New Jersey football roundup: Week 8
Tuesday, November 1
Will Rodriguez scored three rushing touchdowns and Bergenfield posted 21 points in the fourth quarter to rally past Tenafly, 35-21, on Tuesday. Giovanni Ogilivie notched a 10-yard score to kick off the fourth-quarter rally and Mike Valle returned an interception 61 yards for a score for Bergenfield, which improved to 5-3. Hayden Lyons, Kevin Welch, and Billy Tesher scored for Tenafly, but couldn't help their team avoid falling to 2-5.
Montclair 46, Columbia 0
Star quarterback Khalif Herbin scored three all-purpose touchdowns and helped Montclair blow by Columbia, 46-0, in the continued portion of Tuesday's game. The contest, which was suspended on Saturday due to the snow storm, saw the Mounties remain undefeated and stand one win away from clinching the top spot in the North 1 Group 4 playoffs.
Monday, October 31
Bayonne 19, St. Anthony 7 PHOTO GALLERY
Bayonne played a crisp game and punched its ticket to the playoffs by defeating St. Anthony, 19-7, on Monday night. The Bees did not turn the ball over and committed just one penalty. They have gone from a 3-7 squad in 2010 to 6-2 following the big win over the Friars at Caven Point. Bayonne held St. Anthony’s offense scoreless and never trailed, surrendering its only score on a Daryl Hicks 93-yard kickoff return to start the second quarter.
Neptune 16, Lacey 3
Neptune defeated Lacey, 16-3, to improve to 6-1 on the season. Neptune traveled to Lacey for the Monday night showdown after weather postponed Saturday’s scheduled date. Neptune will travel to Colts Neck next week.
Shore 41, Mater Dei 7
In another affair rescheduled due to weather, Shore defeated Mater Dei, 41-7, at Mater Dei on Monday. Shore improved to 5-2 and will host Metuchen next week.
Sunday, October 30
St. Joseph Regional 42, Pascack Valley 3 PHOTO GALLERY
Jabari Garvin registered a rushing touchdown and returned a fumble recovery for a score to help St. Joseph Regional topple Pascack Valley, 42-3, on Sunday. Due to the snow storm on Saturday, the game was moved. That didn't stop the Green Knights from pouring it on and bouncing back from a 30-17 loss to Bergen Catholic in their last contest. Ricky Jeune opened the scoring with a 49-yard touchdown catch from Spencer Aukamp with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter. After Pascack Valley converted a 23-yard field goal, Aukamp made the play of the day when he scrambled and hit Christian Stapleton for a 39-yard TD on third-and-22. Garvin accounted for his scores in the third, while Max Havlusch and Dylan Moore also tallied touchdowns in the fourth for St. Joseph, which improves to 6-1 and now stares at a matchup with Wayne Hills. Pascack Valley suffered its first loss of the year.
Manasquan 33, Holmdel 14
Manasquan jumped out to an early lead and never let up as it cruised past Holmdel, 33-14, on Sunday. The game, which was originally scheduled to kick-off on Saturday, was postponed due to inclement weather. A late start didn't stop the Warriors, though. They scored early and often en route to improving to 7-0 on the season and further establishing themselves as a championship contender in Central Group 2. Holmdel, meanwhile, fell to 1-6.
Colts Neck 21, Freehold Boro 7
Colts Neck shrugged off a one-day delay due to the snow storm and defeated Freehold Boro, 21-7, on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-3 on the season and kept their playoff hopes alive. Meanwhile, the Colonials dropped their fourth straight and fell to 2-5 overall.
Saturday, October 29
Passaic Tech 34, Passaic 0
Passaic Tech scored early and often, ultimately turning out one of its best performances of the season despite snowy conditions in a 34-0 blanking of Passaic on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs bounced back from a 63-15 loss to No. 1 Don Bosco Prep last week and won for the third time in four contests. They also notched their first shutout of the campaign. Passaic, meanwhile, suffered its sixth straight loss after winning in Week 1 over Fair Lawn.
