Host Bridgeton opened the Cape-Atlantic League football season with a bang Friday night, ending a two-decade-long losing streak against National Conference power St. Joseph, 14-6.
The Bulldogs were clinging to a one-point lead when Mike Cisrow broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the game.
Cisrow shouldered the load on offense for Bridgeton, gaining 142 yards on 30 carries. Kevin Bunton, who added 84 yards and one TD on the ground, blocked an extra point kick in the third quarter.
An interception by Jae DeShields at Bridgeton’s 40-yard line with 40 seconds left ended the Wildcats’ final drive.
“This is a great win for our kids, our program and the community,” coach Dave Ellen said of the Bulldogs’ first win over St. Joseph since 1989.
“We tackled well and clamped down on them in the second half.”
Keith Gray got host Atlantic City off to a fast start by returning the opening kickoff 85 yards for a score, but the rest of the night belonged to sixth-ranked Egg Harbor Township, which went on to win the American Conference opener, 41-7.
The Eagles benefited from big plays as well, including a 65-yard touchdown run by Tejay Johnson and new quarterback Scott Miller’s 55-yard TD pass to Joe Magosin.
Millville 7, Oakcrest 0 — Tyson Still took a lateral and heaved a 64-yard touchdown pass to Khalil Wallace with 2 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the American Conference game, giving the visiting Thunderbolts a wild win.
Oakcrest’s final shot at a tying score ended on a fumble at midfield, and Millville ran out the clock.
Mainland 17, Vineland 7 — Antoine Lewis scooped up a fumble and raced 35 yards for a touchdown, typifying the defensive effort that carried the host Mustangs to a come-from-behind American Conference victory.
Vineland held a 7-2 halftime lead, thanks to Bob Romano’s five-yard TD run.
Cody Brown, who ran for a third-quarter touchdown, tossed a 27-yard pass to Tim Segich for the go-ahead score with 1 minute, 33 seconds left in the final period, lifting Gloucester Catholic over host Clearview, 20-14, in a Royal Division thriller.
The Pioneers’ Pat Murphy opened the scoring on a 65-yard fumble return in the first quarter.
Anthony Vendetti had three short-yardage touchdown runs, Stefan Kancylaryz ran for 90 yards and two TDs, and Shariff Cooper finished as the game’s leading rusher with 121 yards, powering host Lenape past Cherry Hill East, 33-7, in an American Division clash.
Chris Dengler rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown on a dozen carries, the Haddonfield defense held Gateway without a first down, and six Bulldogs reached the end zone in dominating the season opener, 48-0.
Chris Davis aided the ground game with a pair of TDs, and quarterback Phil Bhaya completed one of his two pass attempts on the night — a 57-yard scoring strike to Mike Rivard.
Trevor Loveland scored on a three-yard quarterback keeper and then kicked the ensuing extra point in the second quarter, allowing host Cherry Hill West to nip Triton, 7-6.
The Mustangs scored first on an eight-yard burst by Julian Stewart, but were shut out the rest of the way as Lions cornerback Julian Bond came through with a pair of interceptions.
St. Augustine 34, Roman Catholic 17 — The fifth-ranked Hermits turned two interceptions into touchdowns and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for another score to put away the visitors from Philadelphia.
Moorestown 31, Rancocas Valley 6 — Sebastian Jaskowski delighted the home crowd and left the Red Devil defenders grasping at air, breaking loose for a 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and dashing 80 yards for a third-quarter TD.
Delran 25, Riverside 8 — Trent Dobes and Luke Chesney combined to rush for 106 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Bears.
Jason Zahlow netted his second goal of the day 11 minutes into the second half and goalie Kyle Bijou made the lead stand, allowing Bordentown to hold on for a 2-1 victory at Moorestown yesterday in the season opener for both Burlington County League squads.
John Tanglienti put Moorestown on the scoreboard in the first half, but Bijou stopped 14 shots in handcuffing the Quakers the rest of the way.
Rob Wiacek of host Eastern and Lenape’s Steve Kramitz traded first-half goals, and both teams received stellar goaltending in playing to a 1-1 draw.
The Vikings’ Frank Buchel made 14 saves while Taylor Edwards turned aside 11 shots for Lenape.
Cherry Hill West, behind two goals by Luan Maria and a score by Trevor Sharpe, jumped on top in the first half and held on to defeat visiting Bishop Eustace, 3-2.
Greg Biggiani, Eric Cutry and Kyle Franks supplied the scoring for host Shawnee, which blanked Camden Catholic, 3-0.
Jay Casey’s two goals and two assists led Haddon Township’s balanced attack, as the Hawks took command early and coasted past visiting Overbrook, 7-0.
Mike Tini scored twice while Mike Evans and Jim O’Donnell each chipped in a goal and two assists, powering Audubon to a 5-0 home triumph over Woodrow Wilson.
Shannon Westhead deposited a pair of goals to highlight a late offensive explosion by Paul VI, which pulled away to a 4-1 Olympic Conference victory at Cherokee.
Sarah Hinkle notched the win with 10 saves, while Gina McCool kept the Chiefs close by rejecting 15 shots.
Senior captain Anna Dolhansky recorded a hat trick and sophomore Abiodun Fakolujo contributed two goals and an assist as host Triton trounced Sterling, 6-0.
Katie Bages added a goal and combined with Gabby Relos on the shutout, while Silver Knights keeper Rachel Hodge stopped 10 shots.
Lauren Whelan’s hat trick and a 13-save performance by Amber Glenning keyed Cumberland’s 4-1 win at Cherry Hill East.
Senior Elise DiDonato victimized the Cherry Hill West defense for a natural hat trick, with Moira Penza contributing a pair of assists, sending host Bishop Eustace to a 4-0 season-opening win over Olympic Conference rival Cherry Hill West.
Katie Cahill and Kelley Dickinson each scored twice to spark host Shawnee, which pumped in six first-half goals to rout Stuart Country Day, 8-1.