North vs. South: Civil War in Toms River
The 45th edition of what is commonly called the “Civil War” will take place tonight on the football field at Toms River North as the Mariners look to continue their recent domination over crosstown rival Toms River South.
North comes into tonight’s game with a record of 7-0 and is the top ranked team in the T&T Coast Top Ten and #2 in the state while South is just 2-4. However some strange things have happened in past meetings and this one is part of the Great American Rivalry Series which will add to the pomp and circumstance at Gernerd Field.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Shore Sports Network’s 1160 & 1310AM and if you’re going pay attention to what will happen at the start of halftime. It’s the culmination of Gateway Toyota’s “Kick for the Win” in partnership with our Shore Sports Network. One of 7 finalists from the fall promotion will get the chance to make a kick and win a 2016 Toyota Tundra 4x4 from the auto dealership on Route 37 East in Toms River.
As the regular season winds down there are some other big games tonight, highlighted by a Class A South matchup that finds Brick heading to Central Regional. Undefeated Point Boro hosts Ocean in an interesting non-divisional matchup, Lacey heads to Southern in an important game for both team’s playoff push and Pinelands shoots for its fourth straight victory at Jackson Liberty.
Monmouth University closes out its home football schedule tomorrow against Kennesaw State on what is Senior Day and Homecoming. It’s also the final game at the current Kessler Field as construction on a new facility will ramp up this week when the bleachers and press box are demolished and removed. After 23 years the Hawks will have a new facility in time for the start of next season which is exciting news to all associated with the program including yours truly who serves as the public address announcer for Monmouth football.
David Tyree, the hero of the Giants Super Bowl 42 victory over the Patriots will highlight Sunday’s Big Blue Day in Spring Lake hosted by Peter Grandich and Company and selected merchants. The former Giants wide receiver will appear from 2-4pm at the offices of Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Company located at 219 Morris Avenue and you’re encouraged to bring items to autograph and take pictures. There are also perks by visiting some select participating merchants and for more visit petergrandich.com.