Middletown South ended a 9 year championship drought and denied Phillipsburg a three-peat with a 35-7 victory in the NJSIAA/Sports Care Institute North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 final at MetLife Stadium.
Lead by twin brothers Cole and Dylan Rogers, the Eagles finished the season 12-0 and won their 10th sectional title. Running back Cole ran for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. Linebacker Dylan had 4.5 sacks.
The Shore Regional (West Long Branch) Blue Devils dominated Palmyra at Kean University in Union with over 500 rushing yards in their fourth straight Central Jersey Group 1 championship game appearance.
“Senior Doug Goldsmith pounded Palmyra for 243 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 35 carries while fellow senior Jack Britton notched 191 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. A third super senior sliced up the Palmyra D as well, as Alex Johnson added 70 yards in the precise performance, resulting in Shore’s first undefeated season since 1981″. –NJ.com
There could be only one Monmouth County winner in the Two Rivers Battle of Ridge Road between the Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs and Red Bank Regional’s Buccaneers.
Rumson-Fair Haven continued their dominance of the local rivalry with a 21-0 victory at Rutgers’ High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. The Bulldogs’ victory spares mayors John Ekdal (Rumson), Ben Lucarelli (Fair Haven) and Bob Neff (Little Silver) from wearing the Grinch costume at a Holiday Express event. That charitable indignity will be borne by Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna and Shrewsbury Borough Mayor Don Burden.
The thriller of the weekend was between the Raritan (Hazlet) Rockets and top seeded Lincoln (Jersey City) Lions in the Central Jersey, Group 2 championship at Kean University.
The Rocket’s quarterback Marc Carnivale connected with Nicholas Pasquin for a 11 yard touchdown with 12 seconds on the clock to give Raritan a 28-26 victory and the championship. View the video here.