New Jersey football roundup: Week 5
Saturday, October 8
Jabrill Peppers rushed for three touchdowns and Mike Yankovich completed 15-of-20 passes for 165 yards to help Don Bosco Prep cruise past St. Edward (Ohio), 38-7, on Saturday evening. In the finale of the day's triple-header at Fordham University that also featured Bergen Catholic and St. Peter's Prep against other out-of-state foes, the Ironmen got off to a hot start and never looked back en route to winning their 40th straight game dating back to 2008. After Peppers opened the scoring with a 1-yard run at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter, Elijah Shumate doubled the advantage with a 9-yard scamper four minutes later. Michael Strizak also scored for Bosco. St. Edward fell to 6-1 on the season and was denied the program's 400th all-time win.
Bergen Catholic 48, Friendship Academy (DC) 32 PHOTO GALLERY
Jonathan Germano threw for 348 yards and five touchdowns and Bergen Catholic used a late spurt in the second half to cruise past Friendship Academy (DC), 48-32, at Fordham University on Saturday afternoon. John Tsimis caught eight passes for 88 yards and one touchdown and John Feaster registered two scoring strikes to pace the Crusaders, who improved to 3-2. Mike Gerst and Kyle Queiro also scored for Bergen Catholic, which trailed 26-21 at the half and was down by 12 midway through the second quarter.
Jabari Garvin scored two touchdowns and St. Joseph Regional got off to a hot start in its 34-14 thrashing of Ramapo on Saturday evening. The Green Knights, who scored 14 points in the first quarter and took a 21-0 lead into the half, received touchdowns from Jeff Farina, Mark Fossati, and Max Havlusch en route to improving to 5-0. Ryan Dougherty tossed two scoring strikes for the Green Raiders, who fell to 3-2.
DePaul 34, Paramus Catholic 24
Zach Bednarczyk threw two touchdowns and Joe Moreno ran in a pair of his own as DePaul Catholic defeated Paramus Catholic, 34-24, on Saturday afternoon. George Monsen and Khaliem Hester were on the receiving ends of Bednarczyk's scoring strikes, helping the Spartans improve to 4-1. The Paladins, paced by Leo Krizanovic's two scores, also got a score from DeJon Harrison, but fell to 2-2.
Passaic Valley 39, Passaic 23
Passaic Valley used a 21-point third quarter to cruise past Passaic, 39-23, on Saturday. The Hornets received touchdowns by Evan Cousins, Steve Rodriguez, Joe Maroulis, Christian Reyes, and Nick Armagno to earn their second win of the season. Passaic, meanwhile, was paced by Darian Giles, who threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Hakeem Stephens and Matthew Cancel also scored for the Indians, who fell to 1-3.
St. Peter’s Prep 31, Ursuline (Ohio) 21 PHOTO GALLERY
Jared Crayton rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns and the St. Peter's Prep defense came through late in its 31-21 victory over Ursuline (Ohio) on Saturday at Fordham University. Brandon Napoleon completed 9 of 16 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, which Charlie Callinan caught. The Marauders trailed 21-17 midway through the third, but shut down the opposition the rest of the way.
Lincoln 32, St. Anthony 22
Isiah Roberts had three touchdown passes to lead Lincoln past St. Anthony in Jersey City. Steven Jones was on the receiving end of two of Roberts scoring strikes and Deshawn Jackson had the third. Lincoln improves to 4-1, while St. Anthony falls to 2-3.
Elizabeth 48, Plainfield 0
The Minutemen of Elizabeth remained undefeated following a convincing 48-0 victory over Plainfield at Plainfield. Jermaine West intercepted three passes and took one back for a score as it was the defense who lead the way for Elizabeth. Elijah Hughes added a punt return touchdown to his 76 yards of rushing offense and two rushing touchdowns. The game was closer than the final, as the Minutemen only lead 13-0 at half, but Plainfield couldn’t get its offense going.
