We had seven games on the schedule for Saturday. Mater Dei Prep took control of B Central with a convincing victory over Keyport. Manasquan came within 32 seconds of sending a game against Middletown South into overtime, but fell just short as the Eagles defense held on with a key 4th and 1 stop.
Tonight will be the game everyone is waiting for. Mike Husni and the No 1 ranked Toms River North Mariners will host Ja’Sir Taylor and the No 5 Brick Dragons. The winner of this one will be at the top of A South for the time being.
Sat Sept 24
Matawan 23, Monmouth 21
Matawan got their first win of the season behind the legs of Derrick Wiley. Coach John Kaye rode Wiley as the workhorse as he piled up 3 rushing touchdowns to spark the Huskies offense.
Matawan will look to carry this burst of energy over into a critical Week 4 matchup with an Ocean team that has lost three straight games. Both programs really need a win.
Mater Dei Prep 35, Keyport 7
George “LC” Pearson showed how much better he could make the Seraphs offense. The junior stole the show in Keyport with four total touchdowns, two through the air, and two on the ground.
Pearson hit Russell Ferisi with a 50 yard bomb that went for the distance. The second passing touchdown went 20 yards to Kyle Devaney. Devaney also has got quite the arm himself, connecting with Eddie Lewis for a 50 yard scoring strike on the option pass. New Seraphs head coach Dino Mangiero really opened up the bag of tricks today.
The Seraphs take sole possession of first place in Class B Central with a 3-0 record. They have now outscored their opponents 112-13 in the first three games. A trip to Highland Park will be the next date on the schedule.
Lacey 16, Pinelands 8
Lacey improved to 2-1 on the season with a 16-8 win over Pinelands in Class B South. After losing a tough game to Pt Pleasant Boro, the Lions were able to get back on track.
Jason Giresi had a solid day running the football. He got the Lions on the board with a 3 yard touchdown. Quarterback Coleton Klaus hit junior Evan Ross with an 18 yard touchdown pass. Justin Frazee also booted a 24 yard field goal.
Lacey will now look to stay in the B South race. They are one game behind Pt Pleasant Boro, Lakewood, and Barnegat. The Lions will face Jackson Liberty next week before their big divisional meeting with the Piners.
Shore 42, Keansburg 0
Shore Regional picked up their second win in a row with a 42-0 slashing of Keansburg in Class B Central. The Blue Devils have bounced back in a big way since having a 20 game winning streak snapped by Asbury Park in Week 1.
Quarterback Matt Pennell rushed for two touchdowns, scoring from 5 and 12 yards out. Mark Russo had a strong day running the football, scoring 1 and 2 yard touchdown runs. Russo was also a force on defense, ripping off an interception and racing for the score. Sophomore Gil Goldsmith put the nail in the Titans coffin with a 12 yard touchdown.
Shore will now get ready for a non-conference meeting with Bishop Ahr before a huge Week 5 matchup with an undefeated Mater Dei Prep squad.
No 2 Midd South 21, Manasquan 14
A late rally by Manasquan fell just short as Middletown South executed a phenomenal goal line stand, stopping a running play on 4th and 3 from the Eagles 32. The Warriors had driven the ball 77 yards after killing an Eagles possession with an interception in the end zone.
Manasquan quickly set the tone and showed the crowd that they had come to play by scoring on the opening drive. Connor Morgan powered his way across the goal line to give the Warriors a quick 7-0 lead.
Middletown South answered right back to build a 14-7 lead with two rushing touchdowns by Anthony Summey. The second Eagles score was set up by a 50 yard punt return from Samson Dube.
Aneesh Agrawal gave the Eagles a 21-7 advantage by scoring on a keeper from the 3 yard line. But just when it looked like Middletown South would finish the game off, that’s when Manasquan got the critical turnover and made their last stand.
The Eagles get out of dodge but will now get ready for a huge meeting with No 3 Rumson Fair Haven next week. Two big time defenses that feature playmakers such as Kevin Higgins and Mike Ruane will go head to head. Everyone around the Shore can’t wait to see this one!
Southern 41, Toms River East 0
Southern Regional earned their first win of the season with a dominating effort over Toms River East. The Rams controlled the game from the line of scrimmage. Matt Barnett and Dane Walker both had 2 rushing touchdowns. Joe Miele also contributed with another score. Chris Scucci also hit the end zone from 8 yards out in the win.
Barnett was awarded the 2016 Larry Dunfee Memorial Trophy for being the game’s most valuable player. Barnett finished with 83 rushing yards to go along with his 2 touchdowns. He also made a big impact on the defensive side of the ball.
Southern will now look to build on this momentum. They will host Jackson Memorial next Friday. The Jaguars are coming off two straight losses to Brick and Central.
No 1 Toms River North 62, No 5 Brick Twp 34
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