Toms River North powers past Edison to make history and reach first Group 5 state championship game

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EVESHAM TOWNSHIP — Since stepping on the field in late August for a Week 0 game, Toms River North has been one of the most remarkable teams in all of New Jersey. The Mariners’ dominance has been so consistent that winning by 28 points seems like just another ordinary 48 minutes of football. Even in the state semifinals.

Junior quarterback Micah Ford was electric once again with 291 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 30 carries, plus a touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion as the Mariners rolled to a 42-14 victory over Edison in the NJSIAA Group 5 semifinals on Saturday night at Cherokee High School.

Ford had touchdown runs of 52, 2, 7, and 17 yards in the first half when Toms River North built a commanding 28-0 lead and then opened the third quarter scoring with a 15-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Tareq Council. In the fourth quarter after Edison scored twice to stop the running clock, Ford scored on a 16-yard run to put the game out of reach for the Eagles. Junior running back Josh Moore added 76 yards rushing as the Mariners’ offensive line asserted its will on another opponent.

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