Senior running back Matt Olivo carried nine times for 139 yards and two touchdowns to help the Greater Middlesex Conference White Division champion St. Joseph High School football team to a 35-6 vuctory over Woodbridge to complete the regular-season with an unblemished 9-0 record.
Olivo also caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Breein Tyree as St. Joseph raced out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and a 35-0 halftime advantage. Tyree, who scored on a 1-yard keeper, rushed for 95 yards and threw for 107 more.
Marques Townes scored on a 40-yard run for the Falcons, who will host a first-round Non-Public Group IV playoff game next weekend against an opponent to be determined.
“I think we have a lot of momentum,” St. Joseph coach Casey Ransone said. “I think our team has gotten better every single week, and that’s important. You know what’s coming with us. There’s nothing special about what we do. We line up and play smash-mouth football. The line is getting better and we are really jelling. I think we are peaking at the right time.”
The Barrons (2-7) scored their lone touchdown in the closing minute to avert a shutout.
South Plainfield 32, Perth Amboy 8: Roemello Monroe scored four rushing touchdowns as the Tigers (6-2) rolled to a GMC White Division victory. Jared Agee accounted for South Plainfield’s other touchdown, running a sweep 55 yards for a score.
Perth Amboy (1-7) trailed just 13-0 at the half. The Tigers moved the ball on offense before the intermission, but hampered themselves with penalties.
John Grenier set up one of South Plainfield’s first-half touchdowns with an interception. Johnny Chillemi recorded four tackles for a loss, while teammates Malik Cisson and Kevin Adams each had a sack for the Tigers.
South Plainfield has qualified for the North 2 Group III playoffs and will likely play a first-round game on the road.
The Panthers scored a late touchdown against the jayvee defense to produce the final margin.
Piscataway 49, East Brunswick 7: Elijah Pierson returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score and also had a pair of touchdown runs to help the Chiefs (5-3) head into the North 2 Group V playoffs with some momentum.
Piscataway, which has won its last three outings, will likely host a first-round playoff game.
Elijah Barnwell scored on runs of 37 and 24 yards for Piscataway, which led 21-0 at the half. Piscataway scored 14 points in each of the final three quarters to pull away.
Sellis Robertson and Kyren Nash also had touchdown runs for Piscataway. Brandon Tomori’s 3-yard scoring scamper accounted for East Brunswick’s lone touchdown.
The Bears fell to 1-7.
Matawan 42, New Brunswick 7: Justin Lester set the offensive tone for the Huskies with an 83-yard touchdown run as the Zebras endured their 10th striaght loss.