Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week: Freehold
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 Freehold, which defeated Long Branch, 27-20, in a thrilling game that came down to the final seconds. Shore Sports Network was at practice Tuesday evening to present the Colonials and head coach Dave Ellis with a special game ball and a $500 Jersey Mike’s gift card.
Senior quarterback Ashante Worthy threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Matt Krauss with 1:42 left, and Freehold's defense stopped Long Branch at the 6-yard line on the final play of the game to improve to 6-3 and lock up the eighth and final seed in the Central Jersey Group IV playoffs.
Long Branch tied the score at 20 with 7:35 left in regulation when senior tight end Kaymar Mimes caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Juwan Wilkins. Freehold then marched 80 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, taking 5:53 off the clock in the process.
Worthy was awesome yet again in combining for a ridiculous 503 yards and three touchdowns. He threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 252 yards and a touchdown on a whopping 50 carries. Quincy Davis had a 12-yard touchdown catch, Worthy scored on a three-yard run and Jake Hurler kicked field goals of 34 and 22 yards while also going 3-for-3 on extra points.
Senior linebacker Yahson Calhoun had a big game on defense with two sacks, a fumble recovery and a tackle for a loss, and Matt DaSilva came up with a clutch interception in the end zone.
Worthy now has 44 combined touchdowns this season to tie the Shore Conference single-season record held by Mater Dei Prep quarterback Christian Palmer and Toms River North quarterback Mike Husni. He has 2,039 yards rushing, which is second in the Shore and second in the state, and 1,632 yards passing, which is second in the Shore and top 20 in the state. His 3,671 combined yards are also believed to be a Shore Conference single-season record.
Freehold moved up three spots to No. 7 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10.
The Colonials have to go on the road to face top-seeded Nottingham (8-1) in the first round of the playoffs but look to be as dangerous as any team in the bracket. The Colonials reached the semifinals last season and are trying to win their first sectional title since 2010.