Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week: Brick Memorial
Every week this fall, Jersey Mike’s and Shore Sports Network will be selecting a Team of the Week based on its performance over the past weekend.
The Team of the Week for Week Two is Brick Memorial, which lit up the scoreboard in a 52-20 victory over formerly third-ranked Toms River North for a crucial Class A South victory that evened their record at 1-1. The Mustangs and head coach Walt Currie were presented with a special game ball at practice by Shore Sports Network’s Steve Meyer and Bob Badders and Jersey Mike’s representative Mika Langan on Tuesday. The players were also treated to free Jersey Mike’s subs.
Senior quarterback Tim Santiago ran for a Brick Memorial single-game rushing record 320 yards along with five total touchdowns as part of a 526-yard rushing outburst by the Mustangs. Santiago had rushing touchdowns of 28, 46, 52 and 7, and also threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Eli Lavarin. Sophomore fullback Tony Thorpe ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns and Lavarin added 102 yards rushing on just four carries. Senior Matt Cuppari also kicked a career-long 47-yard field goal.
"It was a formidable task to prepare for a very good Toms River North team with a very good coaching staff," Currie said. "We knew we had our work cut out for us, especially coming off a loss and playing the No. 3 team in the Shore, but the kids responded. From scout-teamers all the way up they practiced their tails off to get ready for that game."
"But still, nobody could have foreseen the outcome of that game," Currie added. "It was just really a funding of Tim playing a really, really great game."
Santiago broke the previous record of 307 yards set by current Mustangs assistant Brian Staub in a 2007 game versus Jackson Memorial. He did it all on 19 carries to average 16.8 yards per rush.
"I'll never forget the Staub game and I certainly won't forget this one," Currie said. "It was a great night and a team effort on offense, defense and special teams, but Tim really had a special night. It's one he'll never forget and we won't either."
The Mustangs are the second recipient of the Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week this season, which is selected by the Shore Sports Network staff.
Watch: Brick Memorial is presented as the Jersey Mike's Team of the Week