OCEAN CITY - Ocean City High School football coach Kevin Smith had to wait four weeks for his first coaching win. Then he had to wait three more days.
The wait ended Monday.
For the second straight week, Smith and the Red Raiders spent their Monday afternoon finishing a game that had been suspended the previous Friday due to lightning. Ben Bethea and Nick Zauck each ran for more than 100 yards as Ocean City beat Middle 34-6 here at Carey Stadium on Monday.
"I've been playing and coaching for over 30 years and I've never had a game postponed," said Smith, who is in his first season as the Ocean City coach. "Now we've had back-to-back weeks."
The Red Raiders, who lost 35-6 to Mainland Regional last week, led 27-6 coming into Monday's continuation.
Ocean City forced Middle into a three-and-out on its first possession. Ocean City then took over at midfield and marched down the field. On third-and-13, quarterback Chris Gabor passed to receiver Matt Locotos for an 18-yard gain to keep the drive alive.
Two plays later, Zauck scored on a 2-yard run.
"After coming out against Mainland and the same thing happening a week ago, I guess you could say we're getting used to it," Zauck said with a laugh. "We went out there and did our job immediately. We made them go three-and-out and then put some points on the board to finish the game."
Zauck finished the game with 111 rushing yards and the score.
Zauck said there was a strange feeling to Monday's game. The rain followed the team's to Monday's game, coming down on and off throughout the continuation. The crowd was also quite eclectic. The fans huddling under umbrellas didn't look out of place. The fans clad in wet suits en route to or from the beach did.
"It didn't feel like a varsity game," Zauck said.
Bethea finished with 112 yards and three touchdowns.
"It's awesome," Bethea said. "We've been working hard all season for it. We lost a few tough ones, but we came out and won this game."
Bethea said he was glad to be a part of Smith's first win. "He's been doing an excellent job," Bethea said. "He pushes us. He gets along with all of us and we all have a great connection with him."
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Middle Township 6 0 0 0-6
Ocean City 6 14 14 0-34
OC-Bethea 5-yard run (two point conversion failed)
MT-Case 11-yard run (two point conversion failed)
OC-Bethea 2-yard run (kick good)
OC-Gabor 1-yard run (kick good)
OC-Bethea 11-yard run (kick good)
OC-Zauck 2-run (kick good)
Records: Middle 0-4; Ocean City 1-3.