The Civil War Rivalry Game that took place at Detwiler Stadium at Toms River High School South started out fast and strong from the first play of the game until the very last. Toms River South was intent on bringing back the winning title and it showed. South won the first 20 of 21 matchups in the series, but North has dominated this series over the last 15 years winning all matchups but one. Overall the Toms River High School South Indians have the lead in this 45 year tradition. This Rivalry dates back to 1972 and it has produced some memorable moments and great upsets.


Samuel Akinlolo
Toms River South


Ian Briggs

Toms River North

Ian Briggs is a 2-year starter and letterman for the Toms River North Mariner football team and is also on the lacrosse team. He is a member of the National Honor Society, TEAM and the Spanish Club. He also is an active member of “Lacrosse for Autism” and this summer went to Nicaragua to volunteer on a pet project. Upon graduation, Ian plans to study medicine.
Nick Florio

Toms River South

Nick is the starting center and guard for the football team, while ranking in the top 13% of his class and taking advanced placement courses to challenge himself. Nick also competes on the winter and spring track team, and is also an active member of the Key Club and currently involved with raising money for breast cancer awareness. His collegiate plans include playing football and majoring in business and law.


Pete Cegerenko

Toms River North

Pete graduated from Toms River North in 1997, where he played defensive back and wide receiver. Pete participated in three (3) North-South games and was a member if the 1997 Mariners that captured the Gr. IV South Jersey State Football Championship. During his time at Toms River North, he caught 95 passes and scored 16 touchdowns. Upon graduation, Pete accepted a scholarship to Northeastern University where he played four (4) years.
Torey Morris

Toms River South

Torey played in this rivalry game against the mariners for four years from 1995-1998, scoring 6 touchdowns with 18 receptions, and 365 yards of offense. His senior year, Torey was named first-team All-Shore and played in the North/South All-State football game as an All-State selection. He was granted an athletic scholarship to East Carolina University to play football. Torey is currently the mental health care director at Life Stages, Incorporated in North Carolina.


With a final score of 21-14, there was never a dull moment. With only one victory for both teams so far in this year’s season, Detwiler Stadium was filled with football fans eager to see which school would win bragging rights in the 46th renewal of the South-North series. Toms River South snapped a 7-7 tie on Akinlolu’s 48-yard scoring run with 3:44 left in the third quarter and stretched the lead to 21-7 after Suarez’s block. Toms River North answered right back in the fourth quarter with 6:16 left on an 18-yard pass to Gennaro Guardascione to make the score 21-14. Unfortunately, Toms River North’s offense never touched the ball again after that score, and Toms River South gained four first downs and zeroed out the clock to win the game 21-14.