The Polls are Open! Vote NOW for JSZ Week 2 South, Central and North Game Balls!
Just like that, Week 2 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and the Mid-State 38. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Shore Conference, Mercer County and the Greater Middlesex Conference. Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 9.21 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Two finishes with fantastic Saturday action across the Garden State. We’ve got eight great games including an incredible Power 6 opener between Saint Peter’s Prep and Bergen Catholic. Watch our teaser to get a taste of our coverage and then scroll down to watch all the action! St. Peter’s Prep 33 Bergen Catholic 30 You can guarantee there will be fireworks every time St. Peter’s Prep and Bergen Catholic meet on the gridiron. Trailing 30-27 with 1:55 left in regulation, junior QB Tahj Bullock drove his Marauders 86 yards and fired the game-winning, 26-yard touchdown pass to Jelani Mason to take the lead. This was a truly back-and-forth contest between two teams that will vie for the Non-Public Group 4 state title this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and reaction from Oradell: JSZ’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Joe’s (Montvale) 55 DePaul 14 It’s never a dull moment when Big North Conference rivals St. Joseph (Montvale) and DePaul Catholic get together. Saturday’s meeting between the two was action-packed right out of the gate as the Green Knights would take a commanding 21-7 lead at halftime following two early touchdowns from junior running back Audric Estime. Estime would finish the day with 171 rushing yards and three scores while Purdue commit Michael Alaimo had 157 passing yards and a touchdown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our St. Joe’s (Montvale) coverage! Woodrow Wilson 48 Delbarton 38 The Tigers (2-0) outlasted the Green Wave (1-2) in an early candidate for game of the year in New Jersey. Quarterback Devin Kargman had an impressive day through the air, racking up 448 yards and four touchdowns. He would also run for a touchdown in the game. Texas A&M commit Fadil Diggs hauled in 13 receptions for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Camden: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Delbarton is brought to you by Tip Of The Spear Football. St. Augustine 28 St. Joe (Hamm.) 12 The Hermits stunned the Wildcats with a relentless ground attack. Franklin Simms rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Nasir Hill rushed for two scores, with Austin Leyman finding the endzone as well. Jada Byers scored a pair of touchdowns for St. Joseph in the loss. It’s St. Augustine’s first win of the season, and its first win on the road against St. Joe since 2008. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Hammonton: Union 10 Westfield 7 The Farmers rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit with an Andrew Sanborn TD pass to Aaron Myrick in the 3rd quarter and a Ricardo Casas 27-yard field goal in the 4th to reach 3-0 on the season. Diante Wilson had back to back runs of 25 and 22 yards to set the stage for Casas and his game-winning boot with three minutes to go. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Westfield: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is made possible by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick Mater Dei Prep 55 Freehold Boro 0 Sophomore quarterback Alex Brown threw three TD passes in the first half and Mater Dei Prep rolled up 41 first-half points on the way to a third straight dominating victory. Isaiah Noguera had a 43 yard TD catch and Kyree Drake delivered a dazzling 52-yard score. Watch the highlights from the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is brought to you by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall Ocean Township 41 Monmouth Regional 7 Trebor Pena ran for 163 yards and 3 TD’s in the first half as the Spartans raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 2-0 mark in 2019. JSZ has the Shore Conference highlights from Tinton Falls: Hopewell Valley 12 Steinert 7 Henry Lewis ran for 142 yards and both Hopewell Valley scores to lead the Bulldogs to a 2-0 start to the season. JSZ has the highlights from Mercer County:
Watch Friday 9.20 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Two is well underway! JSZ has eight games from around New Jersey including a Shore Conference shocker, new turf at Phillipsburg, and an impressive win streak continues in South Jersey. Watch our Teaser to get a taste of the menu and scroll down to watch all of our highlights and post-game reaction! Middletown South 29 Red Bank Catholic 7 Tyler Cuccia had three TD runs and the Eagles scored 26 unanswered points to score an upset win and their first win of the season. Chris Lotito had a key interception and threw a TD pass on the halfback option to Matt Krellin. JSZ has the highlights of a stunner out of the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of RBC is brought to you by the Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness Red Bank Regional 21 Manasquan 7 Jack Chamberlain had a TD run and a 50-yard TD pass to AJ Abarno in the first half to pace the Bucs to a 3-0 mark in 2019. Manasquan blocked a field goal and returned it to the 10-yard line setting up their only score of the game, but David Hicks responded with an 83-yard kickoff return to put the game away. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Little Silver: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver Rumson-Fair Haven 49 Long Branch 20 John Volker scored three touchdowns in the first half including a 65-yard catch on a short pass as the Bulldogs rebounded from a 14-3 loss to Wall with an offensive explosion at home against Long Branch. Jermaine Corbett scored all three Long Branch TD’s in the loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is brought to you by Rosario Realty Shawnee 31 Hammonton 8 The defending South Jersey Group 4 champion Renegades improved to (3-0) with a convincing victory over the Blue Devils. Jake Barnett rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the win, with Tom Rebstock and Jaylen Horsley rushing for scores as well. Shawnee also moved the ball well through the air, as Matt Welsey connected with Nate Sommerville and Dom Frigiola for big plays. Kyle Vandever caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Barts for Hammonton in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Ridge 31 Bridgewater-Raritan 14 Ridge started off the 2019 season 2-0 following a 31-14 win over crosstown rival Bridgewater-Raritan. The Red Devils were able to take a commanding 21-0 lead in the first quarter after two touchdowns from wide receiver Cameron Lloyd. In the second half Lloyd would also catch a 56 yard pass from quarterback Brendan Bell for a third TD. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage! Ridgewood 20 Irvington 6 After starting 2-0 on the season, the Irvington Blue Knights hit a Maroon-colored roadblock Friday night. Ridgewood played suffocating defense throughout the game as they built a 20-0 lead behind two rushing touchdowns from Jack Wittmaack. Irvington did find the endzone in the fourth quarter one but it proved too late. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Irvington: Haddonfield 28 Cinnaminson 0 The Bulldogs improve to (3-0) and extend its state-best 20-game win streak with a dominant victory over the Pirates. Haddonfield’s defense put on a stellar performance holding Cinnaminson to just 26 yards of offense. Senior quarterback Jack Narducci threw for 124 yards and three touchdowns, all to senior wideout Kyle Garstkiewicz, in the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Cinnaminson: Coverage of Cinnaminson and Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Phillipsburg 37 Hunterdon Central 14 The Phillipsburg Stateliners began the newest era at Maloney Stadium with a bang. In their first home game since new turf was installed during the offseason, P’Burg made a statement. All three phases of the team were tough, highlighted by Matt Quetel’s 212-yard, four-touchdown game. JSZ has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Phillipsburg athletics is proudly brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club.
