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Point Boro RB Jake Croce Ready for His Junior Year After An Electrifying Sophomore Campaign

For Immediate Release
October 4, 2022
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Point Pleasant, NJ: You would be hard pressed to find many small schools in New Jersey that had a better 2021 football season than Point Pleasant Boro.

The Panthers went 10-2 in the famed Shore Conference, winning both the division and NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 2 titles, before falling in the Central/South Regional championship by a single point. In fact, Point Boro’s two losses came by a combined six points, to show just how close it was to perfection.

The team ran for 3,373 yards in 2021, and Class of 2024 running back Jake Croce was the one spearheading the ground attack. 

Croce ran for 1,096 and 10 TDs, and caught another two scores (plus one on an interception return), to account for 13 total touchdowns in his sophomore season. 

Those numbers earned Croce First Team All-Division and All-County honors, and set up the back for a huge 2022 campaign.

This year Jake and the Panthers look to do much of the same. Through 5 games, the Panthers are undefeated with Croce running for over 300 yards and 11 touchdowns. As Croce and the Panthers look to make another trip playoffs.

Croce is also putting up big numbers in the weight room and with his speed testing. He is already benching over 300 pounds, and at 5-10, 195-pounds, runs a 4.7 40. Croce is also a star in the classroom, with a 3.6 GPA that is rising.

Here is what a coach said about the running back, and this team, which will return so much talent in 2022:

“This kid is a stud. He is very efficient when he runs the ball. Every time I saw him play, Croce was gaining five, six, 10 yards with every carry. I think he only needed 150 touches to rack up that 1,110 yards, and he is going to be even better next season.

“He is still getting stronger, which means he is going to be a nightmare to tackle next season. He was hard to bring down last year, and he has a quick burst through the hole. Croce is a big North-South runner, and he can be dangerous in the passing attack as well. This team has so many weapons running the ball, but he is the one I would be worried about next season breaking any carry for a score.

“He is also very humble. Croce is the first to credit his line for the holes. I really like his game.”

Croce’s head coach, Brian Staub, had nothing but praise for the player after a five-score game.

“Jake Croce had an outstanding game,” Staub told “He had a very good freshman season last year and worked extremely hard all off season. Our offensive line was dominant and Charlie Vitale had a great game making the right give reads. Jake has a great combination of both power and speed.”

To check out Croce’s film and stats, please visit his personalized player page here:

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