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No. 5 Old Bridge routs South Brunswick as Hunter, Haughney star

Lawrence Hunter III was poised to have a big season for the Old Bridge Knights.

And he came through Friday night in a big way.

Hunter scored three touchdowns at Mike Elko Field in a 40-11 blowout of South Brunswick in the Big Central Game of the Week, driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

The three scores give Hunter five rushing touchdowns on the season, all coming in the last two games, and for tonight, earned him Big Central Player of the Game honors; Hunter – who rushed two dozen times for 231 yards, unofficially, will receive a custom game ball at the end of the season, courtesy of Autoland.

Fellow senior, quarterback Owen Haughney, also rushed for two touchdowns, while throwing for a 63-yard score.

The win puts Old Bridge at 2-1 on the season, and they Knights are in first place in Division 5C with a 2-0 mark. Monroe is the only other division team without a loss; they beat Hamilton Friday night 18-13, but play the next four on the road, the first of which comes against Old Bridge next week at Vince Lombardi Field at Bob DeMarco Stadium.

Click below for postgame reaction from No. 5 Old Bridge’s 40-11 win at South Brunswick:

Old Bridge senior RB Lawrence Hunter III

Old Bridge head coach Anthony Lanzafama

Vikings will need to use all “options” when defending No. 5 Old Bridge offensive attack

South Brunswick head coach John Viotto was impressed with his team’s Week Two defense.

In a 27-0 shutout of Piscataway, the Vikings (1-1) limited the Chiefs – in their first game played in two years – to under 200 yards, and had four takeaways.

It was a turnaround from Week One, when they allowed 56 points to now-No. 1 North Brunswick. Of course, Old Bridge (1-1) – the Vikes’ opponent tonight in the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland – also had their problem with the Raiders, so maybe all things are equal for this game?

Then again, they will face a well-oiled machine in No. 5 Old Bridge’s vaunted triple-option.

Tonight’s game is an early kickoff at 6 pm, with pregame starting at 5:45. Click here to listen to Justin Sontupe and Tim Catalafamo call all the live play-by-play on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

For South Brunswick, it’s their home opener, which also means its the first time fans – besides parents and family – have been able to see their team on their home field.

And that can only be a good thing for the Vikings, who have lost two straight in the series, both at Old Bridge, making this the first home game in the set for third-year head coach John Viotto. Both have been nailbiters: 22-18 last year at Old Bridge, and 36-22 in 2019 at Lombardi Field, the final year of GMC play.

Click below to listen to Justin Sontupe talk to South Brunswick head coach John Viotto:

No. 5 Old Bridge looks to rebound at South Brunswick

The Old Bridge offense played well, according to head coach Anthony Lanzamafa, but the Knights need to limit the big play.

That might have been easier said than done last week when the Knights lost 34-27 to No. 1 North Brunswick, but Old Bridge (1-1) hopes to right the ship tonight when they visit South Brunswick (1-1) in the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Kickoff time is at 6 pm at Mike Elko Field in Monmouth Junction, with pregame set for 5:45; Justin Sontupe and Tim Catalfamo will have the call. Click here to listen live.

Old Bridge continues to run the triple-option under Lanzafama, and the big stars this year – as they were last year – are Owen Haughney and Lawrence Hunter, both seniors.

Hunter – a runningback – paces the Knights with 378 yards on 59 carries, for an average of 6.5 yards per touch, while scoring two touchdowns.

Haughney is the quarterback who owns a better than 64-percent completion rate, on 25-of-39 passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns, but he’ll want to cut down on the interceptions, after throwing two last week against the Raiders.

Haughney enters the game 36 yards shy of the 2,000 mark for his career, a solid number for a three-year starter running the option.

Click below to hear Tim Catalfamo talk with Old Bridge head coach Anthony Lanzafama:

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 4: The Mr. Old Bridge

A pair of big wins for a pair of Raiders, and the Big Man in Old Bridge.

