Week 6 Jersey Mike’s Shore Conference Football Team of the Week: Marlboro
Every week this fall, Jersey Mike’s and Shore Sports Network will team up to select a Shore Conference Football Team of the Week based on its performance over the past weekend.
The Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week for Week 6 is Marlboro, which received an outstanding performance by its defense to defeat Jackson Memorial, 11-2, and clinch at least a share of the program's first division title since 1994. Shore Sports Network stopped by practice on Tuesday to present the Mustangs and head coach Jason Dagato with a special game ball and a $500 Jersey Mike's gift card.
Marlboro welcomed Jackson Memorial last Saturday for a massive Freedom Division clash between two undefeated teams. Marlboro entered the game ranked No. 8 in the Shore Sports Network Shore 16 with Jackson Memorial one spot ahead at No. 7. Both stood at 5-0. A major question was whether Marlboro could slow down a Jackson Memorial rushing attack led by sophomore running back Jonah Glenn, who entered the game just shy of 1,000 yards rushing on the season averaging over nine yards per attempt. It was strength on strength vs. Marlboro's standout defense and the Mustangs answered the call by limiting Glenn to just 44 yards and the Jaguars to a mere 116 yards of total offense.
Senior linebacker Mike Consolazio had another outstanding game with two sacks and four tackles for loss while senior defensive lineman Robert Kenyon and senior linebacker Anthony Tropeano were also active near the line of scrimmage with tackles in the backfield. Trailing 2-0 at halftime via a safety that occurred when the snap on a punt went out of the end zone, Marlboro drove down the field to open the third quarter and took an 8-3 lead on a touchdown run by senior running back Matt Cassidy and a 2-point conversion pass from senior quarterback Brayden Klein to Consolazio. The lead grew to 11-2 when senior Luke Rubin connected on a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The victory ensures Marlboro can finish no worse than tied for the Freedom Division championship. The Mustangs can secure the title all to themselves by defeating Middletown North in Week 8. Either way, it will be Marlboro's second division title in program history and first since 1994. That was also the year Marlboro won its only NJSIAA sectional title.
Marlboro has another marquee game this week when it travels to Borden Stadium to face No. 8 Rumson-Fair Haven.