New Jersey semifinals roundup: Saturday
Saturday, November 19
NORTH 1 GROUP 1
No. 1 Pompton Lakes 17, No. 5 Saddle Brook 14
Quarterback Rob Meyers connected with Nieko Torres for a go-ahead, second-quarter touchdown and the defense took care of the rest as top-seeded Pompton Lakes edged Saddle Brook, 17-14, in the North 1 Group 1 semifinals on Saturday. Saddle Brook's Steve Longo started the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run in the first. However, Meyers hit Jose Arroyo with a 2-yard scoring strike soon thereafter to tie the contest. The Falcons, who suffered their first loss of the campaign, tacked on a fourth-quarter score, but could not escape with a win. Meanwhile, Pompton Lakes did just enough to punch its ticket to the North 1 Group 1 championship game against Glen Rock in two weeks.
NORTH 1 GROUP 4
No. 1 Montclair 42, No. 4 West Orange 0
Khalif Herbin’s 115-yard, two score performance set an Essex County record for single-season scoring as Montclair crushed West Orange 42-0. Despite an ailing hamstring, the senior added to his single-season touchdown record with the two touchdowns and brought his 2011 total to 39 and his points total to 234. Montclair will now face North Bergen in the finals of the North 1 Group 4 playoffs.
NORTH 2 GROUP 1
No. 4 Weequahic 53, No. 8 Lyndhurst 14
Weequahic cruised past Lyndhurst on the strength of four Kadarious Bullock touchdowns, three through the air and a fourth on the ground, in a 53-14 victory in Newark. Quarterback Will Robinson was 10 of 15 for 260 yards as Weequahic registered its seventh straight win in the North 2 Group 1 semifinal matchup. Weequahic earns a shot at redemption against Cedar Grove in two weeks after dropping the first meeting with the Panthers, 32-20.
No. 3 Cedar Grove 20, No. 2 New Providence 14
The sophomore connection of quarterback Joe Slettery to Paul Rufo gave Cedar Grove a thrilling 20-14 victory over New Providence in New Providence. Cedar Grove will face Weequahic in the North 2 Group 1 championship, after defeating the Indians back on Sep. 16.
NORTH 2 GROUP 2
No. 1 Summit 34, No. 5 Caldwell 20
Summit experienced a scare, but a strong second half lifted the Hilltoppers over Caldwell, 34-20, in Summit. A.J. Jarussi erased a slow first half and finished with 22 carries for 152 yards and three scores for Summit, which never trailed. Summit will face also undefeated Madison in the North 2 Group 2 finals in two weeks.
No. 2 Madison 29, No. 6 Chatham 0 HIGHLIGHTS
Madison pitched a 29-0 home shutout over Chatham at Ted Monica Stadium at Twombly Field in the North 2 Group 2 semifinals. Junior running back/defensive back Justin Goodwin was the star of the game, scoring three touchdowns and hauling in an interception. Goodwin got the Dodgers rolling with his first TD with 54 seconds remaining in the first quarter. He followed that up with a touchdown with 10:15 left in the second, and he capped the scoring with his third and final strike of the game with 1:30 remaining in the fourth. Carson Lassiter, Madison's junior quarterback, scored the team's other touchdown on a one-yard plunge with 4:39 left.
NORTH 2 GROUP 3
No. 3 Cranford 34, No. 2 Colonia 7
Cranford earned its first trip to a state playoff game in school history with a 34-7 victory over Colonia in the North 2 Group 3 semifinals in Colonia. Cranford will meet Parsippany Hills, which defeated West Morris on Friday in a thrilling game, 25-21. Reggie Green ran for almost 200 yards on 19 carries and two scores and Chris Witwik added 68 yards and a score for Cranford.
NORTH 2 GROUP 4
Tevin Shaw rushed for a 10-yard touchdown on his team's first possession and the defense took care of the rest as No. 8 Piscataway continued its dream run and upended No. 4 East Orange, 7-0, in the North 2 Group 4 semifinals on Saturday afternoon. The Chiefs, who suffered two early season losses and fell in the MSG Varsity rankings before executing its current resurgence, will face No. 3 Elizabeth in the finals in two weeks. East Orange fell to 8-2.
