The Week 2 battle of between Class A North foes Howell and Freehold Boro was a can’t miss affair as offensive star power was aplenty at the home of the Rebels, who took a 55-35 decision from the Colonials despite an outstanding effort from Ashante Worthy. It would be a disservice to label Worthy as a running back (his former position) or quarterback (his current post), as the senior is the epitome of a dual threat. So we’ll just refer to him as a playmaker. It’s very likely (though unconfirmed) that Worthy set the single-game Shore Conference record for total yards from scrimmage, as he amassed 578 combined yards, including 338 on the ground and another 240 through the air. However, the Rebels did force the Colonials standout to make five turnovers (including four interceptions). That defensive effort, paired with an offensive explosion of their own, helped Howell clinch the win. Running back Nick Chambers racked up 173 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries, while Rebels wide out Ryan Mazik hauled in four passes for 153 yards and the first of two Eddie Morales III’s touchdown passes (the second went to Pat Handy). Mazik also delivered a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown. Nasiem Brantley also had a pick six, a 94-yard interception return, and ran in another score from 26 yards out.
Red Bank Catholic 60, Middletown North 41
The teams entered the locker room knotted at 34-34, but the Caseys (2-0, 2-0) pulled away from Middletown North (1-1, 0-1) in the second half to earn the Class B North victory.
Steve Lubischer beat the Lions through the air and on the ground, as the junior quarterback delivered a pair of rushing touchdowns from 31 and 10 yards, respectively, while tossing a couple of touchdown passes to Nick Brusca and sophomore tight end Kevin Bauman. Caseys running back Zach Bair also scored a pair with touchdown runs of 31 and 10 yards.
Middetown North’s Connor Robbins ran for three scores and first-year starting quarterback Sean Glenn threw for three more to Paul Dunleavy, Aidan Campbell and Stephen Barry.
Middletown South 28, Ocean Township 13
Ben Kinsella ran for a 73-yard touchdown and threw another to Rob Zega for a 20-yard scoring strike, leading the Eagles (1-1, 1-1) to a Class B North win over the Spartans (0-3, 0-2). Chaz Alessi notched his second rushing touchdown of the year for Middletown South. Kam Thompson had scoring receptions of 73 and 10 yards, respectively, for Ocean.
Point Boro 27, Lacey 0
In an early season matchup that was considered to hold division championship implications, the Panthers (2-0, 2-0) showed they are the class of the Class B South, with a shutout of the Lions (1-1, 0-1).
Quarterback James Fara ran for 157 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 15 carries, and connected with Brandon Cipriano on the final play of the first half for a 23-yard touchdown pass the put Point Boro up, 20-0. Cipriano also had a couple of scoring runs in the victory.
Barnegat 23, Shore 14
After knocking off Donovan Catholic in Week 1, the Bengals (2-0) continued their strong start to the season with a non-divisional victory over the Blue Devils (1-1). Second half rushing touchdowns by Dillon Muratovic and Charlie Cotton put Barnegat up, 17-14, before Sean Morris brought down his second touchdown reception of the year on a 16-yard pass from Brian Finucan.
Matawan 20, Red Bank Regional 7
Devonte Spann found the end zone three times for Matawan to lift the Huskies (1-1, 1-1) to a Class A Central win over the Bucs (0-2, 0-1). Spann compiled 195 yards on 20 carries. Devin Williams fronted Matawan’s defensive effort with 15 tackles, three of which went for a loss.
Freehold Township 14, Colts Neck 0
Nick Reardon threw a pair of touchdown passes to James Romeo and David Jolly to lead the Patriots (1-1, 1-1) to a Class A North victory over Colts Neck (0-2, 0-2). The Freehold Township defense kept the Cougars off the board to notch its first shutout since 2013.
Brick Memorial 28, Toms River North 14
Blaine Netterman registered a pair of touchdown runs, while senior fullback Tony Thorpe and quarterback Tyler Sindel each added a rushing touchdown of their own as the Mustangs (1-1, 1-1) handed the Mariners (0-2, 0-2) their second straight Class A South loss.
Toms River South 20, Toms River East 15
Angelo Louis hauled in a 38-yard touchdown from T.J. Scuderi before scampering into the end zone from 80 yards out to lead the Indians (1-1, 1-0) to their first Class A South division victory of the year over the rival Raiders (0-2, 0-2). Jack Huber also plunged into the paint from five yards away for a Toms River South program that knocked off its crosstown foe for the sixth consecutive season.
Wall 21, Central Regional 10
Brady McNally delivered two touchdown runs and Eddie Scott ran in another as the duo led the Crimson Knights (2-0) back from a 3-0 halftime deficit to upend the Golden Eagles (2-1) in this non-divisional meeting.
Keansburg 47, Highland Park 6
Third-year starting quarterback Danny Vital recorded a rushing touchdown and connected with Joe Osterbye on a 28-yard scoring strike to lead the Titans (1-1) over the Owls (0-1) in this non-conference outing. Liam Riecks led Keansburg with 87 rushing yards and a touchdown. Miguel Crespo and Justin Alessi each had a scoring run.