Pinelands Regional ended its 22-game losing streak in dramatic fashion Friday night.
The host Wildcats downed Point Pleasant Boro, 16-13, in overtime on a 30-yard field goal by junior John Kubricki in Shore Conference Class B South.
The Wildcats’ previous victory was Nov. 5, 2010, when they downed Toms River South, 56-13. Pinelands came off a 61-7 loss to Lacey last week.
“I think every season is a new season,” said Brian Wilkinson, the Wildcats’ first-year coach. “To me, the most important thing was Lacey piled on the points and our kids were resilient enough to come from behind in this game. Our kids were able to shake it off, come back and win.
“Anytime a team runs that many points on you, it is always difficult. Our kids and coaches bounced back. Our coaches and kids handled last week real well.”
Wilkinson said he was delighted for his seniors.
“I am so happy for these seniors,” he said. “It’s their first career win at the varsity level and I am just so happy. It shows a lot that these kids never quit and now they have been rewarded. I am happy for those kids.”
The Wildcats stopped the Panthers (0-2, 0-1) before Kubricki went to work, kicking his third field goal of the game in three attempts.
Pinelands’ Matt MacPhee tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Dan MacPhee with about three minutes left in regulation to pull the Wildcats to within 13-12. Kubricki kicked the extra point to tie the game at 13.
Pinelands’ Jim Graham and Jake Steurze each intercepted one pass.
IN OTHER FRIDAY NIGHT ACTION:
HOLMDEL 7, MIDDLESEX 6: Jeff Harris found Mark Scherzer with a 21-yard touchdown pass with about seven minutes left in the third quarter to take a 6-0 lead. Tim Davis added the extra point and the Hornets (1-1) held off the Blue Jays (0-2) in a nonconference game.
Middlesex’s Kayshawn Wilson scored a rushing touchdown with about a minute remaining and went for the two-point conversion. However, Holmdel’s Kyle Rooney blew up the play with a solo tackle. Rooney finished with three sacks and three tackles for a loss in the game.
Holmdel, which recovered a fumble at the Middlesex 25-yard line, scored its lone touchdown on a short field. Holmdel also lost starting running back Frank Condito, who rushed for 1,064 yards last season, to injury in the game.
MANALAPAN 49, FREEHOLD TWP. 0: Saeed Blacknall’s two touchdowns led the Braves (1-0, 1-0) past the Patriots (0-2, 0-1) in Class A North.
Blacknall rushed for 57 yards and one touchdown on three carries and caught one pass for 25 yards and a touchdown. Conor Leonati darted for 34 yards and one touchdown on four carries and caught one pass for an 11-yard touchdown.
Quarterback Dan Allerila completed five of nine tosses for 56 yards and three touchdowns. Teammate R.J. Krauss recovered one fumble. Manalapan sped to a 35-0 first-half lead.
POINT BEACH 15, DUNELLEN 6: Joe Wegryzniak’s 163 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries powered the host Garnet Gulls (2-0) past the Destroyers (1-1) in nonconference action.
The Garnet Gulls took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Zach McCartney. The winners scored a safety in the second quarter with their front line for a 5-0 lead. Wegryzniak followed with a 30-yard touchdown dash and McCartney added the extra point for a 12-0 first-half lead.
Dunellen climbed to within 12-6 in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Timmy Francisco. McCartney’s 23-yard field goal with 4:57 left in the game capped the scoring. Teammates Jake Fioretti and Luke Maas each intercepted one pass. The Garnet Gulls also recovered a fumble.
JACKSON MEM. 41, TR EAST 0: Joe DeMaio threw one touchdown pass and rushed for another score, leading the host Jaguars (1-0, 1-0) past the Raiders (0-2, 0-1) in Class A South.
DeMaio tossed his touchdown pass to Marcus Ademeilola. Khani Glover scored two touchdowns. Vince Celidino and Brian Kraidman ran for touchdowns.