BARNEGAT — The Barnegat High School football team defeated St. John Vianney 14-7 on Thursday night at Barnegat. It was a sweet victory because the only coach in program history, Rob Davis, has decided to step down after the contest.
Senior running back Nik DiLeo and senior quarterback Matt Xiques each had short touchdown runs in the first half and those were enough to lift the Bengals, who finished the season at 5-3 to a win over the Lancers in the Davis' final game.
Davis career record of 81-69 includes four division titles, one NJSIAA sectional final appearance and two additional appearances in the sectional semifinals. Davis is one of the most intense coaches around. He has lived and breathed football, it is time for that to change a bit for the coach.
Davis learned from the best. Serving as an assistant to Ron Emmert at Southern Regional and Lou Vircillo at Lacey. He was ready for the big challenge of opening a program at a brand new high school when the opportunity arose.
"I couldn’t ask for a better ending to my coaching career at Barnegat," Davis wrote on Saturday. "It’s just time for me to go! I love Barnegat & everything about it! Thank you to everyone who sent me texts and Facebook messages. I was in tears last night reading every one of them!"
Davis had a health scare two years ago and the decision was made for his health and future. You never know though, Davis may reappear on the sidelines when his health improves.