Wall picks up big win to open season

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Casey Larkin of Wall scoops up a fumble, setting up the first touchdown of the game against Point Pleasant Borough. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE COAST STAR)

WALL — It didn’t take long for the Wall football team to get up to full speed to open its season on Friday against Point Pleasant Borough.

The Crimson Knights scored on their second play from scrimmage and never looked back against the Panthers cruising to a 55-13 victory.

Casey Larkin scooped up a Point Pleasant Borough fumble on the second play from scrimmage and returned it to the Panthers’ 4-yard line. Larkin scored on the next play, giving Wall a quick 7-0 lead.

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Larkin would score again midway through the first quarter on a 15-yard run to give the Crimson Knights a 14-0 lead. The senior running back would finish with a very efficient 140 yards rushing on only seven carries with three touchdowns.

Logan Peters would score on a run and a long pass to Matt Dollive. The Crimson Knights took advantage of four Panthers turnovers and also returned a block punt for a touchdown in the victory.

Wall will host Neptune next Friday.

Manasquan 38, Asbury Park 15

MANASQUAN – At the start of the season Manasquan senior Tommy Rice said the Warriors have to act like every game is two games due to the condensed schedule.

The Warriors got two games worth of offense against Asbury Park in their season opener on Saturday at Vic Kubu Warrior Field, defeating the Blue Bishops 38-15.

Manasquan showed what a difference a year makes after scoring a total of 31 points in its first five games last season and never scoring more than 16 points in a single game.

The Warriors offense had plenty of highlights, but it was led by sophomore quarterback Brett Patten. Patten showed great accuracy, mobility and poise in throwing for nearly 200 yards and also rushing for a touchdown.

Sophomore Jhamier Howard had two rushing touchdowns and junior Cole Kozlowski caught a touchdown pass, had a rushing touchdown and also had an interception. The Warriors also got a 100-yard receiving day from senior Jack Collins.

The Warriors took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs by Kozlowski and Howard, before Patten provided the highlight throw of the game in the second quarter.

Patten rolled to his right, avoided the pass rush before lofting a 25-yard touchdown pass to Kozlowski to give Manasquan a 21-0 lead. The Blue Bishops would only get on the board after the Warriors had pulled their starters with a 38-0 lead in the fourth quarter.

Manasquan will travel to Jackson Memorial next Friday.