OCHS Notes – Week Two

By TOM WILLIAMS

Ocean City’s fall sports teams are off to a great start. The seven varsity teams are a combined 20-1-1 after today’s action.

The cross country teams swept Vineland today at Carey Stadium with Owen Ritti and Erin Hanlon leading the way; girls soccer, which held on to its #5 ranking in the state despite the tie with Middle Township, shut out Cape May Tech, 7-0, with Faith Slimmer scoring four times and Summer Reimet twice; and the boys soccer team defeated Tech, 9-0, with Chris Catona scoring twice and Reed Lindsay getting four assists. Lindsay tied a school record for assists in a game set by Brendan Gallagher in 1987 and also tied by Chad Severs (2000), Adam Sternberger (2001) and Rich Baker (2001).

Field hockey and girls tennis both play at home tomorrow within a block of each other – field hockey vs. Lower Cape May and tennis against Atlantic City.

The football team coasted to its second straight running-clock victory, 48-0, over Oakcrest on Friday. And Kevin Smith’s Raiders will visit Egg Harbor City on Saturday to face Cedar Creek. OCHS athletics director Geoff Haines has received tickets from Cedar Creek. ¬†Starting tomorrow after 9am seniors may request up to four tickets, non-senior varsity players can request two tickets and junior varsity players may also request a ticket.

97 points: The last time an OCHS football team scored 97 points in its first two games was in 1944 when the Raiders defeated Atlantic City Trade School, 71-7, and Middle Township, 45-6, for 116 points. If you need more information on those games, check with assistant coach Mike Eisenstein – he reportedly scouted them. By the way, that 1944 team won its third game, 63-0, over Wildwood for 160 points in three games. The 2000 Ocean City team scored 94 points in its first two games, the most by a post World War II team until Friday.

That’s Mike Eisenstein, on the right

The Repetti File: On Sunday, Wildwood High School graduate Frank Vogel coached the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA championship. Vogel won the Cape-Atlantic League boys three-point shootout back in 1991, his first step toward stardom. Do you know who was the girls three-point winner that year? Correct! It was Joe Repetti’s mother, then Sue Devlin, wearing the green and white of Mainland (where she now teaches and once coached). Two three-point shooters destined for stardom – NBA champion Frank Vogel plus Joe Repetti’s mother and former Mainland basketball coach Sue Repetti. As for Joe, he threw four TDs in the first half against Oakcrest, one short of Chris Curran’s 2009 school record of five in a game. Joe didn’t play in the second half. Repetti now has 25 career TD passes, five away from the school record by Al Genz. He lifted his career passing yards to 1,643, #8 in school history and 129 behind #7 Bob Glaspey.

Big contributions: You always hear about the importance of size in a football player. Weight rooms. healthy weight-gaining diets and other programs are designed to make players bigger. But this OCHS team is proof that there is room for everybody, of every size, on a football team. Ocean City’s leading scorer and leading receiver – Jake Schneider – is 5-8, 159 pounds. The team’s leading rusher – Jack Hoag – is 5-7, 138. There is also kicker Brendan McGonigle (5-11, 150), who leads the CAL in kicking points; and running back Jacob Wilson (5-8, 166), who averages over 10 yards per carry. They all get help from some big guys, to be sure, but these four prove that players of all sizes can help a team succeed.

Jacob Wilson on his way to one of his 2 TDs (BRIAN GREEN Photo)

Number 7: Speaking of Jake Schneider, he caught three touchdown passes against Oakcrest to become the seventh OCHS receiver to do that in one game. The first was Dave Slaughter, who did it twice in 1974. Hall of Famer Joe Myers did it in 1976, Rick Lipford in 1993, Hall of Famer Scott Lipford three times in 1996, Bob Shallcross in 2016 and Brandon Lashley twice in 2018. Those three TD catches gave Schneider 16 for his career, tying Scott Lipford’s school record. He moved up to #2 on the career receiving yardage list with 1,383, passing Ray Rogers. Scott Lipford has the record with 1,710. And Schneider has 91 career catches, six away from the OCHS record by Ryan Taylor.

Mr. Automatic: Junior Brendan McGonigle kicked six more extra points in seven tries on Friday, making him 13 for 14 on the season. McGonigle has made 57 of 63 extra point attempts in his career, now the second highest PAT total at OCHS. He passed Matt Chila (54) and Chris Curran (52) on Friday and only Dan Kennard (81) has more.

Under fire: Oakcrest senior Nissim Respes had never played high school football before this year. He has been a pretty good basketball player, scoring 21 points against the Raiders last winter. He came out for the football team to play wide receiver. But sophomore QB Joel Thompson, who threw for 142 yards in the Falcons’ opening night loss to Atlantic City, hurt his shoulder and Coach Eric Anderson asked Respes to fill in. For a guy with no football experience he did OK under the heavy Ocean City rush, completing six of 14 passes for 51 yards and running 13 times for 22 yards. He probably hopes to be back at wide receiver Friday when Buena comes to Mays Landing.

Defense: A lot is being made about the 97 points the Raiders have scored in the first two games (see above) but what about the defense. Ocean City has allowed just 93 rushing yards in the two games, an average of 1.9 yards per carry. Opposing QBs have completed just 35 percent of their passes. And the other guys have reached the red zone just twice. Three players – Jake Schneider, Tom Schutta and Tim Waller – have returned interceptions more than 40 yards. Many teams have gone whole seasons without that. The big defensive producers from last year’s team – led by Jake Inserra, Brad Jamison and Mike Rhodes – are really doing the job (though most have sat out the second half) and guys like Charley Cossaboone, Mike Gray and Sean Mazzitelli have stepped up to join them. Sure, the schedule will get tougher. But this defense seems ready for any challenge.

Charley Cossaboone makes the stop on Oakcrest’s Shamar Gonzalez (BRIAN GREEN Photo)

Man with the horn: Oakcrest senior Grant Johnson has to be one of the best high school instrumentalists in the area. He played a saxophone solo in the halftime band show and played the National Anthem solo before the game. A young Kenny G.

The full box score of the Ocean City-Oakcrest game is here.

Video of the game is here.

Ocean City’s two-game stat totals are here.

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