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Results of Friday's high school playoff football games, gathered from All Shore Media:

NJSIAA Tournament


Central Jersey Group V

(4) Hunterdon Central 40, (5) Brick Memorial 21

Senior quarterback Ryan Cieplenski ran for a 20-yard touchdown and also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to wideout Joe Hans as the Mustangs (5-5) fell to the Red Devils (5-4-1) to end their season.

Jason Cabinda had a pair of touchdown runs and Mike Knight threw two touchdown passes in the win for Hunterdon Central, which moves on to face top-seeded Manalapan in the semifinals.

(1) Manalapan 39, (8) Monroe 7

Junior tailback Tyler Leonetti had a pair of touchdown runs as the Braves (9-0) blew out to a 32-0 halftime lead on their way to rolling past the Falcons (3-7).

Manalapan will host fourth-seeded Hunterdon Central in the semifinals.

Brick 23, Hightstown 3 (consolation game)

Senior linebacker Doug Cuccinello had four sacks to help the Green Dragons (3-7) end the season with a win over the Rams (2-8).

South Jersey Group V

(2) Eastern 41, (7) Toms River North 38

Eastern quarterback Tom Flacco, the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown as the Vikings (7-3) pulled out a last-minute win over the Mariners (5-4). Eastern will host Southern in the semifinals.

Sophomore quarterback Carmen Sclafani ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, junior tailback Trevon Bass had a pair of touchdown runs and senior kicker Chris Gulla booted a field goal in the loss for Toms River North.  

(6) Southern 33, (3) Washington Twp. 32

Senior tailback Abe Gonzalez ran for three touchdowns, including a 55-yarder, and the Rams (7-2) blocked an extra point with three minutes left in the game to stun the host Minutemen (7-2) and move on to the semifinals, where they will travel to second-seeded Eastern.

Senior quarterback Dan Higgins threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Rob Yaiser for a 33-26 lead with five minutes left in the game for the game-winner for Southern.

 Non-Public Group III

(4) Red Bank Catholic 54, (5) Msgr. Donovan 0

Senior James Taylor had two punt returns for touchdowns, sophomore tailback Mike Cordova had a 24-yard touchdown run, quarterback Pat Toomey had a 54-yard touchdown run, senior Jesse Flaherty ran for an 18-yard touchdown, and junior tailback Larry Redaelli scored on a 22-yard touchdown run as the Caseys (9-0) built a 40-0 lead at halftime on their way to blanking the Griffins (5-4).

RBC will travel to top-seeded St. Joseph-Montvale, the defending champion, in the semifinals.

Central Jersey Group IV

(7) Middletown South 40, (2) West Windsor South 8

Senior fullback Jake Ripnick ran for four first-half touchdowns of 2, 3, 3, and 24 yards as the Eagles (6-3) blew out to a 33-0 lead in the second quarter on their way to routing the Pirates (8-2) to reach the semifinals. Middletown South will play the winner of Saturday's Colts Neck-Steinert game in the next round in two weeks.

Junior quarterback Kyle Brey added a 9-yard touchdown run and also threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to wideout Andrew Wisialko in the win.

Central Jersey Group III

(3) Long Branch 26, (6) Matawan 3

Senior quarterback Avry Griffin threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Deon Williams and also ran for a 68-yard touchdown to help the Green Wave (8-1) win their sixth straight game and their second in a row over the Huskies (6-3) to advance to the semifinals, where they will play the winner of Saturday's Manasquan-Nottingham game.

Sophomore kicker Vicente Mota added field goals of 23 and 34 yards, and sophomore defensive end Hunter Baillie had a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown for Long Branch.

Kicker Mike Creamer had a 27-yard field goal in the loss for Matawan.

Central Jersey Group II

(6) Weequahic 13, (3) Rumson-FH 10

Akrum Wadley scored on a 1-yard run with 5:05 left in the third quarter for his second touchdown of the game to give the Indians (7-2) a 13-3 lead and they held on to surprise the Bulldogs (7-2).

