Anthony Brown, St. John Vianney overcome weather, Rumson

Anthony Brown, St. John Vianney overcome weather, Rumson

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Anthony Brown, St. John Vianney overcome weather, Rumson

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St. John Vianney's Khalil Haskins tries to outrun Rumson's Mike Ruane during first half action. Rumson-Fair Haven Football vs St John Vianney in Holmdel, NJ on October 2, 2015.

St. John Vianney’s Khalil Haskins tries to outrun Rumson’s Mike Ruane during first half action. Rumson-Fair Haven Football vs St John Vianney in Holmdel, NJ on October 2, 2015.

St John Vianney quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. gets tackled by Rumson's Mike Ruane during first half action. Rumson-Fair Haven Football vs St John Vianney in Holmdel, NJ on October 2, 2015.

St John Vianney quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. gets tackled by Rumson’s Mike Ruane during first half action. Rumson-Fair Haven Football vs St John Vianney in Holmdel, NJ on October 2, 2015.

St John Vianney's Anthony Brown Jr. looks for a way around Rumson's Griffin Schultz back can find it during first half action. Rumson-Fair Haven Football vs St John Vianney in Holmdel, NJ on October 2, 2015.

St John Vianney’s Anthony Brown Jr. looks for a way around Rumson’s Griffin Schultz back can find it during first half action. Rumson-Fair Haven Football vs St John Vianney in Holmdel, NJ on October 2, 2015.

HOLMDEL — With a Nor’easter rolling through New Jersey on Friday, two story lines going into a key Shore Conference Class A Central contest between Rumson-Fair Haven and St. John Vianney were the Bulldogs’ rushing attack taking advantage of the conditions and the Lancers’ passing attack being grounded because of them.

When it was all over, neither story line was very useful.

Anthony Brown‘s 75-yard second-quarter touchdown pass to Marcque Ellington was the game’s biggest offensive play,while Tyler Tedeschi‘s blocked punt early in the third quarter changed the tone of the game as St. John Vianney, ranked No. 4 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10, outlasted No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven, 13-6.

The Lancers (4-0, 3-0) are now in control of the race for a division title and are 4-0 for the second straight season. Last fall, St. John Vianney opened 10-0 before losing to Delbarton in an NJSIAA Non-Public Group III semifinal.

“We thought we’d score more than this tonight, but we knew we would score with the wind at our backs and that we were gonna throw the ball,” St. John Vianney head coach Derek Sininsky said. “Obviously, Anthony and Marcque really hooked up on that pass play.”

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On second-and-10 from his own 25, Brown, a Boston College commit, dropped back, had time and found a streaking Ellington down the middle of the field in stride for the touchdown pass. The snap on the extra point was low, which turned into a 2-point pass attempt failing to send the teams into halftime tied at 6.

“We knew we had the wind at our back, so we were just hoping Anthony didn’t overthrow it,” Sininsky said. “Marcque had the 1-on-1 coverage on the backside there, so great play, great catch, great pass, and it was great coverage, too.”

The first drive of the second half for Rumson (2-1, 2-1) went three-and-out. On the punt, the snap was low as Tedeschi got into the backfield and got a piece of the kick to set St. John Vianney up with first down at the Bulldogs 28.

Showing a willingness to run the ball, St. John Vianney ran five straight times on the ensuing drive, capped by a Calvin Beaty 2-yard touchdown run. Joe Rice‘s extra point capped the scoring, giving the Lancers a 13-6 lead.

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From there, Vianney’s defense did the job, limiting the amount of damage Rumson quarterback Mike O’Connor did with his legs. The Bulldogs junior finished with 101 yards rushing, but 24 of that came on the final play of the game with Rumson in desperation mode and pinned deep in its own end.

“We were kind of surprised with a lot of the predictions where everyone was saying the weather was playing to Rumson’s behalf,” Sininsky said. “We didn’t really think so. If we didn’t have Anthony, we could run the ball very effectively, but we have a quarterback and receivers. Our run game gets hidden a little bit.”

For the night, St. John Vianney rushed for 158 yards, including a team-high 64 from junior Chris Chukwuneke.

Key play: Tedeschi’s blocked punt in the third quarter helped swing the momentum to St. John Vianney for good.

Offensive game ball: Brown finished with 122 all-purpose yards, including the 75-yard touchdown pass to Ellington. That was Brown’s only completion in four attempts, all of which came in the first half.

Defensive game ball: Four-star Lancers tackle Micah Clark was huge in third-quarter series after the Lancers took the lead, sacking O’Connor and registering a key tackle of running back Mike Vecchiarelli on second-and-goal from the 2.

Up next: Rumson-Fair Haven is home to Long Branch, while St. John Vianney will head to Manchester. Both games will be played on Friday night.

Staff writer Josh Newman: jnewman4@gannettnj.com

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