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Atlantic City Rally Highlights Opening Night of Football Playoffs

Holy Spirit shut out Bishop Eustace to advance in the playoffs. (Photo Credit: Ben Fogletto, Press of Atlantic City).

A dramatic opening night of playoff action did not disappoint. The evening featured furious late-game rallies in Atlantic City and Barnegat.

Some teams advanced closer to a championship (Holy Spirit, Bridgeton), while others are left with only Thanksgiving games (Millville, Middle Township). Here’s how it all went down.

Atlantic City 34, Absegami 30

Atlantic City (7-2) stunned visiting American Conference rival Absegami (5-4) in the opening round of the South Jersey Group V playoffs. The Vikings scored the final 21 points of the fourth quarter to overcome a 30-13 Braves advantage.

Quarterback Jarren McBryde bulldozed his way into the end zone for the winning touchdown with 55 seconds remaining in the game. The senior also threw a pair of scoring passes to receivers Tyshiek Wright and Dayshawn Reynolds.

Absegami running back Tyler Bing rushed for three touchdowns, including runs of 67 and 68 yards. Mike Dolan also scored for the Braves, while teammate Nick Della Vecchia drilled a 35-yard field goal.

Vikings running back Domaneek Brown-Hurd rushed for a fourth-quarter score. Atlantic City defeated host Absegami 33-25 on Friday, Nov. 9 to solidify homefield advantage in the rematch.

The playoff matchup was the Vikings first home game since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the region and shut down Atlantic City High School for an entire week. The Vikings advance to face unbeaten Williamstown in the Group V semifinals.

Holy Spirit 35, Bishop Eustace 0

Holy Spirit (6-3) began its quest for a third consecutive Non-Public state championship by blanking Bishop Eustace (2-7) in Absecon. The second-seeded Spartans roll on to a Group II semifinal matchup against Pingry.

For a full review of results, click here.

Tyler Donohue guides you through Thanksgiving Day matchups on 97.3 ESPN FM. Coverage begins Thursday with Countdown to Kickoff at 9 a.m.

Follow Tyler on Twitter @SouthJerzSports

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