Barnegat High School Sports Roundup

Following Loss to Mater Dei, Bengals Football Team Back on Winning Track

Oct 19, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds Quarterback Brian Finucan (4) and the Barnegat High School football team got back to winning with a 28-7 victory over Keyport on Oct. 12.

After starting off 4-0, the Barnegat High School football team was dealt its first loss by Mater Dei Prep on Oct. 5 – a 43-0 loss against a superior opponent. But head coach Rob Davis wasn’t worried about the one little blip on the team’s record.

“We just have to keep playing consistent football,” he said. “Right now, we’re a big 4 and a small 1. We have four good wins, and a loss we’re not even going to worry about. We’re going to fill up the gas tank again and get ready for our next four-game winning streak.”

The Bengals proved on Oct. 12 they were serious about starting that next winning streak with a 28-7 victory over Keyport during which Davis’ crew jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

Running back Brian Ewan began the scoring onslaught in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by a two-point conversion run by Charlie Cotton, who later in the quarter plunged into the end zone from 3 yards away to make it 14-0 heading into the second quarter. With about five minutes left in the half, quarterback Brian Finucan delivered a 31-yard touchdown strike to Devyn DeFilipo, and Aaron Osborn booted the point-after kick to give the Bengals a 21-point lead.

After Keyport eventually found the end zone with about six minutes left in the contest, Finucan a few minutes later fired another TD pass, this time to Caleb Schafer. Osborn kicked the PAT to cap the scoring.

Barnegat ended with 15 first downs while amassing 208 yards rushing. Cotton carried the ball 22 times for 140 yards. Finucan ended up completing eight of 13 passes for 116 yards, as DeFilipo snagged a pair of passes for 67 yards and Schafer snatched four passes for 35 yards.

Defensively, Mike Godfrey made nine tackles, Sean Madej made eight tackles, and Anthony Grimes contributed six tackles. Dominique Dorphin, Matt Vernieri and Madej each picked off a Keyport pass, and Griffin Jackstadt pounced on a fumble.

Whether the Bengals (5-1) can maintain their new winning streak remains to be seen. Barnegat’s next contest is scheduled for Oct. 19 on the road against Point Pleasant Borough, followed by two more road contests against Toms River South on Oct. 26 and Marlboro on Nov. 10.

Field Hockey Squad
May Have Winning Season

After a 7-12 season a year ago, Barnegat field hockey coach Jaime DiStefano expected her Bengals to be an improved squad this season, even a team that would make an impact within the Shore Conference Class B South division. With just a couple of weeks left to the season, the first-year coach likely would say, “Mission accomplished.” 

Heading into the latter half of this week, the Bengals were sporting a 9-7-1 overall record along with a 5-6-1 mark in B South and two divisional games left to play before the state tournament gets underway. For a while, it looked as if Barnegat would finish well above the .500 mark after starting the season with eight wins during its first 13 games. Unfortunately, DiStefano’s bunch recently lost three of four games.

On Oct. 15 during a 3-1 loss to Pinelands, Madelyn Santorelli scored the Bengals’ only goal, assisted by Haliegh Dengler, while goaltender Patricia Tanola made 11 saves against one of the better offensive teams in the division.

In the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament on Oct. 11, the 20th-seeded Bengals fell behind by a goal in the first half, but Alexis Jackson knotted the game at 1-1 with a second-half goal to take 13th-seeded Ocean Township to overtime. However, a Gianna Canale goal during the second overtime stint ended the Bengals’ upset bid. Tanola made 10 saves to help keep Barnegat in the game.

On Oct. 9, Barnegat scored its ninth victory of the season with a 3-1 triumph against Neptune, during which Dengler scored twice and Shannon Schiverea added a goal. Maddie Schleicher gave out two assists, and Santorelli dished out the other.

Boys Soccer Team Qualifies
For Conference Tourney

With the threat of not being eligible for the Shore Conference Tournament arriving Oct. 10, the Barnegat boys soccer team registered a pair of wins during a three-day stretch the previous week and headed into its contest with Jackson Liberty on Oct. 9 with a 5-4 record – good enough to qualify for the SCT.

On Oct. 6, the Bengals solidified their SCT berth with a 5-0 win over Ranney. Matt White scored twice and Ricky Norman contributed a goal and an assist, while Connor Costello and Zach Oliver each scored once. Two days earlier, Barnegat scored its fourth win with a 2-1 victory over Central Regional.

The Bengals continued its winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Liberty as Grady Edwards, Norman and White each scored goals and goalkeeper Dominick Guiro registered 10 saves to help secure Barnegat’s sixth win of the season.

Unfortunately, the win streak ended in the first round of the SCT with a 3-0 loss to neighboring rival Southern Regional on Oct. 13. Two days later, the Bengals lost a 1-0 contest to Monmouth Regional, dipping to 6-6 on the season. The Bengals have a few more games to play before the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II tournament gets underway Oct. 27.

— David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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