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On September 15th, 2017, Mainland Regional High School plays Middle Township in Linwood. Middle #22 David Hayes makes his way to a touchdown.

MATTHEW STRABUK

LINWOOD — Middle Township High School running back David Hayes isn’t accustomed to giving post-game interviews.

“This is my first time ever,” the junior said with a smile Friday night.

But based on his performance at Mainland Regional, Hayes might have to get used to it.

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Hayes scored on second-half runs of 12 and 49 yards around the left side as the Panthers defeated the Mustangs 19-7.

“We’ve been working on our ‘buck’ sweep, and David’s learning to read it,” Middle coach Frank Riggitano said. “A lot of times young running backs are too impatient and are out of control, but David’s learning.”