Wall battles Red Bank Catholic in the Red Zone Game of the Week played at Count Basie Field in Red Bank.
THOMAS P. COSTELLO
RED BANK – It looked more like a YouTube highlight video consisting of a collection of the best plays of the season more than a scholastic football game.
The Red Bank Catholic High School football team scored early and often and with the aid of some electric and sparkling plays, the Caseys dominated Wall to the tune of 45-19 on Friday evening at Count Basie Field in the APP Red Zone Game of the Week.
Senior running back Zack Bair started the scoring for the Caseys (5-0) with touchdown runs of four yards and 86 yards in the first quarter. Junior quarterback Steve Lubischer then tossed his first of two passing touchdowns to start the second quarter as RBC took a 21-0 lead.
Wall (3-2) responded with a 51-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Eddie Scott to junior wide out Dylan Richey and a 63-yard touchdown run by senior Brady McNally, but a 50-yard Brandon Lombana wide receiver reverse and a 27-yard field goal by junior Ryan O’Hara kept the Caseys in front 31-12 to end the first half.
The Caseys cruised from there, as they collected two touchdowns of 84 yards or more in the second half. Bair ran for an 85-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Lubischer found a wide open Jaden Key behind the secondary for a 84- yard catch and run.
Three who mattered
Zack Bair: The talented tailback rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries. With touchdown runs of 86 and 85 yards, Bair was an unstoppable bowling ball on the field He used a great mix of speed, elusiveness and power to shred the Wall defense.
John Columbia: The Red Bank Catholic junior linebacker made huge play after huge play on the defensive end all night long. Columbia recorded two key sacks, including one on third and goal that prevented the Knights from scoring in the third quarter. The junior also played with great speed and intensity while defending the run game.
Brady McNally: McNally was one of the few bright spots during a tough night for the Knights. The senior rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries and scored one touchdown. When the Knights needed to move the chains, they looked to McNally, and he delivered more often than not.
Already up 14-0, senior cornerback Tahjmir Berardesco picked off Scott to start the second quarter and gave the Caseys the ball on the Wall 39-yard line. Lubischer connected with Lombana on a touchdown the very next play to extend the RBC lead to 21-0.
Potent offense: The Caseys were able to score 45 points against a Wall defense that previously allowed only 14.7 points per game and allowed no more than 21 points in a single game up until Friday. RBC racked up 382 rushing yards and 520 total yards.
Odd formations: Red Bank Catholic lined up in some bizarre formations and initiated some even more complex pre-snap motions. At one point, the Caseys ran a four-man I-formation, but the unconventional tactics clearly worked as the Knights couldn’t find a way to slow the Casey offense down.
This week’s Red Zone Road Show, presented by RWJBarnabas Health, visited Red Bank Catholic for their upcoming battle against Wall.
They said it
Bair on the Caseys’ explosive offense: “It’s definitely great to have the playmakers that we have from the quarterback position to the wide receiver position to tight end, all around we have a great group of players. It’s definitely exciting to see what we can do.”
Red Bank Catholic head coach Frank Edgerly on Columbia’s defensive effort: “He’s an intense kid, he’s a first-year starter, and week to week to week you see his maturity and his growth. He seemed to jump out. A number of times you saw him in on some big plays.”
Red Bank Catholic will look to keep the undefeated streak going against Long Branch next Saturday under the lights. Wall will look to rebound against Middletown North next Friday night.
Red Bank Catholic 45, Wall 19
RBC: Bair 4 run (O’Hara kick)
RBC: Bair 86 run (O’Hara kick)
RBC: Lubischer 39 pass to Lombana (O’Hara kick)
W: Scott 51 pass to Richey (PAT no good)
RBC: Lombana 50 run (O’Hara kick good)
W: McNally 63 run (PAT no good)
RBC: O’Hara 27 field goal
RBC: Bair 85 run (O’Hara kick)
RBC: Lubischer 84 pass to Key (O’Hara kick)
W: Scott 1 run (Mulreed kick)
RUSHING – RBC: Bair 8-232, Guidetti 4-28, Brusca 3-56, Lombana 1-50, Lubischer 1-16. W: McNally 20-140, Scott 11-68, Covin 6-8.
PASSING – RBC: Lubischer: 4-9-2-138. W: Scott 11-19-1-147.
RECEIVING – RBC: Key 2-93, Lombana 2-45. W: Covin 4-22, Richey 3-100, Powers 2-19, McKernan 1-4, McNally 1-2.
INTERCEPTIONS – RBC: Berardesco.
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