Oliphant leads Panthers with passing display

Oliphant leads Panthers with passing display


Oliphant leads Panthers with passing display



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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