Saddle Brook 14, St. Mary 6
Matt Dickman’s second-quarter touchdown run would end up capping off the scoring for Saddle Brook as it defeated St. Mary, 14-6. Alex Fernandez got Saddle Brook on the board after he caught a Andrew Caravaglia pass for six. Saddle Brook remains undefeated at 5-0.
Wallington 14, Wood-Ridge 7
With the score tied 7-7 late in the fourth quarter, Joe Bohnarcyzk broke a 14-yard scoring run to lift Wallington to a 14-7 victory in Wood-Ridge. Dan Pastor also had a scoring strike to Tyler Soto for Wallington.
Kinnelon 49, Parsippany 10
Chris Villante rushed for 140 yards and two scores as well as making 13 tackles on defense as Kinnelon played a complete game against Parsippany. Quarterback Sean Robbins also had a huge day, rushing for 150 yards and two scores and adding another through the air.
Asbury Park 60, Mater Dei 0
The issue was never a doubt in Asbury Park, as the Bishops rolled past Mater Dei, 60-0. Armond Conover ran for two scores and caught a third from quarterback Robert Barksdale. Barksdale finished with three passing touchdowns and Asbury Park is still undefeated at 5-0.
Middlesex 20, Keansburg 7
Middlesex amassed over 300 rushing yards as a team, which proved to be too much for Keansburg. Al-Tarik Rushing scored his two touchdowns on the ground, part of a 142-yard performance. Will Roach added 67 yards on 10 carries for Middlesex, which remains undefeated at 5-0.
Manasquan 21, Shore Regional 7
Kodie McNamara's two fourth-quarter touchdowns proved to be the difference as Manasquan upended Shore 21-7 in Mansquan. Tyler Saito threw a touchdown to Louis Shiavone to get the scoring started but Nick Grigos would tie the game on a 5-yard touchdown run late in the fourth before McNamara took over in the final frame.
Southern Regional 21, Jackson 14
Friday, October 7
Hawthorne 41, Bogota 0
Ryan Hollis spearheaded a valiant offensive attack, accounting for five touchdowns and 187 yards of total offense to help Hawthorne cruise past Bogota, 41-0. Hollis rushed for 49 yards and one touchdown and completed 6-of-10 passes for 138 yards and four scoring strikes in just over two quarters of play as the Bears improved to 4-1 one week after absorbing a tough loss to Pompton Lakes. Toms Walls caught two touchdown passes, while Steve Sorrento and Eddie Kreger tallied one apiece. Bogota, which fell to 1-4, was held to 33 total yards.
Cresskill 35, Elmwood Park 18
Gino LaGalia ran for two touchdowns and caught another as Cresskill held off Elmwood Park, 35-18, on Friday. The Cougars scored 14 points in the cruical third quarter, improving to 5-0. Michael Dare threw three scoring strikes for the Crusaders, who enjoyed their highest scoring outing of the campaign but fell to 0-5.
Becton 20, Hasbrouck Heights 14
Frank Feroldi scored a 4-yard touchdown for the go-ahead points, lifting Becton to a 20-14 triumph over Hasbrouck Heights on Friday. Bryan Loughlin scored two first-half touchdowns for the Wildcats, who improved to 3-2 in winning their second straight contest. The Aviators, who received touchdowns from Anthony Seidel and David Im, fell to 3-2 and saw their their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Glen Rock 27, Garfield 7
Mike O'Neill tossed two touchdown passes and played a solid quarterback as Glen Rock blew by Garfield, 27-7, on Friday. Freddie Puizello and Matt Aportella were on the receiving ends of O'Neill's scoring strikes, and Jeff Koypta returned a fumble for a touchdown for the Panthers, who improved to 4-1. Glen Rock was able to bounce back from a tough loss to Rutherford last week at the expense of the Boilmakers. Charles Torres connected with Dave Barreto for a score to pace Garfield, which fell to 2-3.
