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Robinson’s big game in a big moment earns him Week 8 Bellamy & Son Paving Player of the Week Award

Coming up big in a big spot.

That’s what senior Anthony Robinson did last Friday night – all over the field – for Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Not only did he help his unranked Raiders knock off No. 5 Woodbridge on Homecoming 34-33, but it earned him Week 8 Bellamy & Son Player of the Week honors.

Robinson carried 21 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns in handing the Barrons their second straight loss (after they started the season 6-2), while also catching two passes for 55 yards.

He contributed on defense, with seven tackles and one TFL, and amassed 74 kick return yards in the game as well.

Robinson will receive a custom football at the end of the year, and be eligible for a $500 scholarship courtesy of Bellamy & Son Paving, a founding sponsor of Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko of Central Jersey Sports Radio talk with SPF’s Anthony Robinson:

Honor Roll…

Other players who had outstanding games in Week eight included Zaon Laney, who also was a Week 6 winner. In a 35-28 win at South Plainfield, Laney was a workhorse, carrying 32 times for 287 yards and four touchdowns. He also added two catches for 67 yards, for a total of 354 yards from scrimmage.

Nasir McGlone had another outstanding game for North Plainfield, a consistent player for the Canucks all season. In a 35-10 win over Johnson, McGlone carried 18 time for 355 yards and five touchdowns, giving him back-to-back games over 350 yards rushing and with five scores.

McGlone’s effort was the top rushing performance in the Big Central in Week 8, and number two in the state last week behind only Zach Palmer-Smith of Delran, who carried for 373 yards and five scores.

And then there’s the Autoland Player of the Game from our Big Central Game of the Week Friday night, Shawn Purcell. In a 51-27 road win over Bound Brook – in which Manville scored a program record number of points in their series with the Crusaders – Purcell rushed for a career high 224 yards, with three touchdowns.

And Edison’s Matt Yascko had a nearly perfect game for the Eagles; the junior quarterback was 20-for-23 against Hunterdon Central, for 320 yards, four touchdowns and no picks in a 42-7 victory in Flemington.

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

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.

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

Manville defense holds late, keys big win over Dayton, fueling Mustgans’ playoff push

Quarterback Danny Wildgoose threw three touchdown passes, and Shawn Purcell did what he does – with a TD catch and a TD run – but the defense saved the day Saturday afternoon for Manville.

After going ahead 28-27 with under nine minutes to play, the Mustangs used two big defensive stands to hold off Dayton, for a win that moves Manville to 3-1.

The game was played at Scotch Plains-Fanwood, with Dayton’s field having suffered storm damage from Ida.

With four games left on the schedule – three of which Manville would be favored in against opponents with a combined 1-14 record – the Mustangs should have a good shot at the playoffs, unless the system of needing to play strong opponents works against them.

Be that as it may, it’s still one game at a time for a team whose hometown was devastated by Ida’s remnants just a few weeks ago, but which has fought back and persevered as always in the face of adversity.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk about the Dayton win with Manville head coach Pat Gorbatuk: