Quarterback Donald Glenn played like anything but a freshman, leading Middletown North to its first win of the season Saturday.
Glenn’s four touchdown passes powered the visiting Lions past Marlboro, 41-12, in Shore Conference Class A North.
Glenn completed 64 and 30-yard passes to Jordan Pitts, hooked up with Jake Fetkowski on an 11-yarder and tossed a 55-yard pass to Brandon Piccini for the Lions (1-4, 1-3).
Glenn completed 11 of 16 passes for 261 yards. He threw one interception.
“Our original starter has been out with a separated shoulder,” first-year North coach Steve Bush said. “Donald has had to step in. He has done a very good job. It’s hard for a freshman to play varsity football at any position, especially at quarterback.”
Bush said Glenn has improved since the start of the season.
“He’s getting settled in a little bit more,” Bush said. “He is understanding what we are trying to get done. His timing is better. He has begun to understand the coverages better. He made some big strides today. We did a good job of run blocking and pass protection.”
North’s Chad Freshnock ran four and 22 yards for touchdowns. Piccini set up the first score with an interception. Fetkowski and teammate Dylan Hallard intercepted one pass each against the Mustangs (0-5, 0-4).
Freshnock rushed for 108 yards on 12 carries. Fetkowski caught five passes for 74 yards. Pitts hauled in two passes for 97 yards.
“It was great to get the first win,” Bush said. “We are a work in progress. We are getting a little better, but that’s been hard to see in some of our games. The boys went out and executed much better today.
“We are all just happy to get a win. Our boys have worked hard for a long time without a lot of success. They are getting a better understanding of our system. We’re just trying to build on this from here.”
MANASQUAN 17, MONMOUTH 14: Tucker Caccavale completed 11 of 15 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown to lead the visiting Warriors (5-1, 3-1) past the Falcons (2-3, 1-2) in Class A Central.
Caccavale completed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kieran Preston. He caught four passes for 99 yards on the day. Teammate Bill Peters scored on a 6-yard run. Raul Perez added a 28-yard field goal. Teammate Joe Murphy rushed for 77 yards on 16 carries.
Monmouth quarterback James Green tossed two touchdown passes, one to Mike Reardon for 43 yards and another to Dan Armentei for 13. Green connected on eight of 20 passes for 118 yards. He threw two interceptions.
Reardon caught two passes for 44 yards. Teammate Dylan Brown, who rushed for 85 yards on 10 carries, hauled in three passes for 40 yards. Monmouth’s Isaiah Searight caught two passes for 22 yards. Teammate Eli Velez rushed eight times for 32 yards.
ASBURY PARK 26, MATER DEI 18: Robert Barksdale completed 10 of 17 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown and rushed for two scores, propelling the visiting Blue Bishops (3-2, 2-2) past the Seraphs (3-3, 1-3) in Class B Central.
The winners sped to a 20-0 first-half lead. Barksdale opened the scoring with an 11-yard run and followed with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jaedon Stephens. Daquane Bland-Bennett scored on a 12-yard run. Barksdale muscled into the end zone from one yard in the fourth quarter.
Barksdale rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries. Teammate Tyquis Davis caught five passes for 105 yards. Catches of 57 and 45 yards set up touchdowns. Stephens hauled in five passes for 59 yards. Barksdale tossed a two-point conversion pass to Bland-Bennett.
Bennett and Barksdale intercepted one pass each. A Davis sack forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate William Gaines.
Mater Dei’s Derrick Lopez scored on a 16-yard run. Teammate Tyson White blazed 62 yards with a punt return for a touchdown. Christian Palmer added an 11-yard touchdown run.
Palmer connected on five of 16 passes for 82 yards. He tossed two interceptions. Lopez rushed for 42 yards on eight carries. Palmer rushed for 41 yards on five carries.
POINT BEACH 42, KEANSBURG 14: Mike Frauenheim raced for 101 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries and caught one touchdown pass to lead the visiting Garnet Gulls (5-1, 3-0) past the Titans (1-5, 0-2) in Class B Central.
Teammate Joe Wegrzyniak rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Point Pleasant Beach senior wideout-free safety Noah Yates intercepted four passes and caught two passes for 30 yards. Frauenheim picked off one pass.
Teammate Marshall Gombos rushed for 62 yards on 15 carries. The Garnet Gulls’ Jake Fioretti completed three of seven passes for 62 yards and one touchdown.
The winners sped to a 21-7 first quarter lead. Wegrzyniak opened with a 50-yard touchdown run and Zach McCartney followed with his first of six extra-point kicks. Frauenheim scored on a 5-yard run. Wegrzyniak bolted 48 yards for a touchdown.
The Titans pulled to within 21-6 on a 46-yard touchdown run by Joey Rodriguez. Kason Preston kicked the extra point.
The Garnet Gulls pushed their lead to 35-7 in the second quarter. Frauenheim scored on a 10-yard run and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Fioretti.
Keansburg quarterback Arkeyl Brown scored on a 13-yard run in the fourth quarter. Frauenheim capped the scoring with an 8-yard run.
LAKEWOOD 29, JACKSON LIBERTY 20: The Piners’ defense never rested in their Class B South win over the visiting Lions (1-4, 1-3).
Lakewood (4-1, 3-1) hounded the Lions into five turnovers. Jackson Liberty was held to two offensive touchdowns.
Lakewood’s Amir Tyler posted one sack for a safety and ran 60 yards for a touchdown. Teammates Solomon Cobbs and Datrel Reed forced one fumble apiece.
Lakewood’s David Patterson gathered in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Naquese Joshua. Fejon Sutton was on the receiving end of a 4-yard touchdown toss from Joshua.
Lakewood’s Chapelle Cook sped for a 30-yard touchdown run. Teammate Eric Segui converted three of four extra-point kicks for the Piners.
LONG BRANCH 48, FREEHOLD 23: Junior fullback-tailback Dahmiere Willis’ five rushing touchdowns powered the host Green Wave (5-1, 3-0) past the Patriots (0-5, 0-3) in Class B North.
Willis scored from 80, 31, 15, one and 47 yards. Long Branch coach Dan George said Willis rushed for “nearly” 300 yards on 14 carries.
“He has been very consistent all year,” George said. “He had an opportunity to do some things from his position. He’s a very, very talented junior. He had an opportunity to shine and he took advantage of it. He’s very elusive. He has a nice change of speed.”
Teammate Shabazz Shuler tossed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Myson Pennington. Shuler and Pennington each intercepted one pass. Long Branch opened a 14-3 halftime lead and took a 35-16 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Freehold’s Josh Dixon scored on an 8-yard run, jetted 85 yards with a kickoff return for a touchdown and sped 50 yards for another score. Dan Parr added a 27-yard field goal.