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Field Hockey: State tournament results, links and featured coverage for Mon., Nov. 7

MONDAY, NOV. 7ESSENTIAL LINKSFEATURED COVERAGENORTH JERSEY, GROUP 31-North Hunterdon 3, 5-Warren Hills 0NORTH JERSEY, GROUP 13-Mountain Lakes 5, 2-Pompton Lakes 4SOUTH JERSEY, GROUP 26-Haddonfield 4, 7-Seneca 3 (OT)SOUTH JERSEY, GROUP 31-Clearview 1, 4-Ocean City 07-Moorestown 4, 3-Lacey 0TOP 20 SCOREBOARDSTATEWIDE SCOREBOARDMonday, Nov. ...

MONDAY, NOV. 7

ESSENTIAL LINKS

FEATURED COVERAGE

NORTH JERSEY, GROUP 3

1-North Hunterdon 3, 5-Warren Hills 0

NORTH JERSEY, GROUP 1

3-Mountain Lakes 5, 2-Pompton Lakes 4

SOUTH JERSEY, GROUP 2

6-Haddonfield 4, 7-Seneca 3 (OT)

SOUTH JERSEY, GROUP 3

1-Clearview 1, 4-Ocean City 0

7-Moorestown 4, 3-Lacey 0

TOP 20 SCOREBOARD

STATEWIDE SCOREBOARD

Monday, Nov. 7

1-Shore 7, 5-Newton 1 - Box Score

3-Mountain Lakes 5, 2-Pompton Lakes 4 - Box Score

3-Hackettstown 1, 2-West Milford 0 - Box Score

1-West Essex 8, 4-Madison 0 - Box Score

1-North Hunterdon 3, 5-Warren Hills 0 - Box Score

2-Northern Highlands 2, 3-Chatham 1 - Box Score

1-Collingswood 6, 4-Maple Shade 0 - Box Score

2-West Deptford 3, 6-Haddon Township 0 - Box Score

6-Haddonfield 4, 7-Seneca 3 - Box Score

1-Point Pleasant Boro 7, 5-Robbinsville 0 - Box Score

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Football: North Hunterdon outslugs Randolph to win sectional title

CLINTON TOWNSHIP – After a long afternoon of punch-counterpunch in Saturday’s NJSIAA North 2 Group 4 final, it was the North Hunterdon High School football team that landed the final blow.Lions senior quarterback Luke Martini completed 14-of-26 passes for 396 yards and five touchdowns, outslugging Randolph counterpart Sean Clark, who went 23-for-44 for 322 yards and five scores, and top-seeded North Hunterdon stayed a step ahead and pulled away for good in the final minutes. The Lions scored a 49-35 victory ...

CLINTON TOWNSHIP – After a long afternoon of punch-counterpunch in Saturday’s NJSIAA North 2 Group 4 final, it was the North Hunterdon High School football team that landed the final blow.

Lions senior quarterback Luke Martini completed 14-of-26 passes for 396 yards and five touchdowns, outslugging Randolph counterpart Sean Clark, who went 23-for-44 for 322 yards and five scores, and top-seeded North Hunterdon stayed a step ahead and pulled away for good in the final minutes. The Lions scored a 49-35 victory over the second-seeded Rams, in a game that clocked in at just under three hours, giving North its first sectional championship since 2017.

“There’s nothing better than game on the line, sectional championship on the line, you got the ball in your hands and you know you’ve got to make a play,” said Martini, in his second season under center for the Lions. “The team is very confident and I’m very confident in my teammates, and we came out here and made enough plays to win.”

Danny DeLusant caught three of Martini’s scoring strikes, finishing with five catches for 204 yards, while Derrick Vaddis grabbed the other two TDs, posting eight grabs for 164 yards. Kente Edwards, who rushed 20 times for 121 yards, and Alex Uryniak (9-50) each added fourth-quarter TD runs to put it away.

Jake Jenish snagged two touchdown throws from Clark, while James Kratochvil, James Kleiven and Ryan Novak each grabbed TD tosses for the Rams. Novak finished with nine catches for 120 yards.

