Shore Regional sure did not like the sound of that. Two weeks ago, the Blue Devils (4-1) suffered their only loss, 13-10, on a Rumson overtime field goal.
Late in the fourth quarter at Holmdel on Friday night, with the nondivisional game even at 7-7, Shore’s venerable coach Mark Costantino used all three of his timeouts and reached the Hornets 15-yard line — but the field goal attempt was muffed.
Overtime . . . again. This time, Shore would not lose.
Quarterback Matt Muh and wide receiver Brian Millar teamed up on a spectacular 23-yard pass play on the second play of overtime, leading Shore past a determined Holmdel team, 14-13.
Muh rolled to his right, barely avoided getting sacked, then threw a dart to Millar. The junior wideout just did stay in bounds at the 7-yard line, leaned toward the right end-zone marker and dove the final three yards for the score.
“Yeah, that was a big catch,” Millar said. “A hugh play. I expected nothing less. I wasn’t just going to make a catch, it had to be a toucndown. Last week I ran 60 yards for a touchdown but this is my favorite. This one was bigger.”
“Beating a Group III school it’s a hugh win for us,” Costantino said. “That touchdown was a bang-bang play. It made up for a few mistakes we made. We needed this kind of game. We expected it to be close.”
Shore scored first. Taking over at its own 43 after Dennis Vaccaro recovered a Holmdel fumble, the Blue Devils ran the ball six times on the way to the end zone. Fullback Jack Kelly ran three times for 33 yards on the drive and went over left guard for a 16-yard touchdown with 5:33 left in the half.
Sophomore kicker Jake Monteiro made the first of two critical point-after attempts to give Shore a 7-0 lead.
On Shore’s next offensive possession, Holmdel’s Mark Scherzer returned a Muh interception 46 yards to set up the Hornets at the Shore 19 with 26 seconds left in the half. On the second play, quarterback Robbie Cantelli rolled left, cut back right and ran 16 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-7.
In overtime, Cantelli scored a touchdown on fourth and three, but the extra point went wide right after a difficult snap from center.