Cougars beat Toms River North to improve to 6-3 heading into finale against West

Mike Reisman ('13)/ Eastside Staff

Just one week after their exciting 57-56 win in double overtime, the Cherry Hill East football team took the field for a state consolation game against 4-4 Toms River North, looking to improve to 6-3 for the season.  The game was announced on Monday, as neither team was able to grab a top eight spot in South Jersey’s Group Four, leaving neither team much preparation time.  However, the Cougars seemed unaffected by the short preparation period, carrying the momentum from their game against Cherokee to an easy 32-21 win.

Similarly to last week’s game, both teams traded touchdowns on their first drives, East’s coming on an 82-yard run from Rob Taylor (’12) on the first play of the game.  From there, however, the game would be nothing like the team’s shootout with Cherokee.

The Cougars would score on their next drive to take a 14-7 lead on a one-yard Brian Regan (’12) run.

East would score one more time before the end of the half, completing a 28-yard pass from Jesse Gold (’12) to Taj Frazier (’12) with only 1:18 left in the second quarter.    After the touchdown, the team opted for two points, converting on a fake field goal pass from Colin Roualet (’12) to Matthew Satchell (’12).  The conversion would give the Cougars a 22-7 lead going into halftime.

Gold and Frazier led the Cougar passing game, combining four more times for a total of 80 yards during the game.

East would continue to widen their lead, scoring less than six minutes into the second half on a 52-yard touchdown run by Regan, his second of the game.  The extra point from Mike Suli (’12) would give the Cougars a 22-point lead.  They would cap their scoring later on with a 30-yard field goal from Suli, giving East 32 points for the day.

Toms River North would attempt a comeback, scoring 14 points in a row; however, the attempt would be ultimately unsuccessful, with the game ending 32-21 in favor of East.

The Cougars will look to finish of their season with a win against cross town rival Cherry Hill West on November 23rd, the night before Thanksgiving, at 6 p.m. at West.  A win would be their first against West in five years, and would give them a final record of 7-3.