Wood-Ridge 13, Emerson 0
Wood-Ridge has completely turned its fortunes around over the last two weeks and now has a winning streak to call its own. One week after notching its first victory of the season, the Blue Devils shut down Emerson in a 13-0 triumph on Saturday afternoon. Wood-Ridge opened the year with six straight setbacks, but has not allowed a point in eight straight quarters. It had blanked Harrison, 35-0, in Week 7. Emerson, which lost its second straight one week after falling to Hawthorne, saw its record drop to 5-3.
Garfield 6, Park Ridge 0
Rahson Morrison rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter and the defense took care of the rest in Garfield's 6-0 victory over Park Ridge on Saturday afternoon. Jamal Lawrence added two interceptions for the Boilmakers, who improved to 4-4 and bounced back from a 46-36 loss to Wallington in Week 7. Park Ridge fell for the sixth straight week and saw its record fall to 2-6.
Lodi 40, North Arlington 0 PHOTO GALLERY
Esteban Marin rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns as Lodi blew by North Arlington, 40-0, on Saturday. The Rams exploded for a 24-point second quarter en route to their second win in three weeks. Ryan Luna, Wallace Payne and Darrin Stuart also scored for Lodi, which improved to 4-4. North Arlington dropped its fifth straight and fell to 1-7 overall.
Bogota 42, Harrison 0
A change in climate served Bogota well. In snowy conditions, the Bucs turned in their best effort of the season in a 42-0 drubbing of Harrison on Saturday afternoon. Bogota scored early and didn't let up, improving to 2-6 and snapping a four-game losing streak. Harrison dropped to 0-8.
GREATER MIDDLESEX CONFERENCE
Metuchen 35, Middlesex 18 HIGHLIGHTS
Even blizzard conditions couldn’t slow Errol Lindo down as the senior registered his third straight 200-yard rushing performance, going for three scores in Metuchen’s 35-18 win over Middlesex. Metuchen improved to 5-3 and all but assured itself a playoff berth with the win.
Keyport 30, Spotswood 8
Alex Thomson and Rich Smith had two touchdowns apiece as Keyport defeated Spotswood, 30-8, in Spotswood. Jack Meseroll had 108 yards on the ground and the lone touchdown for Spotswood in defeat.
West Morris 42, Morristown 13
Jason Mackewicz carried the ball 18 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns as West Morris was not slowed by the snow, winning 42-13 in Morristown. West Morris improved to 7-1 on the season and Morristown fell to 3-5.
Pequannock 7, Mountain Lakes 6
A Jordan Ziegler extra point would be the difference as Pequannock snuck by Mountain Lakes, 7-6, in Mountain Lakes. The extra point came following an Anthony Rubino touchdown plunge from a yard out as each team's offense struggled to move the ball in snowy conditions. Mountain Lakes’ 38-game winning streak versus Morris County opponents was ended after Luke Foukas blocked an extra point for Pequannock.
Madison 38, Newton 0
Madison improved to 8-0 on the strength of a shutout victory, 38-0, over Newton in Newton. Up next for Madison is Walkill Valley on November 5.
Roxbury 22, Parsippany Hills 0
Roxbury got back to .500 thanks to Donald Panciello’s three-touchdown, one-interception performance as Roxbury downed Parsippany Hills, 22-0, in Parsippany.
Panciello was also instrumental in the kicking game, downing the ball inside the 20 several times for Roxbury, which keeps its playoff hopes alive with the win.
Sparta 36, Morris Hills 0
Sparta remains one of three unbeaten North 1, Group 3 teams following a convincing 36-0 win over Morris Hills in Morris Hills. Sparta will host West Morris in its attempt to go 9-0 on the season.
Morris Knolls 33, Mendham 0
Julian Melahn took the opening play from scrimmage 65-yards to pay dirt as part of an 18-carry, 190-yard rushing performance as Morris Knolls knocked off Mendham, 33-0, in Denville. Melahn would add a second touchdown run and Steve McKowen took a pick all the way back for six as Morris Knolls cruised to victory.
