There was one thing on the mind of this Manasquan football team going into Saturday. The Warriors were ready to end the losing streak. Manasquan had lost seven straight games dating back to last year. For a program that has won 11 Sectional Championships in their history, this has been an unusual set of circumstances. Coach Jay Price challenged this group from the beginning to decide what would become of this season. What would really define this Manasquan team?
The team would except Price’s challenge and respond in a big way! Running Back Parker Day led the offense, rushing for 127 yards on 18 carries. Day scored on touchdown runs of 65, and 17 yards. Day who transfered from Toms River North, is now getting a lot of carries in the Warriors offense. Parker talked about making that transition. “I’ve just been working hard, day in and day out. I know what I have to do to keep in shape, and master my technique “. added an excited Day after the victory.
Damaso Jamie showed that he can be a factor on both sides of the ball. Jamie hauled in a 77 yard bomb from Quarterback Liam Grieb. Jamie took the play all the way to the end zone, finding open space down the field. Jamie also picked off a Monmouth pass and went 67 yards for another score. Teams better pay attention to where Jamie is on the field.
Monmouth used their athleticism to get on the scoreboard first. Quarterback Justin Trapp is a dual threat who can hurt a defense in so many different ways. Trapp is definitely the X Factor within this Monmouth offense.
Trapp got the offense going with a pass to Christian Boujouade inside the 16 yard line. Malik Wiggins would score on a 17 yard touchdown reception to give Monmouth a 7-0 lead.
This would ultimately start the shootout between both of these teams. Quarterback Liam Grieb was ready to take this battle into his own hands. Grieb used his field vision to spot Damaso Jamie. Jamie easily had the Monmouth secondary beat, and he came down with a 77 yard touchdown. This was the longest score of Jamie’s high school career. There was not a defender in sight as Jamie raced to the end zone.
However, Justin Trapp and Malik Wiggins were just getting started. The Quarterback and Wide Receiver have great chemistry. They can make a big play in a flash. Trapp found Wiggins for a 43 yard gain all the way down the right side of the field. This would set up a 4 yard touchdown by Eli Velez. All of a sudden, The Falcons had a 14-7 advantage. The fans were on their feet in the Falcons Nest.
Just when the Falcons thought they had all the momentum, the big play offense of the Manasquan Warriors would answer in a huge way. Parker Day would take a handoff and break right through the Falcons defense. Day exploded for a 65 yard score, outrunning three defenders to break into the open field. One thing was for sure, the Warriors were a threat to score on every single play.
Manasquan would keep the momentum rolling going into the locker room. Right before the end of the first half, DaMaso Jamie once again showed off his athleticism. Jamie leaped into the air and intercepted a Justin Trapp pass. Jamie took the ball and returned it 75 yards to put more points on the board. At this point, this game was really turning.
Monmouth came out with a little bit more energy to start the 3rd Quarter. You could sense that the Falcons were not going to give up easily. Frank Ashe made a big defensive play, intercepting a Liam Grieb pass. Running Back Chris Pachucki would rip off too huge runs put the Falcons in scoring position. Monmouth found themselves down inside the Manasquan 17 yard line.
However, it was the stingy defense of the Warriors that just seemed to rob the Falcons of every opportunity. Dylan Pacetti made a big hit to force a fumble inside the 20 yard line. Adam Schreck came up with the recovery for Manasquan. The Red Zone woes continued to hold Monmouth back.
After the turnover, Liam Grieb and company would get all the separation that was needed. Grieb once again found his main target down the field. The Quarterback fired the deep ball as DaMaso Jamie came down with the 50 yard play. This would bring the Warriors all the way down to the Monmouth 30.
Now it was time for Parker Day to finish the job. Day would hit the hole and dash for a 17 yard touchdown to give Manasquan a 28-14 advantage. The Monmouth defense continued to have no answer for Day.
However, Monmouth would have one last run left in them. The team rallied around Justin Trapp. The Monmouth kids would fight to the end. Trapp would once again go to Wide Receiver Malik Wiggins. I’ll tell you what, Wiggins is definitely a player to watch. He took a short pass and ran it all the way down to the Manasquan 8. This would get the Monmouth crowd back into the game.
Unfortunately for Monmouth, it was the Manasquan defense that would ultimately prevail. The defensive line play of Manasquan won the battle in the trenches for most of the day. Dylan Pacetti, Dan Fiske, and Adam Schreck made a ton of plays. This would force the Falcons into a 4th and Goal inside the 15.
On 4th and 15, Justin Trapp rolled out of the pocket, and fired the ball toward the middle of the field. After the pass was thrown, Parker Day would make the play to seal the game for the Warriors. Day jumped into the air and came down with the ball. This was the final turnover that would be the nail in the coffin for the Falcons.
Manasquan would finish with a 28-14 Class A Central victory. It was a big one for the Warriors. They snap a 7 game losing streak. The Warriors also pick up a critical division win that will keep them in the race.
Offensively and defensively, Manasquan really showed a lot of firepower. While they have some young players, they knew when to step up at the right time. Juniors DaMaso Jamie and Parker Day showed that explosive big play ability. Paul Krueger, and Adam Schreck were flying to the ball on defense. They are solid tacklers with an outstanding ability.
While Class A Central is a very tough division, Manasquan proved that they can battle right down to the end. It will be a challenge to face programs like Rumson Fair Haven and St John Vianney, but the Warriors have the athletes to certainly present a challenge. Look for this Manasquan team to continue progressing throughout the season.
After the game, NJSR had a chance to catch up with Head Coach Jay Price, Running Back Parker Day, and Offensive Lineman Matt McGrady.
Passing: Manasquan – Liam Grieb 4-9-2-146, Monmouth – Justin Trapp 9-16-1-189, Chris Pachucki 0-1-0-0
Rushing: Manasquan – Day 18-127, Morgan 4-35, Krueger 4-18, Grieb 1- -9. Monmouth – Trapp 13-65, Pachucki 11-48, Velez 8-16, Ashe 3-9, Wiggins 1-1.
Receiving: Manasquan – Jamie 3-144, Mallet 1-2. Monmouth – Wiggins 4-114, Boujaoude 3-40, Corzine 1-32, Componile 1-3.
Monmouth – Wiggins 18 yard pass from Trapp (Johnson kick)
Manasquan – Jamie 77 yard pass from Grieb (Flanagan kick)
Monmouth – Velez 4 yard run. (Johnson kick)
Manasquan – Day 65 yard run. (Flanagan kick)
Manasquan – Jamie 75 yard interception return. (Flanagan kick)
Manasquan – Day 17 yard run. (Flanagan kick)
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