New Jersey football roundup: Week 9
Saturday, November 5
Old Tappan 46, Ramapo 27 HIGHLIGHTS
After spending weeks nursing several minor injuries that hampered his explosiveness, superstar quarterback Devin Fuller returned to his extraordinary form and recorded 440 yards of total offense and six all-purpose touchdowns to help Old Tappan cruise past Ramapo, 46-27, on Saturday evening. Fuller notched 350 yards and five scores during the first half as the Golden Knights exploded out the gate en route to clinching postseason berth in a must-win showdown. They will enter the North 1 Group 3 playoffs as the seventh seed and will face Sparta in the first round next week. Ramapo, which also will make another trip to the playoffs, fell to 5-4.
Paramus Catholic 23, Poly Prep (N.Y.) 20
Paramus Catholic's defense stood tall and stopped Poly Prep (N.Y.) from capitalizing on a potential game-winning touchdown from the 3-yardline on fourth down in the waning seconds of its thrilling 23-20 victory on Saturday. Phil Conte booted a 35-yard field goal with 6:39 remaining in the fourth quarter to stake Paramus Catholic to a 23-13 advantage, but the out-of-state foe came within three points before staging the unsuccessful final rally. Opportune defense enabled Paramus Catholic to improve to 5-3 and wrap up the fifth seed in the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs. It is slated to face No. 4 Seton Hall Prep at home next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Pascack Valley 42, Wayne Valley 7
After a tough loss to St. Joe’s last week, Pascack Valley rebounded and defeated Wayne Valley, 42-7. Quarterback Kyle Schneider threw a pair of touchdown passes to James DeChiara and ran for a score from two yards out to lead his team. Running back Jordan Roses contributed a kickoff return for a TD as the Indians close out their season with an 8-1 record.
West Milford 56, Tenafly 48
Westwood 55, Cliffside Park 34
Bergenfield 31, Passaic Valley 14
Kennedy 32, Fair Lawn 7
GREATER MIDDLESEX CONFERENCE
Colonia 33, Wall 21
Colonia running back Greg Jones had a field day with the Wall defense, scoring all five of his team’s touchdowns in a 33-21 victory on Saturday. Jones gashed Wall’s front seven to the tune of 460 rushing yards, including two scores from beyond 75 yards. Colonia improves to 7-1 with the win, ending Wall’s undefeated season.
Peddie 24, North Bergen 21 PHOTO GALLERY
Gilberto Mendoza rushed for over 230 yards and three touchdowns to help Peddie edge North Bergen, 24-21, on the road Saturday evening. Christopher Allen booted a 35-yard field goal to seal the deal for Peddie, which improved to 5-3. Arnold Castillo scored once and Debray Tavarez added two others to pace North Bergen, which fell to 5-4. Prior to the contest, North Bergen honored legendary head coach Vin Ascolese by renaming its field.
Lincoln 44, Kearny 6
Snyder 46, Sussex Tech 20
Westfield 37, Immaculata 6
Immaculata suffered a shocking first loss of the season, falling at the hands of Westfield, 37-6 on Saturday afternoon. Westfield running back James O’Rourke scored his team’s first three touchdowns and ran for 120 yards to help open a 21-0 lead at halftime. The Blue Devils held talented Immaculata runner Kellen Sperduto to under 30 yards in the game.
Linden 31, Plainfield 0
Linden earned its third win of the year thanks to the stellar play of quarterback Dazzmen Johnson. Linden’s signal caller threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns, leading his team to a big win. Marcus Fleming helped balance the attack with 70 yards and a score on the ground in the fourth quarter. Linden improves to 3-5 on the season with the win.
Elizabeth 31, Scotch Plains 17
Elizabeth earned its seventh win of the year with a 31-17 victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood. Quarterback Phillip Walker paced the offense with 175 yards and two scores through the air, while adding another touchdown on the ground. Walker opened the scoring with a 50 yard strike to Jihad Thomas, who had 95 yards receiving in all. Anthony Byers and Dein Rice added late scores for Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
New Providence 46, Pingry 27
Saddle Brook 38, Glen Rock 7 PHOTO GALLERY
Matt Dickman ran for three touchdowns and Saddle Brook remained undefeated by blowing by North 1 Group 1 rival Glen Rock, 38-7, on Saturday afternoon. Mike Donnarumma and Steve Longa added scores for the Falcons, who improved to 9-0 and clinched the top seed in their section. Matt Aportela scored for the Panthers, who fell to 6-2.
