Football Season Recap


Anna Mount, Writer

This season our Eagles, led by Jake Czwakiel, Colin Gallagher, and Donovan Summey, went 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the American Division to finish the regular season. The Eagles were 4-0 on the road and 2-1 at home.

To start the season, the Eagles were on the road against Long Branch. Gallagher scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half. The Eagles defeated Long Branch with a final score of 23-13.  

The second game of the season had the Eagles on the road against Manalapan. Manalapan struck first, holding a 7-0 lead all the way till the 4th quarter. The Eagles’ rally started with Czwakiel’s field goal, followed by Summey’s touchdown with just over three minutes left in the 4th. With under a minute left, Summey caught the game winning touchdown, and the Eagles came back to beat Manalapan 17-14. 

The Eagles’ first home game of the season was against Red Bank Catholic. Though the Eagles did not come out on top, junior Colin Gallagher led in tackles and sacks against the Caseys. The Eagles lost 35-0, their record becoming 2-1. 

The Eagles faced Wall at home for the fourth game of the season. The Eagles were led by junior quarterback Czwakiel, with 156 passing yards and 50 rushing yards, and junior Gallagher had a total of 12 tackles. The Eagles defeated Wall Township 24-6, making their record 3-1. 

Game five of the season the Eagles faced against Rumson-Fair Haven. Juniors Colin Gallagher and Summey each scored two touchdowns. The Eagles beat Rumson-Fair Haven 27-21, beating Rumson-Fair Haven for the first time since 2019. 

In the last regular season home game, the Eagles faced Matawan. The Eagles came out strong in the first half, scoring three touchdowns, leading Matawan 21-3. The second half held three touchdowns from the Eagles and one from Matawan. The Eagles defeated Matawan 41-10, increasing their record to 5-1.  

In the last regular season game, the Eagles faced Donovan Catholic. South opened the scoring, only to have Donovan Catholic score six just minutes later. That was the only scoring the Eagles would let go, during the 17-6 “upset” win. The win secured South the number 1 seed in this year’s playoffs. 

Playoffs started Friday, October 28th, 7 p.m. at home, and South will play North in the annual Thanksgiving Day Game on Thursday, November 24.

With reporting by Shawn Goode