Southern Football Team Defeats Lacey 25-20 and Clinches State Playoff Berth

Southern defeats Lacey 25-20 Credits: SRHS AD Chuck Donohue Jr.
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Matt Barnett Credits: Steve Melega
John Dolphin, winning TD Credits: Steve Melega
Dylan Lane grabbing a catch from QB Sam Cammarata Credits: Steve Melega

STAFFORD, NJ - Sam Cammarata threw two touchdown passes to lead the Southern Regional High School football team to a 25-20 victory over Lacey at Southern on Friday night.  .

In the first half Dane Walker scored on a 3 yard run, the point after was good and Southern led 7-0.  Southern's Deric Vincent caught a 57 yard touchdown pass from Sam Cammarata to put the Rams up 13-0.

Lacey scored in the second quarter on a Coleton Klaus 2 yard touchdown run and with the extra point Lacey trailed 13-7.  The Rams counted with another touchdown on a John Dolphin 20 yard run.  The point after kick failed.  Southern led 19-7.  Lacey roared back just before halftime and Klaus scored on a 1 yard run.  Southern led 19-14 at the half.    

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In the third quarter Lacey scored on Coleton Klaus' third touchdown run.  The point after failed.  Lacey took the lead 20-19.  Southern kept fighting and in the final quarter John Dolphin caught a 6 yard touchdown pass from Cammarata.  

Lacey began to move the ball after that touchdown but Southern recovered a fumble that put them in position to clinch the victory..  

"Lacey is a real good offensive team.  They do a lot of different things and they cause a lot of problems," said Southern Regional Coach Chuck Donohue, Sr.  "We got a little chaotic in the first half trying to adjust to their offensive formations.  But we settled down in the second half."  

"I thought we would be able to run the ball tonight.  I thought we got a heck of a game out of Dane Walker, our fullback," said Donohue.   "After the game I told the players this is the way to come back and they have done this all year long."

The team has had a great turnaround and has won 4 out of their last 5 games.  "After the third game of the season, you are 0-3.  You can do a lot of things," Donohue continued.  "You can quit, you can point fingers, you can do all types of things.  A lot of teams do that.  But these kids, everyday came back and believed in each other and believed in themselves.  They hung in there with each other and pulled it out tonight.  This was a team that has been coming back the entire season.  The Jackson game was huge.  We won it like this late in the game.  The Brick Memorial game we won in the fourth quarter.  Tonight we won in the fourth quarter, these guys think they can win.  Now they are dangerous because they are a hungry bunch of kids."

Southern has clinched a playoff berth with the victory.  This will be their first time qualifying since 2012.  

John Dolphin ran well with 81 yards on 9 carries and a touchdown.  He also caught three passes for 25 yard.  9 times for 81 yards and a touchdown.  He also caught 3 passes for 25 yards.  Sam Cammarata was 5 out of 9 for 111 yards passing and the two touchdowns.  

They look to move about the .500 level when they host Toms River South next Friday night, November 4 at 7 p.m. 

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