By TOM WILLIAMS
Three more OCHS football records were broken and another tied last Friday at Carey Stadium as the regular season nears a close in all Ocean City High School sports – and the NJSIAA post-season is about to begin.
Aaron Bogushefsky’s boys soccer team (7-1) starts post-season play on Saturday when his Raiders host Burlington Township (2-8) in the first round of something called Southwest D Group 3. The Raiders are seeded #3 and, with a win over Burlington Township, would host either Deptford (4-8) or Northern Burlington (3-0-2). Triton (11-0) is the top seed and Moorestown (8-1-2) is #2. The Raiders defeated Lower Cape May, 5-0, last week with five different players scoring – Reed Lindsay, John Lindsay, Ben Steiger, Kai Lindsay and Wade Hudak. Reed Lindsay leads the team with five goals and 12 assists this year.
The OCHS girls soccer team (6-0-1), defending state champions and ranked #4 in the state by NJ.com, is somehow the #2 seed in Southeast B and will open play on Nov. 18 against Vineland (3-4). The winner of that game will play either Mainland (7-1) or Hammonton (5-3) two days later. Millville (8-1), unranked in the state top 20, is the #1 seed. Senior Faith Slimmer, a Rutgers recruit, scored four times and had two assists in a 9-0 win over Lower Cape May last week. Slimmer has 13 goals and 11 assists this year, best on the team. She shares the goal lead with junior Summer Reimet.
In field hockey, the Raiders (8-2), ranked 13th in the state by NJ.com, are the #1 seed in Southeast A and will play the winner between Atlantic City (1-7) and Lower Cape May (3-5) on Nov. 17. The winner of that game will face either Mainland (5-4) or Millville (5-3-1) in the semi-finals. On Saturday at Carey Stadium, senior Tara McNally, a Hofstra recruit, blew up Mainland, scoring four times in an 11-1 rout. McNally leads the team with 21 goals and 11 assists.
In cross country, the OCHS boys and girls will run in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 Meets on Saturday at DREAM Park in Logan Township. The Ocean City boys, (below, properly wearing masks) won the South Jersey Track Coaches Open last Saturday with junior Owen Ritti finishing third overall followed by senior Brendan Schlatter in seventh, sophomore Chris Sardy 12th, sophomore Nick Scarangelli 14th and freshman Matt Hoffman 15th.
The Ocean City girls finished third behind Mainland and Clearview. Senior Alexa Palmieri was 10th, freshman Frankie Ritzel was 17th, senior Isabella Padula 19th, sophomore Grace McAfee 21st and sophomore Avery Jackson 24th.
The football team registered its fifth straight win, 63-0, over Mainland Friday night at Carey Stadium, the third highest point total by an OCHS team in history.
The RAIDER DIARY, including day-by-day results and schedules of all fall teams, plus links to every team page, is HERE.
The Football PODs: Call them PODs or brackets or quads – whatever you want – the post-season in football begins this weekend. In the West Jersey Football League there are four brackets and the rest of the teams play what amounts to consolation games. After last weekend’s results, they changed the brackets. Williamstown was removed from the top bracket after losing to Millville and dropped to the third bracket. Camden was moved up from the third bracket to the second bracket and Winslow Township advanced from the second bracket to the top bracket. All of this moved Ocean City up from third seed to second seed in the second bracket, giving the Raiders a home game Friday against St. Joseph Academy. The other half of the bracket finds Camden at Burlington Township. The winners and losers of the two games will play the following weekend.
More Jake records: Jake Schneider scored his 18th career touchdown reception Friday against Mainland to extend his own school record. He also set a new record for career receiving yardage, lifting his total to 1,716 yards, six more yards than Scott Lipford’s old school record. And he caught six passes in the game, extending his record career total to 106. He needs 11 more catches to tie the Cape-Atlantic League record set by Bo Melton at Cedar Creek. Melton is now a wide receiver at Rutgers. Schneider is also credited with a new school record with three interceptions returned for TDs this year.
The Repetti File: Senior quarterback Joe Repetti had quite a first half. He completed eight of nine passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for nearly 80 yards and two more scores. Repetti, who only took four snaps in the second half, increased his career TD pass total to 19, one short of the school record by Al Genz. He finished the game with 183 passing yards, becoming the seventh OCHS QB to throw for more than 2,000 career yards. He now has 2,104, moving past Ian Aungst into sixth place. Just ahead are No. 5 Jordan Torroni (2,241) and No. 4 Chris Curran (2,291).
63 Points: Neither team had scored 63 points in the 49 games between Ocean City and Mainland. The most previous was 56 by Mainland in 2008. The last time OCHS scored 63 points was in 1996 when the Raiders scored 70 against Atlantic City. The school record is 71 set in 1944. Mainland had never before allowed 63 points in the 60 seasons it has played football. The most prior was 58 points by Bridgeton in 1972. The last Cape-Atlantic League school to score 63 or more points in a game was St. Joseph last season. The Wildcats defeated Morris Catholic, 76-22, on Nov. 23 in an NJSIAA playoff game.
Mr. Automatic: Brendan McGonigle kicked eight extra points against Mainland, tying the school record set by Matt Daher in 1995 against Holy Spirit. The Raiders won that game, 56-34. Senior Tim Waller kicked one of the OCHS PATs in the third quarter Friday, though many of us missed that substitution. The CAL record is 10 in one game. McGonigle is now 30 for 33 this year and leads CAL kickers this year in kicking points with 36. All the CAL scoring leaders (including McGonigle, Schneider, Repetti, Jake Inserra, Charley Cossaboone and Jacob Wilson) are HERE.
Catching Woolley: Friday’s win was number 47 for Kevin Smith as OCHS head coach, tying him for third all-time in football victories at Ocean City with Ed Woolley. Smith is now 47-50 in his 10th season. Ed Woolley was 47-34-1 in nine seasons, including a South Jersey championship in his last season. When he completes this season, Smith will be the second OCHS football coach to coach 100 games. Gary Degenhardt coached 156.
The full box score of the Ocean City-Mainland game is HERE.
Video of the game is HERE.
The 5-game OCHS season stats are HERE.