Watch Thursday 9.19 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Two gets started a little early up in North Jersey. JSZ brings you to the Super Football Conference for a pair of public school matchups. Stay tuned throughout the night for all the highlights! Eastside 24 Bergen Tech 7 Sophomore playmakers Amir Smith and Ahsin Jacobs carried the load offensively for Eastside in this Super Football Conference Libery Red division showdown. Smith found the endzone twice via touchdown runs and Jacobs also scored a pair of touchdowns through the air. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Lyndhurst: Clifton 14 Kennedy 7 Following a loss to Northern Highlands in Week 1, Clifton bounced back with a close 14-7 win over Paterson Kennedy. The Mustangs trailed early but fought back to take the lead in the second half. Clifton was led by Christian Bonepart who rushed for 150 yards and the eventual go ahead touchdown. Quarterback Kyle Vellis also contributed a 20 yard passing TD to tie the game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watchung Hills’ Jack Taub Wins JSZ Week 1 North Jersey Game Ball!
Look up the definition of work horse in the nearest dictionary — a photo of Watchung Hills running back Jack Taub should appear beside the entry. Taub put together a masterful performance in Week 1, carrying the rock 19 times for 195 yards and three touchdowns, while also chipping in two catches for 94 yards. For his top-tier performance, Taub was voted in by New Jersey football fans to win the Week 1 North Jersey Game Ball. Take Our Poll JSZ’s Jay Cook has the presentation from Warren:
Hillsborough’s Thomas Amankwaa Wins JSZ Week 1 Top Play Belt
The JSZ Top Play belt has a new home — and the Week 1 winners reside in the Mid-State 38. Hillsborough wide receiver Thomas Amankwaa’s 49-yard touchdown catch against Bridgewater-Raritan Friday night proved to be the difference-maker in a gritty 13-12 win. Raiders’ fans voted day and night, accounting for 13,283 votes (29.4 percent) to win the JSZ Week 1 Top Play Belt. Take Our Poll JSZ’s Jay Cook caught up with Amankwaa and the Hillsborough Raiders for the belt presentation:
Rahway’s Rashon Bradford wins Central Jersey Week 1 Game Ball
Rahway kicked off the 2019 season in a big way by defeating Voorhees 50-0. The Indians were led by Rashon “RaRa” Bradford who finished with three scores that included a receiving, rushing and a 51 yard defensive touchdown on an interception to cap off the night. The fans have spoken and he is JSZ’s Central Jersey Game Ball Winner for Week 1. Nery Rodriguez caught up the Bradford and his teammates on Wednesday afternoon’s practice: Take Our Poll Be sure to catch our Friday/Saturday football coverage every week through December and vote for top performance and play nominees Sunday-3 P.M. Tuesday for a chance to see your school bring home a JSZ Game Ball.
Ocean City’s Joe Repetti Wins JSZ Week 1 Game Ball
Joe Repetti had a strong performance against Egg Harbor Township as the Red Raiders roughed up the Eagles 49-0. The junior quarterback threw for 145 and two touchdowns, and ran for a pair of scores as well. Repetti earned 35% of the vote to take home the NJM Insurance South Jersey JSZ Game Ball. Check out the ceremony here: Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please send nominations with game stats to email@example.com by Saturday evening.
