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Fundraising University New Jersey’s “Unsung Hero Scholarship Award” goes to Manville’s Brandon Flores

In 2020, COVID was the story, and the inaugural Fundraising University New Jersey “Unsung Hero Scholarship Award” went to St. Joe’s of Metuchen’s Tommy Romond, who kept his team together on the field, despite being apart.

In 2021, the award goes to a Manville senior who helped keep his community together.

That community was, in part, his football team, but in greater part, the entire town of Manville, in the wake of the utter destruction caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida back in early September.

Manville has been through many storms before, and too many to count in recent years, but the tiny Somerset County town probably has never seen a dynamo like Brandon Flores. He had teammates who lost everything. He helped them first, then it was on to anyone who needed assistance, moving out flooded items, passing out bottled water.

Brandon Flores of Manville (source: Hudl)

Just taking care of his community.

For his efforts, Flores receives the “Unsung Hero Scholarship Award,” a $500 scholarship coutesy of John Tuohy at Fundraising University New Jersey.

Click below to listen to Brandon Flores recall the night Ida hit Manville, and what he did for his community in the aftermath:

Click the link above to find out how Fundraising University can help sports teams and organizations raise the most amount of money in the least amount of time. Or contact John Tuohy at 732-772-3354 or jtuohy@fundraisingu.net

You – the fans – get to pick again! It’s the Jersey Central Sports Radio “Highlight Reel Play of the Year.” Watch the video, and vote!

Central Jersey Sports Radio is giving YOU the chance to weigh in on your favorite play of the 2021 high school football season!

We received a lot of entries from high school football coaches all across the Big Central. We spent days, even hours, until we finally narrowed it down to six.

Watch the video below, then scroll down to vote for your favorite!!
Voting ends at 11:59 pm on Monday, Dec. 13.
Remember: Vote early, vote often!

Instant Replay: No. 1 Somerville 45, Summit 22

Click below to listen to the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland from Friday, October 29, 2021.

No. 1 Somerville won its sixth straight game (not including a COVID-related forfeit) 45-22 over Summit to improve to 7-2 on the season and win the Big Central Division 3 title. Summit drops to 5-4.

Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe call the action from Brooks Field in Somerville

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Group 1 Week 9 Breakdown: Brearley stands alone in the North, and is Manville finally in?

With only four Group 1 teams overall in playoff contention from the Big Central, we’re combining our unofficial projections for North and South 1 into one story. Take a look below:


Brearley: The only team from the Big Central in this supersection, the Bears already have played their Week Nine game, dispatching of Dayton in Kneilworth 40-6 to improve to 7-2. The win didn’t move the needle, though, so Brearley gains a spot to 11th place with an 11.2 UPR, and their finish is at the mercy of the teams below them. A win by Weequahic could drop them to 12th, since they would gain in power points, even though they’re behind Brearly significantly in that department; that’s the system! We think they’re around a 12 or 13 even if everyone behind them wins.


South Hunterdon: The Eagles (6-1) sit in 11th place at the moment, with a 12.2 UPR. Believe it or not, a win over Morrisville (PA) drops them to 12th, one place behind Middlesex, all on its own. So, South Hunterdon isn’t in any danger of getting a first-round home game. A loss – unlikely as it may be – could move them squarely out of the playoff picture entirely. If tragedy struck, they could get back in with a Glassboro loss to Woodstown, and/or maybe some other help.

MORE CUTOFF WEEKEND COVERAGE: A team-by-team breakdown of every Big Central team’s postseason standing and chances heading into Week 9

Middlesex: The Blue Jays sit in 12th, and we’ve already documented their move up even if South Hunterdon beats Morrisville. A win over Bernards could vault Middlesex into the top eight, and give them a first-round home game, if they get a little help from behind, In particular, an Asbury Park (4-3) loss at Manasquan (5-2), not out of the realm of possibility. A loss to Bernards keeps the Blue Jays in the bottom eight, starting the playoffs on the road.

