Red Bank Catholic scored three times in eight minutes spanning the first and second quarters for a 21-point lead and then cruised to a 28-0 victory over Freehold on Friday in a Shore Conference nondivisional game. The Caseys, No. 1 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10, improved to 5-0.
The Colonials didn’t make it easy for the Caseys in the early going, as they controlled the ball for most of the opening quarter. With the game still scoreless, RBC took over at its own 38. Two plays later, it faced third-and-9 from the 39. Then quarterback Patrick Toomey connected with Chris Whitlock for 25 yards and a big first down. On the next play, Larry Redaelli took a handoff from Toomey, bounced outside and down the sideline for a 36-yard touchdown on the final play of the first quarter.
“Our line did a great job tonight picking up the slants by their defense,” Redaelli said. “They were doing all the hard work opening holes for us.”
The Caseys then started to find some momentum. Their defense forced another punt and they took over at their own 37. Six straight running plays set them up with a first-and-goal from the 2. Redaelli once again got the call and bowled his way into the end zone for a 14-0 advantage. The key play on the drive was a 34-yard run by Frank Olmo.
The Colonials went three-and-out on their ensuing possession and had to punt again. This time RBC’s James Taylor fielded the kick at the Freehold 49 and proceeded to avoid tackles on his way to a touchdown.
“Freehold came in 1-2, but after watching films we felt they could easily have been 3-0,” said RBC coach Jim Portela. “Teams usually key on our running game, specifically our tailback. But we can and will throw it when we need to and we have good backs that ran hard tonight.”
Freehold’s defense kept it at 21-0 through the third quarter, but the Colonials couldn’t muster much offense as the Caseys held them to just 28 yards in the second half.
“We really count on our defense,” said Redaelli, who rushed for 108 yards and the two scores.
“We certainly need to work on some things,” Portela said. “But we are happy with our effort tonight and happy to be where we are at 5-0.”