SHORE SPORTS ZONE CAPS FOOTBALL ’15

Red Bank Regional’s Sadiq Palmer was among the three finalists for Zoneman of the Year as Shore Sports Zone marked the close of the 2015 high school football season with a banquet in Eatontown Thursday night. Who won? Check out the highlight reel. (Video by Shore Sports Zone.)

R-FH ENDS RBR’S DREAM WITH THIRD TITLE

rfh v rbr 120515 2rfh v rbr 120515 4Quarterback Michael O’Connor, above, led Rumson-Fair Haven Regional to its third straight state football championship as the Bulldogs ended Red Bank Regional’s undefeated string 21-0 at Rutgers in Piscataway Saturday night.

Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

WITH THIRD TITLE, R-FH ENDS RBR’S DREAM

Defense carried the day as Rumson-Fair Haven Regional defeated Red Bank Regional 21-0 for the NJSIAA Central Group 3 championship at Rutgers in Piscataway Saturday night.

On the offensive side, Bulldogs running back Bryan Hess scored two touchdowns and quarterback Michael O’Connor scored the third in what O’Connor later told Shore Sports Zone was a “ground and pound” campaign. But the Dawg defense also pounded the Bucs, keeping star wide receiver Sadiq Palmer out of the end zone and forcing turnovers.

For the Bulldogs, it was the third straight state championship; for the Bucs, the end of an improbable 11-0 season as they tried to capture their first state title since 1975. Shore Sports Zone was there to capture all the highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

RBR, R-FH FANS TO TAILGATE TOGETHER

rbr v cn 091815 2Quarterbacks Jack Navitsky of Red Bank Regional, above, and Mike O’Connor of Rumson-Fair Haven, below, lead their teams into a “once-in-a-lifetime” championship showdown Saturday. (Photos courtesy of Shore Sports Zone. Click to enlarge)

rfh o'connorIt may be the ultimate Battle of Ridge Road, but Saturday’s NJSIAA Central Group 3 championship football game between Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional means both teams must hit the road, traveling to Rutgers in Piscataway.

Sure, “some folks will be in purple, and others in maroon,” but the game offers a chance for a “total community” event, says RBR alumnus and Little Silver resident Rick Brandt. He’s organizing a pre-game tailgate party at which supporters of both the RBR Buccaneers (maroon) and the R-FH Bulldogs (purple) are welcome to mingle and break bread.

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BUCS STILL PERFECT; BULLDOGS STOPPED

Undefeated Red Bank Regional continued its winning ways on Thursday, taking its traditional Thanksgiving Day game at home against Long Branch, 35-12. Alim Godsey and Sadiq Palmer had two two touchdowns apiece for the Buccaneers.

Meantime, Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs fell to Shore Regional at home, 20-14.

Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights of those two games and more

The Bucs (11-0) and the Bulldogs (9-2) will meet in Piscataway on December 5 for the Central Jersey Group 3 championship.

 (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

RBR TACKLES HUNGER AT THE BIG GAME

RBR_football_food_driveRed Bank Regional students Liam Joyce, Jack Navitsky and Devon Barnes (all from Shrewsbury) display the food collections made in honor of the big Thanksgiving Day football Game of RBR versus Long Branch. Anyone attending the game will receive free admittance if they bring non-perishable food  items at the game entrance.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

A new tradition will meet the old, as football fans who donate a non-perishable food item will receive free admission to the football game between Red Bank Regional High School and Long Branch High School this Thanksgiving. The traditional matchup — one of the longest-running in the Shore area — will take place on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. Kickoff is at 10 am at RBR, and all who donate—parents, children, students, RBR fans, Long Branch fans — will get in for free.

All the food collected will be donated to the Salvation Army of Red Bank, an organization that assists people in over 30 area towns, explained English teacher Cassandra Dorn, who helped initiate RBR’s fifth Football Food Drive.

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UNDEFEATED RBR TO FACE R-FH FOR TITLE


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It’ll be the Battle of Ridge Road — played at Rutgers in Piscataway — in two weeks when undefeated Red Bank Regional (above against Ocean Township), and defending state champs Rumson-Fair Haven (below, against Matawan) face off for the NJSIIA Central Group 3 championship following semifinal wins by each Friday night.

Meanwhile, 2014 state champion Red Bank Catholic was dethroned on the road against St. John Vianney of Holmdel, which advances to the non-public Group 3 title game.

