Jake Giuliano scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 66 yards to lead a rushing attack that rolled up 385 yards as the Middlesex High School football team blanked Highland Park 34-0 on Friday in a GMC Blue Division game.
Kayshawn Wilson scored on runs of 30 and 1 yards, while quarterback Brandon Bollin had a 55-yard touchdown scamper. Kyle Brady finished with 90 yards on 16 carries for the winners.
“We are starting to read the option and the kids are playing well,” Middlesex coach Brett Stibitz said of his new offense. “We are getting better and better. We just executed the option to a T tonight.”
Highland Park trailed 27-0 at halftime.
Monroe 49, Woodbridge 0: Akeer Franklin rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, returned a kickoff 65 yards for a score and intercepted a pass to lead the second-ranked Falcons.
Stephen Karoly completed touchdown passes of 14 and 11 yards to David Betancur and Cameron Coleman, respectively. He also ran for a score. Woodbridge was outgained 274 to 21 in total yards from scrimmage.
The Barrons trailed 43-0 at the half. Kyle Volkman closed out Monroe’s scoring with a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
Woodbridge entered the game as one of the Greater Middlesex Conference’s top rushing teams, having averaged nearly 300 yards on the ground.
Colonia 48, New Brunswick 14: Quarterback Tenny Adewusi completed 7 of 8 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a 66-yard run.
“Tenny really grew up tonight,” said Colonia coach Tom Roarty. “He took some good strides. He made good decisions and good reads and really got the ball out quick.”
Sam Pero carried 15 times for 133 yards. He also had a receiving touchdown.
Raul Cardona caught two passes for 95 yards. He and Elijah Williams each had a receiving touchdown.
New Brunswick fell to 0-3.
East Brunswick 14, North Brunswick 12: The Raiders drove from their 5 to the East Brunswick 24 late in the fourth quarter, only to have their march ended with an interception as the Bears (1-2) won their first game under new head coach Bob Molarz.
Quarterback Rafieu Alharizam scored on a 1-yard keeper and completed a six-yard touchdown pass for the Raiders (0-3). North Brunswick drove 69 yards in 13 plays to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on Alharizam’s run.
East Brunswick answered with a 73-yard, 14-play drive which quarterback Keith Hemmings capped with a nine-yard scoring strike for a 7-6 lead.
The Bears built a 14-6 lead on Jon Gerhartz’s three-yard run in the second quarter.
The Raiders closed to 14-12 on Rex Thomas’ touchdown reception late in the third quarter.
North Brunswick twice failed to convert conversion runs after its touchdowns, which proved to be the difference.
Bishop Ahr 34, Perth Amboy 12: Nelson Thomas rushed for 146 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
The Trojans (1-2) jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead, thanks in large part to Jayzen Perez, who rushed for a score and tossed another in the game’s opening 24 minutes.
Perez rushed for 26 yards in the game and added 18 through the air, as he split time with Holder under center for Bishop Ahr. Perez’s touchdown pass traveled 18 yards to Michael Viggiano to stretch the lead to 21-6 just before halftime.
In the fourth quarter, Bishop Ahr put the game to rest, pounding the ball on the ground with Thomas and Richie McKee. The Trojans rushed for 283 yards in the contest, with McKee chipping in 32 of those yards.
He scored on a 7-yard run to cap the scoring late in the final quarter. Thomas also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from David Holder to finish with 172 yards from scrimmage in the contest.
Dennis Sutton scored on an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put Perth Amboy (0-2) on the board and Tyler Filman hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the Panthers’ points.
Shore 21, Metuchen 14: The Bulldogs (0-3) allowed a touchdown with 15.7 seconds left and lost a heartbreaker.
Quarterback James Nicolaiason completed 13 of 25 passes for 190 yards.
He scored on a 1-yard run and completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Danny Briggs.
Briggs caught eight passes for 124 yards. Collier caught five passes for 66 yards and also had a two-point conversion reception.