Football – No. 7 Long Branch Out-duels Wall in Class B North Battle
In a battle of Shore Conference Class B North rivals, No. 7 Long Branch found a way to hold off a tough Wall Township team to remain undefeated on Friday night with a 21-14 win.
Sophomore running back Jermaine Corbett ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and senior quarterback Marc Dennis ran for 130 yards on 15 carries and also threw a touchdown pass to senior tight end Kaymar Mimes. Corbett also had a key interception late in the fourth quarter as Long Branch improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2009.
The Crimson Knights and Green Wave both did their homework heading into Friday night's matchup where tight defense on both sides was the reason the score wasn't higher than it was before Long Branch went into victory formation.
"We hung tough, I think we...each unit bailed each other out," Dan George, Long Branch head football coach said following the game. "We struggled offensively to finish drives but defensively we came up with a couple big plays."
Missed field goals and some drive killing penalties on both sides throughout the night prevented further scoring as well, but it was more so the defensive schemes and the preparedness of both defensive coordinators trying to predict what the playmakers on the other end were going to do next.
"We came into a hostile environment, Wall is one of the hardest places to play in the state of New Jersey," George said. "I'm just really proud of this group."
The combo Dennis and Jermaine Corbett proved to be too much in the end for Wall's defense.
"Marc Dennis is a tremendous athlete whose played all over the field for us," George said. "His calling was at quarterback tonight and he delivered."
Senior Chevesse Covin ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on seven carries to lead Wall, while senior quarterback Eddie Scott caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Dylan Richey.
With the Green Wave improving to 3-0, George says the win over Wall was especially important in a tough B North division as they fight for postseason life.
"It's critical," said George. "That's a 3-0 team over there, they've got a couple of really good wins on their schedule and we came in here on a short week and did what we needed to do. I'm proud of my guys."
George also credits the Wall coaching staff who he says didn't make things easy against them in this game and really made them earn it.
"It's one of the best coached teams I've faced in a long time," George said. "I thought they were so prepared, their kids played really hard and that's a tribute to their coaches."
Here are the game highlights from Friday nights gridiron action in Wall Township:
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