FREEHOLD The fifth time proved to be the charm for Freehold Borough on Saturday afternoon against Freehold Township.
After four scoreless red zone trips in the first half and with the score tied 7-7 in the third quarter, the Colonials lined up for a 4th-and-9 from the Patriots’ 14-yard line. Facing what could have been his team’s fifth missed opportunity inside the Patriots’ 20-yard line, senior quarterback Jack Curry dropped back, scrambled through the left side of the field, and dove past a defender into the end zone.
The Colonials rode Curry’s tie-breaking touchdown to an eventual 28-14 win over the rival Patriots.
“We were definitely frustrated, but we knew we couldn’t put our heads down,” said Curry. “If we put our heads down, that’s when they take advantages of us. We knew what we were doing wrong, and we just had to clean it up.”
Said Freehold head coach David Ellis, “Anytime you’re in the red zone, you want to come away with points. We turned the ball over too many times on misfires and missed assignments.”
Later in the third, Curry faked a handoff and charged 3 yards into the end zone to extend the lead to 21-7. Curry finished with 142 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. He also threw for 150 yards on 8-for-13 passing.
In the fourth quarter, the Patriots cut into the lead when junior quarterback Charles Sabbagh connected with junior receiver Anthony Lotti for an 11-yard touchdown. But the Colonials responded with an crucial 17-play, 80-yard drive that milked the clock and finished with a 3-yard, game-clinching touchdown run from sophomore running back Ashante Worthy with 1:57 to play.
Worthy carried 13 times on the drive for 72 yards. He finished with a game-high 178 yards on 22 carries.
“That was awesome to see,” said Curry. “I think it was a nine-minute drive. It was a great team effort, and that’s a sign of a pretty football team when you put a drive together like that.”
Said Ellis: “We told the kids the last drive is on the O-line. If we wanted to win this football game, we had to get behind them.”
In the first quarter, Freehold Township got off to a quick start when senior quarterback Jack O’Brien hit senior receiver Tyler Van Nessen for a 14-yard score. The Patriots responded on the first play of their following possession when Curry ran 70 yards for a score.
“I think it was a veer,” said Curry. “I read the end, and he crashed down on Ashante, so I took it myself.”