OCEAN CITY - There were several extra things for the Ocean City High School football team to celebrate Thursday besides its 30-12 win over Pleasantville at Carey Stadium in their annual Thanksgiving game.
Senior quarterback Chris Curran had a hand in nearly all of the Red Raiders scoring. He threw two touchdown passes, kicked a school-record three field goals and booted two extra points.
Curran threw for 263 yards and also broke the Ocean City single-season passing record. He needed 225 yards to break the record set by Al Genz in 1999. Curran finished with 1,566 yards passing.
"Of course you want to score (a touchdown) every time, but it really helped to put some points on the board with field goals," Curran said. "It was a big plus to get the passing mark."
Wide receiver Pat Kimball had the first two touchdown catches of his high school career. Afterward, Kimball held the Mike Slaveski-Bob Thomas Memorial Trophy, the award kept for a year by the winning team. Kimball is the grandson of Slaveski, the late Ocean City coach. The late Thomas coached Pleasantville.
"It's awesome (to get two touchdown catches)," Kimball said. "It's great to hold the trophy."
It was O.C.'s third straight Thanksgiving win over the Greyhounds. Ocean City holds a 43-40-6 lead in the series, which began in 1917.
"We have a great group of seniors who led by example all year," Ocean City coach Mark Impagliazzo said. "We played solid today. We stopped Pleasantvile's first drive after they got a turnover and that was important. Thanksgiving is a game of emotion, and whoever scores first will get the momentum."
Another highlight was Ocean City cornerback Josh Grande's school-record eighth interception of the season. He broke the old mark of six in the previous game.
When the Greyhounds stopped O.C., Curran booted field goals of 25, 26 and 21 yards.
"Chris is a tremendous athlete and person, on and off the field," Impagliazzo said. "He's a quiet young man, but he stepped up this year in a big leadership role.
But, the biggest celebration for the Red Raiders came in the locker room after the game when Curran gave Impagliazzo a mohawk haircut as the team looked on. Impagliazzo had agreed to it if the team won the game.
"I've gotten some buzz cuts in the summer time, but never a mohawk," Impagliazzo said. "About 20 to 25 of our guys had that done this week."
With his team down 20-0, Pleasantville running back Dontaye Smith recovered a loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown after Greyhounds quarterback Antwan Dixon fumbled the snap inside the Ocean City 1-yard line.
"I went around the right side of the line to block, and the ball was there on the floor," Smith said. "I picked it up for a touchdown."
Pleasantville finishes the season 2-8, and Ocean City 5-5.
"Ocean City played good, solid football," Greyhounds coach B.J. Burch said. "We toughened up inside the 10, but they came up with three points three times. I have to take my hat off to their special teams. We couldn't sustain anything and they did that better, and that's why they came out on top."
Contact Guy Gargan:
Pleasantville 0 0 6 6 - 12
Ocean City 7 13 3 7 - 30
OC-Kimball 11 pass from Curran (Curran kick)
OC-Kimball 9 pass from Curran (Curran kick)
OC-Curran 25-yard field goal
OC-Curran 26-yard field goal
P-Smith fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed)
OC-Curran 21-yard field goal
OC-Fiorentino 7 run (Curran kick)
P-Spencer 2 run (run failed)
First downs 10 19
Rushing 69 162
Passing 143 263
Turnovers 1 2
Rushing- Dixon 10-36, Spencer 6-20, Smith 9-11, Rivera 3-4, Davis 1-(-2) P; Curran 1-2, Bryce 6-35, Fiorentino 8-103, McSorley 2-4, Franklin 2-6, Zauck 1-0, Smow 3-12, Murphy 1-4, McGuigan 2-(-4) OC.
Passing- Dixon 10-25-2-143 P; Curran 20-33-0-263 OC.
Receiving- Williams 2-10, Smith 5-62, Gant 1-45, Spencer 2-26 P; Fiorentino 4-91, Kimball 7-85, Grande 1-4, Coccodrilli 3-28, Snow 4-54, McSorley 1-1 OC.
RECORDS- Pleasantville 2-8; Ocean City 5-5.