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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Sunday, December 8, 1974
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' w 'Roll E arm ame Claim ? "Hi Mm ii i" ' V7 ir r -AY j - : 1 !. 'OFFENSIVE T h Sr ,(.i PLAYER $ II ? OFTHE YEAR Neptune J . f.4 . i DON GETHARO Brick BRUCE BRADLEY snore i 'If I JEFF CONNER . t uricK lis V ISC i 1 1 i v M i?l t J ' S' . V " : 1 '3 BOB LA DAGE 4. f BRIAN WOOD Matawan Hjohn mc HEFFEYl 1 JACKALGOR 14 KYLE RAYMOND? V I Manasquan fe Cedar Ridge jk - i Asbury Park Press Graohic By ELLIOTT DLNMAN Prrw SUfl Writer ATLANTIC CITY - Flit on (Sonny) Holt's the name, football's his gamo. and he's got a new claim to fame. College scouts crowd his doorstep. F'ans worship his talents, and even beaten opponents recognize his accomplishments. The line of scouts grew longer and the roar of his rooter reached new heights in yesterday's 30-10 Morris-town High School triumph over Bloomfield for the NJSIAA's North Jersey. Section II. Group IV championship before 4,5(10 witnesses at Convention Hall. Holt as in thunderbolt did everything but wore as the Colonials boosted their winning streak to 20 and silenced any doubters. While Bloomfield tacklers went one way, he went the other en route to a swivel-hipped, ground-gaining performance of 255 yards in 41 carries. "We're number one" of course shrieked the Mor-ristown entourage after it was over and the Colonials became the third team to earn an Atlantic City playoff triumph and finish a 10-0 season. Sterling had stopped Woodrow Wilson of Camden, 15-12, to start the day's action. About the only disappointing note vas voiced by Holt in the winners' locker room. "We're just sorry we didn't get to play Westfield." he said. "We were really counting on playing them. That would have been the game of the year." He lists I'arsippany as the toughest of Morriwtown's 10 victims. "Our game plan was to establish the running game early and build up some respect from their defense," said Holt, a 5-7. 155-pounder. "The plan worked perfectly." "This was just a great, great performance by a great team," said the elated winning coach, John Chironna, after it was over. Even losing coach Sam Cavallaro hopped on the Morristown bandwagon. "Morristown is definitely the best team we've played all year," he said. "They beat us didn't they? "So lhat must niak'- them number one." His Bengals finished an 8-2 season. Mike Rayder backed up Holt in the running department with a 65-yard day. Quarterback Rick Sofield completed four of six for ftfi yards, including one touchdown toss, and bootlegged in for a pair of scores. Things didn't start that asbi ry Park PRESS Sun., Dec. 8, 1974 ucs Earn Glory on '74 All-Shore Team ASBURY PARK Nine victims of the 1974 Red Bank Regional High School football powerhouse will gladly testify that the N.J. Interscholastic Athletic Association made a giant blunder in computing the Bucs out of its first series of sectional playoff games. "No way" they'll chorus to the NJSIAA ratings committee people who left the 9-0 Bucs out of Central Jersey Group II finale. And while Middlesex and Hillsborough clash for CJ Group II honors this morning at Atlantic City, Red Bank Regional Coach Bob Strangia and his all-winning pupils will stay at home licking their computerized wounds and savoring the glories of what was a near-perfect season. Further glory comes to the Bucs today Strangia has been named "Coach of the Year" and four of his aces have gained first-team positions on the 42nd annual Asbury Park Press All-Shore football team. Sharing the top honors with Strangia are Brick Lucky? Wolf Points To ' Big Play' By DICK BRINSTER Press Sports Editor BRICK TOWNSHIP Former President Richard M. Nixon and the Brick Township High School football team have something in common. Both survived six crises. Unlike Nixon, whose Presidency came tumbling down at the Watergate, the Green Dragons survived a seventh. For that reason they are the South Jersey Group IV champions. But the question is bound to be asked. Were they lucky in their 21-20 victory over Camden Friday night? ; Perhaps they were, but Coach Warren Wolf says his Dragons merely did what they've done for years take advantage of the breaks and rise to the occasion when the big play had to be made. While Nixon's six crises have been chronicled, the Dragons' will soon be forgotten. In the end only the final result will bs remembered. BUT, for the record, these were Brick's big breaks: Camden's Anthony Brown returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for an apparent score, but it was nullified because the whistle had not blown to start the game. Brown returned a punt 65 yards to the end zone, but an illegal block voided it. Camden's Anthony Quann fumbled the ball, and it bounced right up to Brick's Kerry Mattson, who ran 44 yards to score. Brick's Paul Durkin fumbled at his own 24 and Camden's Dave Goree appeared as if he would scoop up the ball and run it in unmolested. The ball didn't come up and Goree overran it. Durken recovered. Durkin found end Dale Koch behind the Camden secondary and threw a strike for what See BHK K 1'ajje Ul Brick Township's sterling guard, Donovan Brown, named the "offensive player of the year," and Point Pleasant Beach's hard-hitting linebacker, Keith Hertling, the "defensive player of the year." Brick Township, the area's top squad and only Shore representative at Atlantic City, dominates the All-Shore selections with six-first teamers, three on offense and three on defense. Matawan Regional's 8-1 huskies are the only other squad with multiple first-team selections three Matawan men have made the grade. Bob Strangia "There's a lot of pressure on us everybody is pointing for us and the kids realize it," said Stangia before the opening kickoff. Well, not only did the Strangia-men fight off all that pressure in going 9-0 but they did it with a remarkable display of offensive and defensive balance. Four of the nine Red Bank victories were via shutouts and only five enemy ballcarriers crossed the Buc goal line all season. The '74 Bucs netted 2,523 yards on offense third best record at the Shore while limiting the opposition to 1,071 yards, the area's stingiest defensive record. Strangia who'll shift his base of operations to the new Red Bank Regional facilities in Little Silver in '75 will face a host of challenges as he makes the move and seeks to extend the Bucs' 17-game winning streak. Graduation in June will separate him from numerous regulars. Donovan Brown For the first time, the Press' "Offensive Player of the Year" is a lineman. He's Donovan Brown, the 6-0, 175-pound guard generally rated the key to the entire Brick attack. While the Green Dragons were rolling over nine consecutive regular season foes and averaging 297 offensive yards per game, it was Brown setting up things up front and gaining a reputation as one of the most distinguished linemen in Brick's distinguished history. "We told our backs to stay in back of Donovan," said Brick Coach Warren Wolf. "He'd do the job for them, game in and game out. "He is a very aggressive lineman who really enjoys bodily contact," says Wolf in a bit of understatement. Elon, N.C. College is his probable destination in September and he hopes to major in physical education. Keith Hertling "Pound for pound, he's one of the toughest tacklers anywhere," says Point Pleasant Beach Coach Jack White of his ace linebacker, 5-8, 170-pound Keith Hertling. While the unheralded Garnet Gulls were See BUCS Page G3 well for the Colonials. A fumbled punt gave Bloomfield the ball at the Morris-town 30 two minutes into the game and Joe Testa went wide for a TD on the next play. "We don't let things like that bother us." said Holt later. "We stay calm, we hang together. That's what made us a great team this year." It took six minutes for Morristown to even it. A 78-yard Holt-led march was capped by Sofield's six-yard scoring keeper. Bloomfield's final lead of the game came a minute into the second quarter after T. K. Tripucka latest of the famed Bloomfield athletic family, a 6-8. 250-pounder with major-college basketball ambitions kicked a 33-yard field goal. It was all downhill for Bloomfield thereafter. Another Sofield keeper from three yards out finished a 65-yard drive and Sofield's conversion toss to Dom Frangano made it 15-10. With 11 seconds left in the half, Rayder bulled over from the two and it was 21-10. A Mike Simms fumble recovery had launched a 78-yard drive. Moristown's Aaron Barber booted the game's second field goal a 31-yarder midway through the third period and the Colonials iced the cake with a 29-yard TD toss, Sofield to Andy Blood, with four minutes to go. The Bloomfield defense apparently didn't learn a lesson from the preceding play a 24-yard "TD" toss nullified by a Morristown motion penalty. BUSIEST people at the hall .were the crew of divot-replacers. . . After complaints about the Merion grass field's tendency to slip, slide and wear through in Friday night's Brick-Camden game, the crew was lined up in a hurry. They scurried all over the field, straightening the carpet between plays. STATISTICS OF THE GAVE First downs Ruihewards Passing yardage Return yards Posses Punts-overage Fumbles-lost Penalttes-vards Wor. 11 6S-342 96 56 41 2 11 2 2 11-105 Bloom. 6 24-111 41 134 4-13 1 4 26 10 MS 0- k .Skl - r iJfe" ! fC Jr paulTanuska i :) "J XS7 MfM$' ' - I"tC3C, FRANK MC KEVITT ' f I ira bacon JrMk tf rJS,H t Brick T v lir 'mi 1 ' DEFENSIVE PLAYER ; i rw - fh Brian tlynn t-.j -.av.: l4v..,..- - ) h-M. ..lAlf -rt SX I MIKECIRLINCIONE f V , i li 1 , L', i4 GEORGE GAWDUN FT-' , -t. L'" . GEORGE GAWDUN MIKE CIRLINCIONE . . W M nroan - STEVE smead ' -xr'- '1 : 7' c.Mk... . vPv.'H : I 1 .' DOUG SCOTT ft viuuiiiciii s s -. . . - 4. 'a,- f . s m v """ Wi S! .... JF 4 ' 1 SCORING Morristown 7 14 Bloomfield 7 3 B Testa. 30 run (Tripucka klcM; M-Sotleld. 6 run (Barber kick); B Tripucka. 33 FG; M Sotield, 3 run (Fro-ganno. pass from Sofield). W Rayder, 2 run (kick foiled); M Barber 31 FG. V Blood, 29 pass from Soli led (kick failed). INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - Morristown: Holt 41 2SS; Ravder 18 6V Sofield S-26. Bloomfield: Wollce 7-65; Testo fr46. Goldsmith 2 6. RECEIVING - Morristown: Blood 3 85; Mlsko l-U; Bloomfield: Tagnola 1- 32; Testo 2 9; Wallace 12. PASSING Morristown: Sofield 4-6-1, 96 yards; Bloomfield: Gemgagni, 4 311, 43 yards. Indiana Defeats Kentucky BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Center Kent Benson, dominating the middle, scored 11 straight points in the second half and finished with a game-high 26 yesterday in leading third-ranked Indiana to a 98-74 college basketball victory over No. 15 Kentucky. Indiana never trailed, breezing to its third straight victory this season. Kentucky, led by Kevin Grevey with 22 points, dropped to 2- 1. Scott May scored 25 points for the Hoosiers, 15 of those in the first half when Indiana 1 raced to a 54-38 lead at halftime. Steve Green added 15. Indiana led by 17 midway in the second half when Benson, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, broke loose for II points in just over two minutes. The Hoosiers then built a 31-point lead, 88-57, before Coach Bob Knight removed all the starters with 8:38 remaining. The third string came in several minutes later and mopped up. Correction Due to typographical errors in yesterday's edition, Kerry Matson was incorrectly listed us Harry Matson In the Brick TownshipCainden football slorv I V i O i4 A 11 H I

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