Football roundup: Middle Township holds on to edge Vineland
The Middle Township High school football team held on to defeat Vineland 35-34 on Friday in a Cape-Atlantic League National Conference game.
After falling behind 19-0 in the first quarter of play, Vineland came back and took the lead in the fourth. Davion Seymore scored on a 15-yard run for the Clan.
Middle was able to recapture the lead in the fourth on a Yamire McNeal 5-yard run. The 2-point conversion but Middle up for good.
The Panthers improved to 2-2, while the Fighting Clan fell to 1-3.
Middle 19 8 0 8-35
Vineland 6 14 7 7-34
M-Versage pass from Durso (kick failed)
M-McNeill 4 run (kick fail)
M- TD (Fala kick)
V-Rodriguez 2 run (kick failed)
V-Evans 75 return (Nealis kick)
V-Mateo 2 run (Nealis kick)
V-Atoki run (Nealis kick)
V-Seymore 15 run(Nealis kick)
M- McNeil 5 Run (McNeil run)
Records-Vineland 1-3; Middle 2-2.
Atlantic City 39,
Jamir Prevard threw four touchdown passes in the first half for Atlantic City in their shutout victory against Oakcrest. The Vikings improve to 2-1 and Oakcrest falls to 0-4
AC 6 21 12 0-0
Oakcrest 0 0 0 0-0
A-Graves 16 pass from Prevard (kick failed)
A-42 pas from Prevard ( 2pt good)
A-46 pass from Prevard (kick failed)
A-Parker pass from Prevard (Kick)
A-Williams 4 run (kick failed)
A- TD run (kick failed)
Records-AC 2-1; Oakcreset 0-4.
No. 8 Millville 42,
Millville's Rob Ennis finished with 272 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Thunderbolts. Ennis has 729 yards in just four games this season.
Absegami quarterback Mike Dolan threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to David Hood in the third quarter for Absegami's only score.
Millville 28 7 7 0-42
Absegami 0 0 6 0-6
M-Ennis 5 run (kick good)
M-Ennis 27 run (kick good)
M-Armstead 2 run (kick good)
M-Rivera 40 run (kick good)
M-Ennis 57 run (kick good)
A-Hood 16 pass from Dolan (kick failed)
M-Ennis 2 run (kick good)
Records-Millville 3-1; Absegami 2-2.
No. 1 Holy Spirit 41,
Mainland Regional 0
A.J. Dawson, Taalib Gerald and A.J. Anderson each scored two touchdowns for the Spartans, who remain at No. 1 in The Press Elite 11.
Gerald and Anderson scored on runs from 8 and 40 yards respectively in the first quarter. Dawson added two in the second on a 10-yard run and 43-yard touchdown catch.
Gerald returned a punt 60 yards for the score in the second as well.
In the third, Anderson threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a 20-yard strike to Jordan Taylor.
A member of the officiating crew was taken away in an ambulance to an area hospital after falling and hitting his head on the track surrounding the football field at Mainland Regional. His condition was unknown Friday night.
Holy Spirit 14 20 7 0-41
Mainland 0 0 0 0-0
HS-Gerald 8 run (Rifici kick)
HS-Anderson 41 run (Rifici kick)
HS-Dawson 10 run (Rifici kick)
HS-Gerald 60 punt return (kick failed)
HS-Dawson 43 pass from Anderson (Rifici kick)
HS-Taylor 20 pass from Anderson (Rifici kick)
Records-Holy Spirit 3-0, Mainland 1-3.
St. Augustine Prep 48,
Ocean City 10
Lamont Harris scored four touchdowns for the 4-0 Hermits. His runs came from 6, 7, 7 and 15 yards out.
Austin Francisco found the endzone twice - once on the ground and once in the air.
Ocean City's only touchdown came from Dylan Fahy in the third quarter, a 10-yard pass from Joe Keyes.
Ocean City 3 0 7 0-0
St. Augustine Prep 14 20 14 0-0
SA-Harris 6 run (Snow kick)
SA-Francisco 27 run (Snow kick)
OC-Stednicki 33 field goal
SA-Harris 7 run (Snow kick)
SA-D'Amico 92 punt return (kick failed)
SA-Harris 7 run (Snow kick)
OC-Fahy 10 pass from Keyes (Stednicki kick)
SA-Francisco 21 pass from Tabora (Snow kick)
SA-Harris 15 run (Snow kick)
Records-Ocean City 0-4. St. Augustine 4-0.
No. 6 St. Joseph 69,
Egg Harbor Township 6
St. Joseph quarterback Sa'Laam Horne scored three different ways in the first half as the Wildcats pulled away from Egg Harbor Township early.
Horne had a 57-yard punt return, a 30-yard pass and an eight-yard run. Cody Sampson had two rushing touchdowns for St. Joseph, which limited Egg Harbor Township to 32 yards of total offense.
C.J. LaFragola had a 66-yard rushing touchdown and a 45-yard passing touchdown in the third as the Wildcats scored four touchdowns in the quarter.
