Huskies get strong effort on both sides of ball

Huskies get strong effort on both sides of ball

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Huskies get strong effort on both sides of ball

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On a night when the weather bordered on frightful, Matawan managed to create warm memories of its 2013 football season.

The Huskies rode an opportunistic offense and strong defensive effort Wednesday night to a 24-2 non-divisional victory over St. John Vianney. The result enabled the Matawan to extend its lead over St. John Vianney to 7-3 in the Thanksgiving portion of the series.

Matawan (7-3) grabbed a 3-0 edge with 1:03 left in the opening period on a 22-yard field goal by Mike Creamer. The kick finished a seven-play, 63-yard drive highlighted by a 50-yard run to the Lancer 10 by Devon Spann.

Spann finished with 22 carries for 122 yards.

According to Matawan team officials, Creamer’s kick gave him sole possession of the Shore Conference career field goal record with 23, breaking the record of 22 he had held with Connor Ryan of Middletown South.

Creamer had an opportunity for his 24th field goal on the last play of the first half, but his 52-yard try fell short at the goal line.

Matawan wasted little time building on its lead after halftime. On the third play of the half, Justin Ferrara intercepted a Vianney pass and returned it 34 yards to the Lancer 26. Three plays later, Jordan Cameron burst 17 yards up the middle for a touchdown with 9:17 left in the third period.

An excessive celebration penalty on the Huskies after the score forced Creamer to try the extra point from 35 yards out, but the senior made it with room to spare for a 10-0 advantage.

Aliem Shaw’s nine-yard run around the left side with 3:53 left in the third quarter built the Huskies’ lead to 17-0. The run capped a six-play, 64-yard drive that opened after a Vianney punt.

The Lancers (4-6) averted the shutout with 7:26 left to play when a Matawan snap from punt formation sailed over the head of Creamer, who chased it down and fell on it in the end zone for a safety.

Vianney returned the favor on its ensuing possession when a high snap from center was recovered by Lancer punter Anthony Brown at his 15. Four plays later, Justin Lester went in from the two for a 24-2 Matawan lead with 3:28 to play.

Matawan appeared poised to score on the game’s opening series when Pierce scrambled from the Vianney 18 to the 11, but a clip nullified the gain. On the next play, Vianney’s Taylor Josh intercepted Pierce at the two and returned it to the Matawan 47 to quell the threat.

The Lancers also failed to cash in a scoring opportunity when a low snap resulted in a poor Matawan punt midway through the second period. After taking over on the Matawan 23, Vianney turned the ball over on downs four plays later.

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