Those are some of the highlights of Episode 4 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

We take a closer look at the top-ranked North Brunswick’s big win at Old Bridge, thanks to a big night from Marqis Perry. Then Hillsborough came up with a statement win over Phillipsburg in overtime.

Later, host Mike Pavlichko talks with Bellamy & Son Paving Big Central Player of the Week Tommy Amankwaa, and sits down with Mr. Old Bridge, Ron Mazzola, to talk about his PA work for Old Bridge and Spotswood, work with GMC wrestling and gymnastics, and great moments in Knights’ football.

Then, Dom Savino slides into the chair across from Mike to preview Week Three action in the Big Central.

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 1: The Introductions

With the season opener just over 24 hours away, it’s time for the debut of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Every week, TWiBC – as we’re affectionately calling it for short – will be hosted by Mike Pavlichko with contributions by Dom Savino and our team of reporters.

On this week’s show, Mike and Dom welcome you to the 2021 season, complete with a full slate, no fan restrictions, and playoffs.

We check in on some of the top teams like including Piscataway, North Brunswick, Union, Somerville, New Providence, and South Brunswick, and players such as Jai Patel, Davison Igbinosun, Jaimen Bryant, Mike Miller, Frankie Garbolino and Charlie Barth, plus coaches Dan Higgins and Mike Cipot.

Then, it’s Central Jersey Sports Radio’s preseason Top Ten, as well as the media poll, and a look at some of the Week 0 games coming up, with ten of the Big Central’s 60 teams getting an early jump on their season.

“Ready to shock some people”: South Brunswick kicker Patel likes his Viking’s chances in ’21

Across New Jersey high school football, there’s only one returning All-State kicker.

He resides in the Big Central, and he has South Brunswick’s game-changing leg.

After a standout junior season, Jai Patel returns to the Vikings for his final season of high school football to help lead an offense that also brings back its starting quarterback and three of its top four receivers.

Last year, South Brunswick finished 4-3 in the Big Central’s Division 5C, though two of those three losses came by a touchdown or less. This fall, Patel – who’s committed to Rutgers – says South Brunswick is “ready to shock some people.”

Click below to her Dom Savino talk to South Brunswick’s Jai Patel about the Vikings’ upcoming season:

By the numbers: GMC Tournament semifinals and finals set records for fewest runs, hits

It was one for the record books.

Make that three for the record books.

The two GMC Tournament semifinal games and the GMC Championship combined to see the fewest amount of runs scored and the fewest amount of hits in the event’s history, which dates back to 1986.

Already the semifinals had set a record: just six runs and eight hits combined in the two games, where South Brunswick beat North Brunswick 2-0 and St. Joseph beat Edison 3-1.

The Raiders had two hits in the game, while the victorious Vikings only had one hit. In the second game, St. Joe’s managed three hits, while Edison mustered only two.

The six runs were one shy of the previous low of seven, which came in 2008, when St. Joe’s beat JFK 3-1, and Old Bridge eked by Edison 2-1.

But that year, five runs were scored in the final, when the Falcons beat the Eagles 3-2. That made for a combined 12 runs in the semifinals and finals.

This year, just two runs were scored in the final, as St. Joseph won its seventh title all-time – and all since 2004 – with a 2-0 victory over South Brunswick. That means the semifinals and finals combined for a total of eight runs, an all-time record.

The same could be said for hits.

This year’s low of eight in the semis easily beat out the previous high of 17 in the 1998 semifinals. And adding in this year’s title game total of six hits means the semis and finals combined for just 14 hits.

Indeed, one for the record books.

“Goldan!” St. Joes wins seventh GMC Tournament title behind scoreless, 10 K effort from Andrew Goldan

It was another sterling, dominating, phenomenal – name another adjective – pitching performance from junior Andrew Goldan, who struck out ten in six and two-thirds scoreless innings to lead St. Joseph of Metuchen to its seventh GMC tournament crown.

