MANASQUAN - A shutdown defense and senior tailback James McAlary, who exploded for a career-high 224 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, led Manasquan to its third straight win with a 14-7 nondivisional victory over Ocean in the mud at Vic Kubu Warrior Field on Thursday afternoon.

James "Bubba" McAlary had a career day for Manasquan with 224 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns in a win over Ocean. (Photo by Scott Stump)

McAlary's second touchdown run, a 50-yarder with 2:39 left in the game, gave the Warriors a 14-0 lead before a 35-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Pickett to Quadratullah Qadiri with 28 seconds remaining for Ocean (1-2) halved the lead. Senior linebacker Tanner Cowley then recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the win for the Warriors (3-1). After giving up 41 points in a season-opening loss to Raritan, Manasquan's defense has now allowed a combined 13 points in its last three games.

Junior tailback Tyler Thompson had 110 yards rushing in the loss for Ocean.

Check out some of the top plays here:

McAlary gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead with 8:54 left in the first half with this run.

McAlary then all but put the game away with another great run.

Manasquan's defense came up with big stops all day, like this interception by Thomas Meyer and a drive-killing sack by Matt Paturzo.


Ocean senior safety Frank Henry had a big game in defeat with 12 tackles, including this sack and tackle for loss.