CENTRAL GROUP 1
No. 1 Asbury Park 54, No. 5 Point Pleasant Beach 6
Armond Conover caught two touchdowns, threw a scoring strike and ran in another as Asbury Park scored early and often in its 54-6 thumping of Point Pleasant Beach on Saturday in the Central Group 1 semifinals. Conover threw a 53-yard touchdown pass, rushed for 101 yards and caught for 100 to round out a spectacular day for the Bishops, who will face No. 3 Florence in the championship game in two weeks.
CENTRAL GROUP 2
No. 6 Matawan 24, No. 2 Manasquan 14 HIGHLIGHTS
Larry Alston rushed for two scores and caught another as No. 6 Matawan upset No. 2 Manasquan, 24-14, on Saturday afternoon in the Central Group 2 semifinals. The Huskies scored 17 points in the second quarter and carried that lead into halftime. Manasqaun crawled within 17-14 in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Tyler Saito connected with Bryan Abadrabo and Connor Grogan, but Alston added his final score to seal the win. Matawan faces No. 1 Rumson in the finals.
NON-PUBLIC GROUP 1
No. 2 St. Mary 36, No. 3 Immaculate Conception 6
Kidane Rutty racked up three all-purpose touchdowns and St. Mary used a 22-point third quarter to blow the game wide open in its 36-6 drubbing of Immaculate Conception in the Non-Public Group 1 semifinals on Saturday. Rutty rushed for a pair of touchdowns and returned an interception for a score. Jonathan Diaz rushed for a pair of scores for St. Mary, which will face St. Joseph (Hammonton) in the final in two weeks. Charles Carter hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Taasheim Crum in the first quarter for Immaculate Conception.
NON-PUBLIC GROUP 3
No. 1 St. Joseph Regional 47, No. 5 Immaculata 7
Jabari Garvin rushed for three touchdowns and St. Joseph Regional's offense exploded in its 47-7 victory over Immaculata in the Non-Public Group 3 semifinal on Saturday afternoon. Mark Cieslak, Brion Wynn and Mike Osofsky added touchdowns for the Green Knights, who led 13-0 at the half and then scored 27 points in the third to quarter en route to punching their tickets to the final against Delbarton in two weeks. Sebastian Hofmann hauled in a touchdown catch late in the fourth for Immaculata, which fell one week after recording a first-round win over DePaul.
No. 2 Delbarton 30, No. 3 Red Bank Catholic 23 (2OT)
Jamie scored his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon in double overtime to lift Delbarton over Red Bank Catholic, 30-23, in a thrilling Non-Public Group 3 semifinal showdown on Saturday. Jake Feury booted his third field goal in the first overtime to even the score after Red Bank Catholic's Pat Toomey put his team ahead, 23-20. Robert Thoma scored a big fourth-quarter touchdown for the Green Wave, which will face St. Joseph Regional in the sectional final in two weeks. James Taylor, Greg Golden, and Larry Redaelli scored touchdowns for Red Bank Catholic.
NON-PUBLIC GROUP 4
No. 2 Bergen Catholic 42, No. 3 St. Peter's Prep 21 HIGHLIGHTS
Jonathan German tossed four touchdown passes and Bergen Catholic jumped out to a large, first-half lead en route to blowing by St. Peter's Prep, 42-21, in the Non-Public Group 4 semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Charles Wingate, John Tsimis, Justin Kulcsar and AJ Gallagher were on the receiving ends of German's scoring strikes for the Crusaders, who jumped out to a 28-7 lead at halftime thanks to a 21-point second quarter. Kyle Quiero returned an interception for a score, while Mike Gerst added a rushing touchdown. Bergen Catholic will now face Don Bosco Prep in the Non-Public Group 4 semifinals. Jonathan Hilliman, Jared Crayton and Mike Rabasca scored for St. Peters Prep.