- SHORE CONFERENCE GRIDIRON HIGHLIGHTS
SHORE CONFERENCE GRIDIRON HIGHLIGHTS
Sep 24, 2019 | Football
SHORE CONFERENCE GRIDIRON HIGHLIGHTS
By Mike Ready
*Rankings will change from week to week*
WEEK ZERO RECAP
No. 5 RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN 20, No. 1 RED BANK CATHOLIC 14
In a mild upset, Rumson defeated top-ranked RBC for the first time since 2002. Junior running back John Volker ran for 166 yards on 29 attempts, including a 34-yard touchdown and also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Collin Coles – both in the second quarter – as the Bulldogs built a 13-0 lead at the half. Rumson pushed its lead to 20-0 in the third quarter when senior Ryan Ruane returned an interception 69 yards for a score. The Bulldogs defense held the normally high-powered RBC offense to 193 total yards of offense, holding All-Shore running back Billy Guidetti to just 37-yards rushing on 13 carries.
No. 4 MANALAPAN 23, MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 13
With All-Shore running back Nico Santorelli sidelined for the year with a torn ACL, senior running back Andre Johnson took over the starting role rushing for 113 yards on 17 attempts and three touchdowns. His 62-yard touchdown run pushed the Braves lead to 23-0 at the half and they held off a spirited Eagles comeback attempt to win, 23-13. Senior quarterback Sean Kehley was 8-of-11 for 151 yards passing with completions to five different receivers. Two third-quarter Vincent Bonavita touchdown passes to senior Matt Krellin cut the Eagles deficit to 23-13, but the Braves defense stiffened and shut Middletown South out the rest of the way.
No. 10 WALL 23, MIDDLETOWN NORTH 10
Wall scored the final 16 points of the game after trailing, 10-7, early in the fourth quarter to overtake the Lions. With 10:36 left in the game, quarterback Logan Peters connected with Dale McNalley on an 11-yard touchdown pass to take their first lead of the game. A botched punt that sailed out of the end zone accounted for a safety and two points and Casey Larkin, who rushed for 119 yards on 18 attempts, ran for a 4-yard touchdown to clinch the win. Peter completed 6-of-8 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 9 TOMS RIVER NORTH 45, CHERRY HILL WEST 14
The Mariners exploded for 45 first-half points and cruised to a 31-point victory in a non-conference game. Senior running back Jarod Pruitt had touchdown runs of 5, 8, 11, and 26 yards while junior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky had a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Dominick Jacobs and a 4-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end John O’Donnell.
No. 2 MATER DEI PREP 40, BRICK 13
Sophomore quarterback and St. Peters Prep transfer Alex Brown threw touchdown passes to Isaiah Noguera and All-Shore running back Malik Ingram, and Ingram also ran for two touchdowns in the Seraphs decisive opening-day win.
No. 3 LONG BRANCH 25, NEPTUNE 13
California transfer quarterback Kyle Davidson had a stellar debut throwing touchdown passes to sophomore Jayden Farmer and junior Jayon Farrar and All-State running back Jermaine Corbett rushed for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 28 carries. The Green Wave are in search of their third consecutive state sectional title. Neptune’s Junior Haughton rushed for 95 yards; Willie Gross returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Nino Bua ran for a score.
No. 8 JACKSON MEMORIAL 24, BRICK MEMORIAL 17
The Jaguars trailed, 17-16, with under seven minutes to play but the defense forced a Mustang three-and-out and got the ball back at the Brick Memorial 34-yard line. Eight plays later, senior fullback Nic Ford ran it in from a yard out with 1:16 left on the clock and quarterback Lonnie Cebulski hit junior running back Will Towns for the two-point conversion giving them a seven-point lead. Defensive end and University of Connecticut commit Collin McCarthy and defensive tackle Antonio Farias then combined to sack Mustang quarterback Anthony Albanese to end the game. The Jaguars recorded eight sacks with junior defensive tackle Jaden Persichilli leading with two and McCarthy with 1.5. Towns rushed for 187 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run, on 21 attempts. Senior running back Steven Rodriguez added a 14-yard touchdown run and Jake McKown kicked a 27-yard field goal. Albanese threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns to Mekhi Irving, who caught three passes for 103 yards.
No. 7 DONOVAN CATHOLIC 35, LINDEN 0
Donovan Catholic had an auspicious season debut shutting out Linden, which was ranked No. 20 in the state by the USA Today in its preseason poll. Senior quarterback Ryan Clark ran for a pair of touchdowns of two and four yards and also threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Levi Wilkins. Clark was 10-of-16 for 110 yards and rushed for 76 yards on 13 attempts. Nasir Calhoun added 58 yards rushing, including touchdown of 22 and 17 on just 10 carries as the Griffins rushed for 172 yards as a team. The defense was even more impressive limiting Linden to 88 yards of total offense. Senior safety Jared Helstowski added an interception that thwarted Linden’s only scoring opportunity of the day.
