LACEY TOWNSHIP - The Toms River East High School football team burned all three of its first-half timeouts in succession to try to ice Lacey Township kicker Jarrod Molzon.
The plan backfired.
Molzon wound up needing both of his legs, and they appeared to be plenty warm.
In a wild series of events, Molzon's 42-yard field goal was blocked in the final seconds of a scoreless first half.
Molzon, who is also one of the Lions' top running backs, picked up the bouncing ball and went untouched around the right side of the field for a 37-yard touchdown with 3.1 seconds left in the half.
The late score deflated East as Lacey (6-0), No. 3 in The Press Elite 11, went on to win 27-0 in a Shore Conference game on Saturday.
"I figured they called three timeouts to get a good block, so we had three timeouts to make a good play," Molzon said jokingly.
"That was a big shift in the game. They were stopping us and then I think that kind of broke their backs a little bit. When they blocked it, you could hear their whole sideline cheering. They were going nuts. Then we scored and you just saw all of their heads drop."
East liked where it stood as halftime approached. The Raiders knew a 42-yard field- goal attempt was no sure thing.
They had done a nice job of containing Lacey's two-headed running attack of Jake Dabal (five carries for 12 yards) and Molzon (four carries for 18 yards).
"That was a momentum swinger right there," Toms River East coach Charlie Diskin said. "Heading into halftime, we had exactly what we wanted. We got a great block and their kid made a great play. It would have been 0-0 at half. That took a lot out of us."
Lacey coach Lou Vircillo wasn't surprised that it was Molzon who came through with the big play.
"That Molzon, he's all over the place," Vircillo said. "He plays that way on all three sides of the ball, and he is certainly deserving of anything that comes his way."
Things started going Lacey's way in the second half.
On fourth-and-3, quarterback Craig Cicardo found Cameron Blackwell for an 18-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
The Lions put the game away in the fourth as Cicardo scored two rushing touchdowns behind two East turnovers.
Cicardo completed 9-of-16 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown to go along with his two rushing touchdowns. Molzon led the Lions in rushing with 58 yards on eight carries. Zach Torrell caught two passes for 34 yards. He also had an interception, forced a fumble and deflected a pass.
Lacey has outscored opponents 203-20 this season. The Lions can clinch the Shore Conference B South title with a win at Central Regional on Friday.
Contact John O'Kane:
Toms River East 0 0 0 0 - 0
Lacey Township 0 7 6 14 - 27
LT-Molzon 37 blocked field goal return (Ruhnke kick)
LT-Blackwell 18 pass by Cicardo (kick blocked)
LT-Cicardo 10 run (Ruhnke kick)
LT-Cicardo 3 run (Ruhnke kick)
TEAM STATS TRE LT
Rushing 95 104
Passing 24 95
First downs 7 9
Penalties 3-25 5-30
Turnovers 3 1
Rushing- Toms River East: Steriti 16-39, Clarizzio 10-32, Kennedy 5-18, Palmer 2-3, Funicelli 1-2, Rokisky 1-2, Wasilick 4-1, Lewis 3-(-2); Lacey Township: Molzon 8-58, Dabal 10-35, Cicardo 12-6, Torrell 1-5.
Passing- Toms River East: Clarizzio 2-9-24-1; Lacey Township: Cicardo 9-16-95-0.
Receiving-Toms River East: Funicelli 1-29, Wasilick 1-(-5); Lacey Township: Torrell 2-34, Blackwell 3-33, Uveges 1-20, Smith 2-7, Dabal 1-1.
Records-Toms River East 2-3; Lacey Township 6-0.