Monmouth takes All-Shore Classic
In the 35th installment of the US Army All-Shore Classic, Monmouth County regained bragging rights over its shore rivals with a convincing 28-7 victory on Thursday night.
St. John Vianney quarterback Anthony Carlucci tossed a pair of touchdown passes on the night, including one to teammate Anthony Pante which put Monmouth up by a score of 14-0 midway through the third quarter.
“It was great to have this week turn out in a W. We all put in a lot of work with the limited practice and really came together,” said Carlucci. “This was a lot of fun, and fun to be able to find Pante in our last game together. Very satisfying, very satisfying to come out on top.”
Brick’s Brandon Kieslor would answer the 44-yard strike from Carlucci to Pante with a two-yard plunge to narrow the margin to 14-7, but that’s as close as Ocean County would get.
“It topped off my entire year, it really did,” said Manalapan’s John Sieczkowski. “We had such a great year but this really feels like the icing on the cake. There is a lot of local rivalry in this game and it’s way more than an exhibition. It’s a nice feeling to take through the rest of summer.”
The bruising runner helped pace the Monmouth offense all evening with 100 yards on the ground and the opening salvo in the form of a hard-earned 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
In honor of the late Sam Mills of the New Orleans Saints -- a Long Branch native and Montclair State alum -- the Sam Mills Award was given to the players from each team that personified the character and perseverance of Mills, who died in 2005 from intestinal cancer. This year Freehold defensive lineman Stacey Sunnerville and Lakewood offensive lineman Zach Dickey received the honor.
Over 3,000 people turned out and were treated to a phenomenal evening of football for a great cause, honoring our troops and those that came before us to pave the way. For the seniors on the field, it was also a last chance to see some friends and strap it up one last time as a high schooler. And for the fans, it was a chance to scratch that football itch on a warm night in July.
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