Freehold’s Ashante Worthy Breaks Shore Conference Single-Game Rushing Yards and Touchdowns Record in Historic Playoff Win
Freehold travled to Pennsauken on Saturday trying to reach an NJSIAA sectional semifinal for the first time in six years. By the time the Colonials started their drive back to Monmouth County, junior quarterback Ashante Worthy had torn the record book to shreds.
Worthy produced a historic effort to rush for a Shore Conference single-game record 465 yards and eight touchdowns on 43 carries while also throwing for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns to set the single-game touchdown record with 10. His otherworldly performance carried the Colonials (6-4) to a 69-56 win over Pennsauken in the Central Jersey Group IV quarterfinals in the highest scoring playoff game in New Jersey history. His 465 yards broke the previous record of 425 set by Manalapan's John Siezckowski in a 2011 game versus Howell.
Worthy scored on touchdown runs of 10, 14, 1, 53, 15, 30, 24 and 53 while throwing a 14-yard touchdown to Ahlonte Hair and a 46-yard touchdown to Markee Gill. He had four touchdowns in the first quarter and seven by halftime.
Freehold needed every bit of Worthy's record-setting numbers because Pennsauken running back Marvin Booker had a ridiculous game of his own with 376 yards and eight touchdowns. The Indians (5-4) cut Freehold's lead to 49-44 in the third quarter before Worthy scored his eighth, ninth and 10th touchdowns to put the game away.
Freehold started the season 0-4 but its season turned around when Worthy moved from running back to quarterback after three games. During the Colonials' six-game winning streak he has 36 total touchdowns. For the season Worthy has rushed for 1,881 yards and 28 touchdowns and thrown for 732 yards and eight touchdowns. He has 3,334 rushing yards for his career.
At his unconscious pace Worthy also had a chance to break the Shore Conference single-season record for total touchdowns of 44 set by Mater Dei Prep quarterback Christian Palmer in 2014.
Worthy and the Colonials will try to keep their amazing run going when they travel to face top-seeded Brick in the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals on Friday night.
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