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Jersey Sports Zone kicks off five straight days of high school football coverage in Week 1 with six games around New Jersey on Thursday night. Watch our teaser below and then scroll down for our full highlights of all our games. Thank you for joining our team and getting your JSZ All-Access pass!

Middletown South 15 Manasquan 12

Tom Schork’s game-winning touchdown run with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation capped off one heck of a win for Middletown South to open the 2021 season. Schork combined for over 200 yards of offense and was backed up by a stifling Eagles defense all night.

JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from The Swamp:

North Brunswick 56 South Brunswick 21

The annual rivalry matchup between North and South Brunswick never fails to disappoint. In the 2021 meeting between these Middlesex County foes, scoring wasn’t a problem. North would take a 21-7 lead by the second quarter, but South Brunswick would tie that game at 27 in the second half. The fourth quarter saw the Raiders capitalize on two defensive turnovers to eventually lead by 35 late. Jayden Myers had three touchdowns while Marquis Perry finished with two. Tamir Jenkins ended the night with a forced fumble recovery, a strip return for a touchdown and a rushing score. 

JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: 

Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. 

Holmdel 28 St. Joseph by the Sea (NY) 0

Jaden Gallo had three touchdown runs including a fantastic 41-yard scamper to close out the scoring as Holmdel opens the 2021 season with a shutout of the Staten Island private school. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore:

Middletown North 31 Freehold Township 14

Brian Haddow had two second-half TD runs to bust open a 17-14 halftime lead to lead the Lions to a season-opening win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has 4th quarter highlights from Middletown:

Ocean City 24 Hammonton 0

The Red Raiders earned their second straight shutout win to open the season. Jacob Wilson led the way on the ground, rushing for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Riley Gunnels also rushed for a score in the victory for OC.

JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction:

Cherokee 35 Lenape 0

The Chiefs took an early lead and never looked back as they dealt some payback to the Indians after a loss in last season’s WJFL Pod A semifinal. Junior Brandon “Bam” Boria turned in a phenomenal 2021 debut, rushing for 132 yards, two touchdowns, and added a 45-yard receiving touchdown in the win. Sophomore QB Ryan Bender added a pair of rushing touchdown in his varsity debut for the Chiefs.

JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Marlton: