There is nothing complicated about the way Point Beach plays.
The Garnet Gulls do not run many plays out of the Delaware Wing-T alignment. They have three quality running backs who all supply something different and they are very good on both the offensive and defensive lines.
All of those qualities were on display Saturday as Point Beach thoroughly dominated host Keyport on both sides of the line of scrimmage and recorded a 42-14 win in a Shore Conference Class B Central game.
The Garnet Gulls, who are 8-0 for the first time in their history and tied the school record for wins set last year, scored on six consecutive possessions after they punted on their first possession. They totaled 342 rushing yards by the conclusion of their opening possession of the second half.
The offensive line of left tackle Timmy Morris (6-foot-0, 244), left guard Quinn Kusma (5-foot-10, 195), center Sean Strucius (5-foot-11, 205), right guard Lucas Jordy (6-foot-3, 230), right tackle Tommy D’Amore (6-foot-1, 265) and tight ends Bill Barry (5-foot-9, 190) and Nick Fiore (5-foot-11, 175) was pushing the Red Raiders’ defensive front back and also having its way on the corners.
“We are a very athletic offensive line,” Morris said.
“Our offensive line is tremendous. They open up holes everywhere. They work their tails off,” said senior running back Danny Tighe, who raced for 179 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries as he continued his outstanding season.
It does not hurt Point Beach that its running back tandem of Tighe, senior Kyle Samaritano (77 yards and a TD on nine carries) and senior Andre Cochran (86 yards and two TDs on 10 carries) all have the ability to make yards on their own, too.
“We have big Andre, shifty Kyle and speedy Danny,” Morris said.
“The first thing everybody needs to understand is we have three very good backs,” said Point Beach coach John Wagner. “The way we set up our blocking schemes is we want to get the heels of the linebackers. We try to downblock, trap, make contact and maintain contact. Contact is what blocking is.”
In the first half, the Garnet Gulls (8-0, 4-0), who are averaging 45 points a game and have scored at least 40 points in every game, had 11 runs of 11 yards or more.
Tighe got the ball rolling when he scampered 33 yards for a TD to make it 7-0 with 6:44 left in the first quarter.
It was Cochran’s turn on Point Beach’s next possession as he blasted his way for 13, 8 and 11 yards before he scored on a 1-yard dive to make it 14-0 with 2:16 left in the first quarter.
Samaritano, Tighe and Cochran had runs of 21, 18 and 13 yards in a span of four plays on Point Beach’s next possession before Samaritano capped the 76-yard, six-play drive with a 12-yard TD run on a sweep to the left in which he cut back to the middle.
It took Point Beach just one play to score on its next possession as Tighe, who has run for 1,319 yards and 18 TDs for the season on just 82 carries, sprinted 80 yards for a TD.
All three running backs got involved on Point Beach’s next possession before sophomore quarterback Jake Fioretti concluded the 68-yard, six-play drive with his only completion of the day — a 22-yard TD pass to Barry.
Meanwhile, in the first half, the Point Beach defense, led by linemen Morris and Jordy, held Keyport to minus-18 yards rushing. The Red Raiders’ only scoring opportunity ended when Jordy blocked a 26-yard field goal attempt.
Cochran concluded Point Beach’s scoring with an 8-yard TD run to make it 42-0 with 4:32 left in the third quarter.
Keyport (6-2, 2-2) got on the board in the fourth quarter on a 51-yard Alex Thomson to Greg Armstrong TD pass and an Emanual Martinez 15-yard TD run.