Manasquan loses to last-second comeback by Middletown South

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Manasquan shocked by Eagles comeback

Manasquan was one stop away from earning a memorable opening game victory against Middletown South on Thursday, but a 21-yard run by Eagles quarterback Thomas Schork with only 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave Middletown South a 15-12 win over the Warriors.

Manasquan had taken the lead on a 65-yard pass from Brett Patten to Cole Kozlowski late in the third quarter.

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The Eagles started their final drive of the game with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter near midfield and converted a 4th-and-15 with less than a minute left before the game-winning scramble.

Middletown South took a 7-0 lead in the first half, but an acrobatic catch by Patrick Woodford late in the second quarter, but the Eagles lead to 7-6.

The Manasquan defense came up with several big plays in the game, including a Dylan LeBlanc forced fumble at the 1-yard line and a blocked field goal by Robert Pendergist.

Patten threw for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the loss and also ran for 51 yards.

Manasquan will play its home opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Vic Kubu Warrior Field against Red Bank Regional on Sept. 11.

Wall has no answer for Rumson

The Crimson Knights had a tough opening night of the season on Sunday against Rumson-Fair Haven as the Bulldogs rolled to a 35-0 win against Wall at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers.

The game was part of the Rumble on the Raritan showcase, featuring some of the top high school football teams in New Jersey.

Wall went into the game ranked number one in the Shore Conference, while the Bulldogs were ranked fourth.

It was the first Shore Conference loss for the Crimson Knights in 20 games, dating back to a 26-0 loss to Long Branch during the 2018 season.

Wall will face another top ranked team in Red Bank Catholic, 7 p.m. Friday at Count Basie Field in Red Bank.