Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week: Jackson Liberty
Every week this fall during the regular season, Jersey Mike’s and Shore Sports Network will be selecting a Team of the Week based on its performance over the past weekend.
The Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week for Week Eight is Jackson Liberty, which defeated previously-unbeaten Point Boro 25-22 in overtime to shake up the Class B South title race and keep its state playoff hopes alive. The Lions and head coach Jim Sharples were presented with a special game ball at practice on Tuesday by Jersey Mike's representative Jake Forrester, the owner of the Jersey Mikes Jackson at 2275 West County Line Road in Jackson. The players were also treated to free Jersey Mike’s subs.
After Point Boro rallied from deficits of 13-0 and 22-16 to force overtime, Jackson Liberty's defense stopped the Panthers on three consecutive downs to force a quick punt. The Lions then drove down the field, aided by a running into the punter penalty after they went three-and-out, to set up senior kicker Braden Yorke for a game-winning 37-yard field goal. Yorke had a huge game that also included a 30-yard field goal and two touchdown catches. He had a 70-yard reception to set up a 5-yard scoring catch from senior quarterback Ryan Van Wickle, and later hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass that put the Lions up 22-16. Van Wickle also threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Downer.
The Lions are currently the No. 8 seed in Central Jersey Group IV, and will make the playoffs if Hopewell Valley (6-2) defeats Northern Burlington (4-3) on Friday night. It would be the second playoff appearance in the program's eight-year history.
Jackson Liberty is the eighth recipient of the Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week award this season, which is selected by the Shore Sports Network staff.