The second-seeded Falcons beat fifth-seed South Brunswick 2-0 Monday at Ray Cipperly Field in East Brunswick, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio and powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Goldan finished the GMC’s 3-0, allowing only one earned run in 20 1/3 innings, striking out 20. His ERA in the three GMC games was 0.34.

St. Joe’s got a run in the second when Christian Azcona singled to lead off, and Jack Kern reached on a bunt, and an error on South Brunswick catcher Joey Chegus on the throw to first.

Colin Layner walked to load the bases and Xavier Arana walked to drive in the run.

The Falcons manufactured an insurance run the hard way in the third, when Robbie Carvelli led off with a double, and Tyler Delvecchio singled to move Carvelli’s pinch runner, Ryan Kim, him to third.

After a popup to second by Azcona, Kern laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze to bring in Kim from third.

St. Joseph (18-11) is now 7-1 all-time in the GMC title game, with all those wins coming since 2004. South Brunswick (14-9) is 2-2 all-time in GMC finals, and has lost two straight.

They last appeared in 2019, and lost 2-1 to Old Bridge.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from St. Joseph’s GMC Tournament win:

St. Joe’s pitcher Andrew Goldan
St. Joe’s head coach Mike Murray

A complete preview of the 2021 GMC Tournament Championship: St. Joseph-Metuchen vs. South Brunswick

Sunday at noon, St. Joseph of Metuchen will play South Brunswick for the 2021 GMC Tournament Championship in baseball.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will have complete coverage – presented by Bellamy & Son Paving – starting at 11:15 am with our pregame show, full of interviews with the players and both head coaches. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action, with first pitch set for noon from Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech.

Click here to listen to the live broadcast!

The Falcons will be going for their seventh GMC title all-time, while the Vikings are looking for their third.

Scroll through this story for links to our coverage of both teams in the tournament so far, the finals at-a-glance, how they got here, team records in the finals, team leaders, and other notes and stats:

Coverage of St. Joseph:

Coverage of South Brunswick:

GMC FINALS AT-A-GLANCE:

Teams:
(2) St. Joseph-Metuchen (17-11, 11-3 GMC Red)
(5) South Brunswick (14-9, 9-5 GMC Red)

Starting Pitchers:
St. Joseph: Andrew Goldan (6-0, 0.61 ERA)
South Brunswick: Frankie Sanchez (2-0, 0.72 ERA) or Joey Tuttoilmondo (4-0, 1.60 ERA)

Date and Time: Sunday, June 6 – 12 noon
Location: Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech HS
Listen on: Central Jersey Sports Radio (click here)
Announcers: Mike Pavlichko, Dom Savino

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

St. Joseph:
First Round: def. (15) Old Bridge 4-0
Quarterfinals: def. (10) Spotswood 14-3
Semifinals: def. (6)Edison 3-1

South Brunswick:
First Round: def. (12) Woodbridge 12-2
Quarterfinals: def. (4) Middlesex 8-1
Semifinals: def. (9) North Brunswick 2-0

FINALS HISTORY:

St. Joseph (6-1): Prior to their 2004 appearance, the Falcons had not made a GMC or Middlesex County final of any kind since 1968, when they beat South River 2-0 for the Middlesex County Coaches’ Association Tournament Championship.

They allowed eight runs in their lone finals loss, but in their six wins have allowed a total of two runs, winning fiveof them via shutout, including a 2014 victory at TD Bank Park in Bridgdewater over South Plainfield, 1-0, on a one-out, bases loaded walk that scored Marl Bobko from third

2004: St. Joseph 6, Carteret 0
2005: East Brunswick 8, St. Joseph 1
2006: St. Joseph 11, South Amboy 0
2008: St. Joseph 3, Old Bridge 2
2009: St. Joseph 6, North Brunswick 0
2014: St. Joseph 1, South Plainfield 0
2017: St. Joseph 1, Monroe 0

South Brunswick (2-1): The Vikings won their last title 11 years ago, beating North Brunswick – the team they beat in the semifinals to get here 9-2. Their other title was eight years before that.

