A couple of players who made their season debut on an injury-riddled Sayreville High School football team led the Bombers to a thrilling 9-6 victory over Edison on Friday night.
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Placekicker Santana Fonseca and receiver Christian Becoate, who both returned from injuries, booted the game-winning field goal and scored Sayreville’s lone touchdown, respectively, as the Bombers snapped a three-game losing streak.
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Sayreville (1-3) played without dynamic offensive performer Anthony Jackson, who is out for the remainder of the year with an injury.
Edison (1-4) took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Freshman quarterback Matt Yascko, the son of Carteret head coach Matt Yascko, scored on a 1-yard keeper. Yascko set up the touchdown, connecting with Ty Martin on a 30-yard fade pattern.
The rookie signal caller, who is filling in for injured starter Lucas Loffredo, who is out four to six weeks with a broken collarbone, completed 13 of 22 passes for 145 yards. The lone interception Yascko threw came on a Hail Mary pass on the game’s final play.
Sayreville attempted a field goal in the second quarter, which Edison blocked. However, an inadvertent whistle blew the play dead. Instead of attempting to kick the field goal again, Sayreville took a shot at the end zone.
Quarterback Mark Whitford connected with Becoate on a 6-yard slant, forging a 6-6 tie.
With three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Fonseca booted a 25-yard field goal for a 9-6 lead.
Sayreville kept the game-winning field goal drive alive, converting a fake punt from near midfield. On the trick play, Javiion Simmons and Jayvis Rayside partnered for a throwback screen.
Fonseca returned from a sprained knee. Becoate returned from a back injury.
CARTERET 21, J.F. KENNEDY 6: Junior running back Nazier Anderson rushed 27 times for 124 yards and a touchdown to lead the Carteret High School football team to a 21-6 win over J.F. Kennedy on Friday night.
Carteret took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards in eight plays culminating with a Cam McCargo quarterback keeper for a 5-yard touchdown run. Amr Abdelnabi kicked the first of his three extra points to make the score 7-0.
The score would change quickly when Michael Calvert returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was missed, however, and Carteret maintained a one-point advantage.
Carteret would build a 14-6 lead in the second quarter when sophomore back Kanya Groover broke free for a 19-yard touchdown run.
The second half saw Anderson finally reach pay dirt when he powered in from 4 yards out and the Rambler defense took care of the rest, limiting J.F. Kennedy’s offense and intercepting three passes.
Wanya Parrott had a pick and junior cornerback Zaire Crutchfiled recorded two interceptions.
Robert Webber, Zair Gilbert and Jashon Turner added sacks for Carteret.
McCargo finished the game 8 of 12 passing for 105 yards.
Justin Leigh was his favorite target with four catches for 76 yards.
METUCHEN 18, DUNELLEN 12: Quarterback Stephen Michaliszyn threw a pair of touchdown passes and Andrew Sullivan rushed for a touchdown to lead the Metuchen High School football team to an 18-12 victory over Dunellen on Friday night.
Michaliszyn connected with Fred Krebs on a 15-yard scoring strike and with Colyn Qualls on a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Metuchen scored in the second quarter to forge a 6-6 tie. The Bulldogs found the end zone twice after the intermission to build an 18-6 lead. Dunellen scored with less than two minutes remaining to produce the final margin.
Andrew Sullivan, who broke off a 40-yard touchdown run, carried 15 times for 119 yards. Krebs and Qualls each caught two passes for a combined 85 yards.
Michaliszyn completed 9 of 11 passes for 92 yards to help the Bulldogs (3-2) snap a two-game losing streak.
MIDDLESEX 42, SPOTSWOOD 14: Daemon Macarone rushed for 178 yards (20 carries) with two touchdowns and Stephen Young threw a pair of scores to Mehki Parks as Middlesex defeated Spotswood 42-14 in Friday’s game.
The Blue Jays are off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 2014, and extended their regular-season winning streak to 11 games in the Greater Middlesex Conference Gold Division matchup.
Parks had two receptions for 73 yards. Alex Roque added a rushing touchdown and finished with 30 yards on nine carries and Young chipped in 76 yards on the ground. In the air, the sophomore threw for 73 yards (2 of 4).
Middlesex (5-0 in the Gold), ranked No. 10 in the Home News Tribune’s GMC football Top 10, opened a 28-7 lead at halftime. In the series, Middlesex has won three straight. Before then, Spotswood took five in a row.
Defensively, Ethan Gill snagged an interception as the Blue Jays have outscored opponents by an average of 41-12 this season.
Spotswood fell to 2-3 (2-1 in division) and hosts Metuchen next Saturday in a division game.
COLONIA 27, SOUTH PLAINFIELD 12: It was nothing fancy in Colonia’s 27-12 win over South Plainfield. The Patriots played smash-mouth football as Matt Croteau rushed for four touchdowns from 3, 23, 5 and 40 yards in Friday’s Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division victory.
“It was old-school football,” Colonia coach Tom Roarty said. “We just grounded it out through the tackles. Our offensive line did an excellent job of moving them.”
The Patriots (3-2, 3-1) threw the ball just four times and opened a 21-6 lead at halftime.
Safety Josh Oluremi forced two fumbles and his secondary mate Kenny Shinski also played well. Additionally, defensive lineman Tejpaul Ranhawa made multiple tackles.
South Plainfield fell to 0-5, 0-4.
MONROE 55, J.P. STEVENS 14: Monroe High School’s football mantra the last two games has been playing for each other and their town. And it’s something that has resonated for the Falcons. Friday, Monroe defeated J.P. Stevens 55-14 for their second-straight win in a Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division contest.
Dylan Gorhan threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another score. Anton Updale snagged two touchdown receptions and James Meyers had one. Additionally, Aidan Mclaughlin rushed for a touchdown.
“The kids are playing hard and they’re buying into playing for the guy next to you,” Monroe’s coach Dan Lee said.
The Falcons (2-2, 2-3), which beat Perth Amboy last week, jumped to a 20-0 lead after the first quarter and 34-7 at halftime. Defensively, Jagger Agnew had a fumble recovery and an interception and Emmanuel Assifo interception.
J.P. Stevens fell to 0-5, 0-4.
MONTGOMERY 42, EAST BRUNSWICK 7: Senior Lucas Kopecky caught six balls for 87 yards and four touchdowns as Montgomery rolled on the road.
Senior quarterback Ryan Furey finished with 217 passing yards and two scores, while sophomore signal caller Marco Lainez passed for 160 yards and two touchdowns, adding a pair of 2-point conversion passes for the Cougars (4-1).
Dylan McFadden caught a TD pass, and Carter McFadden and Alex Benitez each scored on the ground in the victory. Senior Kevin O’Brien grabbed four passes for 115 yards, adding a 2-point conversion run.
Senior defensive end Anthony DiTorrice notched six sacks and six tackles, O’Brien recorded four sacks, an interception, and eight tackles, and junior Weber Karsay notched a sack and seven tackles. Carter McFadden chipped in an interception, two sacks and six tackles in the win.
Zach Ebro threw a touchdown for East Brunswick (1-3).