Week 6 might have been the wildest of the scholastic football season.
As a result, there is a major makeover in the Asbury Park Press Top 10.
The shocking win by previously winless Red Bank Regional over last week’s No. 5 team, Neptune results in the Scarlet Fliers dropping out of the poll. Neptune was ranked No. 2 for 19 consecutive polls dating back to the start of last season before its loss to Brick Memorial on Oct. 5.
Brick Memorial’s stay at No. 2 in the poll lasted just one week. The Mustangs, who moved up from No. 6 after their impressive win over Neptune, were defeated by No. 9 Toms River North this past Friday night in a key Shore Conference Class A South game that knocked it out of a share for the divisional lead.
Lacey, which is in its first season in Class A South, moved into first place in the division with the combination of its come-from-behind win over defending divisional champion Southern and Brick Memorial’s loss.
The Lions also make a big move in the poll, as they move up five spots to No. 3. Lacey has a win over Toms River North, which moves up five spots to No. 4 after its win over Brick Memorial. Brick Memorial, which hosts Southern this week and Lacey on Nov. 2, drops to No. 5.
Another change in the poll comes at the bottom as Colts Neck, which is 5-0 for the first time in its 13-year history, moves in at No. 10 after its 31-6 win over a dangerous St. John Vianney team.
1. RED BANK CATHOLIC (6-0):
Last week: No. 1. Chris Whitlock returned a punt 53 yards for a TD, recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a TD and Josh Klecko in his first game in a month after he was sidelined with a leg injury, returned an interception 37 yards for a score as the Caseys defeated Holmdel 43-12. A bye comes this week and then an intriguing nondivisional game against a neighboring school with a rich history. Next game: Oct. 26 at No. 6 Middletown South (4-1).
2. MANALAPAN (5-0): Last week: No. 3. Mike Isabella went 9-for-12 for 215 yards and four TDs and Tyler Leonetti ran for 215 yards and three TDs as the Braves routed East Brunswick, 55-12. Saeed Blacknall, who had one of the receiving TDs, also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score, his second kickoff return and third kick return for a score this season. The last remaining tough obstacle in its quest for a third straight Class A North championship awaits Manalapan this weekend. Next game: Saturday at No. 10 Colts Neck (5-0).
3. LACEY (6-0): Last week: No. 8. Junior quarterback Tom Kelly continued his outstanding season by going 22-for-28 for 246 yards and two TDs and also had a TD rushing as the Lions moved into sole possession of first place in Class A South with a come-from-behind 21-19 win over Southern. Kelly had TD passes of 41 yards to Bill Belford and 13 yards to Kyle Spatz and scored on a 1-yard sneak. He has now thrown for 1,025 yards and 12 TDs on the season. Next game: Saturday vs. Jackson Memorial (4-1).
4. TOMS RIVER NORTH (4-1): Last week: No. 9. Sophomore quarterback Carmen Sclafani ran for 140 yards and three TDs, Joey Fields ran for a TD and Chris Gulla kicked a 33-yard field goal as the Mariners knocked then No. 2 Brick Memorial from the unbeaten ranks with a 30-25 win. Sclafani had TD runs of 1 yard in the second quarter, 2 yards in the fourth quarter and 68 yards in the fourth quarter. He also had a 39-yard run that set up his second TD. Next game: Friday at Brick (1-5).
5. BRICK MEMORIAL (5-1):
Last week No. 2. Mike Basile had TD runs of 20 and 43 yards and ran for 122 yards and had 79 yards receiving and quarterback Ryan Cieplinski had TD runs of 9 and 2 yards, but it was not enough as the Mustangs were defeated, 30-25, by Toms River North and knocked out of a share of the Class A South lead. Another tough game is up this week. Next game:
Friday vs. Southern (3-2).
6. MIDDLETOWN SOUTH (4-1):
Last week: No. 4. Eli Smith ran for three TDs and also caught a TD pass from Kyle Brey and Brey threw for two TDs as the Eagles defeated Freehold Township, 41-12. Jeremy Concepcion also had a TD for Middletown South, which has scored 31 points or more in four straight games. Next game: Saturday at Marlboro (2-3).
7. LONG BRANCH (5-1): Last week: No. 6. Avry Griffin’s 15-yard YD pass to Myeson Pennington early in the fourth quarter gave the Green Wave the lead for good as they scored the final 27 points of the game to wipe out am 11-point halftime deficit and record a 30-14 win that, coupled with Neptune’s loss to Red Bank, moved it into a tie in the loss column for first place in Class B North. Griffin ran for a 5-yard TD and senior middle linebacker Joscil Jackson returned an interception 33 yards for a score to cap a 20-point fourth quarter. Next is a rivalry game against a team that desperately needs a win to stay in contention for a playoff berth. Next
game: Friday vs. Ocean (3-2).
8. RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN (5-0): Last week: No. 7. Travis Clark scored three TDs, including one on a 49-yard run and another on a 2-yard pass from Danny Roberto as the Bulldogs defeated Raritan, 31-10. Placekicker Jake D’Amelio booted a 25-yard field goal, his fourth field goal of the season. Next is a game against a team that is in first place in its division and on a four-game winning streak. Next game: Friday vs. Monsignor Donovan (4-1).
9. POINT BEACH (6-0):
Last week: No. 10. Danny Tighe continued his monstrous season by racing 69 yards for a TD on the first play of the game and then returned an interception 32 yards for a TD less than two minutes later as the Garnet Gulls moved to 6-0 for perhaps the first time since its legendary 1945 team with a 40-0 win over Keansburg. Tighe, who ran for 156 yards on just 11 carries to give him 979 yards and 13 TDs on the season, also had a 4-yard TD run. Next game: Friday at Highland Park (0-6).
10. COLTS NECK (5-0): Last week; Not ranked. Junior running back Anthony Gargulio ran for 159 yards and two TDs and senior quarterback Mike Campbell ran for a TD and threw a 29-yard TD pass to Tim Vangelas as the Cougars defeated St. John Vianney, 31-6. The Colts Neck defense intercepted St. John Vianney quarterback Billy DeMato, who entered the game with a Shore Conference-best 1,082 yards passing three times and had four interceptions in all. Next is a game that could vault the Cougars toward their first outright divisional championship if they win. Next game: Saturday vs. No. 3 Manalapan (5-0).