WEEK ONE RECAP
No. 1 MATER DEI PREP 41, No. 8 JACKSON MEMORIAL 7
It’s becoming clear that the Seraphs are the class of the Shore Conference after hanging 41 points on one of the top defenses in the Shore Conference (Jackson) and 40 points on ninth-ranked Brick in week zero while outscoring both, 81-20. Senior Malik Ingram ran for four touchdowns in their win against Jackson and sophomore quarterback Alex Brown threw touchdowns of 37 and 73 yards to Nuran Buntin as the Seraphs raced out to a 35-7 halftime lead and never looked back.
No. 2 WALL 14, No. 4 RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN 3
The Crimson Knights took a quantum leap in the rankings after shutting down last week’s No. 2 team, Rumson. Their win last week over Middletown North looks even better after the Lions defeated No. 3 Long Branch on Friday. Junior quarterback Logan Peters carried the ball 13 times for 90 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown run with 2:11 left in the game that sealed the win. He also tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Charlie Sasso.
No. 3 TOMS RIVER NORTH 17, SOUTHERN 12
The Mariners fell behind, 6-0, early to upset-minded Southern but scored 17 unanswered points and held on for the victory. Junior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Dominick Jacobs, who caught three passes for 135 yards and a touchdown to take the lead for good. Kazanowsky went 6-for-12 for 165 yards and a TD. Justin Burkert’s 40-yard field goal pushed the lead to 10-6 before Matt Spalletta blocked a punt then finished off a short drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.
No. 5 RED BANK CATHOLIC 7, MANASQUAN 0
The Caseys rebounded from their opening-night loss to Rumson with a hard-fought win over the Warriors. Senior quarterback Ryan Edgerly, who went 3-of-12 for 101 yards, threw a 56-yard strike over the middle to Jon Diorio down to the 10-yard line and Elijah Jules ran it in on the next play for a 10-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 15 seconds left in the third quarter. Jules finished with 56-yard rushing on 14 attempts. The Caseys defense held Manasquan to 96 yards of total offense for the game.
No. 6 DONOVAN CATHOLIC 55, POINT BORO 0
After shutting out state-ranked Linden, 35-0, in week zero, the Griffins are quickly making a case for a higher ranking. Senior Ryan Clark rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on just three attempts and threw for 71 yards and a touchdown connecting with tight end Ethan Capone for a 45-yard touchdown. Senior running back Damian Johnson rushed for 107 yards on 10 attempts, Jahdir Lofton added 49 yards on the ground and James Bivins ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on just two attempts as the Griffins racked up 393 yards rushing. Evyn Menta also chipped in with a touchdown as the Griffins defense posted its second straight shutout.
No. 7 MANALAPAN 14, HOWELL 7
Manalapan moved to 2-0 but it wasn’t easy as the Braves defense held off a determined Rebels squad. The Braves went up, 14-0, on a pair of touchdowns by Andre Johnson, who rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns on 16 attempts, but the Rebels cut the lead to 14-7 on a Vaughn Meehan 6-yard touchdown run. Senior quarterback Sean Kehley completed 9-of-15 passes for 143 yards. Linebacker Charlie Paulucci recorded a team-high 11 tackles and Jake Freedman added 10.
No. 8 SAINT JOHN VIANNEY 35, MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 7
The Lancers were impressive in their opening-night rout of the Eagles as senior quarterback C.J. Duell completed 15-of-20 passes for 174 yards including a 24-yard touchdown pass to Joshua East, who had five catches for 51 yards and a touchdown and ran the ball six times for 33 yards. Sophomore Jayden Bellamy had five catches for 124 yards, including a 56 yard touchdown, and added an interception on defense. All-Shore running back Kavon Chambers ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts and freshman Antonio Rosato threw a touchdown pass and ran for a 38-yard touchdown.
No. 9 BRICK 21, BRICK MEMORIAL 14
Brick broke into the Top 10 after holding on to defeat rival Brick Memorial. The Green Dragons built an early 13-0 lead after one quarter and pushed it to 21-0 after three quarters. Senior quarterback Anthony Prato accounted for three touchdowns, running for two and passing for one, and senior running back Joe Armooh rushed for 145 yards as Brick racked up 230 yards on the ground. Senior defensive end John Costanza added two sacks to spearhead the defensive effort.
No. 10 RED BANK REGIONAL 23, RARITAN 12
The Buccaneers vaulted into the Top 10 after two impressive wins to open the season under new head coach David Schuman. Senior quarterback Jack Chamberlain brought the Bucs back from a 12-3 halftime deficit that started with a 14-yard touchdown run with 5:50 left in the third quarter then gave the Bucs the lead with a 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. He then sealed the win with a 68-yard touchdown run with 2:08 left that was set up by a key fourth-down sack by Will Dal Pra. Chamberlain finished with 175-yards on the ground and three touchdowns on 16 rushing attempts.