PLEASANTVILLE - If there is one thing that Ocean City High School running back Frank Woolley was thankful for this season, it was the number of large holes his offensive line opened up for him.
Woolley rushed for 256 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns, all coming in the first half, against Pleasantville on Thursday, leading the Red Raiders to a 41-6 win in their 92nd meeting with Pleasantville. The win earned them the Mike Slaveski-Bob Thomas Memorial Award for the sixth straight year. Ocean City leads the Thanksgiving Day series 46-40-6.
"It's awesome (to win a rivalry game)," Woolley said. "Pleasantville has got some athletes, but we really came here with our heads in it and ready to go."
Woolley said this was the best game his offensive line had in a season in which its performance already had been great.
"(The line) did awesome," Woolley said. "I couldn't ask for a better line. They kept moving kids. It was awesome. ... I would say it's the best game. Other games they were moving kids, too. It was real impressive."
Woolley, a junior, also said this was his best game. He had five runs of at least 26 yards, including 28-and 58-yard touchdown runs during the second quarter.
Woolley's breakout performance coincided with a nice moment for fellow running back Nick Zauck, a senior leader who missed almost all season with a broken collarbone. Zauck made his season debut in the Red Raiders' previous game, and on Thanksgiving he scored his first touchdown of the season on a 2-yard run in the third quarter.
"It felt great to be back in the end zone," Zauck said. "At the beginning of the season, I was thinking I would be there for every game, but unfortunately the game of football played out and I got hurt."
Woolley was quick to acknowledge that Zauck had a tremendous impact on Woolley as a player. Zauck also returned the praise to Woolley.
"Frank stepped up and filled in big. He did a great job. I'm really proud of what he accomplished this season," Zauck added.
Ocean City junior quarterback Joe Keyes completed four passes for 100 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown strike to sophomore Dylan Fahy in the third quarter.
Ocean's City's objective was to just pound the football against Pleasantville, and that's what the Red Raiders did.
"We just controlled the line of scrimmage, and when you do that it's a lot easier for the backs," Ocean City coach Kevin Smith said, whose team finished the season 3-7. "That's the type of work ethic we need between now and next year because we want to be a power football team. We want to run the football."
Pleasantville went 0-10 this year and has not won a game since Nov. 7, 2009, but Greyhounds coach David Dudley said his team made big strides all season.
"Although we didn't win a game, there was significant growth, individually and as a team," Dudley said. "So now we just have to commit in the offseason to doing what's necessary to being a better team."
Ocean City 6 14 14 7-41
Pleasantville 0 0 0 6-6
OC-Woolley 2 run (kick failed)
OC-Woolley 28 run (Keyes kick)
OC-Woolley 58 run (Keyes kick)
OC-Zauck 2 run (Keyes kick)
OC-Fahy 43 pass from Keyes (Keyes kick)
OC-Costello 4 run (Keyes kick)
PV-Hargose 1 run (pass failed)
TEAM STATISTICS OC PV
Rushing yards 321 27
Passing yards 100 88
Penalties-yards 8-68 7-31
Turnovers 1 4
Rushing-Ocean City, Woolley 26-256, Keyes 4-38, Chavarria 2-21, Zauck 5-7, Costello 3-6, Owens 2-(-7). Pleasantville, Becker 11-52, Moore 2-(-4), Hargose 5-(-21).
Passing-Ocean City, Keyes 4-8-0-100. Pleasantville, Hargose 9-26-3-88.
Receiving-Ocean City, Fahy 2-54, Filangieri 1-28, Zauck 1-18. Pleasantville, Adams 2-41, Moore 3-26, Becker 2-15, Smith 1-5, Wallace 1-1.
Records-Ocean City 3-7, Pleasantville 0-10.
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