Atlantic City Vikings overcome Absegami 33-25

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Teams meet again in playoff rematch Saturday

The A.C. Vikings again did what they have been doing all year to stun the opposition with long touchdown passes. Quarterback Jarryn McBride connected with his favorite target Dayshawn Reynolds on a 44-yard touchdown run to beat Absegami in a classic shootout of two ranked and evenly matched teams. The Viking players dug out from the impact of Sandy to earn the home field playoff advantage next Saturday. Local Domaneek Hurd Brown paced the Vikings with two touchdowns. Defensive lineman Rob Glanville had a key sack to help gain the victory in another wild scoring Viking win.

Spirit fights off Oakcrest in fourth quarter to win 26-14

Holy Spirit faced a stunning defeat entering the fourth quarter trailing winless Oakcrest 14-13. However, the A.J. Dawson and Taalib Jerald scored in the final period to stave off the upset. The victory earned the Spartans the No. 2 seed and home field advantage in its match against Bishop Eustace Saturday. Barring any upsets, the Spartans seem headed for their third consecutive state championship game against a strong Immaculata team.

Atlantic City’s potent offense faces Spirit’s capable defense on Thanksgiving

This year’s traditional Atlantic City-Holy Spirit game will be one of the most anticipated in years. The Vikings are 6-2 and have become a real threat to win a South Jersey championship. In sharp contrast, the Spartans’ defense has stymied almost every opponent except Millville. The Vikings should enter the fray as a five-point favorite. The comparison of the two teams is fascinating.

The Vikings are ranked 27th in the state prior to the win over Gami, while Spirit was ranked 50th. The Vikings have outscored opponents 34-21. Spirit has outscored opponents 21-13. The list below shows that Spirit limited high-scoring St. Joe to 7 points, shut out Absegami 18-0, and limited EHT to three points. These same teams on the other hand have scored 28, 25, and 38 points against Atlantic City.

Millville at Atlantic City, (L) 24-19

Atlantic City at Egg Harbor Township, (W) 34-28

Atlantic City at Oakcrest, (W) 33-6

Hammonton at Atlantic City, (W) 19-7

St. Joseph at Atlantic City, (L) 28-25

Mainland Regional at Atlantic City, (W) 40-16

Atlantic City at Absegami, (W) 33-25

Millville at Holy Spirit, (L) 27-20

Holy Spirit at Egg Harbor Township, (W) 17-3

Oakcrest at Holy Spirit, (W) 26-14

Holy Spirit at Hammonton, (L) 22-20

Holy Spirit at St. Joseph, (L) 7-0

Mainland Regional at Holy Spirit, (W) 21-6

Holy Spirit at Absegami, (W) 18-0

No team has held Atlantic City under 19 points this year. If Atlantic City scores 19 or more points, the Vikings should win the Boyd/Marczyk Trophy. If Spirit’s defense can contain the Vikings speed and passing attack as they have done against other high scoring teams, Spirit can pull the upset. However, this is a traditional game that dates back 90 years, and past records and statistics can be meaningless.

The only sure bet is that this is Thanksgiving, and amidst all of the suffering from Sandy we all have so much to be thankful for. We are blessed to live in Brigantine, honored as the ‘Kindest Place in New Jersey.’ We are thankful for our heroic first responders. We are thankful for neighbors helping neighbors. We are thankful for our school, the Community Center, the True Spirit Coalition, the countless donors and other community organizations, the city and its work crews, and all who helped others. Let’s pause and be truly thankful for each other.

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