Manville: Ah, the cause celebre for a couple of weeks, the Mustangs (6-1) sit in 16th place, currently “in,” but will they stay there? Let’s look at the two scenarios. Should Manville beat 2-6 Metuchen at home Friday night, they pull up into 14th just on that. Maple Shade and Glassboro could both pass them with wins and knock them out. If Manville loses, we think they’re out. So it’s “lose and your out” and “win and wait” for the Mustangs.

Instant Replay: Manville 51, Bound Brook 27

Click below to listen to the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland from Friday, October 22, 2021.

Manville set a program record for points scored against Bound Brook, defeating the Crusaders 51-27 to improve to 6-1 on the season. Bound Brook drops to 3-5.

Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call the action from LaMonte Field in Bound Brook.

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Manville still two spots out of the playoffs in South 1, despite big win at Bound Brook and 6-1 record

The good news is Manville moved up one place in the South Group 1 standings in unofficial calculations done exclusively by Central Jersey Sports Radio following Friday night’s games.

The question mark is what will happen in the slew of Saturday games down in South Jersey, and whether that will affect anything.

The bad news is, Manville is still out of the playoff picture at the moment, in 18th place, despite a 6-1 record, and a win over the second-best team on its schedule, Bound Brook, 51-27 as heard Friday night on Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Big Central Game of the Week, driven by Autoland.

What more can Manville do? Not a lot.

They can’t even cheer for Metuchen -which hosts Middlesex today – or at least it wouldn’t do any good. The Bulldogs are Manville’s last opponent, but have already played seven games, so they can’t get any extra residuals from a Bulldog win over Johnson, if they beat Metuchen next week.

They’re going to be at the mercy of others for help, it looks like, and that’s a shame. (I’ll have more on that later. Trust me.)

Meanwhile, Middlesex edged up a spot prior to today’s matchup with Metuchen, from 12th to 11th, flip flipping with South Hunterdon, which is idle this week. But again, the Blue Jays play Saturday afternoon in the Brainy Boro, so that will likely change, one way or the other. Both should be locked in the bottom eight though, and will start the playoffs in two weeks on the road.

Manville explodes for 51-27 win over Bound Brook to stop 11-game skid vs. Crusaders, keep playoff hopes alive

Rivalry game. Must-win for the playoffs.

No problem for Manville.

The Mustangs staked themselves to a 13-0 lead and never looked back, leading for all but 1:33 of the game (when the score was 0-0), and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 51-27 win over Bound Brook in the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Autoland on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The 51 points scored by Manville was a program record in the series, topping 41-point efforts in wins over the Crusaders in 1986 and 2001.

The win also snapped an 11-game losing streak in the series dating back to 2010, though Bound Brook still leads the series 43-20 with 2 ties.

Junior runningback Shawn Purcell was the Autoland Player of the Game, rushing for a career high 224 yards, with three touchdown runs – of 36, 1, and 35 yards.

The victory moves Manville to 6-1, but it remains to be seen how much the win will move the Mustangs up in the South 1 playoff standings. They entered the night tied for 18th with Buena (0-5), two UPR points out of a playoff spot.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will have unofficial updates to all sections early Saturday on our site at cjsportsradio.com.

Click below for postgame reaction from Dom Savino down on the field with the Mustangs:

Junior runningback Shawn Purcell

Manville head coach Pat Gorbatuk

Week 8 Analysis: Manville is rare case of a winning team still far from playoffs; South 1 breakdown

We’re going to start at the bottom of this section, because that’s where it gets most interesting. Manville is the cause celebre in 2021 for Central Jersey Sports Radio.

A couple of years ago, the NJSIAA acknowledged an undefeated team – provided they had 8 wins at least an no ties – should be in the playoffs regardless of their schedule. So, they wrote that into the Football Regulations.

What about a one loss team? Manville is 5-1, tied for 18th with Buena (0-5 – what???), and one of four teams in the state – out of the 132 currently outside the top 16 in their supersections – who have two or fewer losses. The others are Bordentown (5-1, 23rd in North 1), Northern Burlington (5-2, 23rd in South 2), and Belvidere (3-2, 17th in South 1).

