Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week: Raritan
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 One is Raritan, which exorcised years of demons at Vic Kubu Warrior Field by besting Manasquan 26-14 for its first win at Manasquan in program history. The Rockets and head coach Anthony Petruzzi were presented with a special game ball at practice by Shore Sports Network's Steve Meyer and Jersey Mike's NJ/NE Area Director Chad Tirpack, a former standout quarterback/defensive back at Wall, on Tuesday. The players were also treated to free Jersey Mike's subs.
Senior running back Derek Ernst ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way and help the Rockets start off 1-0 with a historic win. Junior quarterback Marc Carnivale threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Mason Sheehan and junior defensive tackle Paul Bavaro returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown after junior defensive tackle Matt Thompson knocked the ball free.
"No matter how much the coaching staff stayed away from talking about (having never won at Manasquan) there was always some one talking about it," Petruzzi said. "I'm proud of the effort the kids showed and very proud how they handled it."
The Rockets are the first recipient of the Jersey Mike's Team of the Week this season, which is selected by the Shore Sports Network staff.