Pompton Lakes 35, Hasbrouck Heights 0
Pompton Lakes dominated all game long, not allowing the Aviators offense to get going, and ended up with a 35-0 triumph. Rob Myers tossed three touchdown passes for Pompton Lakes and Meiko Torres was on the receiving end of one of those strikes while finding the endzone himself via the run. Anthony Capobianco also scored a rushing touchdown for Pompton Lakes, which improved to 7-1.
St. Mary 21, Queen of Peace 13
Elmwood Park 49, Wallington 47
Emerson 49, Manchester 6
Delbarton 45, West Essex 0
In another battle of unbeaten teams, West Essex was no match for the potent offense of the Green Wave as Delbarton cruised past the Knights, 45-0. Jamie White ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback John Shaffer tossed a pair of scores to wide receiver Cole Ricciardi. However, the defense was an equal part of the story, shutting down a previously unstoppable West Essex rushing attack.
Sparta 37, West Morris 27
Jake Melville’s fourth quarter touchdown pass ensured Sparta a perfect season as the Spartans survived against West Morris, winning, 37-27. Melville threw for 220 yards in all and struck twice in the air, while Codie Armando, who added an insurance score in the fourth quarter, rushed for 100 yards. Melville completed 76 percent of his passes and hit six different receivers, throwing the ball all over the West Morris defense.
Madison 41, Walkill Valley 0
The Dodgers improved to 8-0 on the season with another easy win, cruising past Wallkill Valley, 41-0 on Saturday afternoon. Justin Goodwin continued his dominant year with another 130 rushing yards and two scores, and Layton Lassiter added a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead Madison to victory.
Newton 14, Parsippany 0
Newton earned its second win of the season, surviving a tough, defensive battle against Parsippany. Nick Grant connected with Tyler Lombaro twice in the second quarter to give Newton its only points in a 14-0 victory. It was a strong finish for a team that will end 2011 with a 2-7 record.
Parsippany Hills 27, Jefferson 7
Quarterback Tyler Simms capped of a great season, throwing for 190 yards and two touchdowns in Parsippany Hills’s 27-7 win over Jefferson. Simms also struck on the ground from five yards out and his passing was balanced by CJ Joyce, who rushed for over 100 yards for the Vikings. After a 2-8 finish in 2010, Parsippany Hills will go out with a 6-3 record in 2011.
Kittatinny 25, Chatham 21
East Orange 35, Pope John 27
Morris Hills 24, Mendham 14
Morris Knolls 32, Vernon 21
Rumson 28, Asbury Park 6
In yet another battle of teams without a loss, Rumson-Fair Haven took care of business, dominating an excellent Asbury Park team, winning by the final score of 28-6. Danny Roberto threw for 200 yards, connecting with Blake Potter eight times for 160 yards and a touchdown. Jack Eisenstadt was dominant on defense for Rumson-Fair Haven, recording four sacks.
Manasquan 21, Lakewood 14
Down 14-7 heading into the final quarter, Tyler Saito rushed for a touchdown to tie the game from five yards away, then hit Connor Grogan on a 21 yard pass to put his team ahead and secure the victory. Manasquan improved to 8-0 with the win.
Dunellen 37, Mater Dei 10
South River 20, Keansburg 10
Neptune 26, Colts Neck 21 HIGHLIGHTS
Montclair 38, Livingston 0
The Khalif Herbin show made its final regular season appearance at home, as the signal caller with blazing speed led his team to a 38-0 victory. It was another day at the office for Herbin, rushing for 230 yards and four scores on the ground, single-handedly dominating his opponent once again.
Seton Hall Prep 52, Belleville 6 PHOTO GALLERY
Cedar Grove 46, Newark Central 16 PHOTO GALLERY
Friday, November 4
Ricky Jeune recorded 127 receiving yards and three touchdowns to help St. Joseph Regional upend Wayne Hills, 34-10, in a battle of North Jersey juggernauts on Friday evening. Quarterback Spencer Aukamp tossed four total scoring strikes for the Green Knights, who improved to 7-1 one week after cruising past another North 1 Group 3 power, Pascack Valley. The Patriots, meanwhile, suffered their first loss of the year and fell to 8-1 heading into the playoffs.
Don Bosco Prep 56, Clifton 8
Jabrill Peppers added to his stellar sophomore season with three touchdowns -- including an electrifying 56-yard punt return -- to power Don Bosco past Clifton, 56-8, in Clifton. Mike Yankovich threw three touchdown passes to Frank Falaice, Elijah Shumate and Ted Cebuski to propel the passing attack for the nation's top team.
