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Week 3 Friday night hot takes: No. 1 upended, Cougars and Mustangs and more start hot

The big news of the night of course was the No. 1 North Brunswick Raiders, who surely won’t hold that position next week.

That takes nothing away from the Sayreville Bombers, who upended the Raiders 35-22 on their home field Friday night to pick up their first win of the season against two losses, albeit to teams who are both in the top ten in the Big Central Media Poll (and maybe at least one of those teams warrant another look in the CJSR rankings).

But that was the big story line Friday night, along with a host of others.

Sayreville has had a couple of down years since winning the inaugural South 5 “bowl championship” in 2018, beating Williamstown in their very own of the Miracle at the Meadowlands.

But the program has persevered under alum Chris Beagan, now in his seventh season at the helm.

HEAR MORE: Sayreville topples No. 1 Raiders, wins it with defense as much as offense

Consider the fact that the Bombers first four opponents all are or have been in the Top Ten this year, in one or both polls.

Bridgewater-Raritan from Week One is in the Media Poll, Woodbridge is in both and got a first place vote each of the last two weeks in the Media Poll, North Brunswick was Number One the last two weeks in the Central Jersey Sports Radio rankings, and this week as well in the Media Poll, and Edison – next week’s Bombers’ opponent – was in the lower half of the top ten before getting bounced last week after a loss to Colonia.

Sayreville is what they call a tough out. After Edison, the Bombers have St. Joe’s, Pisctaway (both 0-2), and South Brunswick (1-2) before finishing with New Brunswick (2-1) and Old Bridge (2-1).

Time to turn those tough outs into hits.

Manville pouring on the points…

No one wants to hear about any more water in Manville, but the Mustangs are making it rain.

After their season opener was cancelled and declared a “no contest” after Ida’s remnants devastated the majority of the town and drew a visit from President Biden, Manville has gone out and won two straight, by a combined score of 89-6 over Dunellen and Montclair-Kimberley Academy. Shaun Purcell had another great game with a rushing and receiving touchdown, while QB Danny Wildgoose and runningback Brandon Flores also got into the scoring column.

They could be on the opening chapters of writing a great book this season. Manville last made the playoffs in 2017, only their third playoff berth, and has never won a playoff game. That’s a long way away, but maybe they can dream…

Cranford is hot out of the gate, too…

Maybe things would have gone differently in Week Three had the Cougars not come out on the right side of last week’s 33-27 overtime decision at home against North Hunterdon.

Then again, as solid a program as Cranford has built – with a lot of multi-sport athletes who head coach Erik Rosenmeier says are not just allowed to, but encouraged to play other sports – it might not have made a difference.

No matter, the Cougars are off to a 2-0 start, with senior QB Shane VanDam leading an offense that has put up 88 points in two games.

HEAR MORE: Cranford wins a battle of top Union County QBs, Cougars off to 2-0 start

The big difference Friday night was that it was nowhere near as close as the opener; the defense held Summit to just eight measley points.

Things are looking good in the tiny Union County town.

Monroe back down to Earth, but are still hot…

Speaking of teams that have put up a lot of points, Monroe outscored its first two opponents 121-26, but cooled off a bit Friday night when they edged out Hamilton out of the West Jersey Football League 18-13.

Still, the Falcons are off to a 3-0 start, their best record out of the gate since winning five-in-a-row to start 2013 under Chris Beagan. They dropped four of their last five that year to finish 6-4, with the last two losses coming in the regular season finale and the opening round of the playoffs, both to Sayreville.

In their 11-1 state title season, they started 1-1 before winning ten straight to take the Central Jersey Group 3 title over Middletown South 30-10 in the snow at the College of New Jersey.

Sayreville topples No. 1 Raiders, wins it with defense as much as offense

In a game that was tied 8-8 at the half, Sayreville made some halftime adjustments that paid off for a very young team.

The Bombers knocked off Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Number One team the last two weeks, beating North Brunswick 35-22 on the road, to pick up their first victory of the year.

Sayreville (1-2) was tied 8-8 with the Raiders (2-1) at the half, and led 13-8 in the third quarter, but pulled away to win by 13.

Click below to hear Sayreville head coach Chris Beagan talk with Mike Pavlichko about the victory:

Brearley off to hot 2-0 start, looks to keep it going against rival Roselle Park in Week 3

Brearley head coach Scott Miller had been saying all summer his team’s success in 2021 would be a direct result of its offensive line, whether they could jell, and how far they could progress.

Through two games, the results are better than he could have imagined.

And that’s a big reason why the Bears are off to a 2-0 start.

Of course, the skill positions need to come through, and that’s where the numbers have been.

Brearley won its opener against Johnson two weeks ago 36-0, then went to Charger Stadium and beat Spotswood Saturday afternoon 32-0.

Offensively, quarterback Matt Sims ran for 175 yards on 24 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, then threw for another 49 yards and scored twice more. Runningback Quinn Lonergan added a touchdown and rushed for 137 yards in the victory.

And the defense? What else can you say other than they’ve pitched two shutouts.

Miller knows Roselle Park – a big rival just a short, two-mile drive away – will be a big challenge this Friday night, so he’s not having his team take their collective feet off the gas pedal anytime soon. And wins will be crucial with a late-season stretch of Bernards, New Providence and Bound Brook on the schedule.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko talk with Brearley head coach Scott Miller about his team’s 2-0 start to the season:

North Brunswick win over No. 4 Old Bridge keeps Raiders at No. 1 in CJSR Week Two Top Ten

Going on the road is never easy. Going to Vince Lombardi Field in Old Bridge is even tougher, where the Knights’ student section is loud. Coming out of there with a victory is even tougher.