Whippany Park 38, Morristown-Beard 6
Whippany Park quarterback Joe LaBracio ran for two touchdowns and Joe Stefanelli added one of three of his own as Whippany Park rolled over Morristown-Beard, 38-6, in Whippany. Zaki Williams had the lone Morristown-Beard touchdown on a 39-yard scamper.
Seton Hall Prep 26, Irvington 6
Seton Hall Prep got a huge performance from Rory Merklinger, who ran for 162 yards and three scores to power Prep to a 26-6 victory over Irvington in Irvington.
Seton Hall kept itself alive for a playoff berth with the victory, pulling its record to 4-4.
Nutley 14, Barringer 0
Due to weather and issues rescheduling the game, 7:57 would be all Nutely and Barringer would be able to play before the game was called and ruled a Nutley victory. Nutley had scored on its first two possessions with touchdown runs by Matt DelMauro. Nutley assured itself a playoff birth by improving to 4-3 with the victory.
Lincoln 30, Snyder 6
Friday, October 28
DePaul 35, Lakeland 0 PHOTO GALLERY
Joe Moreno scored two rushing touchdowns and Kiy Hester hauled in two scoring strikes as DePaul cruised past Lakeland, 35-0, on Friday night. The showdown, which was broadcast live on MSG Varsity iO Ch. 14, saw the Spartans extend their winning streak to seven games. Trequan Knighton also scored for DePaul, now ranked No. 19 in the tri-state poll, as it held a 424-104 margin in total yards. Joe Engels completed 10 of 19 passes for 109 yards to pace Lakeland, which fell to 5-3.
Bergen Catholic 27, St. Peter’s Prep 18 PHOTO GALLERY
Trailing 10-7 at halftime on the road, Nunzio Campinile pushed his squad to dig deep against St. Peter’s Prep as the Crusaders outlasted the Marauders to get win No. 6 on the year, a 27-18 victory in Jersey City on Friday. Jonathan Germano tossed two touchdowns and ran for a third as Bergen Catholic outscored St. Peter’s, 20-8, in the second half. Germano finished with 183 yards passing and 56 on the ground. Bergen Catholic improved to 6-2, while St. Peter's fell to 5-3.
Don Bosco Prep 45, Paramus Catholic 0
Jabrill Peppers and Elijah Shumate each scored two touchdowns as Don Bosco Prep shrugged off a slow start and cruised past Paramus Catholic, 45-0, on Friday. The Ironmen, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation, held a slim 10-0 lead at the half against a fellow Non-Public Group 4 team, but exploded in the third and fourth quarters. Shumate's kick return for a touchdown to start the second half sparked Don Bosco, which improved to 7-0. Mike Yankovich threw a touchdown and ran for another against the Paladins, who fell to 4-3.
Wayne Hills 31, Ramapo 24
Cristian Rodriguez rushed for two touchdowns, including the game-winning 36-yarder in the final frame, as Wayne Hills narrowly escaped with a 31-24 win over rival Ramapo. Ramapo led at half after the potent combo of Doug Norkett and Ryan Dougherty connected twice from 55 and 15 yards for the Raiders to make the score 21-10. The Patriots regained the lead in the third quarter on Rodriguez’s first touchdown from 38 yards out. Ramapo would tie the game at 24-24 on a 25-yard field goal from Tim Sternfield in the fourth quarter.
Paramus 41, Bergen Tech 0
Chris Duranted notched three touchdowns and Paramus built a 27-point lead by halftime en route to a 41-0 triumph over Bergen Tech on Friday. Brandon Sabahie, Matt Tozzi and Zach Smith also added scores for the Spartans, whose defense has not allowed a point in three games. They improved to 5-2, while Bergen Tech fell to 0-8.
