Wall cruises to playoff win, Manasquan dominates


    The Wall football team was in clear playoff mode on Friday against Hopewell Valley dominating the Bulldogs in the first round of the South Jersey Group III playoffs 42-7.

    The Crimson Knights advance to play Delsea in the second round next Friday at Wall.

    The Crimson Knights used a punishing running game to take control of the game from the start against Hopewell Valley.

    Wall senior running back Matt Dollive had open running lanes all night and a career game in only two quarters of football.

    Dollive ran for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, which included runs of 50 and 76 yards. Jake Davis also added two rushing touchdowns as Wall ran for over 300 yards as a team.

    The Crimson Knights led 42-0 at the half, allowing head coach Tony Gradinetti to play his reserves for the entire second half. Hopewell Valley scored its lone touchdown in the final moments of the fourth quarter against the Wall reserves.

    Manasquan dominates Holmdel

    The Manasquan big play offense was on full display during its South Jersey Group III playoff game against Holmdel on Saturday at Vic Kubu Warrior Field.

    The Warriors jumped to an early lead against the Hornets and never looked back earning a 39-7 victory.

    Manasquan advanced to the second round and a game at Woodrow Wilson.

    The Warriors scored three touchdowns in the first quarter. Manasquan took advantage of a bad snap on a Holmdel punt for its first score before Brett Patten connected with Cole Kozlowski on a 60-yard pass play for the second touchdown.

    A long Kozlowski interception return set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Patten to end the first quarter.

    Patten would throw for 261 yards and five touchdowns. Kozlowski was the main target for Patten with 176 yards receiving and four touchdowns.