Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week: Neptune
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.
Our inaugural winner for 2014 is Neptune, which went on the road and knocked off defending Class B North champion Ocean in a 30-27 thriller for a big win in the season opener. The Scarlet Fliers and head coach Rodney Taylor, who picked up his first career win in the victory over the Spartans, were presented with a special game ball at practice on Tuesday and the players were treated to free Jersey Mike's subs.
In the win over Ocean, senior running back Jaree Parrish had 156 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the win, and senior quarterback Ralph McLean threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Isaiah Calhoun and also ran for a 10-yard touchdown.
"Beating Ocean was a big confidence-builder because going we had a lot of people banking on us losing, and a lot of people were doubting us,'' McLean said. "It showed that you can't sleep on us and that we will stay strong for four quarters."
The defense came up with three big turnovers in the fourth quarter to stall Ocean's comeback attempt, as senior safety Savior King recovered a fumble caused by teammate O'Shane Curate at Neptune's 9-yard line, cornerback Zaire Alston had a drive-killing interception, and senior linebacker Diondre Dunn picked off a pass with 1:27 left in the game to seal the win.