Junior kicker Jake D'Amelio hit a 20-yard field goal and senior quarterback Danny Roberto had a 1-yard touchdown run in the loss for Rumson.

Central Jersey Group I

(1) Shore 48, (8) Keansburg 12

Senior fullback Jack Kelly ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries to help the Blue Devils (8-1) win their eighth straight game and beat the Titans (4-5) for the second time this season to advance to the semifinals, where they will host the winner of Saturday's South Hunterdon-Asbury Park game.

Junior quarterback Matt Muh ran for an 8-yard touchdown and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to senior Mark Costantino in the win.

(2) Point Beach 44, (7) South River 6

The Shore Conference's leading rusher and scorer, senior Danny Tighe, ran for three touchdowns to give him 24 for the season as the Garnet Gulls (9-0) routed the Rams (6-4) to set the school single-season record for wins and advance to the semifinals, where they will host the winner of Saturday's Florence-Keyport game.

Senior running back Kyle Samaritano added a pair of touchdown runs, senior Andre Cochran had one and sophomore quarterback Jake Fioretti threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Noah Yates in the win.

South Jersey Group III

(4) Northern Burlington 27, (5) Point Boro 17

Senior quarterback Chris Oliphant ran for a 38-yard touchdown and senior kicker Brett Blank added a 37-yard field goal as the Panthers (5-5) had their season come to an end in a loss to the Greyhounds (5-4), who got 120 yards rushing and four touchdowns from L.J. Terry.

(6) Bridgeton 18, (3) Barnegat 17

The Bengals (4-5) built a 17-0 lead in the first half but could not hold on as the Bulldogs (6-4) rallied for 18 unanswered points, winning on a 72-yard punt return by Cappadonna Miller with 1:04 in the third quarter and taking advantage of six Barnegat turnovers.

Quarterback Cinjun Erskine had a 1-yard touchdown run, running back A.J. Opre had a 7-yard run and senior Pat Moran had a 30-yard field goal in the loss for Barnegat.

Other consolation games

Gov. Livingston 41, Raritan 13

Lenape 37, Jackson Memorial 21

Howell 42, Perth Amboy 7

Toms River East 63, Woodrow Wilson 24

Freehold Twp. 15, East Brunswick 7

Senior quarterback Dan Bloodgood ran for a pair of touchdowns, including a 63-yard burst in the fourth quarter for the game-winner to help the Patriots (3-6) beat the Bears (2-6-1).

Freehold 41, Middletown North 29

Resident November 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Time for BTHS to start looking for a new coach. They fought so hard to bring Wolfs boys in and they produced two non playoff seasons with a ton of talent both years.
knarfie November 17, 2012 at 08:32 PM
This goes to prove the consolation games are a joke if a team like TR East can score 63 points against them. Nothing against TR East, but what does it prove?
DennyD November 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I do not think the Dragons are struggling because of the coaching. I haven't seen "a ton of talent". I have seen a spirited group of kids doing their best. Too many people want to point fingers and blame somebody, anybody. Also, far too many people are living in the past. I maintain that the way Pat Dowling was removed, not only as a coach but as a teacher, has set a tone of distrust within the Brick community. Watch your back.
Brick Jerz Mom November 18, 2012 at 07:58 PM
The problem is they don't know how to adjust to NON daddy ball, year & years of putting lack of talent on the field ( coaches sons & sons friends) so they have YEARS of experience in games while people that pay they $$ to the league, but because their parents aren't part of the " click" their child only get played min. plays ( even though the kids on the side lines are filled with talent & build for football) But the coach is so focused on their own ....So by the time these kids make it to HS you have average talent at best that have had game experience .... it starts there STOP with the Daddy ball at the younger ages But kids where they are built for & shows the talent for NOT about who knows who...
Resident November 18, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Ok maybe not a ton, but enough to win more games than they did and that is a reflection of the coaches prep and horrible playcalling in crucial moments. They simply did not take advantage of the talent they had. Good coaches know how to gameplan and put their playmakers in the right position to make a difference and they seldom did that when it was needed. As for Coach Dowling, he got a raw deal plain and simple and the powers that be should be ashamed of how they handled that.


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