Mater Dei Prep has a Carli Lloyd of their own – meet Claire Gaston
Claire Gaston is the student liaison for Mater Dei Prep’s Women’s Leadership Committee and the senior is without question leading by example. The senior who is committed to play college soccer as a goalkeeper at Misericordia University has joined the Mater Dei Prep football team serving as the team’s kicker on extra points and field goals. Gaston credits the entire team and fellow kicker Richie Pekmezian for helping her with the transition from soccer to football. Pekmezian will join the team following his required 30-day transfer rule. Until then, it’s up to Gaston to put the ball through the uprights for a team that is currently ranked No.5 in the latest state polls. And she’s quickly made an impact. After going two for four on extra points in her football debut against Brick Township, Gaston delivered five straight extra points in the Seraphs 41-7 win over Jackson Memorial. While Carli Lloyd ponders a future kicking in the NFL, JSZ profiles another Jersey soccer standout who’s already kicking through barriers: Claire is helping raise money for the Kevin Attridge Women’s Leadership Challenge. Named in honor of a legendary Mater Dei coach who championed women’s sports, you can learn more about what the Seraphs are looking to do to give increased opportunities and female athletes here: LINK – Kevin Attridge Women’s Leadership Challenge
Clutch plays, big grabs and long runs up for JSZ Week One Top Play
Who wants the belt? We’ve got eight great nominees captured by JSZ cameras that are up for this week’s Top Play. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winning play will get a visit from JSZ cameras at a mid-week practice and the presentation of the JSZ Top Play Belt. Watch the Top Play nominees below and then cast your vote. Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Thanks to all the great fans at Pingry who voted for Sam Williams on the hook and ladder as our Week Zero Top Play Winner
The Polls are Open! Vote NOW for JSZ South, Central and North Game Balls!
Just like that, Week 1 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League and the Colonial Valley Conference. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and the Mid-State 38. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Shore Conference , Mercer County and the Greater Middlesex Conference. Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 9.14 JSZ Week 1 Football Highlights
Week 1 wraps up with plenty of great action all across the state. Thanks to our sponsors for allowing us to capture these great moments and be sure to look out for our Top Play and Game Ball nominees from this weekend. Our Teaser sets the stage for our coverage, then you can scroll down and watch all the action from a great Saturday of football! Camden 42 Cedar Creek 41 The Panthers raced out to a 28-0 lead, before the Pirates battled back and turned this one into an instant classic. Jalin Brownlee threw five touchdown passes for The High. Alijah Clark hauled in three touchdown catches, while DaMeir Burns finished with a pair of TD catches. Louie Barrios threw five touchdown passes and ran for a score for Cedar Creek in the loss. Purdue University commit Malachi Melton caught four TD passes, all in the fourth quarter. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a thriller in Egg Harbor City: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. St. Joe’s (Mont.) 33 Cardinal Hayes (NY) 7 New Jersey’s top team didn’t skip a beat in their first game on New Jersey soil in the 2019 season. Star junior running back Audric Estime broke the game open with an 89-yard touchdown scamper, leading the way to a 120-yard, three-touchdown performance. This was the nightcap game in the first annual Battle for the Bridge showcase. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from MetLife Stadium: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics throughout the 2019-2020 scholastic season is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics! Freehold Boro 27 Freehold Township 21 (2OT) Sha’Kim Shuler’s third TD run of the game in double overtime from 10 yards out gave Freehold Boro a crosstown rivalry win and the Duke Trophy. Shuler scored late in the fourth quarter to force overtime and the Freehold Boro defense was able to create a turnover in the second OT setting the stage for Shuler’s heroics. JSZ has thrilling highlights from a great football game: Why did we have highlights of Freehold Boro’s double-overtime classic? It’s because of our Colonials sponsor – Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall St. Anthony’s (NY) 16 Delbarton 14 The Battle of the Bridge Showcase from MetLife Stadium kicked off with a tough battle between St. Anthony’s (NY) and Delbarton. The Green Wave struck first with a special teams fumble recovery in the end zone to go ahead 7-0 in the second quarter. St. Anthony’s would tie the game at 7 heading into the break following a 4 yard running score from quarterback Rob McGee. Early in the second half Delbarton would take the lead following an 18 yard TD pass from Cole Freeman to Andrew Ross, but a field goal and a 28 yard throwing score from Rob McGee to Justin Houston put the Friars ahead 16-14 late in the fourth. Delbarton would come within field goal distance, however there would not be enough time for a last second score. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from East Rutherford: Thank you to Tip of the Spear Football for sponsoring our Delbarton coverage! Robbinsville 28 Gloucester Catholic 7 The Ravens improved to (2-0) on the season, propelled by a tremendous defensive performance led by junior Shane Martin, who had two blocked punts and an interception. Robbinsville quarterback Danny Surtz threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from J.A. Lynch Field in Gloucester City: Coverage of Robbinsville is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Gloucester Catholic coverage! Red Bank Catholic 7 Manasquan 0 Elijah Jules 10-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter was the only score of the contest as the Caseys defense holds Manasquan to 103 yards. Joe Diorio had a 56-yard catch to set up the score and delivered an interception in the fourth quarter. JSZ has the highlights from a Saturday afternoon Shore Conference defensive struggle: Thanks to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health and Wellness for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic. JSI is the reason we can bring you highlights of the Caseys all year long! Mater Dei Prep 41 Jackson Memorial 7 Malik Ingram had nine carries for 118 yards and 4 TD’s (all in the first half) and Naran Bunton had two catches for 110 yards and 2 TD’s to lead the Seraphs to a convincing win at home to improve to 2-0 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Thanks to Louro Chiropractic Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Jackson Memorial
