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Full game replay of the Maria Rose Bowl on CJSR

In the inaugural Marisa Rose Bowl presented by Bellamy & Son Paving, Monmouth-bound quarterback Christian Solino of St. Joseph-Metuchen threw for a touchdown and ran for another to lead Team Marisa to a 14-7 win over Team Rose.

Joe Bellamy scored the lone touchdown for Team Rose on an 11-yard run late in the first half.

Click below to listen to the entire game broadcast, with Mike Pavlichko and Korbid Thompson calling all the action live from Steve Libro Field at North Brunswick Township High School:

AUDIO RECAP: Listen to all the scoring in the Marisa Rose Bowl

In the first-ever version of the Marisa Rose Bowl, the all-Middlesex County high school football all-star game, St. Joseph-Metuchen product Christian Solino led Team Marisa to a 14-7 win over Team Rose, throwing a touchdown pass and running for another.

Rocco Bellamy of Piscataway had an 11-yard touchdown run, the lone score for Team Rose, which came just before halftime.

Click below to listen to all three touchdowns, as called by Mike Pavlichko and Korbid Thompson on Central Jersey Sports Radio:

Team Marisa beats Team Rose, but everybody wins, in inaugural Marisa Rose Bowl

High school football all-star games typically feature a lot of fireworks, apropos for being played in summertime.

The fireworks in the inaugural Marisa Rose Bowl – to benefit the Marisa Tufaro Foundation, which helps pediatric patients and families in need throughout the greater Middlesex County area – were mostly between the two sides, with high-intensity throughout.

But the scoreboard was as cold as the air conditioning in the locker rooms on a night where the game was played in mid-90-degree temperatures at North Brunswick Township High School’s Steve Libro Field, where Team Marisa topped Team Rose 14-7.

The first and last scores of the game – which only saw three touchdowns – came from Monmouth-bound Christian Solino of St. Joseph-Metuchen, who was named the inaugural game’s MVP.


The first came just over two minutes into the second quarter, when Solino connected with Metuchen wideout Aidan Holloway for a 23-yard touchdown strike that made it 7-0. But the teams retreated to their locker rooms tied at 7-7 after Piscataway senior Rocco Bellamy ran eleven yards for a score with 95 seconds left in the first half.

After the break – which featured two dance routines by the cheer squads led by Spotswood’s Colleen Meyers, who’s been with the game since its inception as the Snapple Bowl in 1998 – Team Marisa – which never trailed – was more methodical with the ball, playing it conservative, keeping it on the ground, and eating clock.

A more than six minute drive after Team Rose’s opening possession results in an eight-yard run from Solino, to make it 14-7 with the extra point.

Team Marisa’s defense held, then held the ball again, draining almost the rest of the game clock before the defense held one more time.


Click below for postgame reaction from Team Marisa’s 14-7 Marisa Rose Bowl win over Team Rose:

Marisa Tufaro Rose Bowl MVP Christian Solino, QB from St. Joseph-Metuchen (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)
QB Christian Solino
Winning Marisa Rose Bowl coach Andy Steinfeld of East Brunswick and Team Marisa (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Marcus Borden talks about the genesis of the inaugural Marisa Rose Bowl

For well over two decades, Marcus Borden has run a charity all-star football game in the summer.

For the longest time it was the Snapple Bowl. Other sponsors also have put their name on the game. For the last two years, there’s been no game at all due to COVID-19.

This July 21st, it will make its return, at North Brunswick Township High School’s Steve Libro Field, where it will be known as the Marisa Rose Bowl, with Bellamy & Son Paving – a founding and regular sponsor of Central Jersey Sports Radio – as its primary benefactor.

Proceeds from the game will support the Marisa Tufaro Foundation, which helps children in need – and their families – in Middlesex County and beyond.

The game can be heard live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with Mike Pavlichko and Korbid Thompson calling all the action, starting with pregame at 6:45 pm, and kickoff at 7:00. Click here to listen on gameday.

Click below to hear CJSR’s Mike Pavlichko talking with game organizer Marcus Borden about the inaugural Marisa Rose Bowl:

Nearly 130 football players and cheerleaders are gearing up for the inaugural Marisa Rose Bowl; here are the complete rosters

One week from tonight, early 80 graduating seniors from high schools throughout Middlesex County will take part in an annual tradition, the newest incarnation of what was started decades ago by then-East Brunswick High School football coach Marcus Borden: the inaugural Marisa Rose Bowl.