2002: South Brunswick 4, Piscataway 2 (9 innings)
2010: South Brunswick 9, North Brunswick 2
2019: Old Bridge 2, South Brunswick 1

South Brunswick and St. Joe’s have never met in the GMC Tournament finals.

Red Division: With a Red Division team is guaranteed to win this year’s final, the division will have won four of the last five finals. East Brunswick won it in 2016, while St. Joe’s won in 2017. South Plainfield out of the White took the 2018 title, but Old Bridge claimed the flag for the Red again in 2019, and this year, either St. Joe’s or South Brunswick from the Red will be crowned GMC champs.

The last lower seeded team to win a GMC title was in 2018, when 14th-seed south plainfield beat 12th-seed Perth Amboy 2-1 in a 12 inning title game.

TEAM LEADERS:

St. Joseph:

Christian Azcona, Tom Zammitti and Tyler Delvecchio are all hitting .400 or better on the season, with DelVecchio and Robbie Carvelli leading the team in runs batted in with 20 apiece. The Falcons hit .303 as a team, and are at .324 in the postseason despite managing just three hits against Edison in the semis.

Carvelli is tearing the cover off the ball in the GMCs, however, 5-for-8 (.625) with four runs batted in, a triple and a home run. Delvecchio also has driven in four runs. And Mark Gialluisi has been on base six times in nine plate appearances, thanks to his team-leading four walks in the GMCs.

The Falcons have hit four home runs all year, coming from the bats of Carvelli, Gialluisi, Eric Gonzalez and Andrew Goldan.

St. Joe’s junior Andrew Goldan threw five no-hit innings against Old Bridge this year, but didn’t finish the game due to a strict pitch count as he returned from tendinitis issues.

On the mound, Goldan has three of the Falcons’ two tournament wins, a combined six hits in 13 2/3 innings pitched, allowing just one earned run, walking five and striking out 10, with an ERA of 0.53 in the postseason.

South Brunswick:

Pete Cortez is the top-hitting regular, with a batting average of .371. He’s 4-for-9 in the GMCs, with 2 RBIs. As a team, the Vikings are hitting just over .260, but that’s up to .288 in the GMCT.

Cortez also leads in a number of other offensive categories, including hits (26), singles (18), doubles (6), RBIs (15) and runs scored (17). But the Vikings have balance. right behind him with 12 RBIs apiece are jared Lauri, Frankie Sanchez, and Alex Ciccone, who will return Sunday from a thumb injury suffered when he dove back in head first and was picked off first base in the first inning of the Vikings’ quarterfinal game against Middlesex.

South Brunswick has launched 10 home runs on the season. Lauri and Sanchez have each sent three out of the yard, while Cortez has hit two, and Justin Gallagher and Nolan Watlington each have a homer.

Jared Lauri slugs a 3-run homer in the fourth inning Tuesday afternoon to power South Brunswick past Middlesex in the GMC Tournament Quarterfinals.

As for pitching, only Joey Tuttoilmondo and Frankie Sanchez have seen the ball for the Vikings in the county tournament. Sanchez is 1-0 with a save while Tuttoilmondo is 2-0. Sanchez is the only one to allow an earned run in the tournament, as the Vikings have a team ERA of 0.35 over three games. The pair have combined for 36 strikeouts and seven walks, allowing three runs total in 20 innings of work.

GMC Tournament history: Every championship game and more

When 2nd-seed St. Joseph-Metuchen and 5th-seed South Brunswick meet for the GMC Tournament title Sunday afternoon at Ray Cipperly Field in East Brunswick, it will be the Vikings’ second straight trip, and the first for the Falcons in four years.

Of course, there was no tournament last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but South Brunswick made it to the 2019 final, losing 1-0 to Old Bridge.

St. Joseph of Metuchen made it to the finals last in 2017, when they beat Monroe 1-0.

Monroe was the top-seed in this year’s tournament, but was knocked out in the first round by 16th-seed JFK.

