TOMS RIVER – The first play from scrimmage sums up Friday night’s Southern at Toms River North Class A South football game.
North returned the opening kickoff to its own 43-yard line. As the Mariners broke the huddle and quarterback Mike Husni stood over center, coach Dave Oizerowitz checked his original play call and called an audible.
The new play worked … boy did it ever. Wideout Darrion Carrington ran a middle post route and Husni threw a line drive strike, hitting the junior receiver in stride. No defender got anywhere near Carrington as he raced down the left sideline into the endzone for the 57-yard touchdown.
Twenty seconds into the game, North led, 7-0. Thirty six seconds into the second quarter, North led, 35-0. At that point it looked like Southern did not have as many Ram players on the field.
By halftime, North had piled up 419 yards of offense. Southern’s first half total yards — 1. The final score was 42-13 and the victory margin was about the same as the Mariners previous four victories.
The Mariners, 6-1 overall and 5-1 in conference, have won five straight games and collide with Brick next week. North could move into position to gain a share of the conference crown with a victory over the Green Dragons, who are unbeaten in A South.
“After our loss to Brick Memorial, we went back to the drawing board,” said coach Oizerowitz. “But every game is different. Different matchups, like wrestling. Brick is a rivalry game. We have to get better to compete with them.’’
Senior tailback Asante Moorer had a career game — or should we say a career first half. Moorer ran for 134 yards on just nine carries at the half and scored three touchdowns.
Moorer’s second touchdown was a spectacular 71-yard run on which he knocked down defenders, ran over others and finally outran the secondary into the endzone.
The sideline erupted … “that was crazy man”, “ that was ridiculous, a ridiculous run”, “Holy jesus” and “holy crap” bellowed forth from Moorer’s teammates.
Coach Oizerowitz agreed.
“That run was as good any any that I have seen in a long time,” the coach echoed. “Asante is a special player, and we need that for us to have toughness.”
Moorer chimed in on the play as well. “I was tackled from the backside behind the line of scrimmage. I tried to get off but the linebacker came across. … I threw him off. I stiffarmed the guys on my legs. I outran the corners into the endzone. Yes. … I honestly think that was my best run of the year.’’
Sophomore back Daryn Blackwell scored North’s second touchdown. Blackwell finished off a 94 yard, eight play drive by jogging around left end untouched from five yards out. North led, 14-0. A couple of minutes later, with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter, Moorer scored his first touchdown from one yard out.
Moorer’s masterful 71-yard ramble upped the score to 21-0 with 1:25 still to play in the first quarter.
The second quarter almost began like the first quarter for North. On the first snap, Husni dropped back and connected with Carrington on a long pass play. But this time, Carrington’s 40-yard reception was five yards short of the endzone. Moorer ran it in from five yards out on the next snap.
Southern took the second half kickoff and drove 80 yards for a score. Quarterback Sam Camarallo connected with running back Patrick Walker on a 49-yard pass play, then found Jesse Schmyre on a nine-yard, six-point strike.
Late in the third quarter, after a Southern fumble, Husni ran 13 yards for a score. Late in the game, Southern’s Barnett ran five consecutive times and broke off a 57-yard touchdown run.
Key play: The first play off the game — Husni’s 57-yard touchdown pass to Carrington.
Offensive game ball: This has to go to Moorer, the standout on a talented offensive team.
Defensive game ball: How about the secondary, which held the Rams to ten first half yards on 11 throws.
Next week: Toms River North plays Brick.
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