It was one of those rare weeks in the Asbury Park Press Football Top 10 where there are no changes.
All the top 10 teams played and won, most by comfortable margins this past week.
Two teams in the top 10 — St. John Vianney and Shore Regional — clinched outright Shore Conference divisional championships.
Three other teams in the top 10 — No. 1 Middletown South, Brick and Brick Memorial — clinched ties for divisional championships.
The regular season, for the most part, is now over. Now, the playoffs begin.
There will surely be changes in the top 10 in coming weeks.
1. MIDDLETOWN SOUTH (8-0): Last week: No. 1. Senior Cole Rogers ran for 212 yards and three touchdowns and senior Matt Mosquera booted a 35-yard field goal and threw a 28-yard TD pass to Jeff Lewandowski as the Eagles clinched a tie for the Shore Conference Class A North championship with a 38-7 win over Freehold. It was Middletown South’s first divisional title since 2009. Now, the Eagles will begin their bid for their first NJSIAA sectional championship since 2006. Next game: Friday vs. West Windsor Plainsboro North (5-4) in a NJSIAA North II Group IV quarterfinal-round game.
2. ST. JOHN VIANNEY (9-0): Last week: No. 2. Senior quarterback Anthony Brown threw five TD passes and had a 79-yard TD run for another score as the Lancers defeated Manasquan, 67-0, extended their regular season winning streak to 18 and clinched the outright Class A Central championshop for the second straight season. Now, the Lancers will bid for their first NJSIAA sectional championship since 1980. They are the No. 1 seed in their section. Next game: Friday vs. Donovan Catholic (3-5) in a NJSIAA Non-Public Group III quarterfinal-round game.
3. RED BANK (8-0):Last week: No. 3. Senior running back Alim Godsey ran for 104 yards and two TDs and senior quarterback Jack Navitsky threw a 20-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Sadiq Palmer as the Bucs defeated Manchester, 31-14. Red Bank will begin its attempt to win its first NJSIAA sectional championship since 1975 and just the second in its history. Next game: Friday vs. South Plainfield (6-2) in a NJSIAA Central Group III quarterfinal-round game.
4. TOMS RIVER NORTH (8-1): Last week: No. 4. Senior quarterback Mike Husni ran for two TDs and threw two TD passes to Darion Carrington and Asante Moorer ran for two TDs as the Mariners defeated Neptune, 41-21. Toms River North will begin its bid for its first sectional championship since 2007. Next game: Friday vs. Kingsway (4-4) in a NJSIAA South Group V quarterfinal-round game.
5. BRICK (8-1): Last week: No. 5. Javion Harris’ 31-yard field goal on the final play of the first half put the Green Dragons ahead to stay and Rahson McCall added a 12-yard TD run in the fourth quarter as Brick defeated Toms River South, 17-7, and clinched a tie for the Class A South title with Toms River North and Brick Memorial. It is the second straight season Brick has won at least a share of the Class A South championship. The Green Dragons will meet a familiar foe in the first round of the playoffs. Next game: Friday vs. Jackson Memorial (5-4) in a NJSIAA Central Group IV quarterfinal-round game.
6. BRICK MEMORIAL (7-2): Last week: No. 6. Sophomore running back Tony Thorpe ran for three TDs and senior quarterback Tim Santiago threw a 31-yard TD pass to Matt Cuppari and ran for a TD as the Mustangs clinched a tie for the Class A South title with a 44-7 win over Southern. It is Brick Memorial’s first divisional title since 2010. The Mustangs are the No. 1 seed in the Central Group IV playoffs. Next game: Friday vs. Jackson Liberty (4-5) in a NJSIAA Central Group IV quarterfinal-round game.
7. RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN (7-1): Last week: No. 7. Junior running back Matt Vecchiarelli ran for two first half TDs as the Bulldogs defeated Holmdel, 41-0, Rumson-Fair Haven will begin its bid to become the fifth Shore Conference team to win three consecutive NJSIAA sectional championships this week. Rumson, which won the Central Group II title the last two seasons, is the No. 1 seed in the Central Group III playoffs. Next game: Friday vs. Rahway (3-5) in a NJSIAA Central Group III quarterfinal-round game.
8. OCEAN (7-1): Last week: No. 8. Junior quarterback Kenny Pickett threw three TD passes for the second consecutive week – two of them to Joey Aldarelli – as the Spartans defeated Colts Neck, 26-0. Ocean will begin its attempt for its first sectional championship since 2005 this week. Next game: Friday vs. Hamilton (4-4) in a NJSIAA Central Group III quarterfinal-round game.
9. SHORE (8-0): Last week: No. 9. The Blue Devils’ defense allowed Asbury Park to complete just 4-out-of-21 passes for 41 yards and allowed just 50 yards of total offense and senior running back Jack Britton ran for 110 yards and two TDs as Shore recorded a 20-7 win over Asbury Park and clinched the outright Shore Conference Class B Central championship for the third straight season and the No. 1 seed in the Central Group I playoffs for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Next game: Friday vs. Burlington City (3-5) in a NJSIAA Central Group I quarterfinal-round game.
10. RED BANK CATHOLIC (7-2): Last week: No. 10. Eddie Hahn’s 14-yard TD pass to Mike Balzofiore in the fourth quarter put the Caseys ahead to stay as Red Bank Catholic wiped out a 10-point third quarter deficit and defeated Jackson Memorial, 21-10, to avenge a defeat from last season. Hahn ran for a TD and had 120 yards rushing and 174 yards passing. Red Bank Catholic will begin the defense of its NJSIAA Non-Public Group III championship this week. Next game: Saturday vs. Pope John (7-2) in a NJSIAA Non-Public Group III quarterfinal-round game.
Steven Falk: 732-643-4267; email@example.com
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