Husky win highlights week two

first_imgBY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer The Matawan Huskies cleared their first major hurdle of the season on Saturday, knocking off Wall Township in a game that was as good as advertised. When Wall’s Rob Brewer lined up for a potential game-winning 42-yard field goal on the final play, Matawan players lined the sidelines, wondering what they had to do to knock off the Crimson Knights. As it turned out, they had already done enough. The field goal landed about 4 yards shy of the goal post, and the No. 2 Huskies had topped the No. 7 Crimson Knights, 11-9, in a critical, early-season contest that give them the early edge in the Liberty Division. Matawan forged ahead 9-7 with an impressive 76-yard, eight-play drive that was capped when Jeremy Fountain found the end zone from 18 yards out in the third quarter. The Huskies later padded the lead when a high snap on a Wall punt attempt resulted in a safety. From there, Matawan’s defense took over and shut down Wall’s final drive attempt with a pair of big stops deep in their own territory, setting up the long field goal attempt as time expired. It was an enormous win for a Matawan team that is entertaining visions of a championship season. Next up is St. John Vianney at 7 p.m. tomorrow at home in Holmdel. The Lancers are coming off a 12-0 win over Monsignor Donovan, Toms River, which was head coach John Amabile’s first win. The Vianney defense stole the show, holding Mon Don to just 135 total yards of offense. The SJV offense got a pair of early touchdowns to hammer down the win. They’ll need a nearly perfect effort tomorrow if they are to surprise the Huskies. The Middletown South Eagles continued to impress, dominating the Neptune Scarlet Fliers to the tune of a 41-14 win. Sophomore Knowshon Moreno was the story once again, scoring four touchdowns (four rushing and one on a 58-yard punt return). His running paced the Eagles en route to a 28-0 halftime lead. Moreno finished with 209 rushing yards on the day while the Eagle defense held Neptune to just nine rushing yards in the first half to set the tone for the day. Next up for South is the 2-0 Long Branch Green Wave in a key early-season Federal Division matchup. Game time is 7 p.m. tomorrow in Middletown.The Raritan Rockets won a thriller over an upstart RBC team, 14-13, Friday night behind the inspired running of sophomore Matt Fitzpatrick. The 5-11, 180-pound sophomore ran for 291 yards on 31 carries en route to the Rockets’ two touchdowns to lead his team to a crucial Liberty Division win. Next up for Raritan is Manasquan, a traditionally strong team that is looking to bounce back from a pair of poor show­ings in the first two weeks of the season. Game time is 7 p.m. tomorrow in Man­asquan. Very little went right for the Mid­dle­town North Lions on Saturday as they lost their home opener to Brick Township 28-0. Brick used a punishing ground attack to control the Lions, and even their mark at 1-1. Tomorrow the Lions look to get back on track when they head to Howell for a 7 p.m. start. Holmdel struggled against Man­ches­ter, falling 34-19. They will look to get their first win on Friday against winless Monmouth Regional High School, West Long Branch. Game time is 2 p.m. The Mater Dei Seraphs used their bye week to lick their wounds from an opening-day loss to Freehold, and will look to get win No. 1 tomorrow when they travel to Colts Neck for a 1 p.m. start. The Keyport Red Raiders will also be back in action as they take on a Shore Regional team looking to rebound from a tough loss to Rumson-Fair Haven. Game time is 7 p.m. tomorrow in West Long Branch.last_img read more