Ironically, the game was scoreless until there were eight seconds left in the first quarter when Martini and Vaddis connected for a TD. The type of game it would turn into should have been clear on North’s ensuing possession when it got three 80-plus-yard passing touchdowns on one drive – although the first two were waived off by flags -- before Martini swung one out to DeLusant, who grabbed the short pass and streaked 93 yards down the left sideline to the end zone. The senior had done the same for 80 yards on the other side of the field three plays earlier, but a teammate was flagged for holding. Tyler Anderson looked as if he had scored a play before DeLusant finally did, when his 88-yard catch at the end of a scramble drill was called back on a flag for an ineligible receiver downfield.

Randolph got in two possessions later on a one-yard Clark toss to James Kratochvil, before North Hunterdon headed into halftime with a 14-7 lead, after losing a fumble at the goal line on the final play of the second quarter.

North’s defense held Randolph to just 16-38 rushing in the first half, and just 79 passing yards, while Martini totaled 237 yards through the air, but all hell broke loose after the intermission.

After the Lions’ opening drive of the second half stalled at its own 34-yard line, Randolph tied it, getting a 49-yard scoring strike to Kleiven. The teams exchanged 3-and-outs, before North went back up 21-14 on a 19-yard Martini pass to Vaddis, and after a Rams 3-and-out, the Lions stretched it to 28-14 on DeLusant’s 68-yard catch and run early in the fourth quarter. The PAT was good from Ben Cleary, who went 7-for-7 on extra points Saturday.

The next five drives also featured touchdowns, as Randolph got TD passes of 39 (on a flea flicker), 64 and 14 yards, respectively, to answer North Hunterdon TDs. After a 64-yard Clark-to-Jenisch TD and Aidan Flowers’ kick cut the Randolph deficit to 35-28 with 4:27 left, the Rams executed an onside kick, getting the ball back at North Hunterdon’s 26-yard line with a chance to tie the game.

It would have been the first time since the game’s first points the Lions would lose the lead, but the North defense wasn’t having it.

The beleaguered unit that was victimized for huge play after huge play in the second half stepped up when it mattered most, and North successfully defended three passes, before Greg Rayl came up with a huge sack on fourth down to end the drive and take all the air out of Randolph’s attempt at an epic comeback.

“Defensively, it definitely was not our best performance,” said North Hunterdon coach Kevin Kley, who was the defensive coordinator for the 2017 sectional championship team. “They kept hitting some big plays. After the third 50-yard touchdown they got, we decided to get after the quarterback a little bit more, and we did.”

North Hunterdon then got a couple of long Edwards runs and a three-yard Uryniak touchdown jaunt to cap it.

“We love to run because our line is good and Kente (Edwards) and Alex (Uryniak) are good,” said Kley, whose backs were limited to just 28 rushing yards in the first half. “But when teams load the box, you know Luke can throw the ball, we have a ton of receivers who can catch the ball. We’re a really balanced offense.”

WHAT IT MEANS

North Hunterdon wins its first sectional championship since 2017 and the third in program history. The Lions rallied to beat Phillipsburg 21-20 in the 2017 final at MetLife Stadium.

GAME BALLS

The quarterbacks combined for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns, with neither throwing an interception. Martini averaged 28 yards per completion, but did not throw a pass until connecting for a TD with eight second left in the opening quarter. His second completion was also a TD.

The kickers, Ben Cleary for North Hunterdon and Aidan Flowers for Randolph, combined for 12 extra points without a miss – seven for Cleary and five for his counterpart.

THEY SAID IT

“We always knew we had it in us. Last year, we underachieved a little bit. We thought we could have been better. We lost a few games that didn’t go our way, but we worked so hard in the offseason and worked hard (this season). We were a confident group and we came out here and played very well.” – Luke Martini on where his team is now after the Lions started 1-3 last year before finishing the regular season 4-1 and posting a solid effort in a first-round playoff loss to top-seeded Middletown South.

“We went 1-3 last year to start, but we were in those games against really good teams. We knew we were good and we just needed to step up and finish games. That was the mantra all offseason, and we’ve been doing it all season. I hope it continues.” – North coach Kevin Kley

WHAT’S NEXT

North Hunterdon will face North 1 champ Northern Highlands next weekend at Franklin High School in the state Group 4 semifinals. The winner will take on Toms River North or Lenape in three weeks at Rutgers University for the first-ever overall Group 4 state championship. The Rams finish their season 9-2.