Watch Friday 9.13 JSZ Week 1 Football Highlights
The 2019 season kicks into gear with great games all over the Garden State. The highlights are posted! Watch our Week One Teaser to get you ready for some great games around NJ. Then scroll down and watch each of our games. Thanks to our sponsors for allowing us to capture these great moments and we’ll see you on Saturday to wrap up our Week One coverage Holmdel 26 Shore Regional 23 (OT) Cameron LaMountain scored his fourth touchdown of the game on 4th own inside the one-yard line to give the Hornets a thrilling overtime win in their opener. Shore Regional forced OT on the foot of Cade Torres, who nailed a 31-yard field goal to tie the game at 20 with 1:50 to go in the 4th. Torres hit his third field goal of the game from 40 yards out to give Shore a 23-20 lead in OT before the Holmdel offense drove the ball down to the one-yard line setting the stage for the dramatic finale. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the exciting highlights from the Shore Conference: Two great sponsors are responsible for the highlights of this overtime thriller. Special thanks to RYPT (Shore Regional) and the Law Offices of Lawrence Luttrell (Holmdel) Red Bank Regional 23 Raritan 12 Jack Chamberlain had 16 carries for 175 yards and 3 TD’s as the Bucs overcame a 12-3 halftime deficit with 20 straight points to get to 2-0. The Bucs got a huge defensive effort from Will Dal Pra and Kyle Weisman. Weisman had a fumble recovery and Dal Pra had a key sack to put RBR in a a position to take the lead. Chamberlain had TD runs of 14, 6 and 68 yards all in the second half. Raritan got a 1-yard TD run from Mike Fiore and an 18-yard TD catch from Luke O’Hea from Steve Coponi. JSZ brings you the Shore Conference action from Hazlet: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is brought to you by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver Willingboro 28 Delsea 14 The Chimeras spoiled opening night for the Crusaders, thanks to a stout defense and a big-play offense. Khaleb McRae returned a fumble for a touchdown to open the scoring. Demie Sumo rushed for a score and caught a touchdown pass in the first half, as Boro built a 20-7 lead at the break. Zaire Clements added a second half touchdown run, while Ah-Shaun Davis and Temple commit Chris Long helped the Chimeras keep the chains moving all night long. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Franklinville: Coverage of Delsea is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Piscataway 21 Sayreville 7 Coming off a dominating 40-7 season opener against Franklin, Piscataway continued to show their strength by defeating Greater Middlesex Conference rival Sayreville 21-7. The Chiefs got on the board early in the first quarter thanks to a 25 yard opening drive touchdown from Khristan Hernandez. Hernandez would score again in the fourth quarter and also had an interception on defense. The game also extended Piscataway’s win streak to 16. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Phillipsburg 42 Franklin 7 Phillipsburg has outscored its opponents 96-7 through two games this season, and they’re doing so with a remarkably balanced attack on offense. Senior two-way threat Tommy Coury caught two touchdown passes while junior tailback Matt Quetel found pay dirt three times in a blowout win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Franklin: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Stateliners is made possible by our great Phillipsburg sponsor, the Garnet Booster Club. Hillsborough 13 Bridgewater-Raritan 12 After holding onto a 7-6 advantage at the break, Hillsborough came back from a 12-7 deficit in the third quarter with a 49-yard touchdown pass to retake and never give up the lead to Bridgewater-Raritan in a Mid-State 38 showdown. Thomas Amankwaa caught the eventual game-winning touchdown while T.J. Schultz snagged a key interception late in the game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Hillsborough: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Hillsborough and Bridgewater-Raritan athletics is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Holy Spirit 52 Eastern 15 The Spartans earned their first win of the season, building a 32-7 halftime lead. Sophomore QB Trevor Cohen threw two of his three touchdown passes to senior WR Ahmad Brown, and ran for a score in the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Ed Byrnes Stadium in Absecon: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Woodstown’s Abu Hall Wins JSZ Week 0 Game Ball
Woodstown won its opener over Florence thanks to a huge game from Abu Hall. The Wolverines senior rushed for three touchdowns, leading Woodstown to a 27-0 victory over the Flashes. Hall earned over 33% of the vote to become the first NJM Insurance South Jersey JSZ Game Ball winner of the season. Check out the ceremony here: Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are sponsored by NJM Insurance.
Sam Williams of Pingry takes home first 2019 JSZ Top Play Belt!
After countless votes JSZ has crowned our very first Top Play winner of the 2019 football season. Despite a 26-14 loss against Lawrenceville, Sam Williams along with his fellow Big Blue teammates pulled off a tremendous hook and ladder trick play which is featured below. Williams was quick to give thanks to his squad when presented with “The Strap”. Watch the ceremony below: Take Our Poll Be sure to cast your vote for Top Play between 9 am Sunday- 3 pm Tuesday to give your school a chance to take home a JSZ belt!
Lakeland’s Josh Paduani Wins JSZ Week 0 Game Ball!
Lakeland sophomore running back Josh Paduani started his varsity football career with a bang. The Lakeland Lancers routed Ramsey, 40-0, in their Week 0 bout and Paduani starred with 14 carries for 194 yards and four TD runs while also chipping in two receptions for 42 yards and another TD. Take Our Poll JSZ’s Jay Cook caught up with Paduani and the Lancers to present him with the JSZ Week 0 North Jersey Game Ball:
Raritan’s Mike Fiore Wins JSZ Week 0 Game Ball!
