New Jersey football: Championship Central
Friday, December 2
NON-PUBLIC GROUP 4
No. 1 Don Bosco Prep 42, No. 2 Bergen Catholic 14
Elijah Shumate scored three touchdowns -- two on the ground and one off an interception -- and Don Bosco Prep notched five picks on defense en route to cruising past Bergen Catholic, 42-14, in the Non-Public Group 4 championship at MetLife Stadium on Friday evening. Kyle Sakowski registered two interceptions, while Razohnn Gross and Spencer Scannell had one apiece for the Ironmen, who clinched their sixth straight sectional crown and second national title in three years. Quarterback Mike Yankovich had two rushing touchdowns and Jabrill Peppers contributed another for Don Bosco. Kyle Quiero and Mike Gerst scored for the Crusaders, who fell to their rival in the final for the second straight season.
NORTH 1 GROUP 1
No. 1 Pompton Lakes 20, No. 3 Glen Rock 0
Nieko Torres scored two rushing touchdowns and intercepted a pass on defense as Pompton Lakes cruised to a 20-0 victory over Glen Rock in the North 1 Group 1 championship on Friday evening at MetLife Stadium. Larry Gelok also scored for the Cardinals, who clinched their first title since 2005 and finished the season at 11-1. The Panthers fell to 8-4.
NORTH 2 GROUP 2
No. 2 Madison 47, No. 1 Summit 7
Running back Justin Goodwin threw a touchdown pass, rushed for two others and had an interception on defense to propel Madison to a big, 47-7 victory over No. 1 Summit in the North 2 Group 2 championship at Kean University on Friday night. The standout junior rushed for 164 yards and became the school's all-time single-season scoring leader. The Dodgers clinched their second straight crown and won their 25th consecutive contest. Ben Anderson and Shone Register scored fourth-quarter touchdowns for Madison. Summit, meanwhile, suffered its first setback of the season and finishes 11-1.
Saturday, December 3
NORTH 1 GROUP 3
No. 1 Wayne Hills 15, No. 7 Old Tappan 12
Jeff Gignac scored two touchdowns -- including the game-winning catch with 3:05 remaining in the fourth quarter -- and Wayne Hills rallied for a 15-12 triumph over Old Tappan in the North 1 Group 3 championship at MetLife Stadium on Saturday evening. The Patriots erased a 12-0 halftime deficit in the second half and held standout quarterback Devin Fuller and the seventh-seeded Golden Knights at bay en route to winning the sectional crown for the seventh time in eight years. Fuller scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first half to hand his Cinderella team a lead. However, for the second time in a row, Old Tappan squandered a fourth-quarter cushion in this contest.
NORTH 1 GROUP 4
No. 3 North Bergen 14, No. 1 Montclair 13
Debray Tavarez came down with the game-winning catch as the clock ran out in the fourth quarter and became the hero for North Bergen, which pulled off an improbable, 14-13 thriller over top-seeded Montclair at MetLife Stadium on Saturday. Facing a 13-8 deficit and fourth-and-8 on the 22-yardline with two seconds left, quarterback Sergio Rodriguez heaved a last-second pass to Tavarez, who caught the miracle ball in the middle of three receivers. North Bergen, a heavy underdog, took an 8-0 lead when Eric McMullen ran in a 9-yard score and Kevin Carrero ran in the two-point conversion. However, Montclair came back when star quarterback Khalif Herbin capitalized on a short touchdown scamper and then threw a 27-yard pass to Darin Davis to forge a 13-8 advantage with 2:58 remaining in the second quarter.
NORTH 2 GROUP 3
No. 3 Cranford 27, No. 4 Parsippany Hills 0
Reggie Green was involved in a pair of touchdowns and came down with an interception to help Cranford blow by Parsippany Hills, 27-0, in the North 2 Group 3 title game at Kean University on Saturday morning. JP Christiano and Adham McGuire also found the end zone for the Cougars, who finished 10-1 and captured their first state title.
NORTH 2 GROUP 4
No. 8 Piscataway 41, No. 3 Elizabeth 34
Tevin Shaw rushed for 316 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the waning minutes, to lift eighth-seeded Piscataway to a thrilling 41-34 victory over Elizabeth at Rutgers University on Saturday morning. The Chiefs completed their second straight championship run in dramatic fashion, as they let the Minutemen knot the score with three minutes to go after leading by 14. Thanks to Shaw, though, Piscataway came up clutch and was able to notch its sixth title in 10 years.