BOX SCORE

RANDOLPH (9-2) 0-7-7-21--35

NORTH HUNTERDON (11-1) 7-7-7-28--49

SCORING

NH – Vaddis 49 pass from Martini (Cleary kick)

NH – DeLusant 93 pass from Martini (Cleary kick)

R – Kratochvil 1 pass from Clark (Flowers kick)

R – Kleiven 49 pass from Clark (Flowers kick)

NH – Vaddis 19 pass from Martini (Cleary kick)

NH – DeLusant 68 pass from Martini (Cleary kick)

R – Novak 39 pass from Clark (Flowers kick)

NH – DeLusant 25 pass from Martini (Cleary kick)

R – Jenisch 64 pass from Clark (Flowers kick)

NH – Edwards 2 run (Cleary kick)

R – Jenisch 14 pass from Clark (Flowers kick)

NH – Uryniak 3 run (Cleary kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: R—Wilfong 13-24, Petruzziello 10-28, Bachrach 1-0, Clark 1-1; NH—K. Edwards 20-121, Uryniak 9-50, Martini 3-0, DeLusant 1-5.

PASSING: R—Clark 23-44-5-0-322; NH—Martini 14-26-5-0-396.

RECEIVING: R—Wilfong 1-2, Kratochvil 2-9, Novak 9-120, Campbell 1-15, Riback 2-12, Kasper 1-0, Patruzzielo 1-(-4), Kleiven 2-60, Jenisch 4-108; NH—Vaddis 8-164, Anderson 1-28, DeLusant 5-204.

Simeon Pincus has been covering NJ sports since 1997. He can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @SimeonPincus.

Football: Week 8 schedule features matchups that will determine division winners

We are entering the final couple of weeks of the the 2022 regular season.It’s the final week of the regular season for public schools, with non-public schools wrapping up their regular season the following week.There’s plenty at stake heading into this week, with a handful of teams that will be crowned division champions at the end of the week. There’s also one championship up for grabs on Friday night, as Wood-Ridge travels to Rutherford in the NJIC final.It figures to be a busy week for everyone who f...

We are entering the final couple of weeks of the the 2022 regular season.

It’s the final week of the regular season for public schools, with non-public schools wrapping up their regular season the following week.

There’s plenty at stake heading into this week, with a handful of teams that will be crowned division champions at the end of the week. There’s also one championship up for grabs on Friday night, as Wood-Ridge travels to Rutherford in the NJIC final.

It figures to be a busy week for everyone who follows the sport in the Garden State.

Here’s a look at the Week 8 schedule:

Friday, Oct. 21

Wood-Ridge (7-0) at Rutherford (7-0), 6pm

BIG CENTRAL

New Brunswick (1-7) at Piscataway (5-2), 6pm

Newark Collegiate (1-7) at Roselle Park (3-4), 6pm

Metuchen (3-5) at Dayton (3-4), 6pm

Hunterdon Central (3-5) at Perth Amboy (2-5), 6pm

Spotswood (5-3) at J.P. Stevens (0-7), 6pm

Dunellen (2-5) at Brearley (7-0), 6pm

Edison (6-2) at St. Thomas Aquinas (7-1), 6pm

Somerville (3-5) at South Brunswick (3-4), 6:30pm

Colonia (7-1) at Rahway (4-3), 6:30pm

Phillipsburg (7-0) at East Brunswick (0-7), 7pm

Plainfield (2-5) at Franklin (0-7), 7pm

New Hope-Solebury (PA) (0-0) at South Hunterdon (5-2), 7pm

North Brunswick (7-0) at Cranford (5-2), 7pm

Old Bridge (5-3) at Bridgewater-Raritan (3-5), 7pm

North Plainfield (1-7) at Delaware Valley (5-2), 7pm

Voorhees (3-4) at North Hunterdon (7-1), 7pm

Sayreville (4-3) at Woodbridge (3-5), 7pm

Scotch Plains-Fanwood (1-7) at Iselin Kennedy (1-7), 7pm

Ridge (5-2) at Union (2-5), 7pm

South Plainfield (7-0) at Monroe (2-5), 7pm

Elizabeth (2-5) at Watchung Hills (6-2), 7pm

Linden (3-4) at Montgomery (6-2), 7pm

Middlesex (4-3) at New Providence (4-4), 7pm

Manville (7-1) at Bound Brook (0-7), 7pm

Gov. Livingston (4-4) at Bernards (7-1), 7pm

NJIC

New Milford (1-6) at Hawthorne (2-5), 6pm

Lyndhurst (3-4) at North Arlington (4-3), 6:30pm

Harrison (0-5) at Elmwood Park (5-0), 7pm

Weehawken (5-1) at Wallington (2-3), 7pm

Becton (4-3) at Butler (5-2), 7pm

Glen Rock (6-1) at Park Ridge (6-1), 7pm

Lodi (3-5) at Cresskill (4-3), 7pm

Waldwick (5-2) at Hasbrouck Heights (4-3), 7pm

SFC

Newark Collegiate (1-7) at Roselle Park (3-4), 6pm

Paramus (5-2) at River Dell (3-4), 6pm

Old Tappan (6-1) at Demarest (1-6), 6pm

Roxbury (4-3) at Livingston (1-7), 6:30pm

Mahwah (1-6) at Dumont (6-1), 6:30pm

Bergen Tech (3-3) at Indian Hills (3-3), 6:30pm

High Point (4-3) at Lakeland (1-6), 6:30pm

Jefferson (4-3) at West Milford (0-7), 6:30pm

North Bergen (0-7) at Bayonne (3-5), 6:30pm

Millburn (2-5) at Passaic Valley (4-3), 6:30pm

Ridgewood (5-2) at Ramapo (5-2), 6:30pm

Mount Olive (0-8) at Wayne Valley (8-0), 6:30pm

Nutley (3-4) at Barringer (5-2), 7pm

Verona (2-6) at Hanover Park (4-3), 7pm

Tenafly (3-3) at Ramsey (5-2), 7pm

Westwood (7-0) at Ridgefield Park (4-3), 7pm

Weequahic (7-0) at Immaculata (3-4), 7pm

Delbarton (4-3) at DePaul (3-4), 7pm

East Orange (3-3) at West Essex (4-3), 7pm

Don Bosco Prep (5-2) at Paramus Catholic (2-5), 7pm

Dwight-Morrow (3-3) at Dover (4-3), 7pm

Clifton (4-3) at Union City (6-1), 7pm

Memorial (2-4) at Newark East Side (4-2), 7pm

Hackettstown (5-2) at Warren Hills (3-4), 7pm

Irvington (6-2) at West Orange (5-2), 7pm

Hopatcong (0-6) at Pascack Hills (6-0), 7pm

Caldwell (7-0) at Mountain Lakes (7-0), 7pm

Morris Catholic (2-6) at Madison (5-2), 7pm

Newton (7-0) at Sparta (5-2), 7pm

Parsippany (2-5) at Kinnelon (4-3), 7pm

Pequannock (3-4) at North Warren (5-2), 7pm

Whippany Park (0-7) at Boonton (2-5), 7pm

Belleville (0-8) at Bloomfield (2-5), 7pm

Passaic (2-6) at Hackensack (2-5), 7pm

Northern Highlands (4-3) at Wayne Hills (4-3), 7pm

Dickinson (4-3) at Paterson Kennedy (0-7), 7pm

Lincoln (3-3) at Orange (3-4), 7pm

Cliffside Park (4-2) at Ferris (0-6), 7pm

Cedar Grove (6-2) at Hoboken (2-4), 7:30pm

SHORE

Neptune (0-6) at Toms River South (1-6), 6pm

Toms River East (2-5) at Jackson Liberty (3-4), 6pm

Keyport (5-2) at New Egypt (0-7), 6:30pm

Middletown South (5-1) at Donovan Catholic (5-2), 6:30pm