Rutherford 33, Lodi 8
Rutherford’s James Travelin rushed for 135 yards and scored three times as Rutherford defeated Lodi. Vinnie Paladino scored Lodi’s lone touchdown on an eight-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Pompton Lakes 49, Manchester 0
Nike Torres ran for four scores as Pompton Lakes cruised past Manchester Regional. Keith Lopez, Ryan Kazanowski and Anthony Capobianco also added touchdown runs for the Cardinals.
Emerson 28, Park Ridge 26 HIGHLIGHTS
Passaic Tech 13, Eastside 6
Jarrad Sykes hauled in two touchdown passes from Dontae Booker as Passaic Tech defeated Paterson Eastside, 13-7, in Paterson. Issac Williams led the ground game with 15 carries for 103 yards. Zuri Glover had Eastside’s only touchdown on a 60-yard scamper.
GREATER MIDDLESEX CONFERENCE
Dunellen 53, South River 22
Dunellen outscored South River, 23-0, in the second half en route to recording a 53-22 victory on Friday. Jeff Puckett threw two touchdowns and ran for three others for the Destroyers, who improved to 4-0 one week after defeating Spotswood. Taariq Phillips paced South River with two scores.
Metuchen 41, Cardinal McCarrick 0
Errol Lindo rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns to help Metuchen post a convincing 41-0 victory over Cardinal McCarrick on Friday. Bryan Peragallo and Steven Walsh also scored for the Bulldogs, who led 20-0 after the first quarter en route to snapping a three-game skid and improving to 2-3.
Colonia 26, Bishop Ahr 13
Greg Jones rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns as Colonia defeated Bishop Ahr, 26-13, on Friday. Bishop Ahr closed within 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter, but Colonia got scores from Trent Barneys and Jones in the waning minutes to seal its third win of the year.
North Bergen 28, Bayonne 13
Against an amped up 4-0 Bayonne Bees squad, North Bergen's Sergio Rodriguez showed poise and big-play ability despite throwing two early interceptions, and the Bruins won the game, 28-13, with Rodriguez influencing all facets. Rodriguez carried the ball six times for 52 yards, threw 16 times and completed 12 for two scores. He also snagged the game-sealing interception that he ran back for a touchdown. North Bergen managed to knock off its second straight undefeated opponent after a convincing 27-0 victory over Memorial in Week 4.
Memorial 28, Marist 6
Marist simply could not stop Chris Gomez, who rushed for over 200 yards and scored three times, as Memorial cruised to a 28-6 in West New York. Memorial improved its record to 4-1, while Marist falls to 1-4.
Roselle Park 17, Bound Brook 2
Bound Brook’s defense turned in a stellar effort but the offense just couldn’t get it together as it fell to Roselle Park, 17-2, in Roselle Park. Juan Carmona carried the ball 31 times for Roselle Park, gaining over 170 yards and scoring once. Roselle Park improved to 2-3 while Bound Brook is still looking to get in the win column.
Westfield 37, Union 35
Madison 28, Hanover Park 7
Madison quarterback Carson Lassiter did it all with his legs, scoring four times on the ground to lift Madison past Hanover Park, 28-7, in Hanover Park. Madison star runner Justin Goodwin was injured late in the first half after making a touchdown-saving tackle on a Anthony Bassolino long run. Madison remains undefeated at 4-0 and Hanover Park falls to 3-2.
Parsippany Hills 35, Mendham 14
Parsippany Hills rallied behind the strength of three Tyler Simms’ touchdown passes to edge Mendham, 35-14. Mendham’s Anthony DelRusso carried the rock 32 times for 139 yards and a touchdown.
Lenape Valley 28, Chatham 17
Lenape Valley stayed unbeaten after Nick Rafferty and quarterback Robert Pregno each ran for two touchdowns against Chatham. Quarterback Sammy Failla led Chatham with 11 rushes for 92 yards and two passing touchdowns, while Cory Heidaran had a good day on the ground with 132 yards on 20 carries. Chatham falls back to 3-2 on the year.
