Offensive Explosion Hits the Shore
Points, points and more points! That was the story of week 4 in the Shore Conference.
With a full moon and perfect weather on Friday night and an equally beautiful Saturday afternoon, many teams had offensive displays that would make defensive legends, like Bob Fiocco and George Conti, come out of retirement and teach some defense! With Athletic Directors having to replace light bulbs in their bursting scoreboards this week, let’s look at what happen on the offensive side of the ball:
Brick Memorial- 52 pts.
RBC- 49 pts.
Central Reg.- 47 pts.
Neptune- 46 pts.
Shore- 45 pts.
Lacey, TRN, Keyport, Keansburg, Point Beach all with 42 pts.
SJV and Holmdel with 39 pts.
Long Branch- 38 pts.
Manalapan, Manasquan and Colts Neck with 35 pts.
Middletown South and Ocean - 31 pts.
Quite a display of offense. Did the defensive coordinators get to have practice last week? One would wonder, with the numbers some teams put up. Of course some of the above did not score enough to win. Mid. South and Manasquan got beat, despite their offensive production.
What does this say and what do I make of it? There are so many tremendous athletes in the Shore this year with outstanding skills, then throw in the excellent coaching they receive and you get TDs in bundles, and that produces points. The spread offense has given these kids the opportunities to showcase their natural abilities. Just like any other level of the game, High School kids are bigger, stronger and faster than ever before, so don't expect this kind of production to decrease. Well, maybe an early fall snowstorm one of these weekends, may do it.
Asbury Park(2-1) beats previously unbeaten Point Boro(3-1) 24-14. Had a chance to see this one and came away impressed with the home run ability of Bishops. If it wasn't for many penalties, they would have had a few more scores. By the way, what a complex at Asbury. The new turf field looked great and the concrete base bleachers produce a great place to watch a game. Congrats to the entire town for making it happen.
Jax Liberty (3-1), knocked from unbeaten ranks by Barnegat( 2-2) in 2 OT. 14-13
How about SJV (2-2)comeback win over Manasquan. Squan(1-3) led it 35-6 at the half and the Lancers came from way back to win it 39-35.
Another victory for Holmdel(3-1) who have only given up 34 pts. In 4 games.
Point Beach(4-0) continues to roll along. Big one this week at home vs. Asbury Park.
Shore Reg. made it 3 in a row with a big 45-7 win over South River. Shore and Beach on a collision course latter in season and perhaps again in CJ Group 1.
Brick Memorial--average points per game--39.2
Neptune--average points per game on defense--9.2
Something has to give as these 2 meet Friday night at Memorial in a game we, at the Shore Sports Network, will broadcast on 105.7 The Hawk at 7 p.m.
Top Ten- Week 5
1- RBC- 4-0 Easy 49-14 win over 0-4 Raritan. Mark Oct. 26th on calendar. A game with Mid. South.
2- Neptune- 4-0 Took apart a good Matawan team, 46-10, as Agee Patterson threw for 4TDs and had 428 yds. passing--all in 1st half. Great non-divisional game at undefeated Brick Memorial this week.
3- Manalapan- 4-0. Of all top teams, they had the most trouble winning, but it was against another top ten team, Mid. South, 35-31. Bye week coming, time to scout CJ Group 5 possibilities.
4- Lace- 4-0 Another strange game for Lions. Struggle in 1st half and win going away in 2nd half. They can't keep getting away with that. Huge games ahead. Southern in 2weeks, Brick Mem. on Nov. 2nd.
5- Brick Memorial- 4-0 A big 52-28 victory over TR East as QB Ryan Cieplinski threw for 4 and ran 2 in. Mike Basile only scored twice, as the Stangs rang up close to 500 yds. on offense.
6- Runson - 4-0 Hard fought 9-3 win over Red Bank. Also on bye this, time to scout.
7- Middletown South- 2-1 Must keep Eagles in top ten even though went down to Manalapan, 35-31. Get Squan this week and RBC on Oct. 26th.
8- TR North- 3-1. Carmine Scalfani, Joey Fields and Kyle Carrington lead the Mariners in 42-10 win vs. Jackson. Bye week to heal minor ills and then get Brick Memorial at hone in 2 weeks.
9- Southern- 3-1. A little struggle vs. winless Brick, but a 19-7 win is a win. Dan Higgins threw 3TDs in win.
10- Long Branch 3-1. A nice rebound win at Wall.
Just outside looking in: Point Beach-4-0, Colts Neck-4-0, Matawan-3-1, Shore-3-1
Join us Thursday night at the Water Street Grill for our HS Sports talk show. Joining us this week live on site will be Brick Memorials Head Coach Walt Currie. Also on site will be former Wall HS Head Coach Chris Barnes, speaking about life after football.