Mariners Set to Meet Braves In SJ V Final

Mariners Set to Meet Braves In SJ V Final

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The Mariners of Toms River North are heading to the South Jersey Group V Finals. With great play from Quarterback Mike Husni, the Mariners were able to edge Lenape in what was a 14-0 victory.

However, the game was tied up until the second half when the Mariner offense began to click. On tonight’s victory, Quarterback Mike Husni said, “We knew coming back to Lenape for the second year in a row would be a battle until the end. Going into the locker room 0-0, and getting the ball to start the second half, we needed to make a statement and punch it in.”

Photo courtesy of burlingtoncountytimes.com
Photo courtesy of burlingtoncountytimes.com

In a scoreless game, the Mariners were able to drive 80 yards on eleven plays. it was Husni who was able to take a 1 yard keeper in for the TD to put the Mariners on the board to open up the second half. Asante Moorer would be responsible for the second Toms River North TD.  Moorer exploded for a 39 yard play that went straight to the end zone! This was enough offense for the Mariners to seal the win.

Defensively, Toms River North was able to corral a fumble that would be recovered by Dashon Copes. Linebacker Christian Lynch kept Lenape from getting any kind of rhythm on the ground. Matt Tomaschek, Darian Carrington, and Bryce Watts held down a secondary that dared Lenape to throw all night.

The Mariners held the Indians to just 3 first downs and 98 total yards. This was a tough but resilient victory for a Mariners squad that was able to upset the #1 seed on the road. Now the Mariners will get ready for Williamstown in the final.

“Williamstown is a great team who we look forward to playing. That game will also be a war, but we look forward to playing them at Rowan”, Husni said. The Mariners go into the finals with a lot of confidence as they know that the fans will come out. However, they also know that this is not an opportunity that comes every day.

“We know our fan section will be packed and louder then ever. We are just glad to have this once in a life time opportunity”, Husni Acknowledged. There is a lot to be excited about in the Toms River area. The Mariners have not been in the finals since 2007 which was their last championship.

Photo courtesy of burlingtoncountytimes.com
Photo courtesy of burlingtoncountytimes.com

Overall Toms River North was able to accumulate over 300 rushing yards.  Asante Moorer led the way with 187, and Husni added 116.  Another fantastic job by the offensive line led by Tim Petersen and Luke Butera.

Toms River North knows that their running game can be just as efficient as any other team they will be facing. With Husni accounting for many option runs this season, it is either him or Asante Moorer that will take the ball and make a big play.

STATISTICS

Passing: TRN – Husni 7-12-1-69, LP – Long 4-6-0-13

Rushing: TRN – Moorer 25-187, Husni 29-116, Blackwell 1–1. LP – Davis 3-4, Galaida 2-3, Kellum 8-37, Long 3-10, Shuts 6-30

Receiving: TRN – Carrington 3-34, Watts 2-11, Rhoden 1-7, Blackwell 1-17. LP – Keyes 1-3, Shuts 1–3, Davis 1-8, Galaida 1-5.

SCORING

TRN – Mike Husni – 1 yard run. (Bayha Kick)

TRN – Asante Moorer – 39 yard run. (Bayha Kick)

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