JSZ’s Week 1 coverage continues with tremendous action all around the state. Enjoy the highlights!
Irvington 25 Millville 17 | Rumble on the Raritan
Irvington and Millville were the last two teams standing in Group 4 a year ago. That begs the question: what if they played for a state championship? Although its not last seasons’ teams, the Blue Knights and Thunderbolts put on a physical showcase at SHI Stadium. Famah Toure, playing on his future college field, ran in a pair of scores to pace Irvington (1-0), while Kentucky-commit Nasir Addison had a 65-yard touchdown catch. Addison also did a masterful job at limiting star sophomore Lotzeir Brooks. Millville (0-1) looks to rebound against Williamstown next week.
JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Rutgers University:
Phillipsburg 14 Sayreville 7
Phillipsburg outlasted Sayreville 14-7 in a Group 5 Big Central Conference clash to begin the year at 1-0. The game opened with a 74-yard touchdown run from Xavier Moore to put the Stateliners ahead 7-0 after the first quarter. Zaimer Wright would score on a 77-yard run to tie the game heading into halftime. A 67-yard pick six by John Wargo late in the third quarter would be the deciding factor.
JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Middletown South 23 Long Branch 13
The Eagles rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit with lights-out defense and a spectacular two-way effort from Colin Gallagher to rally for an opening week road win. Gallagher scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 16-13 then delivered a tackle for loss on 4th and 1 from the 39-yard line and turned around to put the game away with a 44-yard touchdown run.
JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from two great Shore Conference foes:
St. Augustine 30 St. Joseph Academy 10
The Hermits bounced back from a Week 0 loss to St. Peter’s, defeating the Wildcats in one of South Jersey’s Holy Wars. Tristan McLeer rushed for a touchdown and had an interception for St. Augustine (1-1). Ryan Gambill also rushed for a score, while Terrin Walked caught a TD pass in the victory. Richard Chandler scored a late touchdown for St. Joe (0-1) in the loss.
JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Richland:
Hammonton 24 Cherokee 14
The Blue Devils stay red-hot to open the season, using its potent rushing attack to overpower the Chiefs. Kenny Smith rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including a 44-yard scamper to seal the deal for Hammonton (2-0) late in the fourth quarter. Justin Doughty added a rushing touchdown in the victory. Cameron Burti hauled in a receiving touchdown in the loss for Cherokee (0-2).
JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Hammonton:
Westwood 34 Shore Regional 0 | Rumble on the Raritan
The Cardinals made the most out of their trip from Bergen County down to Middlesex County. Junior signalcaller Rob Carcich accounted for four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in a lopsided win for Westwood (1-0). The Cardinals defense limited Shore (0-1)to only 109 total yards on the afternoon.
JSZ’s Jay Cook has more from Rutgers University: