MANASQUAN – The Manasquan football team went to overtime for the second year in a row against Raritan, but this time the Warriors fell short against the Rockets.
Raritan defeated Manasquan 28-27 in overtime on Saturday at Vic Kubu Warrior Field.
Last season Manasquan walked away with a 35-28 overtime win at Raritan.
The Rockets got the ball first in overtime and scored on a 12-yard run. Manasquan matched the touchdown on a 12-yard slant pass from Austin Griffin to Cael Driscoll.
The Warriors elected to go for the two-point conversion and the win, but a pass attempt to the back of the end zone was broken up.
Manasquan forced overtime on a 16-yard run by Torey Falkinburg with just over three minutes left in regulation and an extra point by Cristian Canseco.
Manasquan played without two of its offensive leaders midway through the fourth quarter and through overtime. Warriors quarterback Brett Patten sat out the game recovering from an illness and running back Jhamier Howard left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury.
Howard had scored on a 88-yard kickoff return to start the game and a 47-yard run in the second quarter.
The Warriors next game will be at St. John Vianney on Friday.
Rumson air attack dooms Wall
Wall got a good start but could not sustain the momentum against Rumson-Fair Haven in an eventual 44-20 loss to the Bulldogs on Friday.
The Crimson Knights scored on its first play from scrimmage, a 30-yard pass from Tony Credle to John McCurry to take an early lead on the Bulldogs.
Anthony Gartz would score a touchdown run for Wall to give the Crimson Knights a 12-7 lead in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs would respond with 37 straight points to take over the game.
Rumson-Fair Haven scored 16 points in the final minutes of the first half on two touchdown passes between a safety on a punt snap out of the end zone by the Crimson Knights.
Bulldogs quarterback Owen O’Toole would finish with 230 yards passing and five touchdowns for Rumson-Fair Haven.
Wall is now 0-2 on the season and will travel to Middletown South next Friday.