South Brunswic and St. Joe’s are a combined 8-2 in the finals all-time, so it would appear something has to give.

Sunday’s GMC Final can be heard live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving, by clicking here. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino have the call, starting with pregame at 11:15 am. First pitch is at noon.

Here’s a closer look at the GMC Tournament finals, year by year:

GMC TOURNAMENT FINALS HISTORY:

1986:  East Brunswick 14, Madison Central 3

1987:  Cedar Ridge 2,  Colonia 1

1988:  Carteret 4, JP Stevens 2 (11 innings)

1989:  Madison Central 8, Cedar Ridge 7 (8 innings)

1990:  Edison 9, South Plainfield 3

1991:  East Brunswick 6, South Plainfield 5

1992:  Edison 1, Bishop Ahr 0

1993:  Edison 12, JFK 3

1994:  Edison 10, Monroe 3

1995:  Edison 5, Piscataway 3

1996:  Bishop Ahr 4, Edison 3 (13 innings)

1997:  East Brunswick 3, JFK 2

1998:  Edison 2, East Brunswick 1

1999:  Edison 7, Bishop Ahr 2

2000:  Woodbridge 7, JFK 1

2001:  Edison 4, Spotswood 1

2002:  South Brunswick 4, Piscataway 2 (9 innings)

2003:  Piscataway 9, East Brunswick 5

2004:  St. Joseph 6, Carteret 0

2005:  East Brunswick 8, St. Joseph 1

2006:  St. Joseph 11, South Amboy 0

2007:  Spotswood 7, JP Stevens 6

2008:  St. Joseph 3, Old Bridge 2

2009: St. Joseph 6, North Brunswick 0

2010:  South Brunswick 9, North Brunswick 2

2011:  Old Bridge 3, South Plainfield 2

2012:  Middlesex 10, Sayreville 4

2013:  JFK 4, Monroe 2

2014:  St. Joseph 1, South Plainfield 0

2015:  Monroe 1, Sayreville 0 (8 innings)

2016:  East Brunswick 1, JP Stevens 0

2017:  St. Joseph 1, Monroe 0

2018:  South Plainfield 2, Perth Amboy 1 (12 innings)

2019:  Old Bridge 2, South Brunswick 1

MOST GMCT FINALS APPEARANCES:

  1. Edison – 9
  2. St. Joseph – 8
  3. East Brunswick – 7
  4. South Plainfield – 5
  5. South Brunswick, JFK, Monroe – 4

READ MORE: GMC Tournament Semifinals belonged to the pitchers, in historic fashion

MOST GMC TOURNAMENT WINS:

  • 8-Edison
  • 6-St. Joseph-Metuchen
  • 5-East Brunswick
  • 2-South Brunswick, Old Bridge

ALL-TIME RECORDS IN THE FINALS:

East Brunswick 5-2 (2016)

Bishop Ahr 1-2 (1996)

Carteret 1-1 (1998)

*Cedar Ridge 1-1 (1987)

Colonia 0-1

Edison 8-1 (2001)

JFK 1-3 (2013)

JP Stevens 0-3

*Madison Central 1-1 (1989)

Middlesex 1-0 (2012)

Monroe 1-3 (2015)

North Brunswick 0-2

Old Bridge 2-1 (2019)

Perth Amboy 0-1

Piscataway 1-2 (2003)

Sayreville 0-2

South Amboy 0-1

South Brunswick 2-1 (2010)

South Plainfield 1-4 (2018)   

Spotswood 1-1 (2007)

St. Joseph 6-1 (2017)

Woodbridge 1-0 (2000)

DID YOU KNOW?

In the Greater Middlesex Conference’s current alignment, every team from the GMC Red Division has made at least one appearance in the finals. New Brunswick is the only White Division team never to qualify for the finals, while four current Gold Division teams have never made it: South River, Highland Park, Dunellen and Metuchen. South Amboy is the only current Gold Division team to make a final, losing 11-0 to St. Joe’s in the 2006 title game.