Weekend victories shake up Asbury Park Press Top 10 football poll

Weekend victories shake up Asbury Park Press Top 10 football poll


Weekend victories shake up Asbury Park Press Top 10 football poll


It was no surprise this past weekend’s games resulted in some changes in the Asbury Park Press Football Top 10 Poll.

There were three matchups this past weekend involving teams who were ranked in last week’s poll.

As a result of those games, two teams dropped out of this week’s poll and two teams who had not been ranked in the first two polls of the season moved in.

Moving into the poll are Colts Neck, which has recorded two easy wins so far, and Barnegat, which has scored 79 points in its first two games. Those two move in at No. 8 and 9 respectively.

Dropping out of the poll were Southern, which was ranked No. 7 last week, after a 27-20 loss to now No. 6 Toms River South, and Brick, which was No. 10 last week and was defeated, 28-7 by No. 4 Middletown South.

Neither Southern or Brick have anything to be ashamed about in their losses. Southern valiantly rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit and Brick was tied 7-7 in the fourth quarter. Both teams will have chances throughout the season to move back into the poll because of the ultra-competitive nature of Shore Conference Class A South.

Toms River South and Ocean, which defeated then No. 5 Neptune, 7-0, moved up two spots and Rumson-Fair Haven moved up one spot.

1. RED BANK CATHOLIC (2-0) — Last week: No. 1. Senior running back Larry Redaelli ran for 110 yards and three first-half touchdowns and the Caseys converted two turnovers and a recovered kickoff into touchdowns as they rolled to a 41-0 win over Manasquan. Next is a game against a team that will test the Caseys’ secondary. Next game: Friday at St. John Vianney (1-1).

2. MANALAPAN (1-0) — Last week: No. 2. Standout senior wide receiver Saeed Blacknall ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Dan Anerella and Anerella, in his first varsity start, threw three touchdown passes as the Braves opened their season with a 49-0 win over Freehold Township. Next is a game against a team coached by one of their former head coaches. Next game: Friday vs. Middletown North (0-1).

3. LACEY (2-0) — Last week: No. 3. The combination of senior quarterback Tom Kelly and senior wide receiver Christian Tutela teamed up for three touchdown passes and Kelly threw four touchdown passes in as the Lions rallied from an eight-point first-half deficit and defeated Toms River North 34-22. Next game: Saturday vs. Toms River East (0-2).

4. MIDDLETOWN SOUTH (1-0) — Last week: No. 4. Senior quarterback Kyle Brey threw two touchdown passes to senior tight end Tayler Hendrickson in the fourth quarter as the Eagles scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from a 7-7 tie and defeat then No. 10 Brick, 28-7 in their season-opener. Next is a game against a team that likes to throw the ball and is off to a excellent start. Next game: Friday at Howell (2-0).

5. RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN (2-0) — Last week: No. 6. Junior running back Charlie Volker ran for a career-high 209 yards and a touchdown and senior quarterback Brian Dunphy threw a touchdown pass to Sam Shaud and ran for a touchdown as the Bulldogs defeated St. John Vianney, 21-7. Next game: Friday at Holmdel (1-1).

6. TOMS RIVER SOUTH (2-0) — Last week: No. 8. Junior quarterback Tymere Berry ran for 115 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown run and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Hart and the defense came up with two stops on fourth-and-one plays and two interceptions as the Indians defeated then No. 7 Southern, 27-20. Next is a game against an old foe in one of the Shore’s most famed rivalries. Next game: Friday at Brick (1-1).

7. OCEAN (2-0) — Last week: No. 9. Tyler Thompson’s 1-yard touchdown with 5:04 remaining, which followed a 67-yard punt return by Jair Bernier, enabled the Spartans to record a 7-0 win over then No. 5 Neptune. Next is a tricky game at a dangerous opponent that is feeling good about itself. Next game: Friday at Matawan (2-0).

8. COLTS NECK (2-0) — Last week: Not ranked. Senior running back Anthony Gargiulo ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and Nick Volpe had two receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown as the Cougars rolled to a 39-0 win over North Brunswick. Colts Neck has outscored its first two opponents, 84-0. Next game: Saturday at Marlboro.

9. BARNEGAT (2-0) — Last week: Not ranked. Senior running back A.J. Opre ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns and junior Ricky Gerena, who started at quarterback because of a minor injury to Cinjun Erskine threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns as the Bengals outlasted Manchester, 42-34. Next is a game that could go a long way toward determining the Class B South championship. Next game: Friday at Monsignor Donovan (1-1).

10. NEPTUNE (1-1) — Last week: No. 5. A strong defensive effort went for naught as the Scarler Fliers were shutout, 7-0, by No. 7 Ocean. It was the first time Neptune was shutout since Oct. 30, 2010 against Lacey. Next is a game against a rival. Next game: Saturday at Long Branch (1-1).

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