Friday, Sept. 3
Brick Township 21 Toms River South 14
The Dragons defense sealed the win with less than 30 seconds left, stopping all facets of the Toms River South offense for the season-opening victory Friday night.
Taking the one-score lead late in the fourth, it was all on the tried Dragons defense to stop South. Tackles in the backfield and a pair of South penalties put the Indians 22-yards behind the line of scrimmage before Vin Caldarise dragged South’s Wyatt Sternberg to the ground for the win.
Before the game-clinching stop, the Dragons defense handed its offense the ball with seven minutes to play. The lengthy drive ended with a pile-fueled, six-yard push that placed Mikey Schleifer in the end zone for the game-winning score with 50 seconds on the clock. Brick topped off the touchdown with a two-point conversion from Tyler Weisneck, 21-14.
Weisneck brought the Dragons within one earlier in the fourth quarter on another exhausting, eight-minute drive, while Riley Bell fueled the Dragons jaunt before Weisneck picked up his blocks for the 20-yard score.
Justin Kurc also scored for Brick, early in the first, for the initial lead on a 32-yard sprint.
Brick moves to 1-0 on the year and will play its first division game on Friday, Sept. 10, at Lacey with a 6:30 p.m. kick off.
Final: Brick Township 21 Toms River South 14— Larissa Forese (@larissaforese) September 4, 2021
The Dragons dominate the 4Q for the win thanks to touchdowns from Tyler Weisneck and Mike Schleifer. Along with strong defensive stops. @BTHS_SPORTS @BrickHSFootball pic.twitter.com/FwY2xHXwbO
Thursday, Sept. 2
Point Boro 34 Shore Regional 20
Senior quarterback Charlie Vitale led the Panthers with four rushing touchdowns on the night, a game-high, including a 71-yard dash in the second quarter for the 14-0 lead. The Panthers went into the break up 14-6 and continued to find success for the remainder of the division matchup.
Connor Cilento broke away for a 62-yard score to open the fourth, while Vitale’s additional touchdowns were of four, eight and 11 yards.
Matt Oliphant finished with two, two-point conversions on the night and the Panthers defense held the Blue Devils quarterback Jamie Mazzacco to two short scores.
Boro moves to 1-0 on the season, and in the division, and will head to Jackson Liberty next Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
Brick Memorial 32 Howell 27
Brick Memorial held on for the first win of the season in back-and-forth battle with Howell. The Mustangs were led by sophomore quarterback Connor Dietz, who finished with four total touchdowns in the victory, three rushing and one passing.
Howell tied the game at the half, but a Jake Larocca kick return for a touchdown gave Memorial back the lead. Ahead 32-27 in the final minutes, a Howell pick-six was called off after a block in the back. The Rebels ran to the Mustangs 3-yard line in the fleeting seconds, but an interception from Memorial’s Jeremiah Crispin clinched the season-opening win.
Memorial moves to 1-0 on the season and inside the Independence division. The Mustangs have a bye the following week but will play at Toms River South on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Jackson Liberty 13 Point Beach 0
Point Beach football fell to Jackson Liberty on the road in the season opener 13-0. The Garnet Gulls fall to 0-1 on the season and have their first division matchup in their home opener against the Lakewood Piners on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.