PITTSGROVE – The Schalick High School football team was taken down by visiting Highland, as the Tartans rattled off a pair of touchdowns in the final 5 minutes, 50 seconds to score a 19-10 West Jersey Football League Diamond Division victory Friday night.
After Joe Merker’s 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave the Cougars a 10-7 lead, the Tartans’ DaVante Parker returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to the Cougar 3-yard line. Two plays later, Jamil Jackson took a pitch out left and rumbled four yards for the go-ahead score.
Fred Morrison added an insurance touchdown just three minutes later when he converted a 63-yard touchdown run with 2:31 remaining in regulation.
For the second straight game, Schalick enjoyed a solid opening half but had little to show for it on the scoreboard.
A fumble recovery by Tariq Furbush gave the Cougars the ball at the Highland 19-yard line. Five plays later, DeAndre Solomon raced through the left side for a 4-yard scoring run and a 7-0 Schalick lead.
The Cougars shot themselves in the foot when an illegal shift nullified a nifty 50-yard touchdown scamper by Tyrell Hart in the second quarter. That was the momentum shift the Tartans were seeking.
On the ensuing drive, Parker capped a 6-play, 80-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run on the left side.
Schalick did finish the first half strongly with a goal-line stand in the closing seconds. Hart and John Gallo teamed up to deflect an end zone pass by Highland quarterback Dasheem Sanders as the final seconds ticked off.
Schalick has a bye next week and returns to action on Oct. 5 at home against Glassboro.
— Erik Cagle
Ocean City 14
BRIDGETON – Bridgeton High School wanted to christen its new football stadium, the Jim Hursey Memorial Stadium at the Robert C. Thompson Family Sports Complex, the right way.
The Bulldogs did so with a 28-14 win over Ocean City Friday night.
On its first play from scrimmage, Bridgeton struck first with a 44-yard touchdown run by sophomore Stefon Bowman. Bowman finished the day with 119 yards on 17 carries.
Junior Quasheem Taylor had a two-touchdown game, scoring on plays of two and 17 yards, respectively. He also had a great game defensively, forcing a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage on fourth downs.
Red Raiders running back Frank Woolley rushed for 150 yards on 29 carries, scoring both of Ocean City’s touchdowns.
— John Russo
FRANKLIN TWP. – The Delsea Regional High School football team bounced back from a tough loss against Moorestown last week and trampled Deptford on their home turf, 42-0, Friday night.
The Crusaders used their strong rushing attack the entire game, including on a 10-play drive on their opening possession, which culminated in a Stephan Lewis 1-yard touchdown run, to put them up 7-0 with four minutes to go in the first quarter.
Lewis scored again less than two minutes later on a 28-yard run, and Tyrone Saud followed that up with a 30-yard touchdown scamper just 23 seconds after that to give Delsea a 21-0 edge in the opening quarter. Bryan Dobzanski intercepted Deptford’s Anthony Parsons the play before, setting up Saud’s touchdown.
The Crusaders never looked back after that, scoring two more times before the intermission.
Delsea went back to basics in practice after the tough loss to Moorestown.
“All week we practiced hard coming off from a (rough loss), we had to kick it back up and go out 100 percent full speed and come out with a win,” Lewis said.
— Julie Shannon
Bishop Eustace 7
PENNSAUKEN – The Cumberland Regional High School football team that Tom Lake promised before the season finally showed up Friday night as the Colts dominated for most of the game before holding off a Bishop Eustace rally for a 13-7 victory.
The Colts (1-2) scored all of their points in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown runs by De’Han Milledge, who hit pay dirt on scoring runs of one and four yards, respectively. However, Cumberland would lose Milledge in the second half as he rolled his ankle.
The Colts kept the Crusaders (2-1) scoreless for almost the entire game, though Bishop Eustace did find the scoreboard on a 1-yard run by quarterback Connor Bor with less than three minutes remaining.
— Sean Fallon