Shore Conference Rewind: Week 5
Headline of the Week: Judgement Day
Nine teams will enter Week 6 boasting undefeated records in the Shore Conference. We can only be certain that three will stay that way (barring inconceivable ties) this coming weekend’s dust settles.
The schedule is absolutely bursting with blockbuster showdowns, but three, in particular, feature divisional ramifications at stake.
On Saturday, Rutgers plays host to a pair of mega matchups as St. John Vianney (5-0, 4-0) tangles with Rumson-Fair Haven (4-0, 3-0) at 4 in an A Central battle and precedes B North pacesetters Long Branch (4-0, 3-0) against Red Bank Catholic (5-0, 4-0) at 7.
Here's a look at the Week 6 schedule...
FRIDAY, OCT. 13
Howell at Manalapan, 7 - Watch live on News12Varsity.com
Monmouth at Red Bank, 7
Matawan at Raritan, 7
Toms River South at Central, 7
Jackson Memorial at Toms River North, 7
Toms River East at Brick Memorial, 7
Southern at Brick, 7
Manasquan at Ocean, 7
Wall at Middletown North, 7
Jackson Liberty at Freehold Township, 6:30
Holmdel at Manchester, 7
Middlesex at Shore, 7
Spotswood at Point Beach, 7
Keyport at Dunellen, 7
SATURDAY, OCT. 14
Freehold at Colts Neck, 12
Neptune at Marlboro, 1
Rumson-Fair Haven vs. St. John Vianney at Rutgers, 4
Long Branch vs. Red Bank Catholic at Rutgers, 7
Asbury Park at Mater Dei Prep, 1
Barnegat at Lacey, 1
Point Boro at Lakewood, 1
Keansburg at Sussex Tech, 1
Donovan Catholic at St. Joseph (Met.), 1
Player of the Week: QB Danny Vital, Keansburg
His availability for Saturday’s game against Point Pleasant Beach was questionable at the outset of the week due to an ankle sprain but by game time, there was not a shred of doubt the senior quarterback was primed for duty. Vital completed 15 of 21 attempts for a school-record 388 yards and four touchdowns to pilot the Titans to a dizzying 51-43 victory. Vital dispersed the passing load among seven different receivers and heaved scoring throws of 69, 47, 46 and 20 yards. He also did some nimble work with his feet, scoring Keansburg’s final TD on an 11-yard keeper.
Comeback of the Week: Lacey 34, Lakewood 33
Trailing, 27-13, in the third and 33-27 with just over three minutes left in regulation, Lacey rallied on the road to stun the Piners. Senior QB Coleton Klaus went 20 of 33 through the air for 286 yards and three TDs, the last a 37-yarder to senio WR Ryan Kilmurray with 1:07 remaining that put the Lions ahead by three.
Lakewood mounted a drive deep into Lacey territory before junior LB Greg Chadwick made a lunging interception at the Lions' four-yard line in the waning seconds to preserve the victory.
Kicker of the Week: Justin Burkert, Jackson Memorial
The sophomore booted the decisive 25-yard field goal with three minutes left in the fourth quarter that lifted the Jaguars (3-2, 2-2) to a 10-8 win at Southern on Friday night.
Hard to find two backs who have grasped the concept better than Zack Bair of Red Bank Catholic and Naim Mayfield of Manalapan. The numbers not only don't lie, they only magnifying how explosively dangerous both are once the ball is planted in their clutch.
Bair has turned 44 carries into 809 yards (18.4 ypc.) and 11 touchdowns, of which eight have been of 25 yards or more, including three beyond 75. The senior also has returned a punt 77 yards for a score and a kickoff 99 yards to the house.
Mayfield, another senior, has been equally ecomonical, parlaying 76 hauls into 1,135 yards (14.9 ypc.) and a mind-blowing 19 TDs in five games.
What's missing in Rumson-Fair Haven? Certainly not a D
For the second week in a row, Rumson-Fair Haven (4-0, 3-0) posted a 35-0 shutout, backed the one it got against Middletown South in Week 4 by doing the same to Matawan on Friday night. The Bulldogs have conceded 37 points to date (9.2 ppg.) and got a spirited performance from junior LB Christian Lanzalotto, who had eight tackles and an interception.
Team on the Rise: Brick Memorial
The Mustangs (4-1, 3-1) ran their win streak to four Friday night but knocking off Central (3-2, 3-1), 21-7. Senior RB Tony Thorpe rumbled for 171 yards, including a six-yard TD that snapped a 7-7 deadlock. During the three-game run of success, Thorpe has been instrumental, with 634 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Quarterback Tyler Sindel and WB Blaine Netterman enhance the run gam out of the veer while Vinny Palmieri, Grant McKelvey and Dylan Vill, who returned a fumble 10 yards for a score against Central, have been active members of a defense that's yielded 13.8 points a game.
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