WEEK 1 WRAP-UP Mayfield Marches Manalapan to Victory Over Marlboro By James Smith


Manalapan is home to one of the most talented rosters in the state of New Jersey, and it’s fronted by the dynamic offensive duo of running back Naim Mayfield and quarterback Luke Corcione.



The seniors placed their impressive skill-sets on full display during a Week 1 matchup with Class A North rival Marlboro, leading the Braves (1-0, 1-0) to a decisive 44-0 shutout of the Mustangs (0-1, 0-1).


Mayfield’s workload was minimal, but his output was something out of a video game, as he only needed 10 carries to register 260 yards and five touchdowns.


Mayfield found the end zone from 51, 54, 45, and 24 yards, before capping his night with a four-yard scoring plunge.


Chris Maksimik added another rushing touchdown, while Corcione was nearly perfect from the pocket, finishing 8-of-9 on passing attempts for 92 yards.


Saint John Vianney 69, Matawan 7

Saint John Vianney’s 30th consecutive victory over Shore Conference opponents came against Class A Central foe Matawan (0-1, 0-1), and saw Lancers (1-0, 1-0) quarterback Haaziq Daniels emerge as a dual threat from under center.


Daniels started the scoring early when he connected with wide out Sam East on a 65-yard touchdown pass, before taking scoring matters into his own hands when scampered into the end zone from 60 yards away.


Senior two-way standout Johnny Buchanan delivered a pair of opening touchdown plunges, while Zyaire Sterling added a 50-yard scoring run, and Josiah Walker had another for the Lancers.


Rumson-Fair Haven 56, Raritan 13

Peter Lucas had big shoes to fill coming out of the backfield in his first season as the featured running back, and the senior delivered a huge debut effort for the with 297 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries, leading the Bulldogs (1-0, 1-0) over the Rockets (0-1, 0-1) in this Class A Central meeting.


Lucas’ longest scoring run of the night was from 71 yards out.


Fullback Alex Maldjian was also a factor in the ground game, as he found the end zone in the first half and finished with 92 yards on nine carries.


Bulldogs quarterback Danny Harby added two rushing touchdowns of his own, and Peter Crowley rounded the scoring with a scoring run. In total Rumson amassed 513 rushing yards.


Red Bank Catholic 47, Middletown South 10

Senior running back Zach Bair recently received his first NCAA Division I offer from Bryant University and the senior will certainly have more to come if he continues to perform like he did on opening night.


Bair ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including scoring runs of 12 and 78 yards, on just 10 carries to lead the Caseys (1-0, 1-0) to a lopsided Class B North victory over the Eagles (0-1, 0-1).


Quarterback Steve Lubischer was effective through the air, as the junior tossed for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Lubischer hooked up with sophomore tight end Kevin Bauman on a 22-yard scoring strike, before completing a 68-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Key.


Sophomore running back Billy Guidetti ran for 86 yards and a couple of second half touchdowns.


Middletown South’s Chaz Alessi ran for 134 yards and a touchdown in the loss.


Southern Regional 22, Toms River North 14

Ocean County’s biggest Week 1 upset went to Southern Regional, as the Rams (1-0, 1-0) knocked off defending Class A South champion and sectional state finalist Toms River North (0-1, 0-1).


A Southern touchdown run by Joe Miele in the fourth quarter cut the Mariners lead to 14-13, and set the Rams up with a chance to tie the game on the ensuing extra point. However, an offsides penalty convinced the Rams to go for two, and they called upon Miele once more, who rumbled into the end zone to stake his club to 15-14 advantage.


The scoring run was Miele’s second of the night, but it was a interception return for a touchdown on Toms River North’s following possession by Luke Galan that clinched the victory.


Point Boro 42, Pinelands 17

James Fara led the way for Point Boro as the senior ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries to push the Panthers (1-0, 1-0) over the Wildcats (0-1, 0-1) in this Class B South game.


Fara also showed off his arm from under center when he hit Brandon Cipriano on a 56-yard touchdown pass in the victory. Senior fullback Tanner Gordon also chipped in with a 45-yard rushing touchdown, as did Nate Chiarello, who had a scoring plunge and 60 yards on 11 attempts.


Evan Burton fronted the Pinelands attack as the running back went for 163 yards and two scores on 17 carries, including touchdown runs of 35 and 37 yards, respectively.


Shore 12, Asbury Park 6 (OT)

An early Class B Central clash needed an extra session to be decided, as a four-yard touchdown run by Gil Goldsmith made a winner out of the Blue Devils (1-0, 1-0) over the Blue Bishops (0-1, 0-1).

A five-yard scoring rumble by Donte Abrams staked Asbury Park to a 6-0 lead in the third quarter, before Shore Regional tied it up on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Morris to Terry Carlstrom.