Jersey Mike’s Football Team of the Week: Asbury Park
Every week this fall, Jersey Mike’s and Shore Sports Network will be selecting a Team of the Week based on its performance over the past weekend.
The Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week for Week 9 is Asbury Park, which shut out Woodbury, 27-0, to pull the upset in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 1 playoffs. Shore Sports Network was at practice Tuesday to present the Blue Bishops and head coach Tim Fosque with a special game ball and a $500 Jersey Mike’s gift card.
As the No. 6 seed in the bracket, Asbury Park had to make the 79-mile trip to South Jersey to take on a Thundering Herd team that entered with a 5-2 record. The long bus ride didn’t faze the Bishops as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by senior running back Quadir Lawson and an 8-yard touchdown run plus a successful 2-point conversion by sophomore running back Junior Haughton. The lead grew to 20-0 in the third quarter when Lawson scored on another 5-yard run and Haughton capped the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Asbury Park is one of just three No. 6 seeds statewide to win a first-round game and advance to the sectional semifinals.
The Blue Bishops’ running game was dominant behind a physical offensive line and rushed for 334 yards on 51 attempts. Haughton led the way with 31 carries for 165 yards and Lawson ran for 135 yards on 17 carries. Devan Martin added 28 yards rushing on just two carries.
Lawson led the defense with five tackles, one sack and a forced fumble as Asbury Park recorded its first shutout of the season. Alexander Peavy also recorded five tackles while Basean Fraser pulled down his fifth interception of the season. God Allah had a sack and Naiheem Crooms had a fumble recovery.
Haughton leads the Bishops with 804 yards rushing and five touchdowns while Lawson has 387 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Haughton is also the team’s leading tackler with 41 tackles plus two sacks. Lawson and Jarrett Chathuant are tied for the team lead in sacks with three and Fraser’s five interceptions are tied for second in the Shore Conference.
Asbury Park will have to make another long trip deep into South Jersey on Saturday when it takes on second-seeded Paulsboro in the semifinals. The Red Raiders are 7-2 and are coming off a 47-7 win over Maple Shade in the quarterfinals.