There’s nothing better than starting the season with a dominant performance. That’s exactly what happened when Mike Fiore rushed 13 times for 131 yards and four touchdowns in Raritan’s 33-7 victory over Matawan in Week 0. Fiore accumulated 8,620 votes for nearly 42 percent of all the voting in JSZ’s Week 0 Central Jersey Game Ball. Take Our Poll JSZ’s Jay Cook has the award presentation from Hazlet:
Who Wants the Top Play Belt? Vote Now for the Best Plays Captured by JSZ Cameras!
The Sunday JSZ tradition is back! We look back on all the best plays captured by our cameras and ask your vote for the Top Play of Week 00 and Week 0. We’ll keep our polls open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winning play will get a visit from JSZ cameras at a mid-week practice and the presentation of the JSZ Top Play Belt. We’ve got another great mix of plays from offense, defense and special teams. Watch them all then cast your vote: Take Our Poll
Time to Vote, New Jersey! Who Earns a Week 0 Game Ball?
The start of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey is upon us. Jersey Sports Zone is kicking off another year of game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored after unforgettable performances. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll So — which of these North Jersey football players gets YOUR vote in our Week 0 poll? Make sure to vote early and often! Take Our Poll Our Central Jersey Game Balls feature Top Performances from the GMC and Shore Conference Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 9.7 JSZ Week 0 Football Highlights
Week 0 wraps up with plenty of Saturday games all across the state. Watch our Saturday Week 0 Teaser and see what’s on tap and then scroll down to watch all of our extended highlights and post-game reaction Long Branch 25 Neptune 13 Kyle Davidson threw two TD passes and Jermaine Corbett had a pair of first-half touchdown runs to give Long Branch a hard-fought win in its 2019 opener. The Green Wave jumped out to a 19-0 lead until Neptune’s Willie Gross ran back a kickoff in the final minute of the first half 85 yards to make it a 19-6 game. The Scarlet Fliers were down just six heading into the fourth, but Davidson threw a 10-yard dart to Jayon Farra to put the game away. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Thanks to Rosario Realty for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Long Branch Green Wave Rutherford 35 Manchester Reg. 32 Talk about a see-saw game! Rutherford and Manchester went toe-to-toe in an NJIC Colonial Division clash, and it was something to see. Bulldogs’ running back Kris Guzman led Rutherford with a trio of rushing touchdowns while the Falcons were paced by sophomore Sammy Viera’s four-touchdown performance. After all that, it came down to a 4th-and-11 in the final seconds. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Haledon: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone is excited to welcome Rothman Orthopaedics as our newest sponsor for Rutherford. They’re the reason we were able to capture these great Week 0 highlights. Lawrenceville 26 Pingry 14 After going 1-9 last year Lawrenceville kicked off 2019 1-0 after an exciting 26-14 comeback victory over Pingry in their season opener. Big Red got ahead 13-0 early thanks to 30 yard rushing score from Running back Jacob Fenton and a deep ball connection from Quarterback Drew Friedman to Jake Simpson. However, Pingry would score twice in the second quarter to lead 14-13 at halftime. In the third quarter Fenton and Friedman would each run in an additional TD to help Lawrenceville walk away with the victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Lawrenceville coverage! West Deptford 31 Paulsboro 14 The Eagles took it to the rival Red Raiders from the start, building a 24-0 first half lead. West Deptford QB Aaron Graeber ripped off a number of big runs, and also had an interception on defense. Gavin Shields and Tyshawn Bookman each rushed for a pair of touchdowns. Nick Pellegrini threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Bhayshul Tuten for the Red Raiders in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Paulsboro: West Orange 29 Montclair 6 Adonis May was a one man defensive wrecking crew with a scoop and score defensive TD, a blocked punt for a safety and an additional fumble recovery to help Darnell Grant win his first game with the Mountaineers. Mason Murdock threw a pair of TD passes and Shakhi Carson added an 11-yard TD run. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the final game of the Rumble on the Raritan at Rutgers: Union 20 Curtis 12 The Union Farmers defeated the Curtis Warriors from Staten Island, NY at Rutgers University for the Rumble on the Raritan. Quarterback Andrew Sanborn threw two touchdowns, one to Rutgers commit, Ahmirr Robinson, and the other to Kayir McBride. Diante Wilson also finished with a rushing touchdown. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Rutgers University: Jackson Memorial 24 Brick Memorial 17 Shore Conference fans were gifted with some fireworks after rain pushed back the Week 0 start for these two Ocean County teams. Jackson Memorial running back Will Towns led a stellar rushing attack with 187 yards and one score. The Jags’ defense also accounted for eight sacks in the win. Watch all the highlights from Brick: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Jackson Memorial athletics throughout the 2019-2020 season will be brought to you by the Louro Chiropractic Center. Cedar Creek 34 Salem 12 The Pirates improved to (2-0) on the season, as they built a 34-0 lead on the Rams on the road. Louie Barrios threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score. Malachi Melton, Jeremy Taylor and Aaron Richardson all had touchdown receptions in the win. Manny Reid also rushed for a score for Cedar Creek. Kaciir Street had a touchdown catch for Salem, as the Rams fall to (0-2). James Mooney has the highlights from Salem:
