- Friday, Oct. 8
Point Boro 41 Barnegat 0
Point Boro football crowned themselves Patriot division champions with a 41-0 rout of Barnegat Friday night. The Panthers cruised in the dominating performance behind a five-touchdown night from sophomore Jake Croce.
Croce picked up four of his game-high five touchdowns in the first quarter, three of them coming on the ground, while the sophomore rushed for north of 200 yards in the win. He opened the game with a 59-yard scoring dash and followed with two more rushing touchdowns of 44 and 16 yards. Croce was also targeted by senior quarterback Charlie Vitale on a 38-yard touchdown pass.
Carrying the 27-0 lead in to the second half, the Panthers added to their total with a Connor Cilento touchdown on a 34-yard run in third quarter and another 63-yard touchdown run from Croce with nine minutes to play.
Point Boro shuts out Barnegat 41-0 and wins the Patriot division with a 5-0 record.— Larissa Forese (@larissaforese) October 9, 2021
The Panthers win their first division title since the 2017 season. @PPHS_Athletics @PtBoroFootball pic.twitter.com/vvBUCrJCKl
The victory over the Bengals puts Boro at 5-0 on the year for the outright division crown. The title is also the first for the program under head coach Brian Staub.
Boro will play at Monmouth Regional to finish out the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m.
Brick Township vs Middletown North
The Dragons struggled to get things going on Friday night, dropping their matchup against Middletown North, 22-8.
The Lions scored on their opening possession before Brick responded with its lone touchdown of the game, a 5-yard score from AJ Grygiel with Tyler Weisneck tacking on a 2-point conversion attempt.
Midd. North took some momentum into the halftime break with a touchdown pass from Tommy Giannone to Levi Wilson with just seconds remaining on the clock to make it 14-8.
The Lions tacked on a rushing touchdown in the second half to grab a 22-8 lead and stopped the Dragons on 4th-down attempts in the red zone on two occasions late to seal the victory. The loss removed Brick from division title contention.
Brick drops to 4-2 on the season and will play Neptune in its next game this Saturday on the road.
Lacey 28 Brick Memorial 21
Brick Memorial dropped its fourth-straight game at home Friday night, after being shut out in the second half by the Lions.
Connor Dietz led Memorial in the first half on all scoring plays but the Mustangs couldn’t stop the momentum shifting to Lacey after two unanswered touchdowns in the second.
The Mustangs fall to 1-4 on the year and will host Marlboro next Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9
Monmouth Regional 38 Point Beach 0
The Garnet Gulls fell 38-0 on the road to Monmouth Regional for the fourth loss on the season.
The Gulls drop to 1-5 on the year with their next game being at home against Barnegat on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.