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What We Learned: Week 6

October 25, 2011

Home is sweet again for Point Boro football: The Panthers football team provided everyone in town with a big sigh of relief on Friday night. Picking up a 27-13 victory over Lakewood High School marked their first home win this season. Point Boro quarterback John Dunbar rushed for 127 yards and scored three touchdowns while Jack Vitale added 76 yards of his own. The Panthers (3-3) are now gearing up to play the Raritan Rockets on the road Friday night, a team that has struggled with a 2-4 record this year.

Point Boro boys’ soccer can crash a good party: The 24th seeded Panthers have officially crashed the Shore Conference Tournament in epic style. The Panthers knocked off 9th-seeded Freehold Boro High School 1-0 on Thursday and stunned the 8th-seeded Colts Neck Braves 2-1 on Saturday. The Panthers will officially attempt to shock the world today playing Christian Brothers Academy, whose program is ranked high as 5th in the United States.

Winds of change blow in Point Beach: This past season Mater Dei pulled a stunning 7-6 upset over Point Beach. This year is different with the team showing a little consistency. The Garnet Gulls got their revenge with a powerful rushing attack. Kyle Samaritano finished with 141 yards on 11 carries, Cody Coleman rushed for 106 yards on 13 carries, and Andre Cochran ended the night with 73 yards on six carries. The 48-28 victory at Donald T. Fioretti Field improved the Garnet Gulls record to 5-1. Point Beach is on a collision course with Dunellen High School, who has opened the season unscathed with a 6-0 record. The two teams will square off on Friday night at Dunellen.

Point Boro field hockey peaked a little too late: The Panthers field hockey program finished just shy of a .500 record — just missing the Oct. 19 cutoff date to qualify for the state tournament. Since the deadline, the Panthers are 2-0, defeating St. Rose 3-1 Thursday and Brick Memorial 4-1, Tuesday. The Panthers will end the season playing Central Regional on the road today and Metuchen in a home finale on Friday.

For full coverage of all local sports teams, check out this Friday’s issue of The Ocean Star.

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