Delbarton 35, Roxbury 0 HIGHLIGHTS
Jackson Liberty 44, Lakewood 30
A shootout affair was decided when John Morgan intercepted a pass in the end zone with 2:49 remaining to cap off a 44-30 victory for Jackson Liberty over Lakewood. Running back Justin Billups set a Jackson Liberty school record for yards in a game with 263 on 30 carries. Billups accounted for five of the six Jackson Liberty touchdowns, all on the ground. Liberty actually trailed going into the fourth quarter before running off 23 unanswered points. Tyrice Beverette was stellar in defeat for Lakewood, throwing three touchdowns and running in a fourth.
Point Pleasant Beach 12, Keyport 7
Brick Memorial 42, Toms River South 0
Thursday, October 6
Old Tappan 34, Wayne Valley 14 PHOTO GALLERY
Keith Rodman recorded two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter, Andrew Dobitsch caught two scores from an aching Devin Fuller and Old Tappan cruised past Wayne Valley, 34-14, on Thursday evening. The showdown was live-streamed exclusively on MSGVarsity.com. Fuller, a prized Division I recruit who has a partial tear in his hamstring, helped the Golden Knights improve to 2-3 in a must-win situation. Rodman opened the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run with 5:27 remaining in the first and followed up with a 4-yard scamper three minutes later to give Old Tappan a 13-0 lead. Dobitsch notched his strikes in the second and third quarters. Alex Trani and Luke Primerano scored fourth-quarter touchdowns for Wayne Valley, which dropped to 2-3.
Teaneck 35, Bergen Tech 14
Darian Miles rushed for 125 yards and one touchdown, while Kamal Kendrick registered a team-high 152 yards on the ground as Teaneck blew by Bergen Tech, 35-14, on Thursday. Jamal Williams returned a kick 80 yards for a score to help the Highwaymen notch their second win of the season. Matt Spagnuolo threw two scoring strikes for Bergen Tech, which fell to 0-5.
Lakeland 36, Bergenfield 27
Joey Engells threw four touchdown passes and anchored a crucial 19-point second quarter as Lakeland was able to out-slug Bergenfield, 36-27, on Thursday evening. Kyle Allegrini caught two scoring strikes in explosive second, during which the Lancers built a 19-13 lead by halftime and eventually recorded their fourth win in five weeks this season. Corey Caddell and Jason Fuehring had receiving touchdowns. Bergenfield got a three-touchdown performance by Joe DeFuria, but dropped to 2-3.
Wayne Hills 38, Paramus 0 HIGHLIGHTS
Kevin Olsen tossed three touchdown passes and Wayne Hills cruised past Paramus, 38-0, on Thursday. The junior quarterback connected with Andrew Monoghan twice and Dom Santoro once to help the Patriots jump out to a 17-0 lead at the half and eventually post their fifth win in as many games this year. The Spartans, coming off a tough loss to St. Joseph Regional, fell to 2-2.
Clifton 12, Ridgewood 7
Patrick Ferrara threw two touchdown passes in the second half, lifting Clifton past Ridgewood, 12-7, on Thursday. Ryan Hariton was on the receiving end of those scoring strikes as he helped the Mustangs improve to 2-2. The Maroons, one week before taking on Wayne Hills in a live broadcast on MSG Varsit iO Ch. 14, fell to 1-3.
Westwood 34, Indian Hills 27
Joey Spies scored three touchdowns, including the game-winning 50-yard kick-off return in the fourth quarter, to help Westwood edge Indian Hills, 34-27, on Thursday. Quarterback Jeremy Taylor connected with Ryan Galloway twice for scoring strikes to propel the Cardinals, who improved to 3-1. Danny Thompson threw four touchdown passes for the Braves, now at 1-4.
