Patterson, Neptune bounce Matawan
Ajee Patterson threw an interception on his first attempt, but was the only error the senior quarterback would make Neptune's 46-10 win over Matawan on Friday evening.
Geoff Fairbanks and Keyshawn Rice each grabbed a pair of touchdowns during a streak of four-straight scoring drives in the first half for the Fliers, who improved to 4-0 on the season. Patterson would finish with a huge night through the air, 13-18 for 329, four touchdowns and a rushing score for good measure.
Patterson distributed the ball with precision all game long, hitting six different receivers on the evening, but his favorite target was Fairbanks, who finished with three catches for 127 yards.
With the score 25-3, Matawan looked like it had caught a break when a Neptune drive was short-circuited by a ridiculous one-handed interception by Dan Incle. The feeling would be short lived, however, as on the very next play the Huskies would fumble the ball in their own endzone and Sekou Harris fell on the loose pigskin to put Neptune up, 32-3.
Matwan could only muster 53 yards of total offense in the first half, while Patterson had 328 yards and four scores before the band hit the field. Fairbanks, Rice and Keith Kirkwood all had more yards receiving than Matawan had total offense.
Junior quarterback KaShaun Barnes was under constant duress and never had an opportunity to get into a rhythm. After Neptune's huge first half the Huskies were forced to abandon the run game in the second and the Neptune defense went to work, constanty disrupting Barnes who seemed like he was constantly running for his life.
Matawan falls to 3-1 on the season and will get a chance to bounce back against Wall at home next week. Neptune's victory puts Mark Ciccotelli's squad right where it wants to be, 4-0 heading into a Week 5 meeting with Brick Memorial.
Contact John Quirk at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @QuirkMedia