Shore Sports Zone caught all the action on video.  (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

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BUCS TO FACE DAWGS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Undefeated Red Bank Regional continued its dream football season Friday night, winning on the road against Ocean Township and advancing to the Central Jersey Group 3 final game, where its opponent will be Rumson-Fair Haven.

Syracuse-bound RBR wide receiver Sadiq Palmer scored all three Bucs touchdowns and had an interception in the 21-14 win. As usual Shore Sports Zone has all the highlights on video.

RBR hasn’t reached the final game since 2003 and hasn’t won a sectional championship since 1975

Meanwhile, defending state champion Rumson-Fair Haven, playing at home, bested Matawan, 24-13, setting up a Battle of Ridge Road that pits the top-seeded Bulldogs against the third-seeded Bucs in two weeks.

Elsewhere, undefeated St. John Vianney steamrolled the Red Bank Catholic Caseys, 49-6, in Holmdel, to advance to the non-public Central Group 3 final.  (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

CASEYS POST QUALITY ROAD WIN

Red Bank Catholic’s Dylan Murphy came up big, scoring three touchdowns and leading the Caseys to a 21-14 win on the road against Pope John Saturday afternoon. Rich Chrampanis and the folks at Shore Sports Zone were there to capture all the action and serve up these video highlights.

Up next for RBC in its quest for another non-public Group 3 championship: St. John Vianney next Friday night. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

RBR & R-FH POST CONVINCING WINS

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Alim Godsey tears up some yardage, above, as undefeated Red Bank Regional won its first postseason football game in years with a 30-0 shutout of South Plainfield at home Friday night. Shore Sports Zone caught all the action on video, which you can see here.

Also on the SSZ reel: watch defending state champion Rumson-Fair Haven crush Rahway, 43-6 as Bulldogs quarterback Mike O’Connor, right, ran for two touchdowns of 50-plus yards.

Both the Bucs and the Dawgs advanced toward a possible showdown in the Group 3 championship. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

BUCS KEEP STREAK ALIVE; DAWGS ADVANCE


Undefeated Red Bank Regional won its first postseason football game in years with a 30-0 shutout of South Plainfield at home Friday night. Shore Sports Zone caught all the action on video.

But first up on the SSZ reel: defending state champion Rumson-Fair Haven, playing at home, routed Rahway, 43-6 in Central Jersey Group 3. Bulldogs quarterback Mike O’Connor ran for two touchdowns of 50-plus yards.

Just west on Ridge Road in Little Silver, the RBR Bucs played a methodical game on the ground that saw standout wide receiver Sadiq Palmer score two running TDs and running back Alim Godsey another. Palmer also scooped up a fumble on defense and ran it in for a score.  The highlights start at 3:37 on the SSZ reel.

Up next: on Friday night, the Bucs face Ocean Township — which was seeded second in Central Jersey Group 3, despite having lost to to RBR 16-6 in the third game of the season. 

The Bulldogs next take on Matawan, at home, and the winner of that game will face the winner of RBR-Ocean for the Group 3 championship. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

RBR BUCS FINISH SEASON WITHOUT A LOSS

rbr v man 110615 1rbc v jm 110615 2Led by QB Jack Navitsky, above, Red Bank Regional finished the 2015 regular football season undefeated with a 31-14 win at Manchester Friday night. Shore Sports Zone caught all the action, as well as seven other big games across Monmouth and Ocean counties, including a come-from-behind win by Red Bank Catholic (right). Check out all the action right here(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

BUCS ARE UNDEFEATED; CASEYS RALLY


Red Bank Regional finished the 2015 regular football season undefeated with a 31-14 win at Manchester, and Shore Sports Zone caught all the action, as well as seven other big games across Monmouth and Ocean counties.

But first, at 4:35 of the highlight reel, Red Bank Catholic quarterback Eddie Hahn racked up 284 all-purpose yards and ran for two touchdowns as the Caseys scored 21 unanswered points to beat Jackson Memorial, 21-10, at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank Friday night. RBC closed out the season at 7-2, with one of its two losses having come at the hands of RBR.

Then, at 12:00 in the reel, watch how Alim Godsey, Jack Navitsky, Sadiq Palmer and the rest of the Bucs handled winless Manchester to bring home the eighth win of RBR’s stellar season.

Elsewhere, Rumson-Fair Haven routed Holmdel, 41-0. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

CASEYS LOSE, DAWGS & BUCS POST WINS

rfh v rar 103115With the clock ticking down, Red Bank Catholic quarterback Eddie Hahn drove the Caseys to within a few yards of a game-tying score, but came up short as Ocean Township stunned RBC with a 42-35 win at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank Friday night. The video cameras of Shore Sports Zone caught all the action as 2014 state champion RBC dropped to 6-2 on the season and Ocean improved to 6-1.

