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RFH: BRIGGS WINS TOP SSZ SCHOLAR-ATHLETE

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Tucker Briggs had 102 tackles in his senior season, finishing his career with 212 and a role in back-to-back state championships. Even more impressive: his grade point average (4.7) and SAT score (2380, which puts him in the 99.95 percentile of the test’s takers). Those numbers and more earned Briggs the Shore Sports Zone trophy for Scholar-Athlete of the Year at a banquet dinner at IPlay America in Freehold Tuesday night.

Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights from the season-capping event, including Nick Cella’s touchdown run of the year for Red Bank Catholic and RFH’s championship game defensive player of the year, Sam Eisenstadt. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

DAWGS CHOMP THEIR WAY TO SECOND TITLE

rfh o'connor 120614 2Rumson-Fair Haven sophomore quarterback Mike O’Connor takes off on one of his trademark keepers enroute to a big gain as he leads the Bulldogs to their second consecutive state title, with a 21-0 win over Delaware Valley at Kean University Saturday. Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH DAWGS REPEAT AS STATE CHAMPS

For the second straight year, the Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs are the top dogs of Central Jersey Group 2, winning the state title over Delaware Valley at Kean University Saturday.

In sometimes heavy rain, Charlie Volker ran for 161 yards and a score, and the Rumson-Fair Haven defense produced a touchdown and key turnovers in the shutout. And once again,  Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH SLIPS IN MUD BOWL

It was a cold, wet affair as Rumson-Fair Haven and Shore Regional met in the first “Devil-Dawg Bowl” in West Long Branch Wednesday night. Turnovers were key. A Dawgs fumble on fourth and short in the final quarter set up the game’s longest run, a 23-yard romp by Doug Goldsmith to seal a 13-0 win for Shore. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

Both schools play for sectional titles on December 6th at Kean University.  Shore Regional (10-1) takes on South Hunterdon at 10 a.m. while RFH (8-3) is the nightcap, taking on Delaware Valley at 7 p.m.

The Devil-Dawg Bowl is expected to be the start of a new tradition for RFH, replacing a longtime Thanksgiving rivalry with Red Bank Catholic.

RFH ADVANCES IN QUEST FOR SECOND TITLE

With a domineering 35-7 win over A.L. Johnson at home, the defending state champion Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs advanced in their quest for a second straight title Friday night.  Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights, including more stellar play from sophomore quarterback Mike O’Connor.

The Dawgs are at home again Friday night against Cinnaminson in a game to determine who goes on for the 2014 state title.