Jackson Memorial (5-2) at Freehold Township (5-3), 6:30pm

Point Pleasant Boro (7-0) at St. John Vianney (5-2), 7pm

Red Bank Regional (4-2) at Ocean Township (7-0), 7pm

Toms River North (8-0) at Middletown North (3-3), 7pm

Asbury Park (3-2) at Shore (5-2), 7pm

Long Branch (3-3) at Central Regional (0-7), 7pm

Lacey (2-5) at Southern (4-3), 7pm

Manalapan (3-5) at Wall (0-6), 7pm

Manchester Township (2-5) at Pinelands (4-3), 7pm

Raritan (5-2) at Holmdel (0-7), 7pm

Rumson-Fair Haven (4-3) at Red Bank Catholic (6-1), 7pm

Barnegat (3-4) at Matawan (5-2), 7pm

WJFL

Rancocas Valley (5-3) at Highland (5-3), 6pm

Moorestown (5-3) at Cherry Hill West (3-5), 6pm

Northern Burlington (3-5) at Seneca (7-0), 6pm

Holy Spirit (6-1) at Kingsway (5-2), 6pm

Cherokee (3-4) at Millville (5-2), 6pm

Lenape (4-3) at St. Augustine (4-4), 6pm

Hammonton (6-2) at Ocean City (2-5), 6pm

Camden Catholic (1-5) at Camden (6-1), 6pm

Eastern (1-6) at Timber Creek (5-3), 6pm

Middle Township (5-2) at Pleasantville (4-2), 6pm

Atlantic City (5-1) at Oakcrest (6-2), 6pm

Steinert (3-3) at Lawrence (2-6), 6pm

Buena (2-5) at Glassboro (5-2), 6pm

Pemberton (3-4) at Cinnaminson (5-2), 6:30pm

Keyport (5-2) at New Egypt (0-7), 6:30pm

Penns Grove (2-6) at Woodstown (6-1), 7pm

Pitman (4-2) at Pennsville (1-6), 7pm

Triton (2-5) at Paul VI (5-2), 7pm

Delsea (7-0) vs. St. Joseph (Hamm.) (5-1) at Richard Wacker Stadium, 7pm

Cumberland (5-2) at Clayton (1-6), 7pm

Clearview (1-7) at Washington Township (4-4), 7pm

Burlington Township (3-5) at Willingboro (2-5), 7pm

Gloucester (5-2) at Collingswood (2-5-1), 7pm

Shawnee (4-4) at Williamstown (2-6), 7pm

Sterling (0-6) at Haddonfield (4-2), 7pm

Haddon Heights (4-3) at West Deptford (3-4), 7pm

Lindenwold (0-7) at Bishop Eustace (3-5), 7pm

Lower Cape May (5-2) at Gateway (1-6), 7pm

Notre Dame (6-2) at Hopewell Valley (7-0), 7pm

Allentown (4-3) at Hightstown (4-3), 7pm

Robbinsville (4-4) at West Windsor-Plainsboro South (3-5), 7pm

Florence (5-1) at Holy Cross Prep (2-5), 7pm

Independent

New Hope-Solebury (PA) (0-0) at South Hunterdon (5-2), 7pm

Peddie (2-4) at Pennington (4-1), 7pm

Saturday, Oct. 22

Roselle (2-4) at Belvidere (0-6), 1pm

Carteret (6-1) at Hillside (5-1), 1pm

Highland Park (0-7) at Newark Central (1-5), 1pm

Johnson (4-2) at South River (2-4), 1pm

St. Joseph (Met.) (3-3) at Summit (3-3), 2pm

Hillsborough (5-1) at Westfield (5-1), 2pm

Pingry (2-4) at Morristown-Beard (2-3), 3pm

Emerson Boro (1-3) at Bogota (2-2), 1pm

Manchester Regional (0-7) at Saddle Brook (0-6), 1pm

Garfield (2-4) at St. Mary (Ruth.) (1-5), 1pm

Secaucus (3-3) at Pompton Lakes (2-4), 1pm

Teaneck (4-1) at Fair Lawn (3-2), 12pm

Kittatinny (1-5) at Wallkill Valley (4-2), 12pm

St. Joseph (Mont.) (3-3) vs. Seton Hall Prep (4-2) at Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field, West Orange, 1pm

Pascack Valley (1-5) at Bergenfield (1-5), 1pm

Columbia (1-5) at Montclair (2-4), 1pm

Highland Park (0-7) at Newark Central (1-5), 1pm

Vernon (4-2) at Sussex Tech (2-5), 1pm

Mendham (3-4) at Morris Hills (0-7), 1pm

St. Peter's Prep (4-2) at Bergen Catholic (5-1), 2pm

Lenape Valley (1-5) at Parsippany Hills (2-4), 2pm

Montville (5-2) at Chatham (5-2), 2pm

West Morris (7-0) vs. Morristown (3-4) at Memorial Field, 2:30pm

Randolph (6-0) at Morris Knolls (5-1), 2:30pm

Pope John (4-2) at Hudson Catholic (5-1), 4pm

West Side (6-0) at Snyder (4-2), 7pm

KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy (0-3) at Keansburg (0-5), 12pm

