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What Shore school has won the most state championships?

Manasquan and head coach Vic Kubu celebrate a state championship in 2005.

Manasquan and head coach Vic Kubu celebrate a state championship in 2005.

Since the NJSIAA enacted the first high school football playoff system to determine state sectional champions in 1974, Shore Conference teams have been well represented. Over those 41 years, only twice (1985, 2012) has an area school failed to win a title, with 110 championships celebrated in all.

But the big winner has been Manasquan, with the Big Blue Warriors amassing 11 sectional crowns, all coming since 1990, when they won the first of 10 under legendary head coach Vic Kubu. They won a record five straight Central Group II titles between 1998 and 2002, during which time they had a 33-game winning streak, which equaled Wall for what was then the Shore Conference record.

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Right behind Manasquan, with is Middletown South, which won its tenth title in 2015, capturing the North 2 Group IV crown.

The Eagles, currently unbeaten, have won all their titles since 1989. They won four straight between 2003 and 2006, breaking that 33-game winning streak with a 43-game run.

Middletown South's head coach, Steve Antonucci and Brian King (69) celebrate a state championship in 2006.

Middletown South’s head coach, Steve Antonucci and Brian King (69) celebrate a state championship in 2006.

The Eagles lost to Jackson Memorial in the 2014 Central Group IV final.

Next up with seven are Matawan, which won its last state title in 2014, Shore, looking for its third straight Central Group I title, and Brick, which would be at the top if the six mythical state sectional crowns coach Warren Wolf’s teams won between 1960 and 1973 were included. The Green Dragons won three straight South Group IV championships, beginning in 1981.

Asbury Park, which won three straight titles between 2007 and 2009, and Keyport have won six sectional titles.

In terms of coaches, Kubu tops the list with 11, which includes on with Middletown North in 1983.

In all, 29 different Shore Conference schools have won at least one title. And in 2015, some six Shore teams won sectional titles.

Here’s a list of every title won:

Shore Conference NJSIAA Football Championships*

11

Manasquan (CJ II 1990, 91, 93, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 05, 08; SJ II 06)

10

Middletown South (CJ IV 1989, 90, 92, 95; CJ III 2001, 03, 04, 06; N2 III 2005, N2 IV 2015)

7

Brick (SJ IV 1974, 81, 82 83, 89; SJ III 1994; CJ III 2013)

Matawan (CJ IV 1975; CJ III 1988, 91, 92, 2014; CJ II 2009, 11)

Shore (CJ II 1981, 82, 88; CJ I 1997, 2010, 14, 15)

6

Asbury Park (CJ I 1980, 2007, 08, 09, 11; CJ II 1984)

Keyport (CJ I 1987, 88, 92, 98, 99, 2002)

Toms River North (SJ IV 1979, 91, 94, 97, 2007, SJ V 2015),

5

Jackson Memorial (SJ IV 2000, 01; CJ IV 2005, 14, 15)

4

Lacey (SJ III 1988, 89, 2006, 10)

Neptune (CJ IV 2011; CJ III 1995, 98; CJ II 1997)

Rumson-Fair Haven (CJ II 2010, 13, 14, CJ III 2015)

3

Keansburg (CJ I 1976, 94, 96)

Middletown North (CJ IV 1983, 86, 96)

Ocean (CJ III 1993, 2000, 05)

Point Boro (SJ II 1977, 78, 2005)

Toms River South (SJ IV 1978; SJ III 1983, 91)

Wall (CJ III 1982, 83, 2002)

2

Brick Memorial (CJ IV 2003, 08)

Freehold (CJ III 2008, 10)

Long Branch (CJ III 1986, 99)

Raritan (CJ II 2004, 15)

Red Bank Catholic (S A 1976; N III 2014)

1

Lakewood (SJ III 1986)

Manalapan (CJ V 2014)

Marlboro (CJ IV 1994)

Monsignor Donovan (S B 1976)

Point Beach (CJ I 2013)

Red Bank ((CJ II 1975)

St. John Vianney (1980)

*NJSIAA playoffs began in 1974

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