Alex Brown scrambled to his right to avoid the oncoming pressure and found an open Alex Bauman for a 34-yard touchdown with 1:23 remaining to give Red Bank Catholic, No. 10 in the NJ.com Top 20, a 20-16 victory over No. 19 Wall in Red Bank.
Given the lead, the Red Bank Catholic (2-0) defense stopped Wall (0-2) on four consecutive plays to force a turnover on downs.
Brown jumpstarted the Red Bank Catholic comeback when he tossed a 33-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Ross that trimmed the deficit to 16-14 with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The senior quarterback overcame two early interceptions and completed 12-of-18 passes on the night for 168 yards and three touchdowns, Brown’s first TD, a 13-yard pass to Najih Rahman gave Red Bank Catholic a 7-0 lead.
Wall, which was without reigning NJ.com Statewide Defensive Player of the Year and starting running back Charlie Sasso due to injury, responded with 16 straight points. Jake Davis’ 7-yard TD run late in the opening quarter tied the game at 7. Then, after a 32-yard Max Oakley field goal in the second quarter, Davis struck again for a 32-yard rushing TD in the third quarter
Davis finished with 135 rushing yards on 20 carries for Wall, which also got 18 carries for 73 yards from Matt Dollive. Akeel Gaines intercepted two passes on defense.
For Red Bank Catholic, Sabino Portella ran for 68 yards on 16 carries and Rajahn Cooper added 11 carries for 45 yards. Bauman paced a balanced receiving effort with three receptions for 52 yards. Ross had three catches for 48 yards, and Rahman added 33 yards on three receptions.
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