A hectic Week One of the Shore Conference scholastic football season actually produced little in the way of change in the Asbury Park Press Top 10 Poll from the preseason one.
Seven of the eight ranked teams that were in action on the extended opening weekend, in which weather had a major impact on Thursday night in regards to the number of postponements, won.
Most of the ranked teams that won did so by comfortable margins. Rumson-Fair Haven was one ranked team that had to labor to victory, but its defense and two long touchdown runs by junior running back Charlie Volker was able to secure a hard-fought 13-6 win over rival Shore Regional on Saturday.
Brick Memorial was the one team ranked in the preseason top 10 that did not win. It was really not that much of a surprise the Mustangs were upended by Brick. Brick has a veteran team coming back and the transfer of junior quarterback Carmen Sclafani from Toms River North has it made it a contender in Class A South.
Brick’s win over Brick Memorial, is first win over the Mustangs since the 2008, enabled it to move into the poll at No. 10. It’s first time in several seasons Brick, one of the most tradition-laden programs in the Shore, has been ranked.
This week has the potential for major changes in the poll next week. There are three games Friday night pitting ranked teams against each other. Two other ranked teams have games against teams who were under consideration to be ranked in the preseason.
RED BANK CATHOLIC (1-0): Last week: No. 1. Senior running back Larry Redaelli ran for four touchdowns as the Caseys extended their winning streak against Shore Conference opponents to 25 with a 49-6 win over rival Red Bank Regional. A trip to one of the Shore’s legendary programs awaits. Next game: Saturday at Manasquan (1-0).
2. MANALAPAN (0-0): Last week: No. 2. Lightning this past Thursday night resulted in the Braves’ home game against Jackson Memorial being postponed until Oct. 11. First game: Friday night at Freehold Township (0-1).
3. LACEY (1-0): Last week: No. 3. Senior quarterback Tom Kelly ran for a TD and threw for three more and senior receiver Christian Tutela ran for one score and had two TDs receiving as the Lions rolled to a 61-7 win over Pinelands. Next game: Saturday night at Toms River North (0-1).
4. MIDDLETOWN SOUTH (0-0): Last week: No. 4. The Eagles did not play. They open their season against a team that is now ranked and has confidence. First game: Friday night vs. No. 10 Brick (1-0).
5. NEPTUNE (1-0): Last week: No. 5. Senior Shakeem Richardson, in his first varsity game as a quarterback, ran for two TDs and threw a 48-yard TD pass to Dyshon Day as the Scarlet Fliers defeated Raritan, 24-0. A key divisional game against a neighboring school that feels this is the year it reemerges as a Shore power is next. Next game: Friday vs. No. 9 Ocean (1-0).
6. RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN (1-0): Last week: No. 7. The defense held Shore to three points on four Blue Devils’ possessions that began in Rumson territory in the fourth quarter and junior running back Charlie Volker had TD runs of 84 yards in the second quarter and 42 yards early in the third quarter as the Bulldogs recorded a tough 13-6 win. Next game: Friday night vs. St. John Vianney (1-0).
7. SOUTHERN (1-0): Last week: No. 8. Senior Logan Sheehan, in his first varsity start as a quarterback, threw three TD passes — two to senior Vinnie Colecchia and another to senior Mike Gesicki — as the Rams defeated Freehold Township, 26-6. A key divisional game against one of the Shore’s most potential dynamic offenses is up next. Next game: Friday at No. 8 Toms River South (1-0).
8. TOMS RIVER SOUTH (1-0): Last week: No. 9. Senior running back Otis Kearney ran for 190 yards and two TDs, junior running back Khaleel Greene had 115 yards and two TDs and junior quarterback Tymere Berry ran for a TD and threw a 75-yard TD pass to Darrius Hart as the Indians avenged a opening loss last year and defeated Central, 41-27. This week’s game could be the one that determines whether this is the year this team contends for a divisional title. Next game: Friday night vs. No. 7 Southern (1-0).
9. OCEAN (1-0): Last week: No. 10. Junior Royal Moore, in his first game as a varsity quarterback, threw three TD passes on the only three passes he completed and ran for 115 yards and a TD and sophomore running back Tyler Thompson ran for 239 yards with a 72-yard TD as the Spartans, in their first game on recently-installed FieldTurf surface at Carrelli Field, defeated Manchester, 51-21. This week’s game will go a long way toward determining whether Ocean can win a divisional title. Next game: Friday night at No. 5 Neptune (1-0).
10. BRICK (1-0): Last week: Not ranked. Junior running back Ray Fattaruso recovered teammate Joe Phillips’ fumble in the end zone with 32.7 seconds left to give the Green Dragons a 21-14 win over then No. 6 Brick Memorial for their first win over the Mustangs since 2008. A tough test of this ranking awaits. Next game: Friday at No. 4 Middletown South (0-0).