But that’s what No. 1 North Brunswick did on Friday, pulling out a 34-27 victory at then No. 4 Old Bridge. And so, the Raiders remain No. 1 this week in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, picking up both first place votes.

Woodbridge and Summit made their season debuts in the rankings, while Edison and New Providence dropped out, though the Pioneers were more of a mathematical casualty, having still received a vote in the poll.

The Media Poll will be out later Monday afternoon.

Below are the Week Two CJSR Rankings:

Oluremi has himself a night to power Colonia in 38-7 upset of No. 8 Edison

Head coach Tom Roarty calls it one of the biggest wins for Colonia in recent memory, and he’s probably right.

The Patriots – now 1-1 – knocked off No. 8 (tie) Edison (1-1) Friday night at home 38-7, thanks in large part to Josh Oluremi. A senior quarterback who has been starting since the middle of his sophomore year, he took charge against the Eagles wioth four rushing touchdowns, while throwing for another.

Then there was the defense, as Jake Ciencin racked up six sacks, and Jaeden Jones had a pick six for a score. Colonia also added a field goal.

Click below to hear Colonia coach Tom Roarty talk about the Patriot’s’ win over the Eagles:

No. 1 North Brunswick wins critical road matchup with Old Bridge on Perry’s 5 TDs

Mike Cipot, the Raidrers head coach now in his fifth season at the helm, says it was one of the best performances he’s seen.

Senior Marquis Perry scored five times – twice on the ground and three times on tosses from junior quarterback Frankie Garbolino – to power North Brunswick past No. 4 Old Bridge on the road, 34-27.

In Week One, North Brunswick scored 35 unanswered points to break a 21-all tie en route to a 56-21 win over South Brunswick. Somewhat similarly, this time the Raiders were tied at 20 with Old Bridge, but won the second half 14-7.

The victory puts the Raiders at 2-0 heading into a home game with Sayreville next weekend, while the Knights drop to 1-1.

Click below to hear North Brunswick head coach Mike Cipot talk about the victory over the Old Bridge:

No. 6 Hillsborough rallies for OT win over No. 7 Phillipsburg in home opener

It was a dramatic night at Noonan Field in Hillsborough.

The 6th-ranked Raiders snapped a four-game skid against Phillipsburg, beating the Stateliners 21-14 in overtime, thanks in large part to Tommy Amankwaa.

Down 14-6 in the second half, Amankwaa – a receiver – scored on a touchdown run to cut it to 14-12, as head coach Kevin Carty began to use him a bit out of the backfield to get his playmaker some extra touches. Jay Mazuera’s pass to Amankwaa for two tied the game.

In overtime, Amankwaa scored to put Hillsborough ahead on the first possession, then sealed the deal with an interception to end the game after Will Dixon pressured ‘Liners backup QB Jakhye McLean. Starter Tristen Canzano missed the game due to injury.

The game certainly ended better than it started for Hillsborough (2-0), which saw a fumbled snap result in two quick scores for Phillipsburg (0-2), staking them to a 14-0 lead.

Click below to hear Hillsborough head coach Kevin Carty talk about the wild victory:

Instant Replay: Delaware Valley 35, North Plainfield 6

Click below to listen on-demand to the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland from Friday, September 10, 2021.

Delaware Valley won its fourth straight over North Plainfield, picking up a 36-5 road win at Krausche Field behind two passing and one rushing touchdown from junior quarterback Jack Bill.

Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe call the action.

1st Half

2nd Half

Del Val has lots of weapons, and they’re not afraid to use them against Canucks

It’s been two years since Delaware Valley and North Plainfield have squared off on the football field, but Friday night the Terriers (1-0) will make their first trip to Krausche Field since the 2018 season opener, when they play the Canucks (1-0) on the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Pregame starts at 6:45 on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with kickoff at 7 as Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe call all the action; you can listen to the game live – and for free – by clicking here.

The offense starts for Del Val with junior quarterback and co-captain Jack Bill. He was a thousand-yard passer as a sophomore, throwing for 12 touchdowns, while also rushing for 516 yards and another three scores.

Head coach Mike Haughey calls him “the total package.”

But Bill is not without a supporting cast – after all, someone has to catch the ball to amass that many passing yards. This year, his top target will be Logan Blake, a hybrid wide receiver/tight end, along with Justin Kolpan and Jaden Corbin.

Click below to hear Justin Sontupe talk about the Terriers with head coach Mike Haughey:

North Plainfield’s veteran group will have to be on its toes when Terriers come to town

Delaware Valley has a lot of weapons.

Head coach Mike Haughey knows it. Middlesex knows it. And now everyone else does, too.

That just means North Plainfield will have to play almost perfect defense Friday night when the Terriers visit Krausche Field for the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Kickoff is set for 7 pm with air-time on Central Jersey Sports Radio at 6:45. Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe will call all the action; you can listen live by clicking here.

The Canucks come into the game at 1-0, after a 30-26 season-opening win at home over rival and neighboring South Plainfield. Del Val is also 1-0, having blown out Middlesex 48-14 out in Frenchtown.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk to North Plainfield head coach Jimmy DiPaolo: