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Pinelands Rallies for First Win of Football Season

Lockwood Sets Soccer Record at Southern
Sep 19, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy Southern Regional junior Megan Lockwood scored the 36th goal of her career in a 5-4 win over Jackson Liberty on Sept. 17 to become the Rams’ all-time leading goal scorer.

Trailing by 16 points after the first quarter, Pinelands Regional mounted a furious comeback by scoring in each of the last three quarters while holding off Matawan, 26-22, for its first win of the football season Sept. 15.

Senior running back Evan Burton ran for three touchdowns during the second and third quarters, and sophomore back Nik Dileo finished off the scoring with a 1-yard TD burst in the fourth quarter, as the Wildcats improved to 1-2.

Playing their first home game of the season at the Little Egg Harbor Sports Complex, the Wildcats fell behind within the first few minutes of the contest, as Matawan scored a pair of TDs and a safety en route to a 16-0 advantage heading into the second quarter. From there, Burton and the defense took over.

Burton, who carried 29 times for 261 yards, scored a pair of TDs on runs of 1 and 2 yards, and ran in a two-point conversion during the second quarter to trim the lead to 10 points. Then he scored on a 20-yard run with 30 seconds left in the third quarter, putting Pinelands within two points, 22-20, heading to the fourth.

During the final 12 minutes, Dileo gave the Wildcats the lead with his short TD run, and Pinelands held on for the win. Dileo ended up with 20 carries for 133 yards. The Wildcats ran the ball 50 times, while quarterback Garrett Brown completed a pair of passes on five attempts for 18 yards. Andrew Jenkins caught one pass for 12 yards, and Andrew Bartlett snagged the other for 6 yards.

In its previous two contests, Pinelands scored just eight points, which occurred on Aug. 30 in a 41-8 loss to Shore Conference Patriot division foe Mater Dei. On Sept. 7, the Wildcats lost to Shore Regional, 31-0. Pinelands’ victory sets up an interesting contest for this Friday, Sept. 21, when the Wildcats visit local rival Barnegat, which is 2-0.

Bengals Remain Undefeated
With Win Over Shore Regional

Senior running back Charlie Cotton carried 37 times for 169 yards, while senior quarterback Brian Finucan went 10-for-16 with 110 yards passing, and Aaron Osborne’s 35-yard field goal in the third quarter was enough to help Barnegat secure its second straight win to start the season – a 17-13 triumph over Shore Regional on Sept. 14.

After the Blue Devils opened the scoring with a touchdown and extra point in the first quarter, the Bengals answered back when senior running back Brian Ewan busted into the end zone from 2 yards out, and Osborne booted his first PAT to knot the score at 7-7 heading into the second quarter.

With 23 seconds left in the half, Finucan tossed an 18-yard touchdown strike to Devyn DeFilipo, and Osborne added the extra point to make it 14-7 at the half. Before Shore added its second TD in the fourth quarter, Osborne made it a 17-7 game with what ultimately proved to be a game-winning field goal.

Senior tight end Sean Morris snatched six receptions for 69 yards, while junior Caleb Schafer caught three passes for 23 yards. Defensively, Ewan delivered on 10 tackles, while Morris had eight tackles, including a pair of sacks, and senior Anthony Grimes added seven tackles.

Southern’s Lockwood
Sets Goal-Scoring Mark

The Southern Regional girls soccer team not only continued its winning ways this past week, but the program now has a new goal-scoring leader. On the heels of two more victories during the latter half of last week, the Rams scored a 5-4, overtime win over Jackson Liberty on Sept. 17 as junior Megan Lockwood tallied her 36th career goal.

Lockwood scored twice during a 9-1 drubbing of Long Branch on Sept. 15, following a huge 2-1 victory over Shore Conference Class A South division rival Brick Memorial on Sept. 13, during which Lockwood scored both goals. So far this season, Lockwood has scored seven goals and given out seven assists.

Megan is the daughter of Southern boys soccer coach and former star Guy Lockwood.

Southern Gymnasts
Start Off 2-0

The Southern Regional gymnastics squad is off to a hot start again this season, scoring victories in the Rams’ first two contests. Last year, the Rams were 10-2 overall.

During a 101.9-88.175 win over non-conference foe Ocean City on Sept. 17, the Rams received a trio of outstanding all-around efforts from Hailey Klimas, who scored a 33.2; Alex English, who turned in a 32.925; and Emma Wasacz, who delivered a 30.65.

On the vault, Ava Kelly led the way with a 9.1, followed by English with an 8.7, while senior Gabby Conforti scored a 7.95 to lead the Rams on the uneven bars, followed by Klimas with a 7.925 and Maria Mezzo with a 7.75. On the balance beam, Kelly again led the way with an 8.65, followed by English with an 8.25 and Wasacz with an 8.075. Klimas won the floor exercise as well, scoring a 9.225, followed by Kelly with a 9.175 and Abigail Scheider with an 8.75.

The Rams opened with a solid, 103.95-96.475 victory over Shore Conference Class A South rival Toms River South on Sept. 14. Klimas was the all-around winner with a 34.625, as she took third in the vault (8.55), second on the beam (8.5) and first on the floor (9.425). English, who scored 8.55 on the vault and 9.2 on the floor, was third all-around with a 32.225. Kelly won the balance beam with a 9.05 and took second on the floor with a 9.275.

—  David Biggy

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