Also on video on our Sports page: Rumson-Fair Haven’s 21-20 squeaker at Raritan (above right) and undefeated (not a typo!) Red Bank Regional’s 37-6 homefield rout of Holmdel, below. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

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OCEAN CLOCKS RBC; DAWGS & BUCS POST WINS

In a football game with nail-biting drama down to the last tick of the clock, Ocean Township stunned Red Bank Catholic with a 42-35 win at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank Friday night. The video cameras of Shore Sports Zone caught all the action as  2014 state champion Caseys dropped to 6-2 on the season and Ocean improved to 6-1.

Also on this reel: Rumson-Fair Haven’s 21-20 squeaker at Raritan and undefeated (not a typo!) Red Bank Regional’s 37-6 homefield rout of Holmdel. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

RBR POSTS FIRST WIN OVER RBC SINCE 2004

navitsky run 101615Red Bank Regional QB Jack Navitsky tore off a 58-yard sideline run for a score, sealing the Bucs’ 24-21 victory over Red Bank Catholic in Little Silver Friday night. Check out the Shore Sports Zone video here, and then hop over to SSZ for complete highlights(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

BUCS STOP RARITAN, 30-14

rbr v raritan 100915 3Red Bank Regional came away with a hard-won 30-14 victory over Raritan at Hazlet Friday, powered in part by big plays on offense and defense by Syracuse-bound receiver Sadiq Palmer, above. Check out the high-def video highlights courtesy of Shore Sports Zone here(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

BUCS GO TO 5-0 AFTER ROAD WIN

Red Bank Regional came away with a hard-won 30-14 victory over Raritan at Hazlet Friday, powered in part by Jack O’Connor’s kicking foot and big plays on offense and defense by Syracuse-bound receiver Sadiq Palmer. Shore Sports Zone was there to capture the highlights in high-def video. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

RBR & RBC GIRD FOR GRID

sadiq palmer 1rbc delbarton 120714 8With elusive wide receiver Sadiq Palmer (above) ready to start pulling down Jack Navitsky passes, the Red Bank Regional Bucs kick off their 2015 football season Friday night on the road against Wall. Shore Sports Zone takes a close video look at a squad that’s heavy with senior talent as it seeks to improve on last season’s 5-5 record.

And in case you missed it, here’s the 411 on state-champion Red Bank Catholic, once again led by quarterback Eddie Hahn (right). (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

RBR BUCS GEAR UP FOR 2015 GRID CAMPAIGN

With quarterback Jack Navitsky and receiver Sadiq Palmer ready to restart their airmail correspondence, the Red Bank Regional Bucs kick off their 2015 football season Friday night on the road against Wall. Shore Sports Zone takes a close look at a squad that’s heavy with senior talent as it seeks to improve on last season’s 5-5 record.

SSZ’s 2015 high school football previews include in-depth video breakdowns of the upcoming season, the full 2015 schedule, and video highlights from 2014.

And in case you missed it, here’s the 411 on state-champion Red Bank Catholic. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

LITTLE SILVER: HOME COOKIN’, HOME KICK-OFF

jack-navitsky-The Bucs of Red Bank Regional celebrate their opening home football game under the lights on Friday, September 18, with a kick-off picnic that will benefit The SOURCE, RBR’s School-based Youth Services Program.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Bucs of Red Bank Regional High School invite the community to help them kick off the first home game of the season on Friday, September 18, when the RBR Buc Backer Foundation and The SOURCE join forces in sponsoring a pre-game picnic.

— RBR Bucs versus Colts Neck Cougars. Scheduled from 5:30 to 7 pm, prior to the start of the Bucs game against the visiting Colts Neck Cougars, the event features picnic food, soft drinks, door prizes, raffles and more. The first 50 attendees receive free tickets to the game, and a suggested donation of $5 per person per person will benefit The SOURCE, RBR’s School-Based Youth Services Program.

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RBR’S NAVITSKY IN SECONDARY ROLE

As quarterback, Red Bank Regional’s Jack Navitsky was a center of attention on the gridiron this past season. On the hardcourt, though, he’s more of a role player, focused on defense, and a big reason that RBR is one of the deepest and most dangerous teams in the Shore Conference. Navitsky talks to Shore Sports Zone about his roles.