Marlboro (3-3) at Colts Neck (5-1), 12pm

Manasquan (2-3) at Monmouth (2-4), 12pm

Brick Memorial (3-3) at Brick Township (3-3), 12pm

Howell (3-3) at Freehold Borough (0-6), 12pm

Point Pleasant Beach (2-4) at Lakewood (1-5), 1pm

Cherry Hill East (4-2) at Haddon Township (5-1), 10:30am

Schalick (6-1) at Gloucester Catholic (4-1), 11am

Maple Shade (5-2) at Burlington City (1-6), 11am

Paulsboro (3-3) at Audubon (2-3), 11am

Deptford (3-3) at Overbrook (4-3), 11am

Trenton (0-7) at Ewing (2-4), 11am

Nottingham (4-2) at Hamilton West (1-5), 11am

Woodbury (6-1) at Salem (4-3), 12pm

Riverside (2-4) at Wildwood (2-4), 12pm

Delran (0-7) at Camden Eastside (2-3), 12pm

Bridgeton (0-6) at Absegami (0-6), 12pm

Capital Prep (NY) (0-0) at Mainland (6-1), 12pm

Pennsauken (6-0) at Vineland (2-4), 1pm

Palmyra (4-2) at Princeton (0-7), 2pm

Cedar Creek (2-5) at Winslow (2-3), 7pm

KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy (0-3) at Keansburg (0-5), 12pm

Capital Prep (NY) (0-0) at Mainland (6-1), 12pm

Newark Academy (0-4) at Montclair Kimberley (4-2), 1pm

Cheshire Academy (CT) (0-0) at Hun (5-0), 2pm

Pingry (2-4) at Morristown-Beard (2-3), 3pm

Lawrenceville (3-1) at Kent (CT) (0-0), 5pm

Blair (1-4) at Hill (PA) (1-0), 7pm

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Singleton, Jenkins step out of Marshall shadow to lift Weequahic to N2,G1 title

Weequahic head coach Brian Logan doesn’t claim to know everything, but he was certain of this one thing based upon Rashawn Marshall’s monstrous running game last week in the sectional semifinals:“I knew coming off that game (Marshall rushed for 304 yards, 2 TDs against Butler) that Cedar Grove would be keying on Shady (his nickname). We’ve been saying all week, ‘Somebody else here is going to be huge for us. Now, who’s gonna be the one to do something different?’ " .That first some...

Weequahic head coach Brian Logan doesn’t claim to know everything, but he was certain of this one thing based upon Rashawn Marshall’s monstrous running game last week in the sectional semifinals:

“I knew coming off that game (Marshall rushed for 304 yards, 2 TDs against Butler) that Cedar Grove would be keying on Shady (his nickname). We’ve been saying all week, ‘Somebody else here is going to be huge for us. Now, who’s gonna be the one to do something different?’ " .

That first someone to snatch the spotlight away from the usually unstoppable Marshall was senior Ikeef Jenkins on a 57-yard touchdown run one series after Cedar Grove had failed to capitalize on an Indian fumble to open the game. It was just his third scoring run this season.

That big, bright, post-season beam was then trained on junior Leroy Singleton when he hauled in a 25-yard scoring pass from senior Lamont Spates in the second quarter, and again on Singleton when he accelerated off the left edge and went 50 yards to paydirt in the third quarter. Those two TDs represented half of what Singleton produced in the first 10 games.

Marshall still managed to gain exactly 100 yards on 18 carries, but lesser known Singleton, Jenkins and a few others stepped forward to protect the closely watched star and steer second-seeded Weequahic to a 21-10 victory over fourth-seeded and reigning-champion Cedar Grove for the North 2, Group 1 sectional title in the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopeadics football state tournament Friday night at Untermann Field in Newark.

Another surprise star was senior DB Ihsim Smith-Marsette, who was back for the first time in three games since a bad ankle injury. He helped Weequahic (10-1) claim its second sectional crown since 2016 and third overall with strong play throughout the game and an interception in the end zone with just seven seconds left in the game.

The Indians move on to the Group 1 semifinals next week against the winner of Saturday’s North 1 bout between fourth-seeded Brearley and second-seeded Mountain Lakes. Cedar Grove finishes at 9-3.