CENTRAL GROUP 4
No. 5 Sayreville 23, No. 2 Manalapan 11
Delon Stephenson, Isaiah Cureton and Alex Yanuzzelli scored rushing touchdowns and Sayreville cruised by Manalapan, 23-11, in the Central Group 4 title game on Saturday afternoon. Stephenson was the star of the day, rushing for over 170 yards and spearheading a stellar defensive effort for the Bombers, who finished the season 10-2. They recorded wins over Jackson and South Brunswick to reach this point. John Sieczkowski had a 1-yard run for the Braves, who finished 10-2.
NON-PUBLIC GROUP 3
No. 1 St. Joseph Regional 45, No. 2 Delbarton 22
Sophomore quarterback Spencer Aukamp threw three touchdown passes and St. Joseph Regional got off to a hot start and never looked back in its 45-22 thumping of Delbarton in the Non-Public Group 3 championship at Kean University on Saturday afternoon. Christian Stapleton, Ricky Jeune and Jeff Farina were on the receiving ends of those scoring strikes, and Sherman Alston and Jabari Garvin added scores for the top-ranked Green Knights, who clinched their third title in four years. Jamie White and Rob Thoma scored for the second-seeded Green Wave, who faced a 24-7 deficit at the half.
CENTRAL GROUP 2
No. 6 Matawan 3, No. 1 Rumson 0
Mike Creamer booted a 32-yard field goal on the first drive of the contest and the defense took care of the rest as Matawan edged top-ranked Rumson, 3-0, in the Central Group 2 final on Saturday. One year after suffering a 13-7 loss to the same foe in the championship game, the No. 6 Huskies prevailed and notched a big upset at Rutgers University.
CENTRAL GROUP 3
No. 5 Neptune 47, No. 7 Steinert 28
Steinert showed a lot of guts in its first-ever state championship appearance, but the Scarlet Fliers of Neptune rode quarterback Jaheem Woods and a huge second half to a Central Group 3 title, 47-28. The Spartans actually led 21-7 after scoring on its first three drives of the first quarter but Neptune didn’t surrender a point after going into the break down 28-21. Each team had to go the upset route to make it to the finals with Steinert a No. 7 seed and Neptune entering as No. 5 in the bracket. After six trips to the playoffs without a win, Steinert made a magical run that almost ended with a title, but Woods was simply too much to handle. The senior carried his team in the comeback, finishing the day with 29 rushes for 260 yards and four scores while adding 164 yards and a touch through the air. Steinert quarterback Adam Riese was outstanding in defeat, going for 269 yards through the air and four touchdowns of his own.
CENTRAL GROUP 1
No. 1 Asbury Park 42, No. 3 Florence 18
Armond Conover and and Islan Joshua each scored two touchdowns and Asbury Park erupted for 28 points in the second half en route to blowing by Florence, 42-18, in the Central Group 1 title game on Saturday. Thomond Hammary and Tahjier Hammary also scored for the Bishops, who captured their fourth title in five years. Under the direction of former head coach Don Sofilkanich, Asbury Park rattled off three straight championship runs from 2007-09. When he bolted for the Neptune sideline prior to the 2010 campaign, Matt Ardizzone took over and went 5-5 in his first year. Now, Ardizzone and his team restored order in a bracket the program has dominated in recent years. Florence finishes its season 10-2.
NORTH 1 GROUP 2
West Essex 32, River Dell 14
Ralph Verlardi and Stephen O'Neill each rushed for two touchdowns and West Essex executed a spectacular defensive scheme in its 32-14 victory over River Dell in the North 1 Group 2 championship on Saturday. Tom Filipow also tossed a scoring strike to Paul Haramis for the top-seeded Knights, who moved past No. 8 Morris Hills and No. 4 Lenape Valley to reach the title game. Ryan Duran and Kevin Barry scored for No. 3 River Dell, which finished 10-2.
NORTH 2 GROUP 1
No. 3 Cedar Grove 34, No. 4 Weequahic 21
Joe McShane scored two touchdowns and Cedar Grove capitalized early and often in its 34-21 victory over Weequahic in the North 2 Group 1 championship game on Saturday morning. Joe Balestrieri, Nate Philipson and Michael Bocchino also scored for the Panthers, who clinched the title after recording playoff victories over Shabazz and New Providence to reach this point. Patrick Watson, Markques Winstead and Akrum Wadley scored for Weequahic.