantly went underneath Asbury Park defenders and picked up key first downs. He was the workhorse today, finishing with 145 yards on 23 carries. 112 of the 145 came in the second half.
Chris Hogrefe completed 5 of 9 passes for 80 yards, including a 54 yard bomb to Cody Young in the third quarter. Young found room down the sideline and raced for the touchdown.
Keyport’s second touchdown came after a Hogrefe pass to Zach Frick which put the Raiders down inside the 11 yard line. A few plays later, Greg Robinson powered his way across the goal line from the 4.
Defensively, the Red Raiders came up with four interceptions. Jerome Hansen got a pick with 30 seconds left in the first half. Zach Walker, Cody Young, and Rayquan Brown also came up with picks.
Brown was able to seal the game after Asbury Park drove all the way down to the 25 yard line. Bishops quarterback Ja’King Agostini threw a ball up for grabs that went into the hands of Brown. This would seal the game with seconds left.
Keyport is now 2-0 for the first time since 2009. They currently lead Class B Central and will have a big matchup with Mater Dei Prep next week.
Freehold Twp 44, Colts Neck 7
Freehold Twp was extremely dominant in a 44-7 win over Colts Neck. The team is already building off of last year’s success and is looking to make the playoffs once again.
The offensive surge was led by quarterback Charles Sabbagh who will definitely be a Player of the Week candidate! Sabbagh tore apart the Cougars secondary, throwing for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Adrian Rybaltowski pulled in touchdown receptions of 51 and 31 yards. Sabbagh’s longest play of the game went 85 yards to Tyrique Hall which went the distance for a score.
Max Nowak added a 27 yard touchdown run, and Johnny Manfre plowed into the end zone from the 3 yard line. The Patriots controlled the game with a balanced offense.
Tyler Schulman made an impact on special teams, booting 3 field goals. His longest kick came from 41 yards out.
Senior Vinny Gargiulo had the lone touchdown for Colts Neck. He scored on a 1 yard run.
Highland Park 33, Keansburg 20
Monmouth 33, Metuchen 22
The Monmouth Falcons advanced to 2-1 on the season with a non-conference win over Metuchen. The Falcons are playing well and riding a lot of momentum.
Senior quarterback Jay Eustace led the way with 2 passing touchdowns, and 3 rushing. Eustace hooked up with Elijah Walker for a 40 yard scoring strike. He also hit Devon Johnson for a 17 yard touchdown. His rushing touchdowns came on plays of 1, 5, and a 22 yarder that came in the fourth quarter which put Monmouth ahead 33-14.
Howell 41, Freehold Boro 21
Howell is off to a 2-0 start after defeating Freehold Boro 41-21. Junior Eddie Morales had another big passing day, finishing with 261 yards and two touchdowns. He also added another score on the ground.
Junior wide receiver Nasiem Brantley put on a show for the fans, pulling in 5 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed with an interception on defense. Running Back Nick Chambers was solid, running for 86 yards on 15 carries. Chambers crossed the goal line two times.
Malachi Wells led Freehold Boro with two touchdown passes. The scoring plays were 43 yards to Ahlonte Hair and 11 yards to Thomas Papirnik. Running Back Ashante Worthy also had a 16 yard scamper for a touchdown in the loss.
Lakewood 52, Donovan Catholic 14
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