DePaul 55, Demarest 40
DePaul outdueled Demarest in a shootout in Wayne on the strength of Joe Moreno’s three touchdown runs and two more from Davon Jacobs, including a spectacular 84-yard kickoff return. Dan Crimmins had a pick-six, as well as a receiving touchdown for Demarest in defeat. The game was tied at 20-20 before DePaul exploded for three touchdowns in the second half. Massimo Aronson caught a touchdown from Zach Bednarczyk to give DePaul a 27-20 halftime lead before Moreno added his second touchdown on a run and Bednarczyk made it 41-20 with a 17-yard run of his own. In the fourth quarter, Moreno's 1-yard run and a 26-yard scoring run by Jacobs closed the DePaul scoring.
Lakeland 23, Northern Highlands 7
Nick Unger’s 40-yard touchdown capped a 16-point fourth quarter and was the difference as Lakeland defeated Northern Highlands, 23-7. Steve Secor scored twice on the ground and Ray Nyhuis added a 25-yard field goal for Lakeland in the fourth quarter.
Passaic Tech 27, Hackensack 20 PHOTO GALLERY
River Dell 35, Dumont 0
Mahwah 55, Fort Lee 20
Ridgefield Park 42, Indian Hills 7
GREATER MIDDLESEX CONFERENCE
Piscataway 28, Sayreville 0 PHOTO GALLERY
Piscataway needed a top-notch performance to sneak into the state playoffs, and that's exactly what it got. With their backs against the wall in a must-win situation, the Chiefs turned out a brilliant outing on defense and used the big plays of Tevin Shaw and Jamall James to cruise past Sayreville, 28-0, on Friday evening. Thanks to the clutch victory, Piscataway clinched playoff berth in North 2 Group 4 and will get the chance to defend its sectional title. Shaw rushed for 114 yards and one score on 19 carries, while James scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to blow the game wide open for the Chiefs, who extended their winning streak to five games.
Matawan 56, New Brunswick 0
Matawan improved to 6-2 after a convincing 56-0 victory over New Brunswick at New Brunswick. Matawan will travel to St. John Vianney next.
Old Bridge 34, Edison 6
In a battle of two teams eliminated from playoff contention, Old Bridge defeated Edison, 34-6, in Old Bridge.
JP Stevens 24, Monroe 6
North Brunswick 61, South Plainfield 32
Perth Amboy 50, Marlboro 14
Bayonne 41, Memorial 0
Bayonne blanked Memorial, 41-0, on Friday in Bayonne to improve to 7-2 on the season. It was the last game of the regular season for both teams as Memorial fell to 5-4 on the year. Bayonne has now won their last 7 meetings against Memorial dating back to 2004.
Union City 45, Ferris 0
Hoboken at Marist
St. Anthony 27, Hudson Catholic 20
Franklin 41, Ridge 3
Kye Morgan ran for four touchdowns as Franklin cruised to a 41-3 victory over Ridge in Basking Ridge. Running backs Taoman Napier and Elijah Hargrove also had a touchdown run each for Franklin. With the win, Franklin now improves to 6-2, a week after it was shut out, 35-0, against Hunterdon Central. Ridge falls to 2-7 to end its season. Franklin travels to Piscataway on Thanksgiving morning to take on the Piscataway Chiefs.
Belvidere 26, Bound Brook 7
Belvidere scored 20 unanswered points in the second half as it defeated Bound Brook, 26-7, in Belvidere. Bound Brook scored first on Isiah Williams' 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jalen Wheeler. Belvidere running back Willie Harris scored on a 5-yard run to close the gap to 7-6 at the by halftime. Harris then piled up three more touchdowns on the ground, with runs of 1, 6, and 1 yards, respectively for Belividere. In all, Harris racked up 50 yards and four touchdowns on 14 rushes. Running back Matt Craig had 16 carries for 64 yards and Vinnie Pisano carried 11 times for 67 yards.
Roselle 47, Manville 0
Union 33, Somerville 21
Pequannock 28, Rutherford 22
Matt Jachera ran for two touchdowns as Pequannock extended its winning streak to five games with a 28-22 victory over Rutherford in Pequannock. R.J. DeGeorge added a 21-yard TD run and quarterback Luke Foukas scored on a 28-yard keeper when Pequannock opened a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Rutherford scored its first touchdown before Jachera scored on a 9-yard carry. Foukas connected with Jachera for a 48-yard touchdown reception to put them up 28-14 during the third quarter, a lead they would not relinquish.
