Each week during the high school football season Turning Point breakfast, brunch & lunch will partner with the Shore Sports Network on “The Turning Point of the Game.” One play or one moment from our Friday Night Game of the Week broadcast will be selected and the player or players involved will each receive a gift card from the Turning Point which has 12 restaurant locations in New Jersey including 6 in Monmouth & Ocean County.

This week’s “Turning Point of the Game”:

Late in the second quarter, Holmdel found themselves in Red Bank Regional territory down 7-0. After struggling on the offensive end for most of the first half, the Hornets were putting together a solid drive. Holmdel was set to receive the ball to open the second half, so any points going into halftime would have been ideal. On a 2nd and 6, the Hornets lined up in a tight formation, and sophomore QB Jared Battaglia pitched the ball to senior RB Tom Ammirati. The team had yet to attempt a pass in the game, and the pitch to Ammirati seemed to indicate another run play. Instead, Ammirati took a few steps to his right and set his feet before lofting a pass down the sideline to wide-open junior receiver Dylan Day. The entire Bucs defense was fooled by Holmdel’s play call as Day was able to easily trot into the endzone to make the score 7-6. An ensuing two-point conversion (which came after a roughing the kicker penalty on the PAT) gave the Hornets an 8-7 lead heading into halftime. Holmdel would win the game 22-14 and advance to the semifinals of their bracket. For their efforts, Ammirati and Day will each receive a gift card from Turning Point breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

Be sure and look every week for “The Turning Point of the Game.