The Mariners Sail Toward the Week 12 Varsity Link Coaches Corner
A tradition-rich football program that has its sights set on another state sectional title will join us on Wednesday night from 7 to 8 p.m. when Toms River North heads to The Office Restaurant & Lounge in Toms River for a championship edition of the Varsity Link Coaches Corner Football Show.
Playing in the Shore Conference's top division was not kind to the Mariners early in the season with losses to Colts Neck, Donovan Catholic, Wall, and Rumson-Fair Haven to start the year, but a very young squad turned the corner beginning in Week 6 and have yet to look back. This past Friday, the Toms River North walloped Edison, 48-7, to win their sixth straight game and advance to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 5 championship game.
Sophomore quarterback Micah Ford ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, threw for 113 yards and two touchdowns, and intercepted a pass on defense to lead the way. Sophomore Tareq Council caught two passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, and sophomore Jeremiah Pruitt had a touchdown run and a fumble return for a touchdown.
Next, Toms River North will host Kingsway in the South Jersey Group 5 championship game on Friday night at Gernerd Field. It is the Mariners' first sectional final since 2016 and they will try to bring home the program's seventh title and first since 2015.
Ninth-year head coach Dave Oizerowitz along with junior tight end/outside linebacker Ty Kazanowsky and senior two-way linemen Mike Dowd will represent Toms River North and join hosts Bob Badders and Ed Sarluca to talk about their season and preview the upcoming championship game.
Badders and Sarluca will also take a look at the results from Week 11 and preview the six playoff games for this coming weekend, headlined by five Shore Conference public schools playing for sectional championships.
Now in its 11th year, the Varsity Link Coaches Corner is broadcast every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. during the football season and can be viewed on shoresportsnetwork.com. The show is archived on the website and available for viewing at any time.
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