Old Tappan 34, Passaic Valley 0
Devin Fuller threw three touchdowns and ran for two others as Old Tappan blew by Passaic Valley, 34-0, on Friday evening. Andrew Dobitsch caught all three of Fuller's scoring strikes, helping the Golden Knights improve their record to 4-3. They have rattled off four wins in their last five and greatly improved their playoff chances in the process. Passaic Valley, meanwhile, fell to 2-6 by dropping its third straight contest.
Ramsey 27, Westwood 24
A 15-yard touchdown pass from Nick Dispoto to PJ Scandariato was the difference as Ramsey beat Westwood, 27-24, in Washington Township. DeJean Adair’s first of two scores came on an 82-yard kickoff return and he would add a second on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. Ramsey survived to improve its record to 7-1, while Westwood fell to 4-4.
River Dell 19, Ridgefield 14
Wideout Tim Barnes ran for a score and caught another as River Dell squeezed by Ridgefield Park, 19-14, in Oradell. Barnes hauled in a Sean Boland Pass early in the first quarter to put River Dell out in front and his 13-yard touchdown run would put River Dell up for good at 13-7. Lenny Smith took an interception 39 yards for a score for River Dell, which improved to 7-1. Ridgefield Park is now 6-2.
Mahwah 41, Cliffside Park 0
Mahwah got back to .500 with a convincing 41-0 win over Cliffside Park in Mahwah. Andy Shuart scored on a short run and a on a pass from Jim Skrable to open the scoring and it was all Mahwah would need as its defense was stout throughout. Austin Burris, Kyle Morgan and Greg Rozar would all score touchdowns in the first half for Mahwah.
Northern Highlands 31, Indian Hills 14
Northern Highlands quarterback Bobby Brown scored twice, as did halfback Brandon Latierno, as Northern Highlands downed Indian Hills, 31-14, in Allendale.
Brown opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown toss to Dan Fiori and John Hinchen added a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Northern Highlands a 10-0 halftime lead. Chad Cambell and Danny Thompson scored for Indian Hills, which fell to 1-7.
West Milford 26, Wayne Valley 20
Dumont 28, Fort Lee 7
Demarest 48, Englewood 14
Hackensack 52, Ferris 6
Immaculata 24, Elizabeth 13
Despite stacking the box throughout the game, Elizabeth had no answer for Kellen Sperduto, who ran for 250 yards and a touchdown as Immaculata upended the Minutemen, 24-13. Sperduto was part of a 460-yard performance by the Immaculata offense, which controlled the game. Quarterback Antonio Natale would throw for a touchdown and run for a second for Immaculata, which is still undefeated at 8-0.
Bernards 49, Belvidere 21 PHOTO GALLERY
Devin Ray tossed three touchdowns and ran for a fourth score as Bernards cruised past Belvidere, 49-21, in Bernardsville. Pat Kenny scored on a 1-yard plunge and a pick six by John Maddaluna followed a 65-yard touchdown from Ray. Vinny Pisano scored twice for Belvidere in defeat. Bernards is still perfect at 7-0, while Belvidere fell to 5-2.
Bridgewater-Raritan 25, Ridge 14
Ray Mastrianni was all over the field, running for two touchdowns and returning a pick to pay dirt to propel Bridgewater-Raritan past Ridge, 25-14, in Bridgewater. Johnny Graves put Ridge up 14-13 with a 3-yard touchdown run late in the third, but Mastrianni’s pick six would seal the deal for Bridgewater-Raritan, which got its first win of the year.
Summit 52, Cranford 21
GREATER MIDDLESEX CONFERENCE
Piscataway 58, East Brunswick 6
Piscataway got four touchdown passes from Nadir Barnwell as it got an easy victory over East Bruswick, 58-6, in East Brunswick. Tajae Sharpe caught two of the scores and Tevin Shaw scored twice on the ground as Piscataway improved to 5-2.
Sayreville 33, Old Bridge 21
Sayreville improved to 7-1 following a 33-21 victory over Old Bridge in Old Bridge. For Old Bridge, it was its fifth loss on the season after winning two of its first three games.
