Football Roundup

Barnegat Football Team Knocked Off by West Deptford in NJSIAA Playoffs

Nov 06, 2018

The Barnegat High School football team is scheduled to wrap up its season this week after taking a big shot to the chin in its first-round game of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II playoffs on Nov. 2. The sixth-seeded Bengals (6-3) took the long ride to West Deptford to meet up with the third-seeded Eagles and were outmatched from the start, giving up 16 points in the first quarter before falling behind by 38 at halftime. The Eagles went on to win the contest, 53-7.

During Barnegat’s first possession of the game, West Deptford scored its initial points with a safety and simply poured on the points from there, adding a pair of touchdowns during the final few minutes of the quarter. The Eagles scored on a safety early in the second quarter, before Ken Lim ran back the ensuing kickoff to help push the lead to 25-0.

The Bengals answered on their next possession when senior quarterback Brian Finucan delivered an 80-yard touchdown pass to Devyn DeFilipo and Aaron Osborn booted the point-after kick to make it 25-7 with about 10 minutes left in the half. West Deptford scored on its next three possessions to take a 46-7 halftime lead. The Eagles then scored on their first possession of the second half as the clock continued to run down.

For Barnegat, which managed just two first downs for the game, senior Charlie Cotton ran the ball 12 times for 36 yards while Finucan completed seven of 13 passes for 106 yards. Defensively, senior Mike Godfrey led the way with 11 tackles.

Barnegat is scheduled to finish its season at home on Thursday, Nov. 8, in a regional crossover contest against Schalick (3-5), which lost, 33-0, to Gateway in the South Group I playoffs last week.

Southern Wins, Pinelands Falls
In Crossovers

The season ended for both the Southern Regional and Pinelands Regional football teams last week, as each played in NJSIAA regional crossover contests.

On Nov. 1, the Rams (4-5) finished the season with a solid defensive effort to beat Atlantic City, 8-0. After Colby Saxton sacked the quarterback to give Southern a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, Pat Scully, who rushed for 119 yards, ran the ball into the end zone from 2 yards out to cap the scoring. Defensively, Joe Guglielmo also recorded a sack and five tackles. Saxton also had five tackles, while Dupreme Holland forced a fumble and snatched an interception.

On Nov. 3, Pinelands visited Lacey and dropped a 14-7 decision after the Lions scored late in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats (4-5) tallied nine first downs for the game, and their defense allowed just 125 yards.

David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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