The Manasquan football team blew open a close game with a big second half Saturday at Vic Kubu Warrior Field, pulling away from Red Bank Regional to earn a 45-13 victory over the Bucs.
It was the first win of the season for Manasquan, coming off a last-minute loss to Middletown South in its opening game. The Warriors will travel to Ocean Township for a game against the Spartans on Friday.
The Warriors were leading 21-13 at the half when Jhamier Howard scored on a 62-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter for Manasquan.
J.J. Cavanagh would increase the lead for the Warriors moments later when he intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown, giving Manasquan a 35-13 lead, three minutes into the second half.
Brett Patten would connect for his third touchdown pass of the game hitting Daniel Hyland on slant to push the Warriors advantage to 42-13.
Patten would finish with 170 yards passing and 53 yards rushing, including a 33-yard run for a touchdown in the first half. Howard and Cole Kozlowski would also catch touchdown passes from Patten.
RBC uses late comeback to defeat Wall
The Crimson Knights football team got back to playing Wall football on Friday night against Red Bank Catholic at Count Basie Field, but a Casey late-comeback gave Wall its second loss of the season.
Red Bank Catholic quarterback Alex Brown threw a 34-yard pass to Alex Bauman with only 1:23 left in the fourth quarter giving the Caseys a 20-16 victory.
Wall had established a 16-7 lead on Red Bank Catholic behind the running game of Jake Davis and Matt Dollive before the Caseys put together their fourth quarter comeback.
The Crimson Knights took the lead on a 33-yard field goal by Max Oakley late in the second quarter and extended their advantage with a 45-yard run by Davis with 7:50 left in the third quarter.
The Wall defense had recorded a couple of sacks on Brown from Blake Rezk and Keisun Sanders as well as interceptions by Anthony Gartz and Akeel Gaines, but Brown hit Emanuel Ross for a 32-yard pass early in the fourth quarter, before putting together the last-minute go-ahead drive.
Wall has a bye next week before hosting Toms River North on Sept. 24.