Absegami High School picked up its first win of the season on the feet of Ben Martin as the Braves (1-1) defeated Vineland 31-14 on Friday night. Martin put up 113 yards on the ground and found the end zone twice on 16- and 25-yard runs. David Hood also had a big night on the ground, rushing for 143 yards and a score.

The Braves jumped out to an early lead, putting 14 points on the board in the first quarter. Martin scored first, and Dylan Ross hit Rupert Mills for a touchdown on a 35-yard pass. Ross finished the day 4-for-8 for 78 yards.

Vineland (0-2) got on the board in the second with a Brian Winchester 6-yard run, but the point-after failed. Absegami countered with a Tom Macauley field goal. The third quarter belonged to the Braves, with touchdowns by Martin and Hood.

In the fourth quarter, the Fighting Clan recorded a safety and scored a touchdown on a 6-yard run from quarterback Darrius Flowers. Winchester finished with 32 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Flowers was 9-for-15 for 43 yards with an interception.

Vineland 0 6 0 8 - 14

Absegami 14 3 14 0 - 31


A-Martin 16 run (Macauley kick)

A-Mills 35 pass from Ross (Macauley kick)


V-Winchester 6 run (kick failed)

A-Macauley 31 FG


A-Hood 1 run (Macauley kick)

A-Martin 25 run (Macauley kick)


V-Flowers 6 run (failed pass)

Individual Stats

Rushing- Winchester 8-32, Ribot 7-34, Henderson 5-5, Romano 4-5, Flowers 4-13 1TD, V. Hood 18-143 , Martin 19-113, Ross 1-6, Alemany 1-(-1), Bing 2-(-3).

Passing-Romano 5-7-51-2, Flowers 9-15-43-1, V. Ross 4-8-78-0, A.

Receiving- Lovett 4-30, Ribot 2-26, Hampton 5-27, Henderson 2-11, Young 1-0, V. Demby 1-13, Hood 1-16, Mills 1-35, Harvey 1-14, A.

RECORDS -Vineland 0-2; Absegami 1-1.