For the first time this season, The NJSR Outstanding Player award will be going to a group. There were several candidates to choose from this week, but none could top the peformance of the winners. The Week 8 honor belongs to the entire offensive line of Toms River North. Luke Butera, Matt Malamed, Tim Petersen, Dan Benishiti, and Will Sagarese all deserve to be recognized after such a gutsy performance.
It was the dominance of this group up front, that helped Toms River North put up 381 yards of offense in the 26-14 victory over Brick Twp. Brick had previously only surrendered 20 points in its first seven games. Teams had found it nearly impossible to run the football against the Dragons. However, this would not be the case this past Friday.
Senior Running Back Asante Moorer rushed for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. Moorer was able to find room through the tackles, and on zone read plays to get into the back of the Brick defense. Daryn Blackwell also broke free for a 32 yard scoring dash in the first half.
The real nail in the coffin came when the Mariners put together a 95 yard scoring drive in the Fourth Quarter. Behind this bruising offensive line, Mike Husni rushed for 72 of the 95 yards on this series, which was capped off by Moorer’s second TD to give the team the 26-14 edge.
It is always a difficult task when you have to match up with a defensive line like the group from Brick. Jordan Keefe and Dan Finelli have combined for 20 sacks this season. Jack Finelli has also been a force coming through the line. Butera, Malamed, Petersen, Benishiti, and Sagarese all stepped up to the plate, and won the battle in the trenches. This is a very experienced group that knows how to control the game from the line of scrimmage. They will help make Toms River North a very dangerous team in the postseason!
Luke Butera discussed the offensive line after the game.
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