Woodbridge 34, Edison 6
Kyle Anderson threw four touchdown passes as Woodbridge defeated Edison, 34-6, in Edison. Mika Graham, Anthony Nyers and Cody Zalasara all caught toughdowns for Woodbridge, which improved to 6-2 on the season.
North Brunswick 28, JFK (Iselin) 0 HIGHLIGHTS
Dunellen 24, Point Pleasant Beach 22
Bishop Ahr 41, Perth Amboy 13
South Brunswick 35, J.P. Stevens 0
Union City would get a Antonio Pacheco touchdown run and Steve Le took an interception all the way back for a score as Union City held off the Bruins of North Bergen, 14-12, in Union City. Sergio Rodriguez scored twice in the second half for North Bergen, but a missed extra point and subsequent failed two-point conversion proved to be the difference.
Saddle Brook 21, Waldwick 6
Matt Dickman’s two rushing touchdowns pushed Saddle Brook past Waldwick, 21-6, in Waldwick. Steve Longa rounded out the scoring with a short touchdown run and Dylan Gomez had a 2-yard touchdown for Waldwick.
Pascack Hills 27, Rutherford 14
Pascack Hills handed Rutherford its first loss of 2011 following a strong 27-14 effort in Montvale. Michael Poleway led the way with three touchdown runs and Tom McCollough added a TD run as well. Mike Paskas and Darien Panella scored for Rutherford, but it was not enough as Pascack Hills moves to 5-2.
Pompton Lakes 48, New Milford 28
Pompton Lakes improved to 6-1 after its offense exploded for 48 points against New Milford in New Milford. Meiko Torres scored four times on the ground and Larry Gelok caught a TD for Pompton Lakes.
Hasbrouck Heights 25, Secaucus 18
Anthony Seidel scored three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, to lead Hasbrouck Heights to a 25-18 win over Secaucus in Secaucus. Mike Pikowski scored from 59 yards out to put Hasbrouck Heights up at the half. Seidel would then score twice in the second half after Heights fell behind 18-13.
Queen of Peace 46, Elmwood Park 26
Becton 21, Cresskill 0
Weehawken 48, Palisades Park 22
Lyndhurst 41, Manchester 6
Lenape Valley 35, Parsippany 6
Lenape Valley moved to 7-1 following a solid 35-6 victory over Parsippany in Stanhope. Mike Grieco scored twice on the ground and Nichoas Rafferty scroed a long rushing touchdown as Lenape Valley controlled the line of scrimmage. Dante James had the fifth rushing touchdown for Lenape Valley.
Hopatcong 27, Boonton 6
Johann Lara scored two rushing touchdowns as Hopatcong defeated Boonton at home, 27-7. Vinny Marinoni openend the scoring with a 11-yard run in the first quarter and Lara added a 2-yard TD carry in the second quarter for Hopatcong. Lara would add another touchdown in the third quarter on a 9-yard touchdown run.
Chatham 21, Hanover Park 7
Vernon 16, Jefferson 13
Manalapan 23, Brick Memorial 21
The game came down to the foot of a freshman kicker and Mike Caggiano was true from 36 yards out as Manalapan got a thrilling victory over Brick Memorial in Manalapan. John Sieczkowski scored twice on the ground for Manalapan and Ryan Cieplinski paced Brick Memorial with a rushing and throwing score. Manalapan improves to 6-1 on the year.
Southern 28, Freehold Township 0
Southern improved to 7-1 following a 28-0 blanking of Freehold Township in Freehold. Southern will travel to Middletown North next week, while Freehold travels to Jackson.
Barnegat 20, Red Bank 17
Jordan Salt caught two Mark McCoy touchdown passes to lead Barnegat to a great win over Red Bank, 20-17, in Barnegat. Red Bank came within three when Terrance Scanlon found Ajhan Wilson for a 5-yard scoring strike, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Barnegat.
Middletown South 17, Brick Township 14
Central 28, Lakewood 22
Jackson Liberty 49, Pinelands 7
Red Bank Catholic 49, Ocean 14
Point Pleasant Boro 35, Raritan 17
Wall 54, Toms River South 35