A recently installed new scoreboard at Jackson Memorial High School’s football field survived Friday night’s game without so much as a blown fuse, remarkable because of the vigorous workout the board underwent in a record-setting 62-44 victory by the host Jaguars over Lacey in a Shore Conference Class A South game.
The combined 106 points were the most scored in any game involving Jackson Memorial, dating back to the school’s opening in 1964, and Jackson’s point total surpassed the previous school record of 59 set in a 2001 victory of Freehold Township.
Jackson Memorial (4-2, 4-1) racked up 501 rushing yards with Khani Glover carrying the ball 27 times for 300 yards and Ken Bradley rushing for 5 touchdowns on just 11 carries. Bradley had 127 yards. Glover fell just shy of the school record of 308 rushing yards by Aaron Edwards in 1996.
Lacey quarterback Tom Kelly was 20 of 26 for 341 yards. His favorite receiver, Christian Tutela, caught 7 passes for 177 yards. Tutela also chipped in with a touchdown throw for the second week in a row.
“I’m a big Madden fan,” said Bradley, a reference to the video game, “and it’s hard to score this many points playing Madden.”
Even those with decades of experience in the game were stunned.
“This proves if you live long enough, you will see something you never thought you’d see,” said Lacey coach Lou Vircillo, who has been a head coach for 38 years. “I’m going to have to look at the tapes before I know exactly what happened tonight.”
No. 7 Lacey (5-2, 3-2) lost for the second straight week after winning 15 straight against Shore Conference opponents, and Vircillo was denied a milestone for the second straight week. The Lions’ next victory would give Vircillo 264 career wins, moving him past the late Vic Kubu for second all-time in wins behind Warren Wolf in conference history.
Vircillo said that hasn’t added any extra pressure on his players.
“It’s not part of their thoughts,” he said. “Defensively I’d like to think we can do better, but apparently we can’t.”
The shootout concluded with a dizzying fourth quarter when 6 touchdowns were scored over the 12 minutes but Lacey never got within a two-touchdown margin down the stretch.
An equally wild first half featured seven touchdowns, a safety, 12 completed passes, an interception, two other turnovers on fumbles, and 55 plays from scrimmage.
Glover, on the third play of the game, started the frenzy when he darted through a cross-block lane for a 49-yard touchdown. Sacks by Marcus Ademilola and Zach Tetro ruined Lacey’s first possession and pushed the Lions back to their 18, and things got worse when the snap to punter Tutela sailed through the end zone. The safety made it 8-0 for Jackson Memorial, and Mike Petrizzo’s interception set up a 1-yard scoring run by Glover to make it 15-0 with the first quarter only halfway over.