RBC vs. Long Branch Varsity Football Breakdown


NJ Advance Media | 10/3/2018

Count Basie Field in downtown Red Bank should be jumping on Friday night when these two unbeaten teams — ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the Shore Conference by NJ.com — meet in the biggest Shore Conference game of the season to date. The game will decide the Shore Conference Freedom Division title. Red Bank Catholic will lock up the divisional championship with a victory. Long Branch would have to defeat Red Bank Regional on Thanksgiving Day if it wins Friday. The game is interesting because neither team has been seriously tested. Red Bank Catholic’s average margin of victory is 33 points through five games. Long Branch has outscored its opponents 157-20. Long Branch believes it is a better defensive team that it was last season when it won the Central Jersey Group 4 title. It will have to be against an RBC offense that features five quality wide receivers, a tight end going to Notre Dame and a quarterback — Steve Lubischer — who is completing 74 percent of his passes and has a QBR of 141.6 Talk about a balanced offense, RBC has 14 rushing TDs and 13 touchdowns via the pass. Long Branch not only likes to run the ball and will need to run the ball successfully to limit RBC offensive opportunities. Junior RB Jermaine Corbett missed last week’s game against Toms River South, but will play Friday according to Long Branch head coach Dan George. Even with a missed game, Corbett already has 11 TDs 564 yards. Look for RBC to pack the box to stop Corbett. RBC will try to make Long Branch win the game through the air. Long Branch QB Marc Dennis has been up to that type of challenge so far. Dennis has completed 30 of 35 passes for 470 yards and six TDs. He has not been intercepted yet. Special teams will be huge in this game.