The Bridgeton High School football team held on to beat host Lower Cape May Regional 7-6 Friday night in a Cape-Atlantic League National Conference game.
Lower Cape May, which forfeited last week's game against St. Augustine Prep due to a lack of players, drove in the final minute, but kicker Shane Parker missed a 29-yard field goal attempt with 24 seconds left.
"Our guys played their hearts out," Lower Cape May coach Mike Wilson said. "They practiced all week and they believed in what they were doing.
"They could have packed it in, but they didn't. They've faced adversity all year. The kids are stepping up left and right. My kicker has a strong leg and it was into the wind, and it was close but it just missed.
"Having enough players is week to week. We got some people coming back from injuries this week and we hope to get another guy back next week. We had 16 guys last week and then it went down to nine last Thursday when some guys got food poisoning. We played with 24 (on Friday)."
Wilson said that starting middle linebacker Jason Hoban left the game with an ankle injury.
Bridgeton linebacker Rashaun Smith intercepted a pass with under nine minutes left in the second quarter and ran it back 16 yards for a touchdown. Tamar Jackson kicked the extra point.
Lower Cape May scored with 2 minutes, 5 seconds before halftime when tight end Dylan Vanaman caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Mulligan. The extra point was missed.
Lower fullback Tyler Sole had 19 carries for 105 yards in the game.
Bridgeton's Smith also had a fumble recovery.
Bridgeton 0 7 0 0 - 7
Lower Cape May Regional 0 6 0 0 - 6
B-Smith 16-yard interception return (Jackson kick)
LCM-Vanaman 29 pass from Mulligan (kick failed)
RECORDS - Bridgeton 3-1; Lower 0-3.