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PISCATAWAY -- Saturday afternoon's performance by Toms River North showcased just how good the Mariners can be if they run at full tilt.

Junior quarterback Micah Ford ran for 279 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries and threw for 84 yards on 3 of 4 passing as the Mariners (2-0) put together a powerful offensive performance to defeat the Bulldogs (0-1) at Rutger's University's SHI Stadium as part of the Rumble on the Raritan showcase.

Toms River North's offensive line had a huge game, paving the way for the Mariners to rush for 422 yards and roll up total 506 yards of offense. Junior running back Josh Moore added 147 yards rushing on 22 carries and junior wide receiver Jeremiah Pruitt had a 52-yard reception. Sophomore Nasir Jackson also delivered six points with a scintillating 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

As good as Toms River North's offense was, however, its stat line in the penalty department was on the opposite end of the spectrum. Penalties were also a major theme in the game and Toms River North was flagged an astounding 19 times for 208 yards. Rumson had nine penalties for 65 yards.

Rumson was led by sophomore quarterback Owen O'Toole, who completed 19 of 28 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Scott Venancio caught five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown, including a 51-yard score, and junior wide receiver Nick Rigby caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Brayden Dill and Alastair Orr each had 3-yard touchdown runs.

 

BOX SCORE

No. 2 Toms River North 40, No. 6 Rumson-Fair Haven 27

Toms River North

Rumson-Fair Haven

First downs

22

17

Rushes-yards

51-422

15-18

Passing

19-28-1

3-4-0

Passing yards

84

272

Penalties-yards

19-208

9-65

Fumbles-lost

0-0

0-0

 

1

2

3

4

F

Toms River North (2-0)

7

7

20

6

40

Rumson-Fair Haven (0-1)

0

7

7

13

27

Scoring Summary

TRN — Micah Ford 3-yard run (Yianni Papanikolas kick)

RFH — Scott Venancio 51-yard pass from Owen O’Toole (Dominic Panke kick)

TRN — Micah Ford 2-yard run (Yianni Papanikolas kick)

TRN — Micah Ford 33-yard run (Yianni Papanikolas kick)

RFH — Brayden Dill 3-yard run (Dominic Panke kick)

TRN — Nasir Jackson 98-yard kickoff return (Yianni Papanikolas kick)

TRN — Micah Ford 11-yard run (kick failed)

RFH — Alastair Orr 3-yard run (Dominic Panke kick)

TRN — Micah Ford 25-yard run (kick failed)

RFH — Nick Rigby 16-yard pass from Owen O’Toole (kick failed)

Individual Statistics

RUSHING — TRN: Micah Ford 26-268, Josh Moore 22-147, Jeremiah Pruitt 2-11; RFH: Jackson Gallagher 2-13, Alastair Orr 7-7, Brayden Dill 5-4, Owen O’Toole 1-(-6).

PASSING — TRN: Micah Ford 3-4-0 84; RFH: Owen O’Toole 19-28-1 272.

RECEIVING — TRN: Jeremiah Pruitt 1-52, Camryn Thomas 1-17, Josh Moore 1-15; RFH: Scott Venancio 5-84, Nick Rigby 4-74, Alastair Orr 2-44, Sean Trinder 3-24.

INTERCEPTIONS — TRN: Josh Moore 1-0.

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