What more can Manville do? The Big Central is a superconference of the former GMC and Skyland leagues, but there are still not enough quality teams of a similar size to play them. They’d have to play small Group 2s or 3s that are weaker, but that’s not right. Shouldn’t Group 1 teams compete against Group 1 teams for playoff spots? And while Manville may not be 5-1 any year, the same could be said if they are down and Metuchen put together a great season.

Add to this everything the town of Manville has been through, and it makes this an extra troubling scenario.

Of course, all may be forgiven if Manville beats rival Bound Brook Friday night, because the power points and OSI bump they would get would be huge. As a Group 2 with 3 wins, the Crusaders are worth 17 power points, while the Mustang’s power point average sits at 9.50, which means they would jump – assuming no other movement, of course – to a 10.57 and pass two other teams. Brook’s OSI value is 48.27, so Manville’s average would jump up from 28.44 to 31.27. That bumps them two spots as well, for a total UPR shedding of 2 points, getting them into a tie with Glassboro for 16th. Still so close!

Manville needs to win out, Friday, then beat Metuchen in Week 9 to have a prayer, and they still may need some help. At least as it looks now.

No one from the Big Central is in the top eight of this section, and the other two who look solidly in – South Hunterdon and Middlesex – probably don;t have a shot and will be starting on the road. It’s so tough to gain in UPR when you get to the smaller groups, especially playing like opponents in group size on the power point side. The Eagles are 5.2 UPR points out of 8th, and the Blue Jays 5.6 out. I don’t see them making up that ground, but they should be safely in the playoffs; there aren’t enough good teams to catch them.

Manville faces must-win on the road against rival Bound Brook to keep playoff hopes alive

It continues to be a memorable season for Manville, which is 5-1 for just the second time in the last 15 years.

A year removed from a winless campaign, the Mustangs have made a swift turnaround thanks to their rushing attack. Manville’s Wing-T offense, which is run-heavy by design, has churned out over 250 rushing yards per game. Junior running back Shawn Purcell has paced the offense with 1,121 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns in a breakout year.

And yet, Manville is one of the 132 teams who sit outside the playoff picture, currently residing in 18th place in ther South Group 1 supersection. And they’re one of only four teams in the entire state who might not make the playoffs, but have two or fewer losses.

On the second-to-last weekend of the regular season, Manville prepares to face Bound Brook and quarterback Patrick LePoidevin, who leads the Big Central with 1,536 passing yards, in 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 from Bound Brook’s LaMonte Field; join Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino for all the action with pregame set for 6:45.

Click here to listen to the live broadcast for free.

Click below to hear Dom Savino’s conversation with Manville head coach Pat Gorbatuk:

Veteran skill players lead young Bound Brook in Crusaders push for playoff berth

Patrick LePoidevin. Sharrod Tedder. Bryce Cobb. Jayden Brimage.

If you were handed those four young men on a silver platter, you’d take them on your football team.

Bound Brook has them, but the Crusaders still find themselves with two weeks of likely must-win games in order to make the playoffs.

That push continues Friday night when Bound Brook (3-4) entertains longtime rival Manville (5-1) in the Big Central Game of the Week, driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call the game on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with pregame at 6:45 pm and kickoff at 7:00 from LaMonte Field in Bound Brook. You can click here to listen to the game live.

Other than the four above, Bound Brook is young, with several freshmen starting in key places. Three of the four defensive line starters against Manville will be ninth-graders, “14 years old,” as head coach Dave LePoidevin points out.

Others are inexperienced, like Ronny Pimentel. He’s impressed his head coach, to be sure, but it’s still the junior’s first year of organized football. He’s a baseball player, but LePoidevin convinced him to come out to the gridiron, too.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Dave LePoidevin about Bound Brook’s season, and Friday night’s game against Manville: