By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
The Shore Regional High School football team continued with its dominance as they steamrolled 46-6 over their latest opponents, the Titans of Keansburg.
The Blue Devils traveled to Keansburg on Saturday afternoon for a Shore Conference Class B Central match-up. Mark Russo, a junior running back, took the opening kickoff 80 yards for the first Blue Devil touchdown.
Shore was so overwhelming they had a 40-0 halftime lead. “We didn’t play the varsity during the second half,” said Mark Costantino, head coach of the Blue Devils. NJSIAA rules say that when a team has a 35 point or better advantage over an opponent the clock shall run during the second half. Costantino played his junior varsity squad during the third and fourth quarters.
Running and pounding is what the Devils are known for. Offensively Shore ran 28 plays gaining 288 yards. “We played a great game. Doug Goldsmith made a one-handed catch of a Matt Pennell pass and ran 43 yards for a touchdown,” Costantino said. Pennell had a 44-yard touchdown run on a waggle play and Connor Rempel recovered a Keansburg fumble and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.
The pounding part of the Blue Devils game has been on defense. Last year they led the state in least amount of points given up per-game, they also had the top-ranked defense in the Shore Conference. Shore ended last season with an 11-1 record, divisional and state sectional champions.
“This year our varsity defense has not allowed a single point scored,” said Costantino. He noted that the points the Blue Devils have given up were by junior varsity players.
“Erik Graham, captain and offensive and defensive lineman has just been dominating this year,”
said. He also pointed out running back and defensive back Tyreek McCain is out for the season with a knee injury.
Shore improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in divisional action. Keansburg drops to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in Class B Central games.