Shore's sweet victory

Shore's sweet victory

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Shore's sweet victory

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— Shore Regional’s 37-12 victory over Asbury Park in a Shore Conference Class B Central game Friday was especially sweet for Blue Devils senior wideout/defensive back Tyler Vivian.

Last season Vivian was on defense when Asbury Park connected on a long pass late in the game that lifted the Blue Bishops to a one-point victory and sent the team on a path to the division title and the NJSIAA Central Group I championship.

“I came into this game a little nervous, actually,” Vivian said. “I came in and thought they would come at me. They came at me but I had good coverage, did my job, and we came out with a victory.”

Vivian made two important catches on offense early and was part of a defense for Shore (1-1, 1-0) that limited the potentially explosive Blue Bishops (1-1, 1-1) to one offensive touchdown.

“He’s a great cover,” Shore coach Mark Costantino said of Vivian. “He’s all over the field.”

Shore senior Christopher Vaccaro returned an interception 50 yards for a TD and Brian Miller and Kevin Mascia also had interceptions.

Shore junior quarterback Matthew Muh threw for 128 yards and a TD, running back Jack Kelly scored on two short runs, and Jake Monteiro kicked three field goals.

Muh hit Vivian with a third-down strike that set up Kelly’s first TD in the opening quarter.

In the second quarter, the 6-foot-2, 162 pound Vivian out-leaped an Asbury defender on a 40-yard catch that led to Monteiro‘s first field goal.

“I jumped up, me and the kid were fighting for it, and I just ripped it out of his hands,” Vivian said. “I won that battle.”

The game featured both teams combining for 23 points in the final 1:48 of the first half that ended with Shore in front 27-6.

Kelly plunged in from the 1 to make it 17-0 and 23 seconds later it was 24-0 after Vaccaro’s pick.

Shore recovered an ensuing squib kick, but the good fortune backfired. Muh was sacked, fumbled, and Asbury Park’s
Daquane Bland-Bennett returned it 40 yards to the end zone that made it 24-6 with 1:13 showing.

The first-half scoring spree still wasn’t over. Monteiro drilled a 35-yard field goal as time expired.

“Wacky things happen sometimes before the half,” Costantino said. “That was a little nutty.”

Sophomore Tyquis Davis provided Asbury Park’s other bright spot with a 25-yard TD bolt in the third quarter.

Shore was coming off last week’s gut-wrenching non-divisional overtime loss to Rumson-Fair Haven.

“We should have won that game,” Costantino said. “We had a great week of practice. They’re a loose group.”

Costantino said he feels the victory was an important step in Shore’s bid to recapture the division crown it won in 2010 and also stamps the Blue Devils as a contender for 2012 NJSIAA
CJ I honors.

The winner of the Shore-Asbury Park game the last two years has won the division.

“Now we have control, it’s in our hands,” Costantino. “Our goal is to be 7-1 and get in there (the playoffs).”

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