Keyport, Cattouse ready for big showdown

first_imgMatawan knocks off Warriors to remain undefeated BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI staff Fans of Keyport High School football have grown accustomed to watching Ken Cattouse look over his shoulder as he leaves the opposition in his wake. In fact, Cattouse has been so prolific over the course of his career that he is on the verge of becoming the state’s all-time leading rusher. When the Keyport Red Raiders travel to Freehold Borough on Saturday, there will be more on the line than just first place in the National Division. While a win will get the undefeated Red Raiders (5-0) a step closer to another division title, all eyes will be on their tailback, senior Ken Cattouse. Fresh off another spectacular performance (182 yards and four touchdowns) in Keyport’s 54-14 win over Point Beach on Saturday, Cattouse is now just 108 yards shy of the New Jersey career rushing record. Based on his performances throughout his brilliant career, it’s a safe bet to assume he’ll get the record on Saturday. After all, Cattouse has never disappointed in a big spot. Just ask his coach, Mike Ciccotelli. “He’s the best back that I’ve ever had,” he said. “He does a little bit of everything, and has tremendous vision on the field. There’s not much more to say about him. He’s the best.” When asked where he feels Cattouse ranks with the best backs the Shore Conference has put out, Ciccotelli admitted it’s hard to judge, since Keyport plays a Group I schedule, while other standouts, like Red Bank Regional’s Eric McCoo, faced Group III and Group IV competition. However, Ciccotelli added that Cattouse is the type of player who would succeed at any level. “At the right place, he’s going to do some big things,” he said. The right place is rumored to be Iowa University, the first school to recruit Cattouse as a sophomore. A formal announcement of his collegiate destination is forthcoming, but first there are more immediate matters at hand — namely, defending a Central Jersey Group I title. The Red Raiders are the class of the National Division once again, and will look to erase any thought Freehold Borough (3-1) has of dethroning them early on. “It’s going to be a tough game,” Ciccotelli said. “They’ve got a lot of guys back and are talented.” Ciccotelli added that he hopes his team can avoid getting off to a slow start, something they’ve struggled with thus far. “We’ve been dealing with that all year,” he said. “We need to play well from the beginning. I think we’ve had one complete game all year against Shore Regional.” The Red Raiders fell behind early to Point Beach on Saturday, as the Garnet Gulls followed an early interception with a three-play scoring drive to go up 6-0. But Cattouse returned the ensuing kick-off 21 yards, and then tied the game with a 66-yard run on the next play. From there, it was all Keyport, as Cattouse scored twice more before the half (from 33 and 10 yards out), and J.J. Bedle chipped in with a 16-yard TD pass from Kevin Boyce. Meanwhile the Red Raider defense dominated, forcing five consecutive punts, pulling down two interceptions and recovering two fumbles. In other words, Keyport got its act together rather quickly, and the Garnet Gulls had no answers. This Saturday’s game should provide Keyport with a stiff test, but with Cattouse running toward the record books, the Red Raiders should be ready to play from the opening whistle. Game time is 1 p.m. The Matawan Huskies also kept their perfect season intact this past Saturday, and enacted a bit of revenge while doing so. After losing to Manasquan the last two years, coach Joe Martucci’s squad entered Saturday’s game anxious to prove themselves this year, and did so with a 32-13 win at Warrior Field. The Huskies took the early lead when they capped a five-play, 80-yard drive with a 66-yard TD on a screen from A.J. Roque to George Williams. But after Manasquan blocked a punt on the Huskies’ next possession, the Warriors took a 7-6 lead on a 7-yard TD pass from Dan Impagliatelle to Kevin McNamara. But it was all Matawan from there. The Huskies responded with a 53-yard TD strike from Roque to Williams, and then scored again to start the second half when Jason Haskins capped a 13-play, 72-yard drive with a one-yard TD plunge. Manasquan managed to get another score, but Matawan put the game out of reach with Haskins’ second touchdown of the day on the ensuing drive. With the win, the Huskies improved to 5-0, as they prepare for Saturday’s game against Point Boro. Don’t let Point Boro’s 1-4 record fool you, as they, too, have defeated Manasquan this year. Game time is 1:30 p.m. in Matawan. The Raritan Rockets remained perfect with a 21-7 win over Monsignor Donovan. Head coach Derek Sininsky’s squad used three first-half touchdowns to distance themselves from the Griffins, while the Rocket defense played flawlessly. But the second half was a different story, as Mon Don controlled the play, despite scoring only one touchdown, which came late in the fourth quarter. After the game, Sininsky said that his team may have been looking ahead a bit to its next game on Oct. 24 against Wall Township (3-1). While that would explain their poor play in the second half against Donovan, they now have two weeks to dwell on what is their biggest game of the year to this point. Top-ranked Middletown South didn’t blow anybody out this past weekend, but that’s only because they didn’t play. The Eagles used their bye week to prepare for Federal Division rival Manchester, a team that has struggled a bit after getting off to a fast start. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday at the Swamp. The St. John Vianney Lancers also used their bye week to get ready for this Friday when they take on rival Red Bank Catholic at 7 p.m. at Count Basie Field in Red Bank. RBC is coming off a tough 14-6 loss to Wall Township. Middletown North will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 12-0 loss to Lakewood when they travel to Ocean Township to take on the 2-3 Spartans on Friday at 7 p.m. Holmdel was also blanked this past weekend, falling to Neptune, 26-0. The Hornets will look to their second win of the year on Saturday when they travel to Little Silver to take on a Red Bank Regional team coming off a 34-14 win over Manchester. Game time is 1 p.m. Mater Dei fell to 1-3 with a 41-20 loss to Shore Regional on Saturday, and will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday with a home game against Monsignor Donovan. Game time is 1:30 p.m.last_img

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