Brian Miller made his presence felt with a 59-yard touchdown run in the visiting Blue Devils’ 45-0 win over Metuchen on Saturday.
The junior saw more time at halfback because Mark Costantino — the son of Shore’s head coach Mark Costantino — was nursing a knee injury.
“There’s no drop off there,” coach Costantino said.. “He’s (Miller) a great player.”
Despite his MCL strain, the younger Costantino returned the opening kickoff 78 yards to set up a 32-yard Jake Monteiro field goal.
Costantino then returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown to make it 10-0 with 5:55 left in the first quarter.
On Metuchen’s next possession, Shore’s Dan Ballie recovered a fumble on the Bulldogs’ 25-yard line. Blue Devils quarterback Matt Muh connected with Miller for a 19-yard pass to make it first-and-goal. Muh then kept it for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 17-0 with 3:52 left in the first quarter.
“We just came out on all cylinders,” Muh said. “The team was fired up, ready to go.”
Miller made it 24-0 with 1:15 left in the first quarter with his 59-yard run.
“We jumped out on them — I was surprised at that,” coach Costantino said. “But we just kept it on them. It was good. We got all the young kids playing in the second half, which was nice.”
Shore (2-1) took a 38-0 lead into the intermission as Muh connected with Tyler Vivian for a 50-yard TD pass and Jack Kelly had a 2-yard TD run. Vivian, on his TD, made a leaping catch near the 20 and took it into the end zone untouched. Kelly’s TD was set up by a 35-yard Muh to Derek Joyce completion.
Kevin Mascia closed out the scoring with a 20-yard TD run.
SOUTH RIVER 33, KEANSBURG 31: The visiting Titans (2-1) missed four out of five extra points in their heartbreaking defeat to the Rams (3-0) in a nonconference game.
Keansburg senior quarterback Ryan Kurtz followed up on his outstanding game against Spotswood last week by rushing for 180 yards and four TDs and throwing for 80 yards and a 22-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Chris Figaro. as the Titans almost overcame a 20-0 first quarter deficit.
Senior running back Keith Malave ran for 101 yards and Figaro had three receptions for 51 yards.
Sophomore running back Doug Ryan ran for 255 yards and three TDs on 19 carries for South River.
Ryan’s final TD — an 80-yard run — made it 33-24 in the fourth quarter. That came one play after a Hunter Wolff interception.
Kurtz pulled Keansburg within 33-31 with an 11-yard TD run with 1:15 remaining. South River then recovered the ensuing onsides kick.
Kurtz’s other TD runs were 12, 2 and 42 yards.