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Weekend whiparound: EHT football wins in dramatic fashion; can anyone stop Ocean City field hockey?

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Each Sunday evening, Glory Days Magazine publisher Dave O’Sullivan will recap highlights of the previous week in Cape-Atlantic League sports and give his thoughts on the different teams we cover. Talk about a wild way to start a coaching career! In his first game at the helm as the skipper of the Egg Harbor Township football team, Kevin Stetser witnessed a see-saw battle as the Eagles opened their season at Atlantic City. The Eagles were down 21-12 early in the second half and it seemed as though Atlantic City was in control, on the verge of running away with a big win. But ETH fought back, cutting the lead to 21-18 when Dante Moore took a screen pass 35 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles then got a safety on the following kickoff to cut the deficit to 21-20. Atlantic City bounced right back when quarterback Jamir Prevard scrambled and ran in from 26 yards out to push the lead to 27-20. A Vikings interception late in the fourth quarter put the Eagles in a dire predicament, but EHT’s defense came up with a big stop that allowed the offense one more crack at it. Rob Coursey converted a fourth down with just more than a minute to play, which led to quarterback Kyle Houghton scoring from two yards out with 33 seconds left. That put Stetser in a pressure-packed situation. The Eagles had struggled with extra points all night, so Stetser decided to go for the two-point conversion, and the win. Kevin Stetser, in his first game as head coach of the Egg Harbor Township football team, went for two in the waning seconds and pulled out a 28-27 win over Atlantic City. Kevin Stetser, in his first game as head coach of the Egg Harbor Township football team, went for two in the waning seconds and pulled out a 28-27 win over Atlantic City. Houghton rolled out and found Coursey in the end zone to put EHT up 28-27, and Atlantic City’s last-gasp effort came up short. “It was a great game, very exciting. We came together as a team at the end. Coach told us we came here to win, so he huddled us up, called a timeout and drew up the best play possible and told us it was our job to go out there and execute it,” said senior running back Rob Coursey. Coursey said there wasn’t even a moment’s hesitation. The Eagles were going to go for two, and the win. “We came all the way back and we were thinking we could win it. We had faith in our offense. (Stetser) wanted to go for two the whole way. We figured we had come back this far and had fought so hard, why tie it? We wanted to go for the win,” Coursey said. “We came off the bus expecting to win. We say the champions creed before every game and it says ‘if you think you are beaten, you are.’ We never had one thought in our mind that we were going to lose the game. We had a chance to go for the win and we had to take it.” Coursey said he was wide open, as the defender covering him went after Houghton when Houghton was flushed out of the pocket. His biggest concern was simply not dropping the pass. “I was pretty wide open. Atlantic City was in a man coverage, and I guess my defender saw Kyle roll out and went for him, and then I was wide open in the back of the end zone,” Coursey said. “I said, ‘I have to catch this. If I don’t, I’m going to be the most hated man in school.’ It was amazing (to win that way). It’s like nothing I’ve ever done before.” Consensus No. 1: St. Joseph did little to disprove the notion that it is the best team in South Jersey, as the Wildcats rolled past St. Augustine 36-6 on Saturday afternoon in their season opener. The Wildcats came into the season ranked No. 1 in the Press of Atlantic City, the Courier-Post and 97.3 ESPN FM, and after their dominating win over the Hermits they are ranked No. 5 in the state by nj.com, the highest ranking for a South Jersey school in that top 20 poll. Battlin’ Buena: Bridgeton was heavily favored to beat the Chiefs, but Buena Regional always puts a scrappy, hard-nosed team on the field and this season is no different. The Chiefs handled Bridgeton’s speedsters and pitched a shutout, beating Bridgeton 7-0 in probably the biggest surprise of the weekend. Another surprise was Ocean City going on the road with a revamped offense to beat Absegami 19-12. Hammonton got a win in its inaugural West Jersey Football League game, taking down Kingsway 10-0. Record-setter: If you haven’t heard the name Rob Ennis yet, well, don’t kid yourself. You have. All the Millville running back and Purdue recruit did on Friday night was pile up a school record 315 yards to go along with four touchdowns as the Thunderbolts outlasted host Mainland 39-24. Give the Mustangs credit though, they got their offense going behind new starting quarterback Sam Jackson, who used his athleticism to make plays and help Mainland keep the game pretty close into the fourth quarter. Closing in on 100: Madie Gibson of Lower Cape May Regional scored a pair of goals last week against Cedar Creek and is now just 10 goals away from 100 for her career. If she hits that mark, she’ll become just the fifth female from Cape May County to amass 100 tallies. The Ocean City girls soccer team made a nice gesture following their game against Mainland on Thursday, as each Red Raiders player handed a green carnation to a Mainland counterpart. Mainland is mourning the loss of a team member who was killed in a car accident just before the season began. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O'Sullivan) The Ocean City girls soccer team made a nice gesture following their game against Mainland on Thursday, as each Red Raiders player handed a green carnation to a Mainland counterpart. Mainland is mourning the loss of a team member who was killed in a car accident just before the season began. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O’Sullivan) What we know: Ocean City field hockey is for real. The Red Raiders have dominated their first three opponents to the tune of 23-1. Led by Kelly Hanna and Lauren McNally, Ocean City could be the best team in South Jersey, maybe even better than last year when the Red Raiders won their second straight Group 3 state championship. … Atlantic City field hockey is on fire. The Vikings have jumped out to a 3-0 start, including a 1-0 win over Millville on Friday as Keirsten Campbell scored the game’s only goal. … Ocean City is a class act. Following a thrilling 2-1 win over arch-rival Mainland on Thursday, the girls soccer players each presented a counterpart on Mainland a green carnation to show their support as the Mustangs go through a difficult time mourning the loss of a teammate. What we need to find out: If Cedar Creek football is for real. They blasted Cedar Grove 41-0 in their season opener, but coming off a bye this weekend the Pirates face a tough portion of their schedule. Their next four games are vs. Buena Regional, at Holy Spirit, then home games against Bridgeton and Oakcrest. This will be a telling stretch for a team that is loaded with 17 seniors. … If the Egg Harbor Township football team can keep its momentum going. Coming off the thrilling win over Atlantic City, the Eagles have a legit shot to be 5-0 heading into their bye week on Oct. 17. They’ll have to clean up some of the mistakes that led to a 9-point second half deficit against the Vikings, though. … If anyone can step up to challenge Ocean City in CAL field hockey. Mainland and EHT looked to be the types of teams that could knock off Ocean City, like they did last season, but both of those teams have started off 1-2. There’s a lot of season left, however, and both the Eagles and Mustangs have the talent to make a run at a playoff berth. Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]

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