Watch Friday 9.6 JSZ Week 0 Football Highlights
Week 0 heats up with tons of action all across the Garden State. Watch our Teaser below to get a taste of all the action coming from the Jersey Sports Zone team and scroll down to watch the action from every part NJ! Rumson-Fair Haven 20 Red Bank Catholic 14 John Volker ran for 163 yards on the ground and 25 more through the air with two touchdowns and Ryan Ruane had a 69-yard interception for a score as RFH built a 20-0 lead and held on to beat RBC for the first time since 2002. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank and the showdown of two of the top teams in the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is made possible by Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness. We’ll have great RBC coverage all year long thanks to JSI! Red Bank Regional 50 Freehold Boro 7 The Red Bank Regional Bucs had a riveting season opener under new head coach, David Schuman. Quarterback, Jack Chamberlain completed 11 out of 13 passes for 143 yards. He also scored two touchdowns for RBR. Wide receiver, running back and linebacker, Owen Laughlin, also finished with two touchdowns. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Little Silver: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is made possible by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall. Gonzaga (D.C) 35 Don Bosco Prep 21 After losing their season-opener in California last weekend, Don Bosco Prep returned back home to the Garden State looking for a win. Standing in the way was Gonzaga and their five-star Class of 2021 quarterback Caleb Williams. Williams was masterful throughout the game, accounting for 5 touchdowns and leading a comeback effort against the Ironmen. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Cherokee 51 Washington Twp. 6 After winning just one game in 2018, the Chiefs came out on a mission to begin the 2019 campaign. They raced out to a 28-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Billy Osborn ran for a score and threw two touchdown passes to Caden Burti in the victory. Darren Hazen rushed for a pair of TDs. Cherokee also scored on defense and special teams in this one. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Sewell. Coverage of Washington Township is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Cinnaminson 21 Delran 10 The Pirates overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit to knock off the Bears in the opening game of the season for both teams. Shawn Ruffin rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown to lead the way for Cinnaminson. Carmen Saginario and A.J. Torres also found the endzone for the Pirates in the win. Michigan commit R.J. Moten scored Delran’s only touchdown of the night. James Mooney has the highlights from this Burlington County clash: Coverage of Cinnaminson is made possible by NJM Insurance. North Brunswick 26 South Brunswick 0 After 42 years of meeting on Thanksgiving, North and South Brunswick did not play in 2018 due to the new football playoff system. However, the friendly rivalry resumed in Week 0 and for the first time in eight meetings it was the Raiders walking away victorious. Dahvey Hicks who recently transferred back to the program from New Brunswick made his return memorable as he returned a 95 yard kickoff and rushed in a 36 yard touchdown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage! Notre Dame 55 Ewing 12 Cortaz Williams had a monster game with 7 carries for 122 yards on the ground with three TD’s to go along with a blocked punt TD and a 79 yard kickoff return for a score. Shawn Clancy gets his first win as Irish head coach. JSZ has the Mercer County action: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Notre Dame and Ewing is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Robbinsville 19 Manchester Twp. 15 Robbinsville quarterback Dan Surtz was the force behind a major surge of offense in the Ravens’ season opener. Surtz led the way with three touchdowns — including a top-play worthy run and a game-winning TD pass — to help capture their first win of 2019. JSZ has the highlights from Ocean County: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Robbinsville is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Livingston Lancers Hold the Rope
Head Coach Bob Breschard has a motto for the Livingston Lancers: Hold the rope. The motto has united the team and developed a strong bond. Last year, the Lancers finished 7-3, their best record in 10 years. After graduating 25 seniors, Breschard spent summer camp putting the pieces together and adding the finishing touches. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Livingston: 2019 Livingston Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – vs. Randolph Friday, Sept. 13 – at Bayonne Friday, Sept. 20 – vs. Pope John Thursday, Sept. 26 – at East Side Saturday, Oct. 5 – vs. West Orange Friday, Oct. 11 – vs. Bloomfield Saturday, Oct. 19 – at East Orange Friday, Oct. 25 – vs. Montclair Friday, Nov. 1 – at Columbia
Watch Thursday 9.5 JSZ Week 0 Football Highlights
A pair of Thursday night games kicked off the Week 0 slate, as JSZ has highlights from Deptford-Cherry Hill East and Hasbrouck Heights-Cresskill. Deptford 44 Cherry Hill East 6 With Al Orio returning to the sidelines to begin a second stint with the Spartans, Deptford dominated the Cougars to open the season. The Spartans raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead, as Jamir Robinson threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for a score. Lee Chandler and Elijah Jones-Ali had the TD receptions for Deptford, with Mikel Hamlet rushing for a score. Isaiah Morton added a special teams touchdown in the first half. Garry Pitts ran for a TD in the second half for the Spartans. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Cherry Hill: Cresskill 35 Hasbrouck Heights 14 There’s nothing quite like opening your season with a statement. Cresskill quarterback Aidan Feulner ran for 144 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars ended Hasbrouck Heights’ 15-game win streak. Cresskill also notched their first win against the Aviators since the 2006 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Cresskill:
