Timber Creek kept South Jersey’s longest current winning streak alive Friday by the slimmest of margins. In a game that begs for a rematch in November, or more appropriately December, Timber Creek defeated Delsea, 39-36, in a West Jersey Football League National Division thriller.
Ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by the Inquirer, Timber Creek’s win wasn’t assured until Delsea’s 32-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the score went off the left upright with nine seconds remaining.
Before the field goal attempt, Delsea threw two end zone incompletions. Thus, the Chargers, the two-time defending South Jersey Group 4 champions, survived in winning their 18th consecutive game.
It was also the 100th career win for Chargers coach Rob Hinson, who is 100-36, including 95-31 at Timber Creek.
“One hundred is more of a testament to the kids I have been able to coach,” Hinson said.
Timber Creek football coach Rob Hinson talks about earning his 100th win in the Chargers 39-36 thriller over Delsea. pic.twitter.com/bT9oX1woqk
— Marc Narducci (@sjnard) September 9, 2017
All 10th-ranked Delsea won was universal respect from the South Jersey football community.
Last season, Delsea, coming off four straight South Jersey Group 3 titles, opened the season home against Timber Creek and lost, 54-28, in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. This would be much different.
Delsea junior Aidan Borguet rushed for 354 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries. According to South Jersey historian Chuck Langerman, that breaks the school single-game record of 351 yards by Randy Swanson in 1993.
“This is as tough as it gets,” Borguet said about the defeat. “To put our hearts in this and not come out with a win is disappointing.”
Delsea (0-1) led 28-25 at halftime, and Borguet had rushed for 252 yards and three scores on 14 carries. The Crusaders were giving it to Borguet up the gut, and he would take off through a wave of defenders. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds he has the power to shake off tacklers and the speed to leave defenders in their tracks.
Timber Creek (2-0) opened its season a week earlier than most South Jersey teams with a 35-14 win over Illinois’ Bellville West High in a game at East St. Louis, Ill.
Just when Timber Creek appeared to be pulling away, Delsea scored on a 24-yard pass from sophomore Damir Lomax to Shaikyi Hannah with 9 minutes, 23 seconds left. Borguet’s two-point conversion run cut the deficit to 39-36.
Timber Creek got three rushing touchdowns and a fourth on a pass reception from running back Jerome Gibson. Quarterback Devin Leary completed 17 of 26 passes for 254 yards and two scores. The North Carolina State recruit attempted only one second-half pass as the Chargers relied on Gibson and Kyle Dobbins to control the ball on the ground.
Timber Creek has moved down to Group 3, and Delsea, which has won four of the previous South Jersey Group 3 titles, remained in Group 3, and this game begs for a rematch.
“They are a great team,” Leary said about Delsea. “We have a feeling we will be seeing them again.”
Delsea 14 14 0 8 – 36
Timber Creek 19 6 14 0 – 39
T: Jerome Gibson 18 run (Zach Coluccio kick)
D: Aidan Borguet 68 run (Larry Holdcraft kick)
T: Kyle Dobbins 18 run (kick failed)
D: Borguet 70 run (Holdcraft kick)
T: Jordan Nash 6 pass from Devin Leary (run failed)
D: Damir Lomax 1 run (Holdcraft kick)
T: Gibson 66 pass from Leary (pass failed)
D: Borguet 67 run (Holdcraft kick)
T: Gibson 13 run (Coluccio kick)
T: Gibson 1 run (Coluccio kick)
D: Shaikyi Hannah 24 pass from Lomax (Borguet run)