EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Mass confusion quickly turned into a footrace late in the first half of Friday's game between Atlantic City High School and host Egg Harbor Township
Egg Harbor Township was trying to get back into the game.
Eagles running back Juwan Moore pushed his way through the line deep in Atlantic City territory, picking up a first down on fourth-and-short.
With Moore trying to muscle his way through a massive pile of players and into the end zone, Atlantic City defensive end Malik Pannell somehow found himself with the football.
Pannell burst out of the pile and won the race for a 99-yard fumble recovery.
The Vikings took a big lead into the half and cruised to a 54-12 win in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game.
"All week I was practicing," Pannell said. "Strip (the ball) and go. I had a chance and all I saw was daylight. I have to thank coach Kelly. We practiced that all week."
Pannell looked back only once during the long return and saw nobody within 20 yards of him.
"I didn't see anything when I looked back," Pannell said. "And all I saw in front of me was green and black."
Atlantic City sophomore quarterback Jamir Prevard was all over the field as the Vikings bounced back from a week one loss to Millville in a big way.
"Last week I wasn't really that comfortable," Prevard said. "This week I fell into it. I took baby steps, and then it opened up for me."
Throwing for 168 yards and three touchdowns is a solid game for any high school quarterback.
But that was just the second quarter for Prevard, who had touchdown strikes of 47, 41 and 59 yards in the period.
"I was just throwing strikes and feeling it," Prevard said. "I was in my zone. The line, my big boys, they put it all out on the line for me tonight."
Dante Moore was one of the few bright spots for Egg Harbor Township.
Moore accounted for 88 of the Eagles' 95 yards of total offense in the first half.
The sophomore back put EHT on the board with a 65-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
The Eagles trailed 14-6 following Moore's long score but it was all Atlantic City from there.
Prevard hit Dennis White in stride for a 41-yard touchdown.
After forcing EHT into a three-and-out, Prevard needed just three plays to connect with top receiver Isaiah Graves for a 59-yard score.
Pannell's fumble recovery capped off a 29-point second period.
Seven different Vikings scored on Friday.
Moore finished with 102 yards on 11 carries to lead the EHT offense.
Prevard completed 9-of-12 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for another 66 yards and a score. Graves finished with five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown and also had a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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Atlantic City......................................... 6 29 6 13–54
Egg Harbor Township......................... 0 6 6 0–12
AC-Derrick 5 run (conversion failed)
AC-Deberry 47 pass by Prevard (conversion good)
EHT-Moore 65 run (kick failed)
AC-White 41 pass by Prevard (conversion good)
AC-Graves 59 pass by Prevard (Nulty kick)
AC-Pannell 99 fumble return (kick failed)
EHT-Houghton 1 run (conversion failed)
AC-Prevard 34 run (kick failed)
AC-Graves 7 run (kick failed)
AC-Williams 10 run (Nulty kick)
Team Stats AC EHT
Rushing 168 114
Passing 216 0
First downs 14 6
Turnovers 1 3
Penalties 4-40 7-47
Rushing-Atlantic City: Prevard 8-66, Williams 9-50, Molley 5-26, Graves 4-13, Deberry 1-8, Derrick 2-7, Daniel 1-(-2); Egg Harbor Township: D. Moore 11-102, J. Moore 4-12, Lee 2-4, Ofarriel 2-2, Houghton 1-1, LaSure 1-1, Ellis 2-0.
Passing-Atlantic City: 9-12-216-0; Egg Harbor Township: Houghton 0-4-0-1; Bynum 0-2-0-0.
Receiving-Atlantic City: Graves 5-99, Deberry 1-47, White 1-41, Parker 1-31, Molley 1-(-2).
Records-Atlantic City 1-1; EHT 1-1.