St. Joseph 13 21 28 7-69
Egg Harbor Township 0 6 0 0-6
SJ-S. Horne 57 punt return (Ryker good)
SJ-Sampson 20 run (conversion failed)
SJ-Sampson 15 run (conversion failed)
SJ-30 pass from S. Horne (conversion good)
SJ-S. Horne 8 run (kick good)
EHT-Lasure 21 pass from Bynum (kick failed)
SJ-LaFragola 66 run (Ryker kick)
SJ-A. Horne 4 run (Ryker kick)
SJ-Harvin 45 pass from LaFragola (Ryker kick)
SJ-McGuckin 23 interception return (Ryker kick)
SJ-Frederico 1 run (Ryker kick)
Records-St. Joseph 3-1; EHT 1-3.
Cedar Creek 14,
Buena Regional 7
Cedar Creek got a fourth-quarter touchdown from Isa Willis with 5:32 left in the game to take the lead from Buena.
In a game highlighted by defense, the Pirates were able to shutout the Chiefs in the second half to improve to 3-1 and hand Buena its first loss.
In the second, Cedar Creek scored first on a touchdown run by Ahmir Mitchell to make it 6-0. Buena answered to take the 7-6 lead with a keeper by quarterback Eric Rainear.
Cedar Creek 0 6 0 8-14
Buena 0 7 0 0-7
CC-Mitchell 11 run (kick failed)
BR-Rainear 1 run (Romeo kick)
CC Willis 2 run (Mitchell run)
Records-Cedar Creek 3-1, Buena 3-1.
No. 9 Lacey Township 32,
Toms River South 24
George Sayre was everywhere in the fourth quarter for Lacey on Friday.
Sayre caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Conor Davies in the fourth to give the Lions a 25-21 lead. After coming up with an interception, Sayre put the game away with a 14-yard touchdown run.
Davies threw a pair of touchdown passes after entering the game for starter Tommy Kelly, who left the game in the first half with an injury. Chris Jensen scored two touchdowns for the Lions, one a fumble recovery in the end zone and one on a 12-yard catch.
Lacey Township 7 6 6 13-32
Toms River South 7 14 0 3-24
LT-Kelly 8 run (kick good)
TRS-Egan 39 pass from Berry (kick good)
TRS-Greene 1 run (kick good)
LT-Jensen 0 fumble recovery (kick failed)
TRS-Greene 1 run (kick good)
LT-Jensen 12 pass by Davies (conversion failed)
LT-Sayre 19 pass from Davies (conversion failed)
LT-Sayre 14 run (kick good)
Records-Lacey 4-0; Toms River South 2-2.
Brick Township 13,
Southern Regional 7
Mike Gesicki caught a touchdown pass for Southern's only score. The Rams fell to 2-2, while Brick improved to 2-2. Further information was unavailable.
Jackson Liberty 3
Four of of Barnegat's six touchdowns came through the air as Cinjun Erskine had touchdown passes of 10, 76, 7 and 20 yards to four different recievers in the game. A.J. Opre had two rushing touchdowns to remain among the area leaders with 10 this season.
Barnegat stayed undefeated at 4-0.
Jackson Liberty 0 3 0 0-3
Barnegat 14 14 7 7-42
B-Gerena 10 pass from Erskine (Ulrich kick)
B-Ulrich 76 pass from Erskine (Ulrich kick)
B-Bowen 7 pass from Erskine (Ulrich kick)
B-Opre 1 run (Ulrich kick)
B-Opre 2 run (Ulrich kick)
B-Degeralamo 20 pass from Erskine (Ulrich kick)
Records-Jackson Liberty 1-3; Barnegat 4-0.
Central Regional 42,
Pinelands Regional 20
Pinelands Regional found itself down 14-0 in the first quarter. But Dan MacPhee helped the Wildcats climb back into the game with a 25-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Kicker Jon Kubricki then hit a pair of field goals, one from 27 yards in the second and another from 21 yards in the third to keep the Wildcats close.
Trailing 28-13, MacPhee connected with Cody Bonicky on a 57-yard pass to cut the lead to 28-20. Central was able to add two more touchdowns in the fourth and hold on for the win.
Pinelands 0 10 3 7-20
Central 14 0 7 21-42
Records-Pinelands 1-3, Central 3-1.
Clearview Regional 38,
Cumberland Regional 3
Cumberland dropped its third straight game on Friday to fall to 1-3. The Colts have only scored nine points in their last three games.
Cumberland Regional 0 3 0 0-3
Clearview Regional 0 31 7 0-38
Records-Cumberland 1-3; Clearview 3-1.
Maple Shade 14
Jose Valentin scored twice for the Warriors as they earned their second win of the season.
Valentin scored on a 1-yard run in the first and then hooked up with Kevin Wright on a halfback pass in the second.
David Flanders scored a pair of touchdowns for the Warriors on runs from 8 and 82 yards out. Syd Jakel scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Gentek.
Wildwood 16 16 0 6-38
Maple Shade 0 0 8 6-14
WW-Valentin 1 run (Valentin run)
WW-Jakel 80 pass from Gentek (Gentek run)
WW-Flanders 8 run (Jakel pass from Gentek)
WW-Wright pass from Valentin (conversion good)
MS-Davis 1 run (Wagner run)
WW-Flanders 82 run (conversion failed)
MS-Harris 19 pass from Davis (conversion failed)
Records-Maple Shade 1-3, Wildwood 2-2.