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OCEAN TOWNSHIP -- The playoffs are still a few weeks away, but on Friday night at Carelli Field sixth-ranked Ocean Township showed it has the mettle to come through in a high-stakes game.

Senior wide receiver CJ Flannigan scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in overtime for the game-winning score that lifted the Spartans, ranked No. 6 in the Jeep Store Shore Sports Network Football Top 10, to a dramatic 34-28 victory over Middletown North.

Middletown North took a 28-21 lead in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by James Barnao and the extra point by Ian Poole-Morgan, but Ocean answered on a 1-yard touchdown run by Caleb Thompson and the extra point by Michael Sorrentino to knot the score at 28 with 7:02 left in regulation. Middletown North then drove to the Ocean 10-yard line and attempted a 27-yard field goal as time expired, but Ocean brought pressure and the kick missed its mark wide left.

Middletown North had the ball first in overtime but was unable to come away with any points when on third down, Ocean senior defensive lineman Shane Garrett intercepted a screen pass that was deflected. On Ocean's overtime possession, senior quarterback Tyler Douglas had an 18-yard run and then a 6-yard run to set up Flannigan's winning score.

Douglas threw for 140 yards and a touchdown and ran for 67 yards, senior running back Caleb Thompson ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Mateo Andrews caught three passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. The scoring pass from Douglas to Andrews spanned 86 yards and came one play after an electric run by Douglas was called back. Junior running back Nick Iacouzzi also ran for a touchdown for Ocean.

Junior running back Neno Morgan-Acker ran for a game-high 179 yards and a touchdown for Middletown North, which ran the ball at will against Ocean's defense for much of the night. Junior running back James Barnao added 53 yards rushing and a touchdown and senior wide receiver Derek Soto caught four passes for 58 yards and a touchdown.

Oceans QB Tyler Douglas breaks tackles contributing rushing yards in the see-saw battle with Middletown North. photo by Paul J Mecca | J. Paul Photography | URL
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Ocean’s WR #88 Matteo Andrews with a catch and run for a TD in the 3Q photo by Paul J Mecca | J. Paul Photography | URL
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The Block Gameday Countdown MVP Ocean's #8 QB Tyler Douglas

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