Oliphant leads Panthers with passing display

Oliphant leads Panthers with passing display

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Oliphant leads Panthers with passing display

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POINT PLEASANT

There was no stopping Chris Oliphant.

The Point Pleasant Boro senior quarterback propelled the Panthers past Pinelands Regional, 55-6, in Shore Conference Class B South on Friday night.

Oliphant turned Saner Field into his personal playground, throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for two TDs. He completed three of six passes for 173 yards — all in the first half — as the Panthers sped to a 35-0 lead.

“Our coaches prepared us real well,” Oliphant said. “We tweaked a couple of things from last week (when the Panthers opened with a win over Monmouth Regional). Once you tweak a couple of things, the offense works well.

“We worked on flying to the ball and staying on our blocks — the little things that make you better and enable you to keep on winning games.”

The Panthers impressed in their home opener.

“It’s nice to get a home victory,” Oliphant said. “We had not won our home opener in a couple of years.”

Oliphant sported a large ice pack on his left non-throwing thumb after the game. He said he suffered the injury scoring his first touchdown of the game.

“It’s OK,” he said. “It’s a little bit of a jam. It’s a little stinger. It should be better by tomorrow (today).”

Oliphant took over for the graduated John Dunbar.

“Ever since my freshman year, I have been groomed to be the starting varsity quarterback,” Oliphant said. “I was in waiting. Now, it’s my turn. I make my reads. It’s nice when you have weapons at every position.”

Winning coach Sean Henry said Oliphant has played well this season.

“He has done a great job,” Henry said. “We knew he would step right in and be our team leader. I can’t say enough about what he has done so far. He’s a hard worker and a student of the game. He comes to me and asks questions. He always looks to get better.”

In the first half, Oliphant scored on a 4-yard run. He tossed touchdown passes of 45 and 66 yards to Kyle McGarry and hooked up with Dan Nobbs for 62 yards and a score in the final 3:42 of the second quarter.

The explosion came after a 2-yard touchdown smash by senior Ryan Prout, who rushed for 119 yards on 19 carries. Oliphant added a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

“There was never a doubt about Chris,” Henry said. “He has all of the attributes you look for in a quarterback. He’s a heck of an athlete who will only get better each week.”

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