The Brick Memorial Mustangs won their second straight game, dominating the Lacey Lions 48-0 in a Class A South. The Mustangs improved to 2-1 on the season and have not even hit their stride. Quarterback Tim Santiago rushed for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. Santiago found the end zone on touchdown runs of 31, and 17 yards. Running Back Tony Thorpe also had an outstanding day, rushing for 57 yards and a score.
Defensive Tackle Mike Nobile led a shutdown Mustangs defense, finishing with 2 sacks. Nobile had one of the biggest plays of the game, forcing a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Nobile made a huge hit on Lacey Quarterback Coleton Klaus that caused the fumble. Before Lacey even knew it, Justin Hans was down the field for a 34 yard return.
Victor Gomez and Brady Watson kept the Lacey Wide Receivers in check for most of the day. Brick Memorial definitely has a lot of strength in the defensive backfield. Look out when you have to throw on these guys.
“Our defense really stepped up. We will always have the first game on our minds. We’re not going to take our foot off the pedal. Our defensive line worked hard. We got to the Quarterback and were able to limit the big plays on the other side”, said Mike Nobile after the game.
After a slow start that forced the Mustangs to punt early in the game, it was the Brick Memorial secondary that gave this team a well needed boost. Lacey Running Back Connor Wilson was finding success early in the game. Lacey was driving the ball and getting close to scoring position.
Lacey would try and find balance by going to the passing game, but it was Tim Santiago who would close the gap. Santiago leaped into the air and picked off a Klaus pass. He would return it all the way down into Lions territory. A few plays later, Running Back Eli Lavarin found his way into the end zone from 4 yards out.
“The interception really ignited us. In that situation, you need a big play from a leader, and that’s what we got. We were eventually able to turn it into points. We found our way from there”, said Head Coach Walt Currie
Santiago continued to fight his way through the middle of the Lacey defense. The Quarterback kept the ball and battled for extra yards. Lacey really had no answer for the triple option. The Senior Quarterback would score again from the 17 yard line, and Brick Memorial had a 14-0 lead.
“After the first drive, we were able to execute really well. The offense spread the ball around and made big plays. I always try to keep myself humble and prepare each and every week. We knew Lacey was 0-2 and needed a win. We prepared to cancel that out”, added Tim Santiago.
Lacey came out playing hard through the first two quarters. Running Back Connor Wilson and Wide Receiver Chase Stephensen were making plays to give the Lions a chance. However, every time that it seemed like the Lions would get something rolling, turnovers would become a problem.
This time, it was a bad exchange between the Center and Quarterback that would result in another scoring drive. Joe Feiden made the fumble recovery for the Mustangs. TJ Thorpe immediately busted through the defense for a 22 yard run. On the next play, Thorpe found the end zone on a 15 yard dash. Now Brick Memorial had a 21-0 lead.
Brick Memorial would go into the locker room with a 28-0 advantage after denying Lacey another opportunity. The Lions managed to drive the ball all the way down inside the Mustangs 26. Two big plays from Connor Wilson and Scott Tutela brought Lacey back to life. However, the Lions would not be able to convert on 4th down with 12 seconds left in the half. This sent the momentum right back to the Brick Memorial sideline.
Things did not get any easier for the Lions in the second half. The offense continued to stall near midfield. Quarterback Connor Klaus got a few plays going, but the Lions were not consistent enough. Everyone on Brick Memorial was simply flying to the ball.
Tim Santiago led another scoring drive and hit the end zone with 7:44 to play in the 3rd. This time, Santiago was able to rip off a run from the 17 yard line that made it 35-0 Mustangs. The Senior Quarterback has enjoyed two incredible weeks.
Finally, Justin Bates would cap off a dominating performance. Bates showed that he can be a strong option in the running game, taking a pitch across the goal line to make it 41-0. He would follow that up with a 34 yard interception return to finish off the game. 48-0 would be the final from Lacey Twp.
“I’m very happy for our boys. They came out and played a good football game this week. They stayed hungry and humble. Our focus today was on execution. That was solid. Offensively we moved the ball really well. Defensively, we never let up. I’m proud of this team”, added Head Coach Walt Currie.
The Mustangs have completely rebounded from a tough opening day loss against cross town rival Brick Twp. Brick Memorial has ripped off two straight wins. The Mustangs have scored 100 points in the past two games. Defensively, they have only allowed 20.
The team is clearly peaking right now. They will look to compete for a Class A South title. Brick Memorial still has to face Jackson Memorial. The Mustangs will also make a trip to Middletown South. It will be challenge to face two Top 3 teams in the Shore.
Right now Brick Memorial will look to get better every day. They will focus on one opponent at a time, with the ultimate goal of a State Championship at hand.
“The A South schedule is always a grind. You never know when someone is going to get knocked off. As a team, we need to make sure that we stay focused. We take everything one week at a time. That’s all you can do”. added Currie once again.
BM – Eli Lavarin 4 yard TD run. ( Cuppari kick)
BM – Tim Santiago 31 yard TD run. ( Cuppari kick)
BM – Tony Thorpe – 15 yard TD run. ( Cuppari kick)
BM – Justin Hans – 43 yard fumble return. ( Cuppari kick)
BM – Tim Santiago – 17 yard TD run. ( Cuppari kick)
BM – Justin Bates – 3 yard TD run. ( PAT failed)
BM – Justin Bates – 34 yard int return. ( Cuppari kick)
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