It will be the first such senior all-star-game involving players from Middlesex County since 2019, as the game was on hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Players will be divided into two squads – Team Marisa and Team Rose – for the game on Thursday, July 21 at North Brunswick Township High School. There also are nearly 50 cheerleaders participating

You can hear the game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, the official home for the Marisa Rose Bowl, with Mike Pavlichko calling the game alongside Korbid Thompson of the King James Radio Network.

Click here to listen on gameday.

The game will benefit the Marisa Tufaro Foundation, begun by longtime local sportswriter Greg Tufaro, formerly of The Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.com. The foundation is “a nonprofit whose mission is to assist pediatric patients and other children in need throughout the greater Middlesex County area.” It also gives out scholarships to local student-athletes, and the week of the game, a walk at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen will benefit local food pantries.

For more on the game and the Marisa Rose Foundation, click here.

Check back here in the coming days for more stories and details on the 2022 Marisa Rose Bowl.

Below are the rosters, by school, for each team. Please note rosters and positions may differ by the day of the game:

Team Marisa

  • Dunellen: Nasir Tippet (RB), Oscar Wasilewski (DE)
  • East Brunswick: James Sparrow (WR), Romeo Diaz (LB), Noriano Smith (RB), Kraig Wade (DE), Jason Soliman (OT)
  • Edison: Chase Priester (CB), Jordan White (LB), Zahir Huffin (DT)
  • JP Stevens: Clarance Dixsoin (WR), Jahwill Palmer (C)
  • Metuchen: Aidan Holloway (WR)
  • Monroe: Jeremiah Vessel (DE), Tyler Scott (LB), Ryan Zurawiecki (OT)
  • Old Bridge: Jake McAleavy (WR)
  • Sayreville: Osei Bonsu (FS), Denzel Osae (LB), Santana Fonseca (DT), Claude Blagogee (DT), Nicholas Scabilon (OT)
  • South Plainfield: Bryce Hollis (LB), Gregorio Zambrana (DE), Jake DelVecchio (SS), Jason DelPaoli (C), Michael Kurilew (LB)
  • St. Joseph-Metuchen: Christian Solino (QB), Anthony Roige (WR)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: Kenny Coghan (LB)

Team Rose

  • Carteret: Jordan McQueen (LB) Kanye Groover (RB), JayQuan Elliott (OT), Jehu Andrews (DT)
  • Colonia: Lamont Hampton (SS), Joshua Prophete (RB), Mike Testa (CB), Cross Carrion (OG)
  • Highland Park: Faizon Morris (DT), Nigel Bailey (LB)
  • JFK: Justin Suero (WR), Emmanuel Akinrolabu (DT)
  • Middlesex: Bobby Ulmer (C)
  • North Brunswick: Marquis Perry (WR), Jayden Myers (WR), Brandon Harrison (DE)
  • Perth Amboy: Matthew Fernandez (OG), Francisco Sierra (OT)
  • Piscataway: Jaiden Parks (WR), Samir Croley-Battle (FS), Rocco Bellamy (LB), Jerrick Hargrove (DE)
  • South River: Marcus Granadiero (LB), Matt Marchesi (C), Daquan Colbert (DT)
  • Spotswood: AJ Legakis (CB), Ethan Williams (RB), Brandon Curnal (LB), Derek Santora (OG)
  • Woodbridge: Isaiah Allen (WR), Matt Stanton (QB), Jayson Bradley (OT), Dylan Bradley (OG)


Team Marisa

  • Dunellen: Lauren Mann, Kayla Roberts
  • Edison: Rylie Adams
  • JFK: Christina Burroughs, Lucy Yanak, Stephanie Yu
  • Metuchen: Amber May Cardillo, Amelia Gehring, Olivia Varga
  • New Brunswick: Beyania Dover, Nia’Marra McFarlane, Kaijah Smith
  • Old Bridge: Kayla Lance, Julia Leonhardt
  • Sayreville: Emily Calantoni, Jessica Redding, Jenna Wrubel

Team Rose

  • Carteret: Carley Belli, Savannah Doda, Alexandra Perez
  • Colonia: Faith Johnson, Alexa Leviten, Erika Pannone, Deanna Shinski
  • Middlesex: Anna Hommas
  • North Brunswick: Crystina Cofer
  • Perth Amboy: Yavely Marrero, Ivanie Mercado-Cepeda
  • Piscataway: Tiyanna Buitrago, Dacia Henry, Nia Lowery
  • South Brunswick: Naomi Bell, Alexandra Elmoudden
  • South River: Madison Sporer
  • Spotswood: Amy Bachetti, Failen Conroy, Alison Forsell, Mya Rogando-Lynch
  • Woodbridge: Colleen Kester, Margaret McNee, Alisa Perez