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Atlantic City 43, Absegami 31 Score at halftime: Atlantic City 29, Absegami 7 Records: Atlantic City 4-4; Absegami 3-5 Up next: Atlantic City is vying for the last playoff spot in S.J. Group V. Playoff pairings become official on Sunday. Absegami will get an NJSIAA consolation game next week before hosting Oakcrest on Thanksgiving. Fast start: The Vikings were off and running from the first play from scrimmage. That’s when sophomore quarterback Jamir Prevard burst through the line and raced 59 yards for a touchdown. On the next possession, Prevard hit Isaiah Graves on a swing pass to make it 14-0. That score was set up when Ahmad Williams scooped up a fumble and returned it to the Absegami 16-yard line. Later in the first quarter, Atlantic City built a 21-0 lead when Osh-Shakkur Derrick scored on a 10-yard pass from Prevard. By the time halftime came, the Vikings had built a 29-7 lead and the Braves were playing catch-up the rest of the way. Add him to the list: An underlying theme of this high school football season has been the emergence of potential star quarterbacks in the Atlantic City sophomore quarterback Jamir Prevard accounted for four scores on Friday night in a win over Absegami, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O'Sullivan Atlantic City sophomore quarterback Jamir Prevard accounted for four scores on Friday night in a win over Absegami, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O’Sullivan Cape-Atlantic League. Sophomore Sa’Laam Horne has been impressive for St. Joseph and freshman Kendall Elliott became the first freshman in Oakcrest school history to pass for more than 1,000 yards in a season when he hit that mark on Friday night. And Cedar Creek southpaw Jesse Milza, another freshman, had seven passing touchdowns coming into this weekend for the 6-1 Pirates. You can add Prevard to the list. He’s got size (6-2, 170), speed and moxie. Late in the game, with the Vikings trying to run out the clock, Prevard was flushed from the pocket and rolled left. In a situation like that, quarterbacks are taught to just get down, stay in bounds and keep the clock moving. But that’s the thing about young quarterbacks. They are always looking to make a play. Instead of going to the turf, Prevard launched a long pass into double coverage. Graves leaped, caught the ball near the sideline at the 2-yard line, and tiptoed into the end zone to make it 43-25 with 3:51 left and give the Vikings some breathing room. Dolan to Welch connection: It looked like the game was over at halftime with AC holding a 29-7 lead. But Absegami QB Mike Dolan is a gamer. With a little bit of a hitch in his Grant Nulty and the Vikings' defense kept Absegami star running back David Hood in check throughout the first half Friday night. Grant Nulty and the Vikings’ defense kept Absegami star running back David Hood in check throughout the first half Friday night. first half. Harris-Lyles, Lyvonne Diaz and Nulty did a great job up front and linebacker Deon Davis had a nice game on the outside edge. Even secondary guys such as Aquan Conoway were big in run support. Hood did finish with 137 yards, but it took 30 carries to get there. Na’eem Santiago also chipped in with an interception. Backbreaker: If Absegami had any thoughts of pulling out a miraculous comeback, they were pretty much squashed on the Vikings’ first play of the second half. After the Braves cut the lead to 29-13 following a long drive capped by a Hood touchdown, Derrick showed off his speed by getting to the edge and ripping off a 68-yard touchdown run that made it 37-13. Stat of the day: From the time Absegami held a 30-13 lead in last season’s playoff game until the Braves scored late in the first half Friday night, the Vikings had outscored Absegami 50-0. The Vikings came back to win last year’s game 34-30, then built a 29-0 lead on Friday night. Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays. 

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