The playoffs begin with tremendous action all over the Garden State. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the highlights!
Somerville 38 Rahway 21 | Group 3 South Quarterfinal
(4) Somerville (8-2) defeated (5) Rahway (4-5) 38-21 to advance to the South Jersey, Group 3 Semifinals. Rahway scored on its first two offensive possessions to lead 15-8 after the first quarter. Somerville answering back in the second tied the game at 15 heading into halftime. After both teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter, Senior standout Jaimen Bryant would find the end zone twice in the fourth for the eventual victory. Bryant finished with three touchdowns and an interception. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Somerville:
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Shawnee 34 Hammonton 15 | Group 4 Central Quarterfinal
The second-seeded Renegades trailed 8-7 after one quarter of play, but methodically pulled away from the Blue Devils to advance. Matt Welsey threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a score in the victory. Avery Cohen and Luke Anderson each caught a TD pass, while Dean Bialous rushed for two touchdowns for Shawnee (6-3). Justin Doughty caught a TD pass for seventh-seeded Hammonton (5-6) in the loss. The Renegades will host sixth-seeded Clearview next week.
JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford:
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Phillipsburg 23 Union City 6 | Group 5 North 2 Quarterfinal
The Stateliners raced out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter and sealed the victory with a Caleb Rivera pick six to score a win at Maloney Stadium. P’burg will take on 2nd seed Clifton on the road in the sectional semis. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the highlights and post-game reaction:
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Donovan Catholic 48 Notre Dame 8 | Non-Public “A” First Round
Jalin Butler threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns in the air while adding 76 yards and a TD on the ground in the Griffins dominating opening round win over the Irish. Nunes Bukula had 139 yards rushing and two scores as the Griffins raced out to a 35-0 lead midway through the second quarter. DC will face #1 seed Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public “A” quarterfinals next week. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Toms River: