LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Lancers varsity football team moved to 4-2 under the lights Friday night after defeating Bloomfield, 30-17.
Aidan Kelly had two fourth-quarter touchdowns, impressive runs from 25 and 33 yards, and put Livingston ahead for good. Bloomfield could not stop the junior as he finished the game with 90 yards on six rushes.
In a dangerous game where Bloomfield made big plays and had opportunities, the Lancers showed composure and responded every time.
Head coach Barry Kostibos said, “I’m really proud of the kids. They’ve worked so hard to get to this point in the season. We tend to never get too high or get too low – it’s the personality of the team. Everyone in this league is tough, there is no such thing as easy prey.”
Livingston junior linebacker Chase Everett put the Lancers on the board first picking up a fumble and running 35 yards for the score. 7-0 Lancers.
The defense made another play and helped its offense again. Bloomfield quarterback Reggie Currie’s pass was intercepted by senior linebacker Will Cardona giving the Lancers excellent field position deep in opposition territory. Senior Jake Rosenbaum, who finished with 74 rushing yards on 21 carries, then punched it in from 6 yards to put the Lancers up 14-0.
After having another intercepted pass called back due to penalty, Currie responded with a 25 yard touchdown throw to 6’4” receiver Noah Dean bringing Bloomfield back with a score, 14-7.
The first half ended 17-7 on a 25-yard field goal by Livingston junior, Mark Silvestri.
The pivotal point of the game occurred late in the third quarter. Starting a drive from their own 10 yard line, Bloomfield converted two big third downs to bring them all the way down the Livingston 1-yard line. The Lancers defense dug in, stayed calm, and played tough holding Bloomfield to a 17-10 field goal.
Junior quarterback, Matt Gibbon led the offense consistently throughout the game with short, accurate passes, and the offensive line paved the way for Aidan Kelly’s 4th quarter scores.
Hard work and preparation proved to be key ingredients in the 30-17 win. According to Cardona, “Just the details. Do the little things right and we’ll win. That was our mantra for the week.”
Linebacker, Llewe Rocha added, “It feels awesome to be 4 and 2. Last year we definitely had a really hard season – it shows that a lot of hard work can lead to a really good season. I’m really happy that my team was able to stick together and fight through it.”
The Lancers will play at East Orange High School next Friday night at 7 p.m.