Demarest 41, Northern Highlands 13
Mahwah 49, Dumont 22
Ramsey 51, Cliffside Park 6
River Dell 59, Fort Lee 21
Pascack Valley 38, West Milford 0
GREATER MIDDLESEX CONFERENCE
Piscataway 48, Old Bridge 0
Tevin Shaw rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns as Piscataway blanked Old Bridge, 48-0, on Thursday. The Chiefs scored 28 points in the second quarter en route to winning their second consecutive game, improving their record to 3-2. Tajae Sharpe added an 88-yard touchdown for Piscataway. Old Bridge dropped to 2-2 and had its two-game winning streak halted.
Sayreville 35, J.P. Stevens 0
Delon Stephenson rushed for 70 yards and two scores as Sayreville, ranked No. 15 in the MSG Varsity New Jersey poll, shut down J.P. Stevens, 35-0, on Thursday. Alex Yanuzzelli, Isaiah Cureton and Teju Ishola all scored for the Bombers, who won their fourth straight after dropping their Week 1 contest. J.P. Stevens, which was down 28-0 at the half, fell to 2-3.
Carteret 28, New Brunswick 0
Edison 12, Monroe 0
Immaculata 42, Bridgewater-Raritan 3
Shyane Jones scored a rushing and receiving touchdown in the third quarter, part of a five-touchdown second half burst, to propel Immaculata to a 42-3 victory in Bridgewater. Kellen Sperduto tallied 112 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Nick Norcia had the only points for Bridgewater-Raritan, a first-quarter field goal from 34 yards.
Cranford 44, Governor Livingston 20
Cranford remained unbeaten the strength of three Reggie Green touchdowns and another through the air. J.P. Christiano and Chris Witwick would add rushing touchdowns for Cranford, but it was Green’s stellar play with his feet, breaking two touchdowns over 60 yards, that gave Cranford the early boost it needed. Mike Murphy played well for Governor Livingston, taking both his catches to the house and playing well on defense throughout.
Hillsborough 27, Ridge 3
John Banaciski ran for 222 yards and two touchdowns as Hillsborough cruised past Ridge, 27-3, on Thursday evening. John VonNessen tossed three scoring strikes for the Raiders, who bounced back from a loss to Hunterdon Central and improved to 3-2. Matt Soulas rushed for 73 yards and Johnny Graves booted a field goal for Ridge, which fell to 1-4.
Linden 13, Watchung Hills 7
Watchung Hills narrowly missed its first chance at a win, edged out barely by Linden, 13-7, at Watching Hills. Ruhann Peele was a horse for Linden, carrying the ball for 162 yards on 25 carries and the team's first score. Peele would set up a Dazzmen Johnson touchdown from a yard out as Linden just kept handing him the ball all the way down the field. Linden received the ball in good shape after Watchung Hills’ punter Tommy Giaimo, who had been booming the ball all afternoon, fumbled the snap at his own 34. Peele picked up 13 yards on the first play then scored on the next. Junior running back Anthony Prus was Watchung Hills leading rusher, carrying 31 times for 78 yards.
North Warren 48, Manville 0
South Hunterdon 15, Pingry 0
Pascack Hills 51, Ferris 12
Pascack Hills cruised to victory on the strength of Chris Marini’s three touchdown runs in Montvale. Tom McCollough and Derek Miller added touchdown runs of 40 and 15 yards, respectively, for the Cowboys. Hills improves to 3-2 on the season, while Ferris drops to 1-4
New Milford 14, Palisades Park 13 (OT)
Connor Swanson scored from a yard out, but New Milford still needed a Matthew Bachman extra point to seal victory in an exciting game in New Milford. Leon Cromer gave Palisades Park a 13-7 lead after its first possession of overtime with a short touchdown plunge. Palisades Park would go for two, however, and be stopped short, opening the door for Swanson and New Milford to score the winning touchdown.
