POINT PLEASANT – With a division title at stake, it was fitting that the Point Boro versus Lakewood football game came down to the final seconds.
Lakewood was holding onto a six-point lead until the conclusion of Point Boro’s final drive. The Panthers went 47 yards on seven plays and finished off the drive with senior quarterback Noah Husak’s three-yard touchdown with 46 seconds left.
That play, the ensuing extra point and Gene Franceschini’s interception on Lakewood’s ensuing was the momentum swing that enabled Point Boro’s 14-13 come-from-behind Class B South victory Saturday afternoon.
“We hit the reverse that got called back for a hold. That was a killer,” Point Boro coach Sean Henry said. “Then we hit the halfback pass (on the game-winning drive). Our defense has really bailed us out all year and we put the ball in No. 3’s hands (Noah Husak) and he got it done.”
As a result of the victory, Point Boro and Lakewood shared the Class B South title. On that game-winning drive, Lakewood was called for pass interference on second and six from the Lakewood 30-yard line. As a result of the penalty, Point Boro got a fresh set of downs at the Lakewood 15-yard line. Three plays later, Noah Husak finished off the drive that would clinch a piece of the Class B South title for the Panthers (8-1, 6-1).
Lakewood (6-2, 6-1) took the early lead on Amir Tyler’s two-yard touchdown run in which he leaped over the pile into the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 1:25 left in the first quarter. Point Boro tied the game on Noah Husak’s 33-yard run with 8:48 left in the second quarter.
Then a Point Boro miscue allowed Lakewood to take the lead as Jaqel Hunter scooped up a fumble and returned it 81 yards for a score. However, Lakewood had its extra point blocked, so the lead was only 13-7 with 6:41 left in the third quarter.
KEY PLAY: With 46 seconds left, senior quarterback Noah Husak had a three-yard rushing touchdown that tied the game at 13-13. The Panthers’ made the extra point and held on for the 14-13 victory.
OFFENSIVE GAME BALL: Point Boro senior quarterback Noah Husak had 15 carries for 40 yards but more importantly scored both of the Panthers touchdowns on runs of 33 and 3 yards.
DEFENSIVE GAME BALL: Point Boro senior defensive back Gene Franceschini intercepted Lakewood sophomore quarterback Zyhier Jones with 25 seconds left to end Lakewood’s comeback attempt and seal the game for the Panthers, who took a knee on the ensuing drive and ran out the clock
UP NEXT: Lakewood (NJSIAA playoffs next week), Point Boro (NJSIAA Playoffs next week).
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