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Cattouse record highlights a Keyport victory

first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Keyport’s Kevin Spears makes a tough catch despite the efforts of Freehold’s Ron Pekarchik during Saturday’s game in Freehold. At left, Ken Cattouse rumbles for some yardage en route to becoming the state’s all-time leading rusher. Keyport High School’s football team traveled to Freehold Borough Saturday with two goals in mind — remaining undefeated and taking over sole possession of first place in the National Division, and getting running back Ken Cattouse the state career rushing record. Missions accomplished. The Red Raiders were up to both tasks, beating the Colonials, 30-0, and paving the way for Cattouse to get the 105 yards he needed to pass South River’s Zack Earvin (5,442 yards) and become the No. 1 career rusher in state history. It was a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter that put Cattouse over the top. “I’m glad I got it out of the way,” said Cattouse. “It’s a credit to my teammates. The line just kept blocking for me all day. They told me they would get the record for me today. “It’s a great feeling,” he added. “It’s a big accomplishment for me and my family.” It wasn’t easy for Cattouse against a pumped-up Freehold Borough defense that made him earn every yard. The Red Raider senior was held to just 35 yards in the first half, and it looked as if the record just might have to wait for another week. “I was trying too hard at first,” Cattouse said. “I was shaking too much, making too many moves. I wasn’t following my blockers and exploding.” One of those blockers is his best friend, receiver J.J. Bedle. “He’s one of my best friends and a great blocker,” he remarked. In the second half, Cattouse settled back to being a power runner, following his blockers and picking up seven, seven and eight yards at a crack. Soon, the yards piled up and in the fourth quarter, history. “I’m speechless,” Cattouse said after the game about being the new state record holder. ” I’ve had good support from my family, team and the town. I’ve earned it. I’ve worked hard.” On the day that Cattouse brought the state record to Keyport, special teams made all the difference in this National Division showdown, from Bedle returning the opening kick-off 95 yards for a touchdown, to Sahabi Singh blocking three punts. Singh’s extraordinary day put the Red Raiders in scoring position all day. “It was one of those days,” said Singh. “I go out to prove myself every game. I was happy I could do it.” The long-armed 6-2 Singh set the Red Raiders up for their second score of the day when he powered his way through the Colonials’ line to block Chris Coulson’s punt cleanly and recovered the ball on the Colonial 26. Six running plays later, split between Cattouse and Daquan Cross, the Raiders were on the scoreboard again as Cattouse took it in from the one. Pete Czech’s PAT made it 14-0 with 6:42 left in the first half. It looked like a rout was on. The Red Raiders had hit the Colonials with a pair of haymakers (Bedle’s kick-off return and Singh’s block), but the Freehold Borough defense would defy the odds and keep the Colonials in the game. James Jadacki, Islam Khallaf and Danny Matthews and Josh Mitchell gutted it out all day. The game remained 14-0 into the third quarter when Singh again blocked another punt and the Red Raiders were on the Colonial 39. Cattouse’s 24-yard touchdown polished off the short drive, and it was 21-0. The score grew to 23-0 on a safety when the ball was snapped over the head of Coulson, who was punting from his own end zone, and out of the end zone. Keyport would get the ball back after the kick-off on the Colonial 49-yard line. Four plays later, Bedle, reversing field and out-racing the Colonials’ secondary, took it 28 yards for the touchdown just before the third quarter expired. It was now 30-0, and it was time to go for the rushing record. The Raiders would get that too, as Cattouse picked up 115 yards for the day on 29 carries to bring his career total to 5,452 yards. The Red Raiders are now a perfect 6-0 heading into Saturday’s game at home against Mater Dei (2-3). The Serpahs are coming off a 20-13 win over Monsignor Donovan., in a game where Mater Dei benefitted from a pair of big plays to hold off the winless Griffins. Donovan gave a good effort to come back in the end, but the Seraph defense stood its ground, preserving the win. Mater Dei will need to play it best game in years to knock off the Red Raiders this week. Kick-off is 1:30 p.m. The top-ranked Middletown South Eagles cruised past Manchester, 39-0 on Friday to get to 5-0 on the year. The Eagles, playing without suspended QB Dan Johnson, found a solid replacement in Dan Stivala, while Knowshon Moreno added two more TDs to his season total, to pace the attack. South will look to get to 6-0 on Saturday when they travel to Tinton Falls to take on the winless Monmouth Falcons. Game time is 1 p.m. The Matawan Huskies kept pace with the Eagles by knocking off upset-minded Point Boro 35-25. Matawan jumped out to an early lead by scoring on its first five possessions, then held on to earn its sixth win of the year. Next up is Manchester on Nov. 1. The Raritan Rockets used their bye week to prepare for No. 6 Wall Township. Raritan has had this game circled on its schedule since the beginning of the season, and can add to its already impressive resume with a win. Game time is 7 p.m. in Hazlet on Friday. The Middletown North Lions fell to 2-4 with a 19-7 loss to Ocean Township on Friday. Head coach John Oxley’s Lions will look to get back on the winning track on Friday when they host Central Regional. Game time is 7 p.m. The Holmdel Hornets fell to Red Bank Regional, 48-7, on Saturday, and have two weeks to prepare for Long Branch on Nov. 1 The St. John Vianney Lancers were no match for the Red Bank Catholic Caseys, dropping a 42-6 contest on Friday night in Red Bank. SJV has its work cut out for it this week as well as Manasquan comes to Holmdel on Friday for a 7 p.m. kick-off. Red Raiders remain undefeated with 30-0 win at Freehold Borough last_img

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