JSI Week 2 Shore Conference Football Plays of the Week
Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Shore Sports Network’s top plays, highlighting the most dazzling and exciting moments from Shore Conference football action, brought to you by Jersey Shore Institute of Health and Wellness.
This week we take a look at the top clips from Week 2. We can’t be filming every game at once, so if you have a great clip on Hudl, YouTube, Vimeo or some other service where it can be embedded, or if you have the raw video file, feel free to email me a link at email@example.com or tweet it to me at @Bob_Badders.
We've got a boatload of highlight-reel plays so sit back and enjoy some of the best from Week 2.
Wasting no time
We'll start this week's edition of top plays with the player who needed only one play to find the end zone. Middletown North senior Matt Spencer returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown in the Lions' 14-10 win over Marlboro.
Another big game for Southern sophomore running back Jaiden Brown, who ran for 205 and two TDs, including this 64-yard score, in a 28-14 win over Howell. Southern hasn't had a playmaker like this since current Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki was terrorizing opposing secondaries.
Hicks to the House
Red Bank's David Hicks came through with a clutch special teams play in a 21-7 win over Manasquan by answering a Manasquan touchdown with an 82-yard kickoff return for a score.
Great Scott Pt. 2
After hauling in a 70-yard touchdown pass last week to make Top Plays, Barnegat's Matt Scott comes through with another big play, this time a school-record 82-yard punt return for a touchdown that held up as the winning points in a 28-22 win over Shore.
You Got Mossed
Might have to send this one into ESPN. Barnegat senior tight end Isaiah Gerena, making his first start for the Bengals after transferring from Holy Spirit, goes up and over a defender for a 26-yard catch. Gerena was a monster with nine catches for 145 yards in a 28-22 Barnegat win.
Ocean's Trebor Pena sticks his foot in the ground and leaves a defender in his wake on this great run during the Spartans' 41-6 win over Monmouth. Pena ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries.
It was a breakout performance for Toms River North's Zach Goodale and Zach Browne, both junior wide receivers, in the Mariners' 42-40 win over Manalapan. Goodale had a great five-minute sequence where he caught a 33-yard touchdown pass, intercepted a pass on defense and then hauled in a 68-yard touchdown catch.
Browne also had two touchdown catches (40 and 65 yards) and finished with four receptions for 139 yards His best play came on the opening when he made a one-handed catch to move the chains on third down.
We probably won't see many touchdowns as long as this in 2019. Late in the game during a 41-6 loss to Ocean, Keontae Wiggins made sure Monmouth wouldn't be shut out by breaking off a 92-yard touchdown run.
Rumson's John Volker is quite fast. He catches a short pass and then turns on the jets to blow away Long Branch's secondary on his way to a 64-yard touchdown. Nobody was even close to catching him.
Lancers Light it Up
Here are three great plays from St. John Vianney's 45-21 win over Brick.
First, senior quarterback CJ Duell makes an awesome throw to Josh East on a 59-yard touchdown pass. Duell is rolling to his left and slings it 40 yards in the air right on the money just before he goes out of bounds. Heck of a throw.
Then there's this diving interception by sophomore Jayden Bellamy. This kid is on his way to being a star and he might be there already. He had this interception plus a pick-six later in the game and also caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Lastly, senior running back Kavon Chambers runs through almost getting his helmet ripped off on a facemask by a Brick defensive lineman and sprints 58 yards for a touchdown.
It's obscene how many talented offensive players Mater Dei has. Each week someone else does something to make us take notice and the Seraphs' 55-0 win over Freehold was no different.
We'll start with a top-plays regular, senior running back Malik Ingram, who takes a couple of souls with a pair of devastating stiff arms. He punched it in for the touchdown on the next play.
Ingram had a pair of touchdowns called back in the game, including a 73-yarder that was negated by a penalty. It didn't matter, however, because the Seraphs scored on the next play both times, including this 89-yard touchdown run by sophomore Ra'Jahn Cooper.
Another promising sophomore, Kyree Drake, made a great play to spin out of a tackle along the sideline and slip another tackle to complete a 54-yard touchdown reception.
Finally, Isaiah Noguera spins out of a tackle and breaks another on a 46-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper.
Ok, so miracle is certainly hyperbole, but it was definitely a thrilling, last-minute victory by Brick Memorial in a 29-22 win over Freehold Township that was wild in the final two minutes.
Freehold Township was down 21-14 late in the game and was facing a fourth and 30. What to do except go to a Cory Davies staple: the hook and ladder.
The Patriots would score soon after and convert a 2-point conversion take a 22-21 lead with under two minutes left. Brick Memorial teams of years past would have had almost no shot to drive the field in such a short amount of time because they ran the triple option, but now the Mustangs can score in a heartbeat.
Junior Akhi Barksdale came up with a huge 50-yard catch to get the ball inside the red zone.
On the next play, senior Mekhi Irving reached behind him to make a one-handed catch before bringing the ball across the goal line for a 15-yard touchdown. The score game the Mustangs a 27-22 lead and they would add a 2-point conversion of their own before getting one last stop on defense to pick up their first win of the season.
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