Videos and statistics by Ryne Olsen - Shore Sports Network contributor

Barnegat took a crucial step toward its second straight Class B South title and clinched a spot in the state playoffs for the fifth straight year thanks to a strong game by senior quarterback Cinjun Erskine, who ran for a pair of touchdowns and also caught his first career touchdown to power a 24-22 win over visiting Lakewood on Friday night.

A trick play pass from junior running back Paul Wickwire back to Erskine for a touchdown in the third quarter gave the Bengals (6-1, 5-1) a 24-14 lead and they held on to knock off the Piners (4-3, 4-2) for a big divisional win. Barnegat can now claim no worse than a tie for the Class B South crown by beating Pinelands on Thanksgiving.

Erskine also had a pair of 6-yard touchdown runs in the victory, and Connor Lustenberger kicked a 20-yard field goal.

Senior quarterback Chapelle Cook ran for a 3-yard touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to senior tight end Datrell Reed, and junior Amir Tyler added a 3-yard touchdown run in the loss for Lakewood.

Box score

Barnegat 24, Lakewood 22

.                  Barnegat Lakewood

First Downs:        9          13

Rushes/Yards: 24-114     34-144

Passing/Yards: 5/8-81    6/12-80

Penalties:            4-45        5-35

Interceptions:         0            1

Fumbles/Lost:        3-2        3-2

Lakewood (4-3, 4-2) – 6 8 0 8 - 22

Barnegat (6-1, 5-1) – 10 7 7 0 - 24

Scoring Summary:

L: Cook 3-yard run (run failed)

B: Lustenberger 20-yard field goal

B: Erskine 6-yard run (Lustenberger kick)

B: Erskine 6-yard run (Lustenberger kick)

L: Tyler 3-yard run (Taylor run)

B: Erskine 25-yard pass from Wickwire (Lustenberger kick)

L: Reed 9-yard pass from Cook (Palmer from Cook)

Individual Statistics:

Rushing: B: Erskine 16-72, McGuinness 6-24, Wickwire 2-18 L: Tyler 13-77, Cook 9-35, Cobbs 7-14, Palmer 1-13, Segui 4-5

Passing: B: Erskine 4/7-56-0-0, Wickwire 1/1-25-1-0. L: Cook 3/7-48-1-1, Tyler 3/5-32-0-0

Receiving: B: Erskine 1-25, Wickwire 1-23, J. Bowen 2-20, Gerena 1-13. L: Reed 4-56, Terry 1-15, Palmer 1-9.



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