By TOM WILLIAMS
The great fall season for Ocean City’s teams continues. The seven varsity teams are a combined 27-3-1 going into today’s action.
The cross country teams swept Middle Township yesterday, 15-50, at Carey Stadium with Owen Ritti and Alexa Palmieri leading the way. They run against Mainland next Monday.
Field hockey, ranked #17 in the state by NJ.com, dropped a 3-2 decision to #11 ranked Haddonfield Saturday at Carey Stadium. Junior Olivia Vanesko and senior Nya Gilchrist scored for the Raiders. Earlier, OCHS defeated Lower Cape May, 10-0, with senior and Hofstra recruit Tara McNally scoring five times. Gilchrist and sophomore Ella Brogan each scored twice. Field hockey hosts Middle Township tomorrow night at Carey Stadium.
The girls soccer team, ranked #5 in the state, had its Saturday game with Lower Cape May postponed until November because of COVID-19 exposure in the Lower team.
The football team registered its third straight running-clock victory, 45-7, over Cedar Creek on Saturday. It was the first OCHS win over Cedar Creek after four straight losses. Kevin Smith’s Raiders will host Millville, the best team on its regular schedule, Friday at Carey Stadium. It will be the Homecoming Game. OCHS athletics director Geoff Haines has tickets that are available to players, cheerleaders, band members and Homecoming Queen candidates. As always, everyone must have a ticket and wear a mask to attend and stay 6-10 feet apart from other families.
The RAIDER DIARY, including day-by-day results and schedules of all fall teams, plus links to every team page, is HERE.
New record: Jake Schneider has caught more touchdown passes than any player in Ocean City High School history. Schneider scored his 17th on Saturday in the first quarter when he took a pass from Joe Repetti over the middle and sprinted through the Cedar Creek defense. The old record was set by Hall of Famer Scott Lipford, who caught 16, in 1996 and Ray Rogers tied it two years later. It was also the Cape-Atlantic League record until 2005 when Ryan Abdilla of Mainland finished his career with 18. The current CAL mark is 25 by Bo Melton of Cedar Creek, who last played in 2016. Scott Lipford called Jake this week to congratulate him.
More Schneider: Jake caught five passes for 40 yards at Cedar Creek. He now has 96 catches in his career and the OCHS record is 97 by Ryan Taylor, set in 2000. Schneider’s career receiving yardage is now 1,423, No. 2 all-time at OCHS behind Lipford’s 1,710. The 5-8 senior also has returned two interceptions for TDs. Brandon Lashley had two in 2018 and they are the only two Raiders with multiple defensive TDs in one season in more than 20 years.
40 points plus: OCHS has now scored 40 or more points in its first three games. The Raiders also did that last year in their second, third and fourth games against Egg Harbor Township, Bridgeton and Absegami. The last time an OCHS team scored 40 or more in four straight games was in 1995 when Hall of Famer Gary Degenhardt’s team passed that mark against Holy Spirit, Millville, Cumberland and EHT.
The Repetti File: Joe Repetti completed 14 of 30 passes Saturday for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 27 career TD passes, three away from the school record by Al Genz. He lifted his career passing yardage to 1,780, passing Bob Glaspey and moving into No. 7 all-time at OCHS. Ian Aungst is No. 6 with 2,002. Joe also ran for 61 yards to become the team’s leading rusher with 150 yards in three games. But the best thing Repetti did came in the first quarter. He found Brady Rauner alone after a pump fake and hit him at the five yard line. But Rauner, an intensely competitive athlete, dropped the ball. While Rauner stood there, frustrated by the play, Repetti ran to him near the goal line, shook his hand and patted him on the helmet. It brought Rauner back into focus and he had another great game, making a terrific catch in the end zone in the fourth quarter for his second TD of the season. And, since this is The Repetti File, in the fourth quarter sophomore Sean Repetti, holding for the extra point, made a remarkable save of a very high snap that allowed junior Brandon McGonigle to kick his sixth PAT of the game.
Mr. Automatic: Speaking of McGonigle, he was six for six on Saturday, making him 19 for 20 on the season. McGonigle has made 63 of 69 extra point attempts in his career, the second highest PAT total at OCHS. He also kicked a 28 yard field goal Saturday, the fifth of his career, and the only field goal by a CAL kicker in the first three weeks of this season.
Cedar Creek’s score: Cedar Creek scored Saturday on the first offensive play of the game. The Raiders seemed to have the dangerous junior JoJo Bermudez trapped as he tried to sweep the right end. But he escaped and came back to the left sideline, getting a couple key blocks and outrunning the defense for a 91 yard score. It was the longest scoring play against the Raiders since Highland’s Johnny Martin went 91 yards in a 2018 playoff game. Then, Cedar Creek’s Taylor Manning kicked the extra point, the 100th kicking point of his career. Manning ranks No. 20 in CAL history in kicking points.
Defensive trio: A trio of seniors continue their strong contributions defensively. Jake Inserra, Mike Rhodes ad Brad Jamison are the top three in tackles after three games but it is nothing new. Inserra, who scored three times against Cedar Creek – two as a running back and one with an interception – now has 163 tackles in his career; Brad Jamison has 103 and Mike Rhodes has 93. But the numbers go further than that. Inserra has 9.5 tackles for losses, including three sacks. Jamison has 12.5 tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks. And Rhodes has 25.5 tackles for losses and six sacks. They aren’t the only Ocean City defenders playing well, by any stretch, but their numbers show they are leading the way.
The full box score of the Ocean City-Cedar Creek game is here.
Video of the game is here.
Ocean City’s three-game stat totals are here.