With Toms River South scrambling for a replacement quarterback and fighting to turn around its season, youth was served.
Sophomore Tymere Berry took over as signal-caller with immediate dividends, leading the Indians on a four-touchdown rally in the second quarter en route to a 40-13 victory over Brick in a Shore Conference Class A South game Saturday night.
Berry actually started the week as Plan C heading into the game of two winless teams.
But when starting quarterback Trever Signorino suffered a reported shoulder injury during the week — and with Darrius Hart stepping in but unable to move the offense in the first quarter — Berry took over to start the second quarter with his team in the hole 6-0.
Six plays later, Toms River South tied the score and by halftime was up 27-6 on the way to its first victory of the season. Berry capped the rally with a 91-yard scoring run from the option, 22.1 seconds before intermission.
Berry completed 3 of 6 passes for 31 yards. He rushed 8 times for 116 yards.
Hart wasn’t a forgotten man for South (1-2, 1-1). He caught a 15-yard TD pass from Berry for the go-ahead touchdown, making it 13-6 with 5:33 left, and his interception set up the next touchdown as well.
Berry and Barnes also connected for an 8-yard pass with Berry going 2 of 3 in the second quarter.
Also starring was Otis Kearney, who ran for three touchdowns. Kearney rushed for a total of 126 yards on 7 carries.
Brick showed promise of a comeback in the third quarter with a 60-yard scoring drive but the 12-play stretch chewed up seven minutes of clock. Michael Muratore ran 14 yards to cut the deficit to 27-13.
The comeback possibility died quickly, however, when Kearney tallied his second touchdown of the game on a 71-yard run to make it 33-13. Kearney picked up his third touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard journey.
And when Brick tried to scratch back one more time, linebacker Billy Kosh broke hearts, stopping Fattarusso at the line on a fourth-and-three early in the fourth quarter.
The fireworks in the second quarter followed a dreary first quarter with each team able to muster just one first down.
Raymond Fattarusso for Brick (0-3, 0-2) scored the first points of the game on a 2-yard run.