The Brigantine Rams varsity football team once again showed resiliency and talent, shaking off an early deficit to pummel a tough Hammonton team 30-8 at Walter Bew Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Brigantine.
The varsity Rams are now undefeated at 6-0 heading into their homecoming game against the visiting Linwood Panthers on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Brigantine started the contest on defense and the Hawks put together a prolonged drive that resulted in an 8-0 Hammonton lead. With just over four minutes left in the half, the Rams varsity sprung into action. On the second play from scrimmage, Wahaaj Powell scampered around the right side for a 52-yard touchdown run. Yadiel Feliciano's kick split the uprights to make it 8-8. After the Rams' defense forced the Hawks into a four-and-out, Powell and the offense went back to work and on the ensuing possession to take the lead they would not relinquish.
On Hammonton’s final possession of the half, the Rams Michael Pena sacked the Hammonton quarterback to cause a fumble that defensive lineman Dillon Knoff recovered. Then, with just over 30 seconds left until the break, great blocking by Feliciano and Jeremy Acevedo opened up some running room for Powell, who took a toss from quarterback Trevor Cohen and scampered around the left side for a 48-yard score en route to a 22-8 halftime lead for the Rams.
In the second half, the Rams' defense took the spotlight, holding Hammonton's offense to little gain. The defensive line of Knoff, Nick Timek, Nick Visco and Brenden Saint Claire shut down the interior running game. Omar Rodriguez had three deflected passes to help hold Hammonton at bay. Brigantine put the game away with a 94-yard touchdown run late in the game again by Powell. Feliciano then split the uprights for the third time in four tries with time winding down, giving the Rams the insurmountable 30-8 lead that they maintained.
The Brigantine Rams JV squad fought hard, holding Hammonton to one score out of the gate and battling tough in a 30-19 loss. The JV got an impressive pair of touchdown from John Taylor on two kickoff returns. Matt Hoffman had a 10-yard TD on a quarterback sneak, and Gavin Cohen added the extra point to cap the Rams' scoring. Brandon Gaines had over 80 yards rushing on the ground, and also lead the team on defense with 19 solo tackles.
The Rams Peewee football team battled hard, but fell into a big first-half hole and could not recover. Despite the loss, the Rams' defense stepped up big with multiple stops by Jake Groeber and Jack Murray.
The Rams Taxi team showed marked improvement on both sides of the ball. Running back John Ortiz had a 50-yard breakaway on a reverse for a touchdown, and Joey Handle showed a heads-up move by scrambling into the end zone on a 15-yard pass play. Jayden Graves added the extra point. Running backs Dylan Taboga and Dillon Kelly hit the Hawks inside and out on offense, and the Rams got some equally super efforts on both sides of the ball from JJ Williams, Jaden Watson, Carter Doorley, Liam Williamson and Jerry Jusino.
The young four horseman of Geno Handle, Shane Jeansonne, Jovanni Delgado and Hasir Bruce got into the action with some exciting plays, while two-way linemen Isreal Washington and Abdur Simms helped seal an exceptional Taxi team performance.
The Taxi team starts the action on Homecoming Day against Linwood at 2:15 p.m. at Walter Bew Field, 42nd Street – Lou Wagenheim Way – and Bayshore Avenue. Come on out and show your hometown team some support!