NJ football: Greg Tufaro’s playoff semifinal predictions and analysis for GMC teams

NJ football: Greg Tufaro’s playoff semifinal predictions and analysis for GMC teams

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Greg Tufaro Bridgewater Courier News Published 7:30 PM EST Nov 7, 2018 CENTRAL GROUP V SEMIFINALS No. 5 Manalapan (6-3) at No. 2 Sayreville (8-1), Friday, 7 p.m.: Despite being decimated by graduation and losing their best linebacker (Tommy Pearce) to a knee injury before the start of the season, the Braves won a playoff game for the ninth straight year, advancing to the sectional semifinals with a 14-7 victory over Hunterdon Central. Manalapan opened the campaign with consecutive losses in the closing seconds to Toms River North and Middletown South by a total of four points. The Braves’ other loss is a 34-0 setback to state-ranked long Branch. Running back Nico Santorelli has amassed 902 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. .


Quarterback Sean Kehley has completed 72 of 123 passes for 945 yards and seven touchdowns. He has spread the ball around to seven teammates who each have 100 or more receiving yards. Lineman Da-Shon Taylor (67 tackles) is Manalapan’s best defensive player. He recorded two sacks and two tackles for a loss against Hunterdon Central. Tyler Ciemniecki leads the Braves with 108 tackles, while Alex Claro (80 tackles) is second on the team in that department. .

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