Outmatched Bengals Don’t Quit, Muster Points on Last Drive Against Manasquan



Capture AND GO: Barnegat quarterback Matt Xiques tosses a screen go in the course of the to start with quarter of the Bengals’ 28-8 decline to Manasquan on Nov. 6. (Photo by David Biggy)
Dealing with a sure decline, its 3rd straight, with just in excess of 5 minutes remaining in the match, the Barnegat soccer staff could have packed it in and named it a night time towards perennial NJSIAA Central Team II and Shore Meeting electrical power Manasquan.
“We in no way, ever, give up,” reported senior quarterback Matt Xiques, who engineered the Bengals’ only scoring drive late in the fourth quarter of a 28-8 reduction to the Warriors on Nov. 6. “We often chat about it in practice and push it down everyone’s throats. No subject what the rating is, we’re not likely to position fingers. We’re going to fight and hold battling until eventually the close of the match. We’re usually a group, even when it is particular we have dropped a match.”
Down 28- in a contest Manasquan quite a great deal dominated from its opening possession, the Bengal pleasure did not fade throughout the final minutes. As an alternative, Xiques and the Bengals (3-3) begun their remaining drive on their 23-yard line and marched down the field in about four minutes.
Following crossing midfield and the clock ticking down to under two minutes, Xiques dropped back again and heaved an pretty much Hail Mary go down the center of the discipline. Andrew Vernieri leapt over a pair of defensive backs and hauled in the pass – a 43-garden get – and strike the turf at the 3-garden line. Two plays later on, senior jogging back Nik DiLeo plunged into the close zone from a property out. A botched snap on the extra stage try out was scooped up by Xiques, who occurs to also be the team’s kicker, and he tossed a 2-place conversion go to Vernieri to cap the scoring with 1:02 remaining.
Barnegat obtained Dorsey Criss makes an exceptional catch for major gain through the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 28-8 decline to Manasquan on Nov. 6. (Photo by David Biggy)
Without the need of head mentor Rob Davis on the sideline – he experienced not been sensation nicely and was despatched to the hospital by Athletic Director John Germano about 20 minutes ahead of the activity – and assistant Paul Covine calling the pictures, Barnegat started out the sport with a good possession. The Bengals begun at their possess 16 and moved the ball to the Manasquan 42 prior to stalling out and punting with 3:52 left in the 1st quarter.
Two performs later on, Warriors (4-2) quarterback Brett Patten accomplished a 72-property pass engage in for a 7- lead just 1:10 afterwards.
Squan applied a double-pitch, large receiver move enjoy to score its upcoming touchdown, as Jack Collins tossed a 7-garden strike to Patten to make it 14- at the 50 %.
Barnegat’s protection performed a good third quarter, and the Warriors didn’t score once again right until the fourth quarter, when Jhamier Howard took a handoff all-around the proper conclude and went down the sideline for a 49-lawn landing run, building it 21-.
The Bengals begun their future possession on their have 22 with just over 11 minutes to go and it appeared as if they would set with each other a stable drive soon after Xiques hit Dorsey Criss on a 29-lawn pass enjoy to place the ball on Squan’s 49. Barnegat pushed the ball ahead to the Warriors’ 39, but on next-and-10 Xiques, who finished 10 of 16 passes for 131 yards, was sacked and fumbled. Manasquan recovered at their 40, then went down the subject in four performs, capped by a 1-lawn TD operate by Peter Berlin, to seal the victory.
Nonetheless, Barnegat put jointly a scoring generate late in the contest to bring anything positive into this week’s “postseason pod” matchup in opposition to a acquainted foe, Position Enjoyable Borough.
“We necessary that likely into up coming 7 days,” Covine mentioned. “Our seniors stepped up on that past drive. Our guys experienced that perception of delight and they weren’t likely to give up. This was Manasquan, a condition power most decades, and to see our young children occur out for that very last push and not give up, then set up eight factors, was great to see.”
Without having the normal playoff technique through this year’s coronavirus pandemic-influenced season, Barnegat is established to sq. off with the Panthers at property on Friday, Nov. 13. The Bengals’ “pod” includes Asbury Park and Matawan – they’re scheduled to engage in Nov. 12 – and it’s envisioned the winners of this week’s game titles will face each individual other up coming week.
“Borough is a rough staff with hard-nosed young ones, but we know what to be expecting,” Covine said. “They’re likely to arrive at us, but we’ve confronted their wishbone in the past and I feel we’ll be completely ready to engage in a strong activity versus a acquainted opponent.”
As for the seniors, Xiques provided, this week’s match – upcoming week is not guaranteed, due to the fact about 4 dozen teams experienced to terminate games all through the past number of months – could be their final athletic contests of their higher college occupations depending on the effect of the pandemic going forward.
“We occur to observe every working day praying it’s not our past day,” he reported. “When we go to mattress, we have no concept what’s coming the upcoming morning. A activity can be named off at any minute and there is almost nothing we can do about it. So, we have to go out and perform like it is the very last time we’re playing. We have to get again to our mojo, engage in our game and just be us.”
Southern Wins Shutout,
Caps Standard Season
Junior operating back Jaiden Brown rushed for 124 yards on 21 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, while senior extensive receiver Xavier Hendricks snatched nine receptions for 76 yards and scored two TDs, as Southern Regional closed out the shortened regular period with a 25- shutout of Central Regional on Nov. 13.
Brown scored on touchdown operates of 3 and 16 yards to assistance lead the way, and Hendricks ran again the kickoff 85 yards for a TD to begin the 2nd fifty percent, staking the Rams (4-2) to a a few-score direct. Hendricks also caught a touchdown go, even though the defensive effort and hard work was led by Connor Clineman, Sean Rowland, Nate Committee, Steve Langton and Frank Fierra.
With his 124 yards, Brown broke the school’s career rushing file of 2,027 yards set by Muhammad Abdullah in 1998 and also snapped the career factors record (153) after held by Rob Yaiser, a 2014 graduate. With at least a single video game still left to this season, Brown has 2,126 vocation yards and 162 job details.
The Rams will enter the postseason as part of a pod with Freehold Borough, Colts Neck and Rumson-Honest Haven. Southern will participate in at Freehold Borough on Saturday, Nov. 14, at midday.
Pinelands Game
Canceled By Virus
Right after picking up a match with Red Financial institution Regional for the final contest of the typical season, Pinelands Regional finally didn’t get the likelihood to play. Red Bank Regional was pressured to shut down its athletic software last week because of to numerous constructive instances of coronavirus inside the faculty.
This week, the Wildcats (1-4) will enter the postseason with a pod matchup at Monmouth Regional on Saturday, Nov. 14, at noon.
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