“We knew they (Cedar Grove) were gonna target Shady whenever they saw him in the backfield, so when we went to someone else, that just messed things up for them. They could key on Shady all they wanted, but we have other plays on this team, and they’re gonna make things happen,” Smith-Marsette said.

That trend actually started with Marsette and his defensive mates after Weequahic fumbled at its own 20-yard line on the first play from scrimmage. The Panthers moved it to the six-yard line in six plays, but could get no closer against Andrew Jenkinson, Lennox Bonsu, Elijah Motley, Tyheed Simmons, Mohammed Kamara and the rest of the defense.

Cedar Grove attempted a 23-yard field goal, but missed. Weequahic then seized that momentum with an 80-yard drive highlighted by a 22-yard run from Marshall, and then a dazzling 57-yarder by Jenkins to open a 6-0 lead with 4:49 left in the first quarter.

“That stop on defense set the tone for us. That gave us confidence,” Logan said.

Cedar Grove was not exactly crushed by its missed opportunity and Weequahic’s first punch. The Panthers answered that touchdown with a 10-play, 77-yard march directed by poised sophomore quarterback Stephen Paradiso.

He completed two passes for 57 yards and ran twice for seven yards to carry his club to the one-yard line. The Panthers moved back five yards off a procedure penalty, but then Paradiso read his progressions more like a third-year senior and hit Nick Iannacone in the end zone. Chris Babcock followed with the PAT for a 7-6 Cedar Grove lead with 1:04 to go in the quarter.

On Weequahic’s next possession, Marshall was given the ball in first down, but was brought down at the line of scrimmage. His next run was for five yards, nice yet far below his season average of 12 yards per carry. He entered this game with 1,488 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.

Well, Logan said kept mentioning it all week in practice. Someone else had to accept the pressure Marshall had been carrying for more than two months.

Spates accepted the challenge by picking up 10 yards on a draw play right after Marshall’s no-gain carry to open the series, and he later hit Motley with a 20-yard pass play to the Cedar Grove 22, with 11 more tacked on because of a Cedar Grove facemask. Weequhaic backed itself up to the 23 after a holding call on the next snap, and then lost three more yards on a run play. But Spates brushed all that off when he lofted a 25-yard pass over coverage and into the hands of Singleton for a 14-7 lead with 7:33 to go in the half.

“If Shady can’t score, I’ll set the tone and do it for him. I’ll always have my brother’s back,” the speedy Singleton said. “My quarterback put it up there and I just went up and got it. Just came down with it.”

Cedar Grove pulled to within 14-10 when Babcock kicked a 24-yard field goal to cap the opening series of the second half, a 13-play, 55-yard move that actually featured two made kicks by Babcock.

Weequhic was whistled for roughing the kicker on his 31-yarder and the Panthers took the penalty and set up shop at the seven. But the Indians’ defense again held its ground, and Babock split the uprights again with 7:09 left in the third quarter.

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Boys soccer: State tournament results, photos and coverage for Wednesday, Nov. 2

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2FEATURED COVERAGECENTRAL, GROUP 2 SEMIFINALS8-Wall 2, 5-South River 1 (OT)NORTH 1, GROUP 4 SEMIFINALS2-West Orange 1, 3-Kearny 0CENTRAL, GROUP 3 SEMIFINALS10-Allentown 1, 14-Matawan 0 (2 OT)NORTH 1, GROUP 1 SEMIFINALS5-Wallington 1, 1-Mountain Lakes 0NORTH 2, GROUP 2 SEMIFINALS6-Voorhees 3, 2-Rutherford 1NORTH 2, GROUP 3 SEMIFINALS5-South ...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2

FEATURED COVERAGE

CENTRAL, GROUP 2 SEMIFINALS

8-Wall 2, 5-South River 1 (OT)

NORTH 1, GROUP 4 SEMIFINALS

2-West Orange 1, 3-Kearny 0

CENTRAL, GROUP 3 SEMIFINALS

10-Allentown 1, 14-Matawan 0 (2 OT)

NORTH 1, GROUP 1 SEMIFINALS

5-Wallington 1, 1-Mountain Lakes 0

NORTH 2, GROUP 2 SEMIFINALS

6-Voorhees 3, 2-Rutherford 1

NORTH 2, GROUP 3 SEMIFINALS

5-South Plainfield 1, 8-Colonia 0 (2OT)

