Little movement among top teams in Week 2

Little movement among top teams in Week 2


Little movement among top teams in Week 2


It is a week where there is not much movement in the Asbury Park Press Top 10.

The top nine teams in last week’s poll all won this week. Four ranked teams won by shutout. Another ranked team — Neptune — won by forfeit because Ocean had an outbreak of a skin infection and chose not to play the Scarlet Fliers for precautionary reasons.

The only change in the poll comes at No. 10 as Lacey replaces Toms River North after its win over the Mariners on Saturday.

Matawan was the only other ranked team to have a scare as it had to rally in the final minute to send its game with Freehold into overtime and then defeated the Colonials in overtime.

There could be some movement in next week’s poll because of a key Shore Conference Class B North game on Saturday at Neptune’s Memorial Field between No. 2 Neptune and No. 5 Long Branch. The winner of that game will be in excellent position in what figures to be a rugged Class B North race.

1. Red Bank Catholic (2-0) Last week: No. 1. Running backs Mike Cordova and Jesse Flaherty combined for 302 yards with Flaherty scoring on a 75-yard run and the Caseys rushed for 363 yards in all as they defeated Manasquan, 10-0. Red Bank Catholic, which has outscored its first two opponents, 57-0, allowed just 18 yards rushing and 113 yards of total offense. The defense will get tested this week by a team that has skill-position talent. Next game: Friday vs. St. John Vianney (1-1).

2. Neptune (2-0)
Last week: No. 2. The Scarlet Fliers collected a win by forfeit against Ocean. A key divisional game looms this week. Next game: Saturday vs. No. 5 Long Branch (2-0).

3. Manalapan (2-0)
Last week: No. 3. Tyler Leonetti ran for two TDs and Mike Isabella threw a 66-yard TD pass to Anthony Firkser and ran for a score as the Braves defeated Freehold Township, 33-0. Next game: Friday at Middletown North (0-1).

4. Matawan (1-0)
Last week: No. 4. Kashaun Barnes’ 9-yard TD run in overtime gave the Huskies a 21-14 win over Freehold. Barnes had tied the game with a 5-yard TD run with 19 seconds left in regulation after Freehold had taken a 14-7 lead with 1:13 remaining. Next game: Friday at Ocean (1-1).

5. Long Branch (1-0)
Last week: No. 5. Avry Griffiin threw a 51-yard TD pass to Shabazz Shuler and scored on a 54-yard run as the Green Wave defeated Monmouth Regional, 27-0. Sophomore running back Deon Williams scored on a 41-yard run three days after his brothers Jermal Crawford and Rahmel Adams were killed after the car in which they were riding crashed into trees along Shafto Road, Tinton Falls, during a high-speed chase with Tinton Falls police. The Green Wave open Class B North divisional play with a game that will go a long way toward determing the shape of the divisional race. Next game: Saturday at No. 2 Neptune (2-0).

6. Middletown South (1-0)
Last week: No. 6. Jake Ripnick ran for 136 yards and two TDs, cornerback Justin Chenoweth returned a fumble for a score and the defense held Brick to three first downs, two by penalty, and 64 yards of total offense in a 28-0 season-opening win. Next game: Friday vs. Howell (0-2).

7. Southern (2-0)
Last week: No. 7. Abe Gonzalez ran for 163 yards and two TDs and the Rams made it two consecutive shutouts in a 19-0 win over Toms River South. The Southern defense will be tested this week by a team that has big-play capability. Next game: Friday vs. Toms River North (1-1).

8. Rumson-Fair Haven (1-0)
Last week: No. 8. Senior quarterback Danny Roberto threw three TDs, two to to John Ryan, Michael Clarke scored on a dazzling 63-yard punt return and senior defensive tackle John Greeley recovered a fumble in the end zone for another TD as the Bulldogs defeated St. John Vianney 35-13. Next is a game against a team that has not allowed a point in its first two games. Next game: Friday vs. Holmdel (2-0).

9. Brick Memorial (1-0)
Last week: No. 9. Junior Mike Basile scored five TDs, three on passes from Ryan Cieplinski, one on a run and another on an interception return as the Mustangs defeated Middletown North, 36-21. A divisional game against an opponent it has had its share of dramatic games against over the years is next. Next game: Friday at Jackson Memorial (1-1).

10. Lacey (2-0)
Last week: Not ranked. Senior wide receiver Bill Belford, playing his first varsity season after sitting out the last two seasons, scored on a 99-yard kickoff return, a 62-yard pass from junior wide receiver Chris Tutela and on a 7-yard pass from junior quarterback Tom Kelly as the Lions defeated last week’s No. 10 team, Toms River North, 37-20. Next game: Friday at Toms River East (0-2).


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