ASBURY PARK Coming into Friday night’s game against Mater Dei, Asbury Park put a huge emphasis on containing Seraphs’ standout Eddie Lewis, but head coach Tim Fosque knew that the Blue Bishops had plenty of offensive threats of their own to worry about.
“Coming into the week, I thought Lewis was their main threat in terms of being able to change the game,” said Fosque. “I told the kids we got (Davon) Thompson, we got (Charles) Sanders, we got (Jaedon) Stephens, and we got big guys on the line who can really get it done. I thought weapon for weapon, we had a lot more in terms of choices to go.”
Fosque turned out to be right. Senior receiver Jaedon Stephens racked up 164 all purpose yards and three touchdowns to lead a balanced and explosive Blue Bishops’ offense to a 42-19 divisional win over the Seraphs.
After sputtering through a scoreless first quarter, the Asbury Park offense erupted for a 28-point second quarter. The outburst was keyed by an onside kick recovery from sophomore Donte Abrams.
After senior quarterback Davon Thompson hit Dyquan Young for a 17-yard score to put the Asbury Park up 27-13, the Blue Bishops lined up for a squib kick in order to keep the ball away from Eddie Lewis. The kick squib rolled just ten yards before Abrams fell on it and regained possession for Asbury Park.
“It wasn’t an onsides kick,” said Fosque. “It just worked out in our favor. We tried to squib the ball trying to keep it away from Lewis. It just a ball that worked out our way.”
On the first play of the Blue Bishops’ following possession, Thompson dropped back and hit Stephens in the middle of the field. Stephens broke through a pack of tacklers and ran right up the middle into the end zone.
“It was a smoke screen,” said Stephens. “The coaches told me to widen out so I could have more room. My linemen kicked out, so I had a nice wide open hole and I took it all the way.”
Stephens got the Blue Bishops on the board in the second quarter when he caught an 8-yard pass from senior quarterback Davon Thompson. In the third, he dove to catch another a 20-yard touchdown that extended the lead to 35-13. He later tacked on a 60-yard carry in the fourth quarter before being tackled one yard short of his fourth touchdown.
“He was electric for us tonight,” Fosque said. “I thought he came out tonight with a chip on his shoulder.”
Thompson finished 7-for-11 with 152 yards and three touchdown passes while Sanders carried 15 times for a game-high 121 yards.
Mater Dei was led by sophomore quarterback Kyle Devaney, who completed 18 of 21 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown. Lewis finished with 7 catches for 95 yard but did not reach the end zone.
“I thought the defense was great tonight,” said Fosque. “We did a great job of getting them outside of what they really wanted to do.”
KEY PLAY: In the second quarter, Asbury Park senior Donte Abrams recovered a squib kick that set up the Blue Bishops fourth touchdown of the quarter.
OFFENSIVE GAME BALL: Senior receiver Jaedon Stephens scored three touchdowns and compiled 164 total yards to lead the Blue Bishops to victory.
DEFENSIVE GAME BALL: The entire Blue Bishops defensive line bottled up the Seraphs’ running game and consistently applied pressure to quarterback Kyle Devaney.
UP NEXT: Asbury Park will host Middlesex at 7 pm on Friday while Mater Dei will play Peddie at home on Saturday.
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