BRICK — A disciplined defensive series in the final minutes of the game handed Brick Memorial its first rivalry victory over Brick Township, since 2012, in a 14-13 win on Saturday, Nov. 7.
The Mustangs were once again led by senior quarterback TJ McArthur, who rushed for a two-yard score for the 7-0 lead in the first and then found Akhi Barksdale for the 16-yard touchdown catch to go up 14-7 in the third.
Brick scored two-yard rush by Joaquin Ragland but a missed PAT, that connected with the right goalpost kept Memorial ahead 14-13.
On a driving Dragons offensive series in the final minutes, McArthur took down Ragland behind the line of scrimmage and forced a fourth-and-long. The Dragons’ pass was incomplete on the following down, giving the Mustangs back possession.
The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for Memorial.
Brick Township was selected to a pod including Lacey, Raritan and Central Regional for postseason play. The Dragons will head to the Central Regional Eagles on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.
Brick Memorial was placed into a postseason pod with Marlboro, Manalapan and Long Branch. Memorial will host Long Branch on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.
Point Boro 49 Lakewood 22
The Point Boro football picked up the first home win of the season in a 49-22 win over Lakewood on Friday, Nov. 6.
Connor Cilento led the Panthers with a career-high three touchdowns of 42, 17 and 33 yards, while Jake Croce added two and Nick Tuzzolino scored his first touchdown of the season. Joe Sabatino picked up a defensive touchdown in the victory on a 56-yard pick-six.
Kicker Matt Henry finished 7-for-7 on the night.
For postseason play, Boro was placed into a pod with Barnegat, Matawan and Asbury Park. The Panthers will head down to the Barnegat Bengals on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.
Manchester 21 Point Beach 10
The Point Beach football team fell to Manchester 21-10 at home on Friday, Nov. 6. The Garnet Gulls trailed at the half 7-3 and scored their lone touchdown in the fourth.
For postseason play, Point Beach was placed into a pod with Keansburg, Keyport, Lakewood, Pinelands and Monmouth Regional. Beach will head to Keansburg on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m.
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