Handy’s Field Goal Puts Howell into South Group V Semifinals with Thrilling Win over Vineland
VINELAND — After three quarters he’d like to forget Howell’s Pat Handy got his chance at redemption, and with one swing of his left leg he turned it into a night he and his teammates will remember forever.
Handy’s 18-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in regulation gave the fourth-seeded Rebels a tremendous 29-27 victory over fourth-seeded Vineland in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group V playoffs on Friday night at Gittone Stadium. Handy had missed two extra points in the first half and also dropped a pass that would have surely went for a touchdown in the third quarter. He desperately hoped for a chance at redemption, and when he got it he delivered to send the Rebels into the semifinals in their first playoff win in seven years.
“That was huge,” Morales said. “Football is about changes in momentum and for us to come back there was big. I had faith in us. They scored, but so what? We had a whole half left.”
“We’ve done that all year,” Sinkhorn said. “We were down against Manalapan, down against Marlboro and came back. We responded again, and these guys have been doing that all year.”
Now Howell gets a second crack at top-seeded and top-ranked Toms River North. Atlantic City nearly stunned the seemingly-unstoppable Mariners in the first round. Howell and Toms River North met in the regular season with the Mariners winning 58-33.
“It’s going to be a fun game,” Morales said. “We played them the first time and I knew we would play with them. It didn’t look like a close game but we put up a fight. My team is ready.”
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