GLASSBORO - The scouting report on Delsea Regional High School's football team isn't very complicated.
Stopping them from doing what they do is.
Short-yardage situations, long yardage, it doesn't matter. The Crusaders run in every situation.
Barnegat found that out the hard way Saturday in the South Jersey Group III final at Rowan University.
The defending champion Crusaders threw just twice and didn't complete a pass but still managed to cruise to a 31-7 win for its second straight sectional title and the 11th in the program's storied history.
"They were just tough kids," Barnegat senior lineman Zach Andrews said. "We're tough kids, too. We just met our match. We'll be back next year."
Barnegat (10-2), which is ranked ninth in The Press Elite 11, saw just how much Delsea likes to run the football when the Crusaders lined up on fourth-and-12 midway through the third quarter and picked up 14 yards and the first down on a sweep play.
Isaiah Spencer, who played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Vineland before transferring to Delsea, ran for 171 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Rob Hooks added 16 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Rob Rolle had nine carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
Delsea's talented group of backs combined to run for 368 yards and all four of the team's touchdowns.
"We're going to run the ball," Delsea coach Sal Marchese said. "We're going to run the option, which we did very well tonight. I think we can give people trouble even though we don't throw because we run so much option."
Barnegat picked up a pair of first downs on its first drive before punting.
But the Bengals then went more than 22 game-clock minutes until picking up another first down late in the third quarter.
Barnegat didn't cross midfield until junior quarterback Cinjun Erskine threw an 8-yard pass to Ryan Ulrich on the final play of the third quarter.
When Erskine threw an 8-yard touchdown strike to Manny Bowen late in the fourth quarter, the game already was well out of reach.
"I truly feel bad for (the seniors) having to go out this way," Erskine said. "They are the heart and soul of our team, and they brought the tradition of going to a state championship to Barnegat.
"We're going to follow in their footsteps, and hopefully in 364 days we'll be playing Delsea and hopefully we'll be the ones celebrating."
Erskine completed 8-of-16 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Erskine is a dual-threat quarterback who had more than 600 rushing yards this season, but the Crusaders stacked the box and held him to 19 yards on six carries.
"We knew we had to stop their quarterback as far as the run game goes," Marchese said. "I thought we could cover their wideouts because we're very, very athletic in our secondary.
"We were running a lot of man pressure and putting a lot of pressure on their run game."
Barnegat reached the sectional final for the first time in school history with wins against Pemberton and Northern Burlington in the first round and semifinals, respectively.
"I'm very proud of our team," Andrews said. "We came very far from where we were last year to this year. I love all my guys. I love all my guys. I couldn't be prouder."
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