Dan Merkel prepares for third year as Allentown starting QB
2018 started off hot for Allentown. The Redbirds opened up with a three game win streak before dropping three in a row to end the season 4-5 under Coach Jay Graber. Jason Lackenmeyer enters 2019 as A-Town’s new Head Coach and despite having some inexperienced talent at the varsity level he has two year starter Dan Merkel under center… Last season the Junior quarterback threw for 1,429 yards with 8 touchdowns and rushed for 844 yards and 6 TD’s. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: Allentown 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 13 — vs. at Notre Dame Saturday, Sept. 20 — vs. Hightstown Friday, Sept. 28 — at Steinert Friday, Oct. 4 — at Lenape Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. Trenton Saturday, Oct. 19 — at Burlington Twp. Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. West Windsor Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Nottingham
Elizabeth to rely on large line and new playmakers in 2019
The Minutemen have just two starters back from a six-win team, but a massive line on both sides of the ball and some playmakers from the JV ranks are ready to show that they can shine under the Friday Night Lights. Elizabeth opens with three of their first four games on the road. JSZ’s Camp Countdown Previews continue with a look at the 2019 edition of coach Jamil Jackson’s Elizabeth Minutemen: 2019 Elizabeth Minutemen Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – at Hillsborough Friday, Sept. 13 – vs. Union Saturday, Sept. 21 – at Plainfield Friday, Sept. 27 – at Linden Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. Westfield Friday, Oct. 11 – vs. Watchung Hills Friday, Oct. 18 – at Ridge Friday, Oct. 25 – vs. Piscataway Friday, Nov. 1 – at Hunterdon Central
Head Coach Jay Graber Reawakens Huskies
Head Coach Jay Graber had a huge impact on the Allentown football team for nine seasons, leading them to their first ever sectional title. This will be Graber’s first season with the Matawan Huskies, and the team is already liking his coaching style. Matawan finished 1-8 last season, but the program has a history full of talent. They have won seven sectional titles as well as a Central Group IV title in 1975. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview from Matawan: 2019 Matawan Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – vs. Raritan Friday, Sept. 20 – vs. Colts Neck Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Lakewood Friday, Oct. 4 – at Toms River East Saturday, Oct. 12 – vs. Toms River South Friday, Oct. 18 – at Jackson Liberty Friday, Oct. 25 – vs. Shore Friday, Nov. 1 – at Neptune
New wave of Long Branch takes on challenge of three-peat
Long Branch has had a two-year surge that has seen 21 wins, 2 sectional titles, and a bowl victory. Now, 16 new starters will need to get up to speed quickly and take on the daunting task of a three-peat. The Green Wave will feature 3,500-yard rusher Jermaine Corbett who had a 2,000-yard junior season. Corbett will be the centerpiece, but coach Dan George’s team will have other playmakers including junior wide receiver Jayon Farrar and RB/LB Jah’Kwan Gordon. JSZ paid a visit to Long Branch camp ahead of their opener this Saturday against Neptune: 2019 Long Branch Green Wave Football Schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 – vs. Neptune Friday, Sept. 13 – vs. Middletown North Friday, Sept. 20 – at Rumson-Fair Haven Friday, Sept. 27 – at Red Bank Catholic Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. Middletown South Friday, Oct. 11 – at Manalapan Saturday, Oct. 19 – vs. Toms River North Friday, Nov. 1 – vs. Saint John Vianney Thursday, Nov. 28 – at Red Bank Regional A special thanks to Rosario Realty for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Long Branch.
Green Wave Growth Expected in 2019
After a bounce back season in 2018, all signs are pointing upward as Delbarton prepares to get going for the 2019 season. Although there’s only 10 seniors on the team, the Green Wave are hopeful that core group can lead a team with young talent across the board. Quarterback Cole Freeman will the lead offense after a solid sophomore campaign, while Gary Lewis shifts from running back to wide receiver this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the 2019 Green Wave from Morristown: Delbarton 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 — at Landon School (MD) Saturday, Sept. 14 — vs. St. Anthony’s (NY) @ MetLife Stadium Saturday, Sept. 21 — at Woodrow Wilson Saturday, Sept. 28 — vs. DePaul Saturday, Oct. 5 — vs. Morris Knolls Saturday, Oct. 12 — vs. Pope John Saturday, Oct. 19 — at Seton Hall Prep Saturday, Oct. 26 — vs. Morristown Friday, Nov. 1 — at Clifton Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Delbarton football is proudly brought to you by Tip of the Spear Football!
Small Shore, Big Bite
Despite being a small school, the Shore Regional Blue Devils football team continues to succeed. Last year, the Blue Devils finished 7-3. This is not unusual for Shore, as they typically finish with winning seasons. This year, they will face a tougher schedule, but they bring a new offense to the line. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview from West Long Branch: 2019 Shore Regional Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – at Asbury Park Friday, Sept. 13 – vs. Holmdel Friday, Sept. 20 – at Barnegat Friday, Sept. 27 – at Pt. Pleasant Boro Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. Ocean Twp. Friday, Oct. 11 – vs. Monmouth Friday, Oct. 18 – vs. Raritan Friday, Oct. 25 – at Matawan
How Did Former D-I Hooper Victor Konopka Become a High D-I Football Recruit?
