Sophomore running back Ian Maina, filling in for injured starter Joe Muzzio, rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Woodbridge High School football team to a 41-12 victory over New Brunswick on Friday night.
Quarterback Zahneer Shuler had a 1-yard scoring plunge and a 22-yard touchdown pass for the Barrons (2-0). Nathan Lanier, another sophomore back, had a 22-yard touchdown jaunt.
Griffin Thomas, who returned a punt 60 yards for Woodbridge’s fourth touchdown, helped the Barrons build a 34-0 halftime lead.
Muzzio, the team’s leading rusher in a season-opening win over New Brunswick, is expected to return to action next week. Maina stepped up in his absence.
“He was the workhorse,” Woodbridge assistant coach Brian Casey said. “He got the majority of carries. It was like he didn’t miss a beat. Tonight was his night to mature, and he did.”
For the second straight game, Woodbridge received stellar play from its offensive line.
Holmdel 7, Middlesex 6: Kayshawn Wilson’s touchdown run, which capped a 94-yard drive and produced the final margin with about a minute remaining, proved costly.
The Blue Jays (0-2) lost their starting and backup snapper to injury on the scoring play and were forced to attempt a two-point conversion run instead of a PAT. Holmdel stuffed the run and held on for the win.
Holmdel (1-1), which recovered a fumble at the Middlesex 25 yard line, scored its lone touchdown on a short field. Holmdel lost starting running back Frank Condito, who rushed for 1,064 yards last season, to injury in the game.
“We let this one slip through,” Middlesex coach Brett Stibitz said. “We had a great offensive plan, a great defensive plan. We were slow moving the ball. Once we got the wheels going, they had no answer. We were too little, too late.”
Point Pleasant Beach 15, Dunellen 6: Tim Francisco’s 1-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter helped the Destroyers trim a 12-0 deficit in half, but Dunellen could get no closer.
After failing to convert on fourth-and-2 from its own 18 yard line, Dunellen turned the ball over on downs with six minutes left. The Garnett Gulls kicked a field goal to produce the final margin.
Point Pleasant Beach built a 12-0 halftime lead on a safety, field goal and touchdown run.
Dunellen scored on its first series of the third quarter. The Destroyers drove to the opposition’s 20-yard line later in the quarter, but turned the ball over on downs.
“The kids played a great defensive game,” Dunellen coach Dave DeNapoli said. “We just made some mental mistakes. It was a tough battle. We didn’t have a great first half, but it was still 12-0 and we came back. We made some adjustments at halftime.”