Senior running back Jack Dalrymple and the option offense run by the Spotswood High Scool football team proved to be too much for Middlesex to handle on Saturday.
Dalrymple paced the run-heavy Chargers’ offense, carrying the ball 31 times for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-7 victory. The option offense featured a number of different runners, but Dalrymple was the workhorse, a position he enjoys being in.
“I love being the workhorse,” he said, “…we were more of an air attack, dual threat team, now we just have to be more straight ahead and run the ball.”
The rushing attack opened up the passing game for senior C.J. O’Connor, who threw the ball sparingly but made it count. O’Connor finished with two completions on three throws, hitting senior Steven Sommer for a 39-yard score early in the third quarter.
“The game was hard fought,” Spotswood head coach Andy Cammarano said. “Our big emphasis was to be more fundamental and more physical.”
The Blue Jays’ rushing attack found success as well, with junior Matt Hode leading the way. Hode finished with 59 yards on 14 carries. While their offense featured five different rushers, Middlesex’s lone touchdown came on a Brandon Bollin pass.
Bollin found senior wide receiver Danny Brower for a 20-yard score with 21 seconds remaining in the first half.
While there were bright spots for the young Blue Jays squad, head coach Brett Stibitz looks to correct mistakes that cost them the game.
“We’re very young, but I thought this was a good stepping stone,” said Stibitz, “I personally feel we let that one through out fingers with some young mistakes.”
With seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter and down 14-7, Middlesex held Spotswood to their own 25-yard line, waiting to field the punt. The return was fumbled and recovered by Spotswood, which was able to take another three minutes off the clock.
Middlesex got the ball back, but disaster struck again as sophomore Anthony Marshall fumbled the ball away, giving the ball back to Spotswood on Middlesex’s 22-yard line.
Spotswood took the ball to the end zone for what would be the game’s last scoring play.
The Blue Jays look to correct their mistakes, and get their first win of the season, next Friday as they travel to Holmdel.
Spotswood take on a tough Keansburg squad at home next Saturday.
Despite the win, Dalrymple knows the season is long, but he remains confident in himself and his team to get the job done.
“We just have to stay focused,” he said, “we signed up for a long haul in the winter and we have to prepare for Keansburg just like we prepared for Middlesex.”
S — Dalrymple 36 run (McCloskey kick)
M — Brower 20 pass from Bollin (Adamcewicz kick)
S — Sommer 39 pass from O’Connor (McCloskey kick)
S — Dalrymple 5 run (kick failed)
RUSHING: S — Dalrymple 31-152, Fee 4-11, Long 3-10, Martino 2-5, O’Connor 1-2; M — Bollin 10-73, Hode 14-59, Wilson 7-26, Marshall 5-12, Giuliano 2-(-3).
PASSING: S — O’Connor 2-3-1-79; M — Bollin 3-9-1-86
RECEIVING: S — Sommer 2-79; M — Brower 2-55, Wilson 1-31