The Block GameDay Countdown takes us to Ocean Township on Friday night where the undefeated Spartans host Middletown North in a non-division matchup. Ocean (6-0, No. 6 in the SSN Top 10) has clinched at least a share of the Freedom Division title thanks largely to an offense that averages over 32 points per game. The visiting Lions (3-2) are coming off a disappointing loss to Long Branch but will try to get back on the winning side heading into their big showdown with Toms River North next week for the Colonial Division title.

Ocean is led by senior quarterback Tyler Douglas, a Temple commit who has two top targets in seniors CJ Flannigan and Mateo Andrews, while the Lions feature senior Derek Soto (WR/DB), standout senior two-way lineman Jack Lopez, and senior defensive end/tight end Peter Dempsey.

The game is significant in terms of power points as teams start thinking about the playoffs since this is the next-to-last weekend of what we’ll call the regular season.  Ocean currently sits sixth in South Group 3 while Middletown North has dropped to 15th in North Group 4.

If you are heading to the game then look for the Shore Sports Network SUV and stop by to register to win a $100 “Block Box” of assorted 100% all-natural prime meat and more.  It’s all from The Butcher’s Block Butcher & Table in Long Branch which has taken the Shore by storm.  You can also pick up your copy of the Shore Sports Network 2022 Football Preview which is a great resource to have all season long.

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The Block Gameday Countdown Block Box Winner Effie Psomias fron Oakhurst. Congratulations

You can sign up through halftime and then between the 3rd & 4th quarters we will have the public address announcer read the name of one randomly selected person who will win the $100 “Black Box.” Also follow us on the Shore Sports Network Facebook page as I’ll provide a scene-setter for the game as well as updates throughout the evening.

At the conclusion of the game, we will present The Butcher’s Block MVP award.

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Ocean's QB Tyler Douglas gets the Block GameDay Countdown MVP


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