Thomson leads Keyport to win

Thomson leads Keyport to win


Thomson leads Keyport to win



Junior quarterback Alex Thomson set a new Keyport High School football single-game passing record by throwing for 363 yards as he spearheaded an aerial assault of the Middlesex Blue Jays in a dominant, 42-7, nonconference victory.

The previous record, which was 241 yards set by Joe Smith back in 1972 against Freehold, had already been eclipsed by the 6-foot-5 junior in the first half by passing for 304 yards leading the Red Raiders (3-1) to a 35-7 halftime advantage.

“Everything was open,” Thomson said. “I had plenty of options on where I wanted to throw to. This was a breakout game. We had a good week of practice and this is what we can do as an offense.”

The record setting day couldn’t have started off any better for Thomson.

After Keyport received the opening kick-off, Thomson hooked up with senior tight-end Tyler Alvarez down the middle of the field for a 67-yard touchdown pass on the first offensive play of the game.

It was smooth sailing from there for the Red Raider passing attack.

Thomson proved clutch in the first half as he would complete five of six passes on third down conversions with each completion going for at least 10 yards.

“Thomson is a very good football player,” Keyport coach Mike Ciccotelli said. “He’s going to be a good one. He started a little bit as a freshman and last year as a sophomore. We saw things that were open for us today and we just attacked it. We exploited what we could.”

Two more touchdown passes would follow the Alvarez 67-yarder.

On a first-and-10 from the Middlesex (1-3) 15-yard-line, Thomson hooked up with senior Emmanuel Martinez in the second quarter to make the score 28-7 before he would cap off the Red Raider scoring with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Alvarez once again, making it 42-7 in the third quarter.

Thomson finished 14-for-26, no interceptions, and three touchdown passes.

The lone Middlesex scoring drive came with the Blue Jays trailing 21-0 late in the first quarter. A six-play, 3:20 scoring drive was capped off by running back Kyle Brady’s 44-yard touchdown run.

Brady was the Blue Jays offensive stand out on the day carrying the ball 15 times for 79 yards.


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