Redaelli leads ground attack as RBC cruises

Redaelli leads ground attack as RBC cruises

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Redaelli leads ground attack as RBC cruises

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Cal Wilson Football Field in Freehold was the site of Red Bank Catholic’s last loss to a Shore Conference team. That happened in 2010 and Matthew Golden, who was an RBC freshman at the time, remembers.

“I was up in the stands watching. We knew coming here today, it couldn’t happen again,” said Golden, now a senior tight end.

He was right. Except for a pair of surprising turnovers in the first quarter, No. 1 Red Bank Catholic was never in danger and rolled to a 35-0 victory over the host Colonials in a Shore Conference nondivisional game Saturday. Larry Redaelli rushed for 102 yards and scored two touchdowns.

That makes it 29 straight victories against conference foes since since Oct. 9, 2010, when Freehold won 26-25 in overtime thanks to a block of an extra-point kick. RBC had four different leads that day.

The Caseys (5-0) have become uber-productive in the years since thanks to the likes of Golden, who caught a pair of passes against Freehold (0-4) and cleared running lanes with his 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame as RBC racked up 225 rushing yards.

Freehold’s Josh Dixon and Jamel Smith-Rush recovered fumbles in the first quarter on sloppy ball-protection by RBC. But two quarterback sacks by Frank Olmo and one by Ryan Kroeger prevented Freehold from capitalizing.

RBC coach Jim Portella wasn’t happy about the turnovers but saw a silver lining.

“That was a challenge for us when we turned the ball over a couple of times in the first half. It was good for us defensively to have to answer that challenge and it was good for us offensively to not put our heads in the sand and handle adversity,” Portella said.

Golden showcased his multi-tasking on his pass catches. His 30-yard reception of a Patrick Toomey pass set up RBC’s final touchdown, with Thomas Spernal running the ball into the end zone from the two-yard line on the first play of the fourth quarter.

“I love to see my teammates prosper off my block or my contribution but making a catch is one of the best feelings,” Golden said.

Golden is the son of Greg Golden, a stock broker, and his dad’s two brothers – Matthew’s uncles – are public figures: Al Golden is the head football coach at the University of Miami and Shaun Golden is the elected sheriff of Monmouth County.

Portella said Golden “is still going through the recruiting process. A lot of colleges don’t come out until later but he’s going to play somewhere, I’ll tell you that. He showed today he can catch the ball but at the tight end position for us it’s important that he blocks well. He shows that he can do that as does our other tight end (Shawn McCord).”

Meanwhile, Freehold coach Dave Ellis said his players are growing hungrier for their first victory of the season.

“We’re just trying to get better every week. I told the kids we played better than we did in our last game, we had a better week at practice, and we have to keep trying to get better. Things will start to turn in our favor,” Ellis said.

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