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Quick hits: Ocean City vs. Middle Township

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Ocean City 42, Middle Township 39 Score at halftime: Middle Township 19, Ocean City 15 Records: Ocean City 1-4; Middle Township 2-3 Up next: Ocean City at Vineland, Friday, 7 p.m. Middle Township vs. Cedar Creek, Friday, 7 p.m. Mammoth effort by Woolley: You get the feeling Ocean City senior running back Frank Woolley snacks on galvanized nails and Linebacker Kevin Wiesner helped the Red Raiders defense hold the Panthers scoreless in the third quarter as Ocean City came from behind and built a 10-point lead. Linebacker Kevin Wiesner helped the Red Raiders defense hold the Panthers scoreless in the third quarter as Ocean City came from behind and built a 10-point lead. Halftime adjustments: Middle Township was having its way with the core of Ocean City’s defense in the first half while building up a 19-15 halftime lead. But in the second half the Raiders regrouped. Linebackers Dan Walsh, Owen Naplacic, Kevin Wiesner and Zac Williams had a much better showing in the third quarter, allowing Ocean City to come from behind to build a 29-19 lead heading into the fourth. Learning how to win: Smith said his team has to figure out how to play with a lead if it hopes to turn the corner this season. That was evident in the fourth quarter, as Ocean City blew a pair of 10-point leads and Middle Township scored 20 points in the final frame. Hustle pays off: A key play in the game came early in the fourth quarter. Dylan Fahy flushed Middle’s quarterback out to the left, narrowly missing a sack. Defensive lineman Zac Wyman didn’t give up on the play, chasing the QB down from behind and deflecting his throw. The ball went right into the hands of Naplacic, who took it to the house to give Ocean City a 35-25 lead. Getting even: Although Ocean City started the season 0-4, the Raiders have a legit shot at getting back to .500 in early November. Their next three games are against Lower Cape May, Vineland and Egg Harbor Township, teams that have combined for just three wins this season. Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays.

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