Schneider’s record-setting day helps Ocean City football leading Millville, remain unbeaten
The Ocean City High School football team passed its first big test of the season, and Jake Schneider moved into the record books with a thrilling efficiency as the Red Raiders downed Millville, 36-16, on Friday night.
Ocean City – which had out-scored its very first three challengers 142-14 – improved to 4-0.
Schneider ended up being the very first player in Ocean City history to tape-record 100 catches in his profession, passing 2000 graduate Ryan Taylor, who finished his career with 97.
The senior ended up with 5 catches for 144 yards – providing him 101 catches for his profession – and a couple long punt returns, but his greatest contribution may have been a 54-yard interception return for a rating that provided the Red Raiders a 16-0 lead.
It was the 3rd interception Schneider has actually required to your home this season. His numbers on the night would have been greater, but a touchdown reception where he broke numerous deals with was recalled on a charge,
” Get upfield, follow my blocks, make the next person miss and get to completion zone,” stated Schneider of his mindset when the ball is in his hands. “Always believing 6. I believe I can get a couple more (pick-sixes), four or five, possibly 6.”
Schneider stated striking the century mark and breaking Taylor’s record was a goal the last four years. He’s looking now to lead Ocean City to an undefeated season.
” Everyone was saying we were over-rated and we proved them wrong,” stated Schneider. “We wish to win all of it, whatever that is this year, we want to win it.”
Schneider is noted at 5-foot-8, 155 pounds, and Ocean City coach Kevin Smith said that may be generous however the coach understands the senior can play college football.
” Nobody,” said Schneider, asked if he had any college interest. “Nobody, put that on the internet website. They may believe (size) is (an issue), but I do not believe it is.”
Said Smith: “He’s very hard to tackle. He’s fast, he’s instinctive, he’s smart, for his size he’s very strong. I’m favorable he can dip into the next level. I think in some cases employers miss out on the boat on men like that. He’s a stud lacrosse player too.”
Schneider’s pick-six was one of 3 defensive or unique teams scores on the day. Brad Jamison returned an interception 24 backyards for a score, and Jacob Wilson took the second-half kickoff back 91 lawns.
” We have a big advantage on defense every week, we could do a better job on offense, however the defense has actually made up for it,” stated Jamison. “Whipping that team, which has actually been one of the powerhouses in South Jersey, shows what kind of group we are.”
Millville had cut the deficit to 16-8 prior to Jamison and Wilson’s touchdowns pressed the cause 29-8. Smith said scoring on defense and unique groups is part of the Red Raiders’ m.o.
” One hundred percent, basically we tell our guys all the time, 48 minutes, all three phases,” said Smith.
Using a well-executed screen game, Millville took the opening kickoff and marched to the Raiders’ 4-yard line, however a Will Drain sack assisted stop the 15-play drive without points. The Thunderbolts were then guilty of roughing the punter on Ocean City’s very first drive, which ended with QB Joe Repetti scoring on an 11-yard run.
” We toss 2 pick-sixes and quit a kickoff return for a goal, that’s the distinction in the score,” said Millville coach Dennis Thomas. “Even with that, we still had our chances. We shot ourselves in the foot several times.”
Millville fell to 1-3 but has played probably the most difficult schedule in South Jersey with its next video game coming against No. 6 Williamstown. Its only win came against No 16 St. Augustine.
” We never ever mind playing excellent competitors,” stated Thomas. “You just have to mind your p’s and q’s when you play excellent groups like that.”
Millville junior RB Lequint Allen captured nine passes for 103 yards and also ran 15 times for 58 backyards and a rating. Nate Robbins thew for 227 lawns and touchdown.
Ocean City will likewise get a bye – a gassed Schneider said he is looking forward to it – and then deals with competing Mainland before heading into what must be two competitive postseason video games. Smith was just all set to delight in the win Friday.
” I never felt safe the entire video game, they’re so explosive and they can score from anywhere,” said Smith. “I’m just hoping we can keep going. We’re an excellent football group. Whatever happens in the postseason, we’ll cross that bridge when we arrive.”