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.”