Archive for October, 2011

A Look at Central-Lacey from Coach/Alumnus Perspective

October 22, 2011

All Shore Media Contributor James Tweed is a former player at Lacey and a former coach at Central. He talked to his old coach, Lou Vircillo, and his former fellow assistant Central’s Vinnie Casale, about the showdown on Saturday in which Central will try to win a share of the B South title and beat Lacey for the first time in nine years.

Keys to the game:

Vinnie Casale:

“We need to be able to move the ball on them (Lacey), they are very big and strong”

“We need to be able to tackle well, especially #4 (Kyle Spatz), he is very elusive and doesn’t go down on the first hit.”

Lou Vircillo:

“We need to reduce the mistakes that have been the culprit for us this year,” “we’re a very young team.”

“If we’re able to play error-free football then we’ll have a chance.”

What a win would mean to the program:

Vinny Casale:

“Every win is important, we haven’t played for a championship for 10 years’ “just being in this position is great.”

Lou Vircillo:

“We just worry about each game at as it comes,” “tomorrow’s goal is to play well and hopefully beat Central,” “we’re not worrying about lofty things, if it happens (playoffs) then it happens.”

How important is this game in terms of the Lacey-Central rivalry (especially since they’re not playing again for at least two years):

Vinny Casale:

“Over the past ten years or so, it hasn’t been much of a rivalry,” “they’ve been the “big brother” during that time.” “Again, we’re just happy to be in the position we’re in right now.”

Lou Vircillo:

“Every game is important”


James Tweed’s take: It seems that even though this game is a championship game for Central, the rivalry is not as intense as it was when I played in it for Lacey in the late 1980’s and coached in it for Central in the 1990’s and 2005. However, the bridge over the Cedar Creek on Western Blvd that boarders Berkeley and Lacey Townships was decked out in Garnet & Gold and Navy & Cardinal balloons as I drove “home.”  It is a shame that this may be the last regular season meeting between the two teams now that Lacey will be moving up to A-South next year. Regardless of that fact, the game will mean a lot to the two teams playing tomorrow, the two communities, and to the alumni who took part in this game since the early 1980’s. Its been 23 years since Central ruined our undefeated season, one week after we won Lacey’s first state championship (to earn a piece of the 1988 B-South Championship)…and to this day, even as many of us have developed pot bellies and lost some hair, it is still a source of ribbing by those old Central guys.


Howell’s Tim Donahue Commits to Fordham, SJV’s Carlucci Sets Shore Conf. Record

October 17, 2011

Posted by Scott Stump

Howell senior two-way lineman Tim Donahue has verbally committed to Fordham University, according to Howell head coach Cory Davies. The 6-6, 315-pound senior had interest from multiple Patriot League and Northeast Conference programs.

Donahue’s commitment was first reported by at the end of last week.

Also, St. John Vianney senior quarterback Anthony Carlucci is believed to have set the single-game Shore Conference record with 477 yards passing in a 48-47 loss to Toms River South on Friday night. The previous mark of 470 yards was set by Howell senior quarterback Ryan Davies against Toms River North last year. Carlucci also threw for four touchdowns for his second game this season with four or more touchdown passes. Senior wideout Anthony Pante finished with 8 catches for 252 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Lancers racked up 665 yards of total offense and had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by junior Ishmael Hyman, yet Toms River South came away with the win.