By Brian Deakyne
RED BANK — Six days removed from a 47-0 beat down of Red Bank Regional, the Caseys will be back at it tonight against Manasquan at Count Basie Field.
The game, which features two playoff teams from a year ago, is Red Bank Catholic’s first A-Central division game of the season.
Red Bank Catholic is hoping to open the season with a second straight win after beating the Bucs last week, while Manasquan lost to Long Branch, 18-13, in its opener last Saturday.
The Caseys got touchdowns from four different players and ran for 192 yards as a team, en route to their blowout win against the cross-town rival Bucs.
“We got off to a good start. Overall, we were happy,” Red Bank Catholic head coach Jim Portela said. “We started a lot of young kids on offense and it was a good start.”
Junior running back Larry Redaelli started the game for RBC, but left in the first quarter with a right ankle injury. His back up, sophomore Michael Cordova filled in nicely. Cordova led the way on the ground for the Caseys, carrying the ball 12 times for 103 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
“Our offensive line was opening big holes and I’ve just got to run through them,” Cordova said.
It was just its first game of the regular season, but Red Bank Catholic displayed an impressive ground game, much like a year ago.
“We ran the ball well, but we’ve got some things to work on,” Portela said.
Junior quarterback Patrick Toomey ran the Caseys offense well in their week-one victory. He went 4-6 passing for 76 yards and tossed two touchdown passes. He hurled touchdown passes of 16 and 41 yards and ran the ball one time for 20 yards.
Defensively, Red Bank Catholic put in a good outing. Their starting defense held Red Bank Regional, who entered the game with high hopes of pulling off a season-opening upset, to negative yardage through the first three quarters.
Like they will face all season, the Caseys knew Red Bank Regional was going to enter last week high on energy as they tried to knock off arguably the Shore Conference’s best team.
RBC was up to the challenge last week, and they will have to be again tonight.
“We knew we were going to get their best,” Portela said of Red Bank. “It was opening day, so it was going to be a slugfest anyway, everyone’s a champion on opening day.”
Opening kickoff for tonight’s game is 7 p.m. It is Red Bank Catholic’s first game against Manasquan since 2005.