Non-Public Finals and Bowl Games, Week 1

By Tom Szieber
Posted:  Monday, November 26, 2018   8:30 am

Mendez does it all in Rutherford’s North, Group 2 Bowl win over Kittatinny: Senior RB Abellany Mendez did a little bit of everything in Rutherford’s 62-14 victory over Kittatiny. With NJ Advance Media's J.J. Conrad on hand, Mendez rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, caught five passes for 81 yards and a score and threw for a three yard touchdown and two-point conversion.

Hasbrouck Heights win North, Group 1 Bowl game by dominating Butler: Senior Jasiah Purdie was outstanding for the Aviators, scoring five times (four on runs, one via reception from QB Spencer Lee) and spearheading a 41-7 victory over the Bulldogs. Purdie was a true workhorse in the game witnessed by The Record's Nick Gantaifis, rushing 20 times for 141 yards and catching five passes for 65.

Sayreville squeaks by Williamstown, 14-7, in South, Group 5 Bowl game: The Bombers had turned the ball over three times in the fourth quarter and seemingly wiped out all hope of getting past the Braves. But right in front of’s Josh Rosenfeld, safety Connor Holmes fell on a bobbled punt in the end zone, giving his team the game-deciding score.

Ramapo defeats Summit in North, Group 3 Bowl game for first-ever 13-0 season in NJ history: As told by Greg Tartaglia of The Record, QB A.J. Wingfield threw five touchdown passes in the Raiders’ 42-22 win over the Hilltoppers. On the day, Wingfield went 19-of-27 for 279 yards.

Penns Grove goes 13-0, rallies from 20-point hole to beat Willingboro in South, Group 1 Bowl game: Penns Grove running back Tyreke Brown scored two touchdowns in the Red Devils’ 35-26 victory, achieved before Phil Anastasia of Trailing all-game long, it was a 30-yard Jared McNair field goal that finally put the Red Devils ahead in the fourth quarter.

RBC beats Mater Dei Prep for Non-Public, Group 3 title: It took a goal line stand, but DE Kevin Bauman, DT Jake Louro and LB Steve Cmielewski stuffed Seraphs QB Rob McCoy on fourth-and-goal to preserve a 14-10 win for the Caseys. Cmielewski had a monster day with Steven Falk of Asbury Park Press watching, tallying 17 tackles in a day where the RBC D shined.

St. Joseph (Mont.) shuts out Bergen Catholic for Non-Public, Group 4 crown: Stout defense and kicking were the stars of the day for Joe’s, who won the game, 13-0. Green Knights kicker Angelo Guglielmello hit two field goals in the first half and Joe’s defense shutout BC for the first time in 30 years in the victory in front of Greg Mattura of The Record.

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