Panthers and Gulls work together in All-Shore Gridiron Classic

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Point Boro Joe Hynes looks to set a block in last Thursday's All-Shore Gridiron Classic. Both Boro and Beach were well represented on the Ocean County team. STEVE WEXLER

POINT BEACH — Point Boro and Point Beach football were well represented in last Thursday’s 40th Annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Shore Regional High School.

Playing on the Ocean County team were Point Boro’s Aidan Connolly, Joe Hynes, Hayden Frey, Justin Rafi and Point Beach’s Cade Watkins and Cody Liguori.

“It was an amazing feeling being able to put the pads on one last time,” said Rafi, who started and rotated at fullback.

The game provided many players the opportunity to play football one final time and even though Ocean County took a 17-8 loss to the Monmouth County squad, it was more than just a matter of winning or losing.

“It was amazing getting one last chance to represent Point Beach,” stated Liguori. “After the end of the season I thought I would never have another chance to play as a Beach football player and play football in general.”

The game saw Monmouth County go up early with a touchdown and extra point in the first quarter and a field goal in the second. The 10-0 halftime lead held steady through a scoreless third quarter before Monmouth County extended its lead in the fourth.

A 2-point conversion pass from Costanza to Mike Bickford pulled the score to 17-8 and the final minutes ticked off without another score.

Frey ended up with 3 receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown.

While the game brought together many different players from many different teams, it was the unifying of Beach and Boro players that stood out. Normally in opposite stands or facing each other on the court, mat or field, it was different to be wearing the same uniform.

“I never thought I would play on the same team as them,” said Liguori.

For more on this story, read The Ocean Star—on newsstands Friday or online in our e-Edition.