Long Branch football downs Red Bank with big plays

LITTLE SILVER – The transition after a coaching icon leaves the stage can sometimes get messy

But, with the Long Branch High School football program, the first season under head coach Chad King after the legendary Dan George retired as the Green Wave’s head coach at the end of the 2021 season, went smoothly.

Long Branch concluded the first-season of the post-George era Thursday morning with a hard-fought 35-28 win over Red Bank Regional in the 99th renewal of the holiday rivalry. Long Branch extended its lead in the series to 64-32-3.

“There were some hiccups,” King said. “Not having Dan George, a lot changes. But, I’ve been around coach George (King was an assistant coach to George for 12 seasons and played for George when George was the head coach at Ocean Township). Those values he instilled in me about being accountable, being responsible, being a grinder and winning the day. Those things don’t change. ”

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