In Friday night’s battle of unbeatens, it was Red Bank who came out victorious in this clash of Shore Conference titans, toppling Raritan with a 30-14 road victory.
A pair of Jack O’Connor field goals provided the Bucs an early 6-0 lead, before a Jack Navitsky touchdown pass extended the Red Bank advantage to 13-0. O’Connor added another field goal from 42-yards out to push the lead to 16-0 before the half.
The Red Bank defense was stout throughout the game, bottling up Raritan running back Derek Ernst, despite a big 61-yard touchdown run from the senior to open the second half and cut the Bucs lead to 16-8.
Red Bank head coach Nick Giglio praised his team for the adversity it has been able to play through over the past couple of weeks. Tonight was no exception, as both teams had to play late into the night on Friday night because of a lightning storm delay.
The defense of the Bucs stood tall in the second half, forcing several key turnovers and punts.
“We had huge stops, that has been the key for us in the past seven years I’be been here,” Giglio said. “We didn’t get them all the time, but this season we are getting them, and the team is building off these stops that we get.”
Key play: Alim Godsey ran in a touchdown from three-yards out to put Red Bank up 23-8 with one minute remaining in the third. Red Bank quarterback Jack Navitsky set up the touchdown with a 31-yard pass to Teddy Mitchell.
Offensive game ball: Jack Navitsky and Jack O’Connor share it. Navitsky threw a touchdown to Matt Reardon, while Jack O’Connor was three-for-three on field goals, including a 42-yarder.
Defensive game ball: Sadiq Palmer earns the honor. With Raritan threatening to tie the game, Palmer recorded an interception in the Bucs own end zone and ran it out, leading to the Godsey touchdown.
Up next: Red Bank draws Red Bank Catholic in Week 6 for a 7 p.m. meeting on Oct. 16, while Raritan travels to St. John Vianney for a 7 p.m. game that same night.
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