Point Boro Stuns Lakewood With Late TD to Clinch Share of Class B South Title
POINT PLEASANT -- Senior quarterback Noah Husak scored on a 3-yard run with 50 seconds left in regulation to tie the score, and senior Colin Ansbach delivered the extra point to give Point Boro a thrilling 14-13 Shore Conference Class B South victory over Lakewood on Saturday afternoon.
The win gave the Panthers (8-1, 6-1) a share of the division title with Lakewood. It is Point Boro's first division title since 2008 and Lakewood's first since 2000.
A 32-yard halfback pass from senior running back Gene Franceschini to junior wide receiver Hayden Frey helped set up the game-winning score, as did a controversial pass interference call against Lakewood that moved the ball to the Piners’ 16-yard line. After the Panthers took the lead, Franceschini intercepted Lakewood quarterback Zyhier Jones to seal the victory.
Lakewood had taken a 13-7 in the third quarter when sophomore defensive lineman Josh Lezin jarred the ball loose with a big hit on Husak and Jaqel Hunter picked it up and raced 65 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was low and blocked by Franceschini, which would prove to be a big moment in the game.
Lakewood took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by senior Amir Tyler, who extended the drive with a 21-yard catch on fourth down. Point Boro answered in the second quarter when Husak got free for a 33-yard touchdown run.
Point Boro’s defense held Tyler to 40 yards rushing and 21 receiving. He entered the game with 885 yard rushing and 16 touchdowns, averaging 11.2 yards per carry.