BERKELEY Central Regional’s Dennis Corbin is self-described as a “pretty mellow” guy.
Try telling that to Barnegat quarterback Joe Monaco.
In the Golden Eagles’ 35-7 victory over the Bengals in Week 2, Corbin made like his idol — the NFL’s premier pass rusher J.J. Watt — by maneuvering his way into the backfield and recording three sacks of Monaco in a game he and his Central teammates wanted in the worst way.
“It felt good to win this one,” said Corbin, who was awarded the APP Defensive Game Ball of Week 2 for his efforts. “The team and our coaches, we really wanted this win because we really just don’t like Barnegat. They’ve done a lot of talking the last couple of years, and we just wanted to take care of our business, and we did it.”
As for his own performance, the junior defensive end doesn’t have an answer for what has made him one of the most notable pass rushers in the Shore coming into this 2015 campaign.
“I don’t really know. I just play. I don’t really understand it,” Corbin said with a grin. “People tell me I do good. I just try and listen to my coaches. My defensive coach just tells me to get money, and I go out there and do what I have to do.”
Though Corbin may not be one to expound on his own successes, when Central coach Willie Jacobs named the junior a Golden Eagles captain prior to the start of this season, it spoke volumes, and the third year head man went into further detail in an interview on Monday.
“He shows up on the field. He may not be a vocal leader, but he shows up on the field. And kids respect that more, rather than someone who talks but can’t perform when it matters,” Jacobs said. “He lets his play do the talking.”
Central’s victory over Barnegat followed a Week 0 victory over Southern and disappointing divisional loss to Lakewood, but, the Golden Eagles are hoping to carry the momentum of this rivalry win into its forthcoming matchup with St. John Vianney.
“We’re a family here, and we love to play the game,” Corbin said. “Whether we win or we lose, we grow stronger and stronger. We have a tough game coming up but we’re going to prepare with a tough week of practice and play together.”
Central will host the Lancers on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
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