By TOM WILLIAMS
The Ocean City High School football tream has played twice this year, shutting out two opponents and not allowing either one to reach the red zone. And they reached some milestones and other accomplishments along the way.
Kevin Smith notched the 49th and 50th wins of his coaching career in the two games. He becomes the third OCHS football coach to win 50 games, joining Gary Degenhardt (101) and Fenton Carey (61). Smith is currently sixth among active coaches at Cape-Atlantic League schools in career wins and 21st among active South Jersey coaches.
The Raiders ended two famines in the first two games. Ocean City had not defeated Vineland since 2013 (Smith’s third year when Frank Woolley ran for almost 1,200 yards, Joe Keyes was the QB, Dylan Fahy the top receiver and Kevin Wiesner led the team in tackles). And OCHS had not beaten Hammonton since 1981 when Ed Woolley’s team was led by QB Alex Bromhead, running backs Chris Gayle and Bob Mancari and kicker Dave Warrington. Ocean City now leads Vineland, 18-13, and Hammonton, 36-21, in their all-time series.
Absegami also trails Ocean City, 18-15, in the series between the two schools. Current coach Chris Sacco is 1-5 against OCHS, Dennis Scuderi was 4-4, John Murray 4-7 and Bob Campbell was 2-1. The only Absegami coach who had the Raiders’ number was Doug Colman, who was 5-0 against his alma mater. The OCHS Sports Hall of Famer is now a special teams coach with the Cleveland Browns.
Brendan McGonigle is now the most successful kicker in Cape May County history. He broke Dan Kennard’s school and county record for career extra points in the game against Hammonton. McGonigle now has 83 extra points (in 92 attempts). He also has 107 career kicking points, another county record and 16th most in CAL history. McGonigle is 8 for 11 kicking field goals. School record for career field goals is 11 by Chris Curran, also the county record.
Jacob Wilson has run for 285 yards in the first two games, the most rushing yards this season by any player at a CAL school. Four others have joined the OCHS senior by gaining 200 yards this season – Kanye Udoh of The Prep, LeQuint Allen of Millville, Marlon Leslie of Mainland and Cedar Creek’s Jaquan Howard. Leslie and Howard are both transfers from Pleasantville. Check out the CAL stat leaders HERE.
‘Gami QB Ray Weed is sixth among CAL players with 184 rushing yards and three TDs. He has also thrown for 238 yards, Over his career as a four-year starter, Weed has run for 1,828 yards and 28 TDs while passing for 3,636 yards and 36 touchdowns. He is on pace to become the first player at a CAL school to run for 2,000 yards and pass for 4,000. Weed is truly one of the best to play the position.
Ocean City is ranked 19th among schools located in South Jersey or playing for South Jersey titles in the Online 25 (check it out HERE). The Raiders trail five CAL teams – #1 Holy Spirit, #3 Millville, #4 St. Augustine, #7 St. Joseph and #17 Cedar Creek. The Raiders are ranked #10 in the state by MaxPreps, Absegami is #69. The Born Power Index makes OCHS a 30.3 point favorite on Friday night.
You can watch the Ocean City-Absegami game live HERE (as well as the first two games). The two-game OCHS stats totals are HERE. And the individual box scores of the first two games, along with two more decades of box scores, are HERE.