SOUTH, GROUP 1 SEMIFINALS

2-Glassboro 1, 3-Penns Grove 0 (OT)

SOUTH, GROUP 2 SEMIFINALS

8-Sterling 3, 4-Willingboro 0

NJSIAA TOURNAMENT BRACKETS

NORTH 1

NORTH 2

CENTRAL

SOUTH

NON-PUBLIC

TOP 20 SCOREBOARD

WEDNESDAY SCOREBOARD

Wednesday, Nov. 2

St. Benedict's 2, Pennington 0 - Box Score

Barringer 5, Newark Central 1 - Box Score

Newark East Side 6, Science Park 0 - Box Score

3-Florence 1, 2-Roselle Park 0 - Box Score

8-Shore 5, 12-Point Pleasant Beach 0 - Box Score

2-Holmdel 2, 6-Manasquan 0 - Box Score

8-Wall 2, 5-South River 1 - Box Score

1-Robbinsville 2, 4-Neptune 0 - Box Score

10-Allentown 1, 14-Matawan 0 - Box Score

4-Monroe 1 (5), 1-Howell 1 (4) - Box Score

3-Freehold Township 3, 15-South Brunswick 0 - Box Score

5-Wallington 1, 1-Mountain Lakes 0 - Box Score

2-Waldwick 2, 3-Boonton 0 - Box Score

1-Ramsey 2, 4-Demarest 1 - Box Score

3-Pascack Valley 3, 2-Glen Rock 0 - Box Score

7-Roxbury 6, 6-Wayne Valley 0 - Box Score

5-Morris Hills 1 (8), 1-Ramapo 1 (7) - Box Score

1-Clifton 1, 13-Passaic Tech 0 - Box Score

2-West Orange 1, 3-Kearny 0 - Box Score

1-Brearley 1, 4-Whippany Park 0 - Box Score

7-Glen Ridge 2, 3-North Arlington 1 - Box Score

1-Harrison 1, 5-Hanover Park 0 - Box Score

6-Voorhees 3, 2-Rutherford 1 - Box Score

5-South Plainfield 1, 8-Colonia 0 - Box Score

7-Mendham 2, 6-Randolph 1 - Box Score

6-Hunterdon Central 1, 2-Elizabeth 0 - Box Score

1-Westfield 2, 4-Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1 - Box Score

1-Haddon Township 5, 4-Palmyra 0 - Box Score

2-Glassboro 1, 3-Penns Grove 0 - Box Score

6-Delran 2, 2-Cinnaminson 0 - Box Score

8-Sterling 3, 4-Willingboro 0 - Box Score

1-Shawnee 2, 12-Moorestown 1 - Box Score

3-Cherry Hill West 3, 2-Hammonton 1 - Box Score

1-Rancocas Valley 1 (3), 5-Kingsway 1 (1) - Box Score

2-Cherokee 2, 6-Toms River North 1 - Box Score

3-Delbarton 3, 6-Newark Academy 1 - Box Score

2-Bergen Catholic 4, 7-Hudson Catholic 0 - Box Score

1-Seton Hall Prep 1, 8-Don Bosco Prep 0 - Box Score

4-Dwight-Englewood 3, 5-Oratory 1 - Box Score

1-Gill St. Bernard's 11, 8-Morristown-Beard 0 - Box Score

3-Rutgers Prep 4, 11-Morris Catholic 0 - Box Score

2-Montclair Kimberley 3, 7-Eastern Christian 0 - Box Score

5-Hawthorne Christian 2, 4-Wardlaw-Hartridge 1 - Box Score

3-St. Peter's Prep 2, 6-St. Joseph (Met.) 1 - Box Score

1-Christian Brothers 4, 8-St. John Vianney 0 - Box Score

4-Pingry 5, 5-St. Augustine 0 - Box Score

7-Paul VI 4, 2-Notre Dame 1 - Box Score

12-Moorestown Friends 4, 4-Gloucester Catholic 1 - Box Score

1-St. Rose 4, 9-Princeton Day 3 - Box Score

7-Noor-ul-iman 1, 2-Doane Academy 0 - Box Score

3-Bishop Eustace 1, 6-Ranney 0 - Box Score

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