It took five weeks, but there is finally some major movement in the Asbury Park Press Top 10 Football Poll.
Brick Memorial made sure of that by recording an impressive 40-28 win over last week’s No. 2 team, Neptune. The result not only snapped Neptune’s 14-game winning streak, but it also ended Neptune’s 19-poll stay at the No. 2 spot, dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
Brick Memorial’s win also enabled it to move into the No. 2 spot in the poll.
However, the Mustangs lofty ranking will be severely tested over the next four weeks as they face key Class A South divisional games against No. 9 Toms River North (3-1), defending Class A South champion Southern (3-1) and No. 8 Lacey (5-0).
There is also a different look to the bottom part of the poll as Point Pleasant Beach, by virtue of its resounding 54-20 win over defending Class B Central and NJSIAA Central Group I champion Asbury Park moves into the poll at No. 10. It is the first time in many years, the Garnet Gulls, who are 13-3 over the last two seasons, have been ranked.
Point Beach, which is averaging 45.8 points a game and has scored at least 41 points in every game, will face challenges to its ranking the rest of the season. It meets surprising Keansburg (4-1) this week and has what could be a showdown for the Class B Central championship on Thanksgiving Day against Shore Regional (4-1).
1. Red Bank Catholic (5-0) Last week: No. 1 Larry Redaeli ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, James Taylor returned a punt 49 yards for a TD and the defense held Freehold to just 117 yards of total offense as the Caseys recorded a 28-0 win and their third shutout of the season. Next game: Friday at Holmdel (3-2).
2. Brick Memorial (5-0) Last week: No. 6. The Mustangs made a major statement with their 40-28 win over Neptune. Senior quarterback Ryan Cieplinski threw for three TDs and ran for two more and junior middle linebacker Nick Costa returned an interception 43 yards for a score. There can be no letdown this week as a a key divisional game against a motivated and talented opponent awaits. Next game: Friday at No. 9 Toms River North (3-1).
3. Manalapan (4-0) Last week: No. 3. The Braves, who defeated No. 4 Middletown South, 35-31, on Sept. 28 in a key Class A North game, did not play. Next game: Friday vs. East Brunswick (1-3).
4. Middletown South (3-1) Last week: No. 4. Junior quarterback Kyle Brey threw two TD passes and ran for one and senior running back Jake Ripnick ran for 137 yards and two TDs as the Eagles rolled to a 42-13 win over Manasquan. Next game: Friday vs. Freehold Township (0-4).
5. Neptune (4-1) Last week: No. 2. The Scarlet Fliers’ stay at No. 2 in the poll ended with a 40-28 loss to Brick Memorial. But, rest assured, they will be heard from loudly before the season is over. Senior quarterback Ajee Patterson threw for 272 yards and two TDs and ran for two scores. Next
game: Saturday at Red Bank (0-4).
6. Long Branch (4-1) Last week: No. 5. Deon Williams and Joscil Jackson each ran for two TDs and the Green Wave scored on the first play of a drive on six consecutive series as they rolled to a 62-0 win over Pinelands. Next game: Saturday at Freehold (1-3).
7. Rumson-Fair Haven (4-0) Last week: No. 7. The Bulldogs, who defeated Red Bank, 9-3, in their last game on Sept. 28 in the “Battle of Ridge Road” did not play. Next game: Friday vs. Raritan (0-5).
8. Lacey (5-0) Last week: No. 8. Kyle Spatz ran for 207 yards and four TDs on just six carries and Chris Tutella scored on a pass from Tom Kelly and on a fumble return as the Lions defeated Manchester, 54-0. A key divisional game against a nearby school it has rarely played in a regular season is next . Next game: Saturday at Southern (3-1)).
9. Toms River North (3-1) Last week: No. 9. The Mariners, who defeated Jackson Memorial, 42-10, in their last game on Sept. 28, did not play. They have a chance to open up the Class A South race this week. Next game: Friday vs. No. 2 Brick Memorial (5-0).
10. Point Pleasant Beach (5-0): Last week: Not ranked. Kyle Samaritano ran for two TDs and scored another on an 80-yard kickoff return and Danny Tighe ran for 158 yards and two TDs on 15 carries as the Garnet Gulls defeated Asbury Park, 54-20 and avenged two losses to the Blue Bishops from last season. A dangerous game against a physical team with an excellent offense awaits this week. Next game: Friday vs. Keansburg (4-1).