When Victor Konopka graduated from Don Bosco Prep this past spring, his plan was to enroll at Army West Point where he was committed to play Division I basketball. But after contemplating his athletic career, the former JSZ All-Zone basketball player decided to leap and make a change. A big one. Konopka, a 6-7, 245-pound defensive line prospect, has joined the football team at Blair Academy and looks to follow in the footsteps of Jayson Oweh (Penn State) and David Ojabo (Michigan) as basketball-turned-football players who greatly benefitted from stellar coaching at Blair. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Blairstown:
“Ohana” Effort Will Power Blair in 2019
To Blair Academy, Ohana — the Hawaiian translation for “family” — is everything. Considering the Buc players eat, sleep and live with each other every day, it makes sense. But that mindset translates to the gridiron, where the Bucs have some of the top talent in the Northeast. Senior defensive back and Purdue University commit Sanoussi Kane, along with premiere junior Power 5 defensive line recruit Aaron Armitage, are some of the best players in New Jersey. Their leadership will be key for the Bucs to achieve a total team effort in 2019. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews Blair Academy from Blairstown: Blair Academy 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 14 — at Gilman School (MD) Saturday, Sept. 21 — at Wyoming Seminary (PA) Saturday, Sept. 28 — vs. William Penn Charter School (PA) Saturday, Oct. 5 — vs. Hun School of Princeton Saturday, Oct. 12 — vs. Capital Prep Harbor School (CT) Saturday, Oct. 19 — at Hill School (PA) Saturday, Oct. 26 — vs. Lawrenceville Saturday, Nov. 2 — at Peddie School
Jackson Memorial Jaguars Return Jaw-Dropping Defense
Jackson Memorial returns nine of their defensive players in 2019. They finished 6-4 last season, allowing only 10.1 points per game on defense. Senior defensive end and University of Connecticut commit, Collin McCarthy, finished last season with 43 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. The Jags will look to senior first year starting quarterback, Lonnie Cebulski, to lead their Multiple Offense. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview from Jackson: Jackson Memorial 2019 Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – at Brick Memorial Saturday, Sept. 14 – at Mater Dei Friday, Sept. 20 – vs. Wall Friday, Sept. 27 – at Brick Township Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. St. John Vianney Friday, Oct. 11 – vs. Jackson Liberty Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Freehold Boro Friday, Nov. 1 – vs. Rumson
Comets learn from tight losses, primed for big 2019
Hackensack knows that they can do a lot better than last year’s 5-5 mark. The Comets found themselves in a lot of close games and they feel a senior-laden team is ready to learn from those tough lessons and have a breakthrough year. 14 starters are back for coach Benjie Wimberly, many of them are in their third year in the starting lineup. Tymere Robinson is one of the state’s top running backs with over 1200 yards and 17 TD’s last year. Jayden Robertson is set to take over at quarterback and the junior provides a dual threat to the Comets offense. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s preview of Hackensack now: Hackensack Comets 2019 Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Eastside Friday, Sept. 13 — at Passaic Tech Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. Paramus Catholic Friday, Sept. 27 — at Clifton Saturday, Oct. 5 — at Hudson Catholic Thursday, Oct. 10 — at Bergen Tech Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. Kennedy Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Ridgewood Thursday, Nov. 28 — at Teaneck
Varsity experience not a concern at Rancocas Valley
The last three seasons Rancocas Valley has held a prominent roll in being a premiere Group 5 program in the West Jersey Football League. In that time the Red Devils have went 27-8 behind top division 1 talent that included two trips to sectional championship games. In 2019 RV looks to many varsity inexperienced sophomores and juniors to take the reigns and this group is confident they can maintain that level of success and return strong to play for a trophy. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Rancocas Valley 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Shawnee Friday, Sept. 13 — at Williamstown Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. Trenton Saturday, Sept. 28 — vs. Cherokee Friday, Oct. 11 — at St. Augustine Friday, Oct. 18 — at Vineland Saturday, Oct. 26 — vs. at Lenape Wednesday, Nov. 27 — at Pemberton
Stronger Gloucester Catholic Rams Aiming for Bounce-Back Season
After back-to-back winning seasons, Gloucester Catholic took a small step back in 2018, finishing (3-8). The Rams worked hard in the off-season to overhaul the culture of the program, which included a complete overhaul of the team’s weight room. GC head coach Casey Murphy will count on seniors Luke Van Auken and Jerry O’Donnell to provide veteran leadership this season. Junior Benjamin Watkis is an emerging player to keep an eye on for the Rams this fall. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview from the Patrick Peyton Athletic Complex on the campus of Rowan College of South Jersey – Gloucester Campus: Gloucester Catholic Rams 2019 Schedule Saturday, September 14th – vs. Robbinsville Saturday, September 21st – vs. Clearview Saturday, September 28th – vs. Middle Township Saturday, October 5th – vs. Collingswood Friday, October 11th – at Pleasantville Saturday, October 19th – vs. Woodstown Saturday, October 26th – vs. Lower Cape May Friday, November 1st – at Buena Thursday, November 28th – vs. Gloucester Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Camden has unfinished business entering 2019
Camden went (10-2) in 2018 behind a relentless offensive attack and a tough-nosed defense that allowed less than eight points-per-game. There would be no trip to MetLife Stadium for the Panthers, however, after they were eliminated in the South Group 2 championship game by Haddonfield. The High, having graduated 20 seniors in the spring, will have some spots to fill on both sides of the ball. The Panthers do return Butkus Award nominee and University of Miami commit Tirek Austin-Cave. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: Camden Panthers 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Winslow Friday, Sept. 14 — vs. Cedar Creek Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. Paul VI Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Delsea Saturday, Oct. 5 — at Pemberton Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. Pennsauken Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Camden Catholic Friday, Nov. 1 — at Willingboro Thursday, Nov. 28 — at Woodrow Wilson Thank you to Cooper University Health Care for sponsoring our Camden coverage!