Cresskill 34, Secaucus 20
Running back Gino LaGalia found the end zone four times, including three times in the first half, to lead Cresskill to a 34-20 victory over Secaucus in Cresskill. LaGalia had touchdown runs of 55, 4 and 1 yard to put Cresskill up 27-0 at halftime and added a 2-yarder in th fourth. Joe Hernandez ran for a 70-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Quarterback Jason Mitchell threw two touchdown passes, a 10-yard pass to Anann Shahin in the third quarter and a 44-yard pass to Rob Critelli in the fourth for Secaucus.
Pascack Hills 42, Bogota 21
Tom McCollough scored 21 unanswered points to propel Pascack Hills to a 42-21 victory over Bogota in Montvale. McCollough ran for a 17-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring in the first half, and then ran for two more touchdowns of 10 and 75 yards in the third quarter. Jordan Abend added two touchdown passes for Pascack Hills. Christian Perpeppaj had three touchdowns for Bogota, running for scores of 21, 36, and 5.
Garfield 20, Lyndhurst 0
Waldwick 32, Weehawken 21
Becton 27, New Milford 7
Wood-Ridge 21, North Arlington 8
Hawthorne 42, Park Ridge 0
Butler 35, Hopatcong 29 (2OT)
Running back Mike Tenned ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the second overtime to lead Butler to a 35-29 win over Hopatcong in Butler. Chris Heredia tied the game at 29-29 in the first overtime on an 8-yard touchdown run after Dan Meusel put Hopatcong ahead with a 26-yard TD run. Butler rallied from a 22-6 deficit to tie it up in the third quarter as Heredia threw a 71-yard TD pass and Mike Tenned returned an interception for a TD. Hopatcong had led 22-6 lead at the half behind two defensive TDs from A.J. Bongiovanni and a 41-yard TD pass from Ryan Clarke to Meusel, but it was not enough.
Mount Olive 30, Randolph 13
Roxbury 44, Montville 0
Manalapan 35, Toms River North 30
John Seiczkowski ran for five touchdowns as Manalapan squeaked by Toms River North, 35-30, on Friday. Toms River North went up 21-14 at the half, thanks to two first-half touchdowns by running back Joey Fields. Fields had a 30-yard touchdown run and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Scott Buxbaum. After a scoreless third quarter, Sieczkowski rushed for three more touchdowns in the fourth. Trailing 24-21, Manalapan went ahead for good after Sieczkowski's fifth touchdown run with made the game 35-23.
Monsignor Donovan 8, Freehold Boro 6
Special teams played a huge role as Monsignor Donovan edged Freehold Boro, 8-6, in Toms River. In the second quarter, Monsignor Donovan blocked a punt that was picked up by senior Chris Carbone, who returned 35 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback R.J. D'Anton ran in the two-point conversion to go up 8-0. The score would remain until Freehold Boro's Stacey Sunnerville blocked a punt of his own in the fourth quarter. Freehold’s Kevin Smith was able to run it in on the next play from a yard out, but the team was unable to convert the try and did not recover the onside kick as Monsignor Donovan held on for the victory.
Howell 23, Brick Memorial 7
Quarterback Ryan Davies scored three touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, as Howell cruised to a 23-7 win over Brick Memorial in Brick. Davies was 22-for-33 for 223 yards passing, hitting Yaegel 10 times for 104 yards and two scores. Tory Robinson added six receptions for 50 yards. Brick Memorial scored on a 16-yard run by Anthony Miller in the second quarter for its lone score.
Long Branch 38, Bridgewater-Raritan 7
Running back Joscil Jackson ran for two touchdowns to lead Long Branch to a 38-7 win over Raritan in Long Branch. Jackson had 118 yards on 10 carries. Dwight Clark also had a 22-yard score for his team-leading ninth rushing TD and finished with 173 yards on 21 attempts. Clark also caught a 16-yard pass from Avery Griffin to complete a 19-point second quarter. Griffin busted a 65-yard run in the third quarter as Long Branch earned its third consecutive victory after starting the season 0-5. Raritan scored late when C.J. Pulcine found Jacquin Jordan in the end zone for a 12-yard score.
St. John Vianney 34, Central 26
Jackson 37, Freehold Township 0
Barnegat 27, Holmdel 6
Point Pleasant Boro 36, Manchester 0
Southern 28, Middletown North 0
Point Pleasant Beach 38, Spotswood 7
Red Bank Catholic 49, Toms River 0