It was a quiet week when it comes to the Asbury Park Press Football Top 10.
Seven of the teams that were in the top 10 last week won and the only two teams that did not win were defeated by teams that were in the top 10.
The only change in the rankings this week comes with Shore Regional, which has the Shore’s longest current winning streak at 14 dating back to a loss to Dunellen on Oct. 3, 2014, moving into the rankings at No. 10. Shore replaces Lakewood, which was defeated by No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven, 30-14.
Brick Memorial stays at No. 6 because it acquitted itself well in its 21-3 loss to No. 1 Middletown South, especially defensively.The Mustangs’ other loss is to No. 3 Brick and they have a 52-20 win over No. 7 Toms River North.
A game that could have a major impact on the rankings next week is Friday night’s game at Brick between Brick and Toms River North.
1. MIDDLETOWN SOUTH (7-0): Last week: No. 1. Junior James McCarthy had two short touchdown runs, had an interception that set up one of those TDs and led a defense that held Brick Memorial’s high-powered running game to 163 yards rushing and senior Cole Rogers had a 1-yard TD run as the Eagles defeated No. 6 Brick Memorial, 21-3. Next game: Nov. 7 at Freehold (5-2).
2. ST. JOHN VIANNEY (7-0): Last week: No. 2. .Senior quarterback Anthony Brown threw for two TDs and ran for two more as the Lancers extended their regular season winning streak to 16 with a 63-21 win over Donovan Catholic. Next game: Saturday at Monmouth (3-3).
3. BRICK (7-0): Last week: No. 3. Javion Harris had a 15-yard TD reception from quarterback Tom Zbranak and also kicked a 25-yard field goal, Ja’Sir Taylor had a 10-yard TD run and Matt Schleifer returned a punt 56 yards for a TD as the Green Dragons defeated Colts Neck, 24-0. It was Brick’s fifth shutout of the season. The Green Dragons are 7-0 for the first time since they started the 2003 season 8-0. Brick can clinch at least a tie for the Shore Conference Class A South championship this week, but the opponent is a team that has been rolling offensively. Next game: Friday vs. No. 7 Toms River North (6-1).
4. RED BANK (6-0): Last week: No. 4. The Bucs did not play. Their last game was the emotional 24-21 win over Red Bank Catholic on Oct. 16 that enabled them to clinch at least a tie for the Shore Conference Class B North championship. Red Bank will be heavily favored the next two weeks. Next game: Friday vs. Holmdel (1-5).
5. RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN (5-1): Last week: No. 5. Junior quarterback Mike O’Connor threw TD passes of 15 and 14 yards to Elijah McAllister and John Kingdon respectively and senior cornerback Mike Caruso returned an interception 87 yards for a TD as the Bulldogs defeated then No. 10 and unbeaten Lakewood, 30-14. Rumson held Lakewood to just 40 yards rushing. Next game: Friday at Raritan (3-3).
6. BRICK MEMORIAL (5-2): Last week: No. 6. The Mustangs led No. 1 Middletown South after the first quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Matt Cuppari, but three Eagles’ TDs in the final 5:17 of the first half enabled Middletown South to record a 21-3 win. Brick Memorial’s defense played well. Two of the Eagles’ TDs came on drives of 11 and 14 yards after turnovers. Brick Memorial will not want to let down this week because it is playing at one of the best places to watch a football game in the Shore on a Friday night. Next game: Friday at Toms River South (4-2).
7. TOMS RIVER NORTH (6-1): Last week: No. 7. A 28-point first quarter sent Toms River North on its way to a 42-13 win over Southern. Senior running back Asante Moorer had three TDs — two in the first quarter — and ran for 134 yards on nine carries. Junior quarterback Mike Husni threw a 57-yard TD pass to Darrion Carrington, had a 13-yard TD run and ran for 98 yards and threw for 130 yards. Toms River North outgained Southern 419 to minus 1 in the first half and had 496 yards of total offense in the game. The Mariners can make a huge statement this week and clinch a tie for the Shore Conference Class A South championship with a win at one of the most hallowed places in the Shore — Brick’s Keller Memorial Field. Toms River North has not won a divisional title since 2008. Next game: Friday at No. 3 Brick (7-0).
8. RED BANK CATHOLIC (6-1): Last week: No. 8. Senior quarterback Eddie Hahn accounted for 319 yards of total offense — 257 passing and 62 rushing — and threw two TD passes to junior wide receiver Max Hazard, senior Dylan Murphy ran for two TDs and senior Mike Wilen had a 58-yard TD run as the Caseys rebounded from the loss to No. 4 Red Bank on Oct. 16 with a 33-14 win over Manalapan. Next game: Friday vs. Ocean (5-1).
9. POINT BORO (7-0): Last week: No. 9. Senior quarterback Noah Husak ran for 102 yards and two TDs and threw a 23-yard TD pass to junior wide receiver Hayden Frey, and Austin Drucquer came up with an interception late near the Point Boro goal-line as the Panthers improved to 7-0 for the first time since they went 12-0 and won the NJSIAA South Group II championship in 2005 with a 33-27 win over Raritan. Next game: Friday at Jackson Liberty (3-4).
10. SHORE (6-0): Last week: Not ranked. Senior running back Doug Goldsmith ran for two TDs, Josh Campi returned a punt 66 yards for a TD and quarterback Matt Pennell, Devin McLaughlin, Alex Johnson and Jack Britton all ran for TDs with Britton’s TD being a 75-yarder as the Blue Devils extended their winning streak to 14 with a 52-7 win over South River. Shore rushed for 426 yards and had 519 yards of total offense and held South River to 46 yards rushing. A two-game streak that will determine whether Shore will win the Shore Conference Class B Central championship for the second straight season begins this week. Next game: Friday at Point Beach (4-3).
Steven Falk: 732-643-4267; firstname.lastname@example.org
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