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.”
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.