Senior quarterback Mike Campbell’s 8-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Gio Zefferino with 1:49 remaining gave host Colts Neck a season-opening 14-7 win over Toms River East on Saturday in a nondivisional game at McChesney Stadium.
Campbell, making his first varsity start, went 9-for-20 for 124 yards with two TD passes. His other TD pass was 43 yards to to senior wide receiver Tim Vangelas in the second quarter. Vangelas had four receptions for 78 yards.
Junior running back Anthony Gargiulo ran for 103 yards.
Toms River East received 100 yards rushing from junior running back Matt Gudzak, including a 70-yard TD run in the third quarter. Gudzak also had three receptions for 26 yards.
KEANSBURG 27, MATER DEI 18: Senior quarterback Ryan Kurtz ran for 86 yards and three TDs and also threw for 53 yards to lead the Titans (1-0, 1-0) to the win over the host Seraphs (0-1, 0-1) at Robert T. Bulman Stadium in a Class B Central game.
Kurtz scored on runs of 4, 24 and 3 yards.
Senior running back Keith Malave scored on a 45-yard run and finished with 67 yards. Senior Chris Figaro ran for 136 yards on eight carries. Keansburg ran for 295 yards as a team.
The win avenged losses the past two Thanksgiving Day losses to the Seraphs for the Titans, including a 35-29 setback last season that was Mater Dei’s only win of the season.
The two neighboring schools had met on Thanksgiving Day from 1983-2011.
POINT BORO 27, MONMOUTH 14: Senior quarterback Chris Oliphant, making his first varsity start, ran for 72 yards and three TDs on 13 carries and also threw for 61 yards to lead the Panthers (1-0) to the win over the host Falcons (0-1) at Joseph Provenzano Field in a nondivisional game.
Senior running back Ryan Prout ran for 70 yards and a TD on 15 carries and senior wide receiver Kyle McGarry had four receptions for 61 yards for Point Boro.
POSTPONEMENT: The Howell at Toms River North game, scheduled for Saturday night, was postponed until today at 1 p.m. because of the severe storms that hit the area early Saturday night.
It will be the third straight season the two teams have met in the season-opener.