Mountain Lakes 42, Boonton 12
Mountain Lakes scored three times in the first quarter and the issue was never really a doubt under the lights in Boonton. Max Boerstoel, Zach Lesko, Dylan Muti and Alec Fernandez all scored for the Herd as they dominated the line of scrimmage and subsequently the run game. Mike Reid and Isaac Spaan scored Boonton’s two touchdowns, both on the ground.
West Morris 21, Randolph 17
Jon Ciccone’s fourth-quarter touchdown run proved to be the difference as West Morris went into Randolph and snatched a thrilling victory. Randolph took a 17-14 lead when Frank Raggo kicked a 22-yard field goal late in the third quarter, but West Morris then put together a 12-play drive that culminated in Ciccone’s touchdown plunge from a yard out.
Morristown 28, Morris Knolls 7
Zac Carter could not be stopped, going off for 235 yards on 29 carries to lead Morristown past rival Morris Knolls at Morristown High School. Carter started with a one-yard touchdown plunge and added scores from seven, 15 and 19 and already has 15 total touchdowns on the year.
Jefferson 14, Montville 13
Jefferson needed Devyn Sanchez to not only score on a spectacular 95-yard touchdown run, but then it needed him to kick the go-ahead extra point, putting Jefferson ahead for good, 14-13. Montville struck first when quarterback John Jespersen hit Jon Lacey for a 35-yard strike. The game see-sawed as Steve Strumolo broke his own long touchdown run for Jefferson from 54 yards out. Nolan Ehntholt scored on a 16-yard run and then also tacked on the extra point with 1:57 to go in the first quarter before Sanchez won the game in the second half.
Pequannock 23, Hopatcong 20
Another thrilling game down to the wire was decided when Luke Foukas scored on a 25-yard quarterback keeper to put Pequannock ahead of Hopatcong for good. Hopatcong led 7-0 after a 5-yard scoring pass from Ryan Clarke to Austin Brow, but Foukas would answer with his first 25-yard scoring run. A 2-yard TD run by Feyi Olugbenga gave Hopatcong a 14-6 lead early in the second quarter, but Pequannock answered when Foukas hit R.J. DeGeorge on a 20-yard touchdown strike.
Morris Hills 17, Vernon 7
Pope John 28, Mount Olive 13
Wall 14, Ocean Township 7
Steve Cluley’s two touchdowns were the difference as Wall barely held on for a win over Ocean Township in Oakhurst. Wall escaped with the lead after recovering a fumble and making an interception as Ocean was driving twice in the fourth quarter.
Toms River North 35, Colts Neck 28
Quarterback Scott Buxbaum threw for two touchdowns, ran for one, and had the tie-breaking score in the first quarter to lead Toms River North to its fourth win of the year. Jesse Tate scored on a 46-yards scoop and score early in a scoreless game to give Toms River a huge shot in the arm. Tate would also catch one of Buxbaum’s touchdown throws, a 4-yarder in the second quarter. Colts Neck would open its scoring with a Vic Scalici 69-yard run in the second quarter to make it 14-7. Buxbaum scored on a spectacular run from midfield to build Toms River’s lead to 28-14, but Colts Neck came all the way back to tie the game after Dylan Cottrell found Tim Vangelas for six and another touchdown run for Scalici. Toms River North would thwart a Colts Neck fake punt in the fourth, and with just over a minute remaining came up with a sack fumble to seal the game.
Red Bank 14, Raritan 7
After trailing at half, Red Bank rallied for two touchdowns in the second half and escaped with a 14-7 victory over Raritan in Hazlet. Thyeem Crawford opened the scoring in the second half with a fourth-down touchdown run to put Red Bank up 7-0. Raritan had a chance to tie the game in the waning moments, but Red Bank snatched an interception to seal victory.
Red Bank Catholic 45, Freehold Boro 0
Middletown North 21, Howell 13