CARTERET, NJ - Kyle Moroney passed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns to lead the South Plainfield Tigers to a dominating 33-14 victory over 2012 state champion Carteret. Moroney also rushed for another score in South Plainfield’s winning effort.
Prior to the game South Plainfield Coach Gary Cassio said “Let’s put the division and the county on notice.” These were the words Cassio left the South Plainfield Tigers with before they took the field against Carteret Friday night. The tigers responded to Cassio’s message. In one night, South Plainfield erased years of past failures to Carteret, and established themselves as a legitimate threat to the White Division.
On offense, South Plainfield was lead by Moroney and WR Johnny Chillemi. Chillemi caught two of Moroney's TD passes.
South Plainfield’s first touchdown was on a 23-yard scoring strike from Moroney to Jason Lee. The scoring drive had been kept alive when the Tigers converted on a 4th and 17. Moroney was able to hit Jonathan Grennier with an 18-yard pass to move the sticks and keep the drive alive. Two plays later Moroney was able to hit Lee with the 23-yard scoring pass.
Carteret answer the Tigers back with a 75 yard pass play to knot the game at seven. Carteret than took a seven point lead when Roemello Monroe’s fumble was returned for a touchdown.
In the final four minutes of the first half South Plainfield erupted for three scores. Moroney hit Johnny Chillemi with a 45 yard touchdown pass with 4.04 left in the half to tie the game. Malik Cisson then recovered the ensuing onside kick for the Tigers. A few plays later Moroney hooked up with Chillemi again on a 32 yard pass play to put South Plainfield up 20-14.
It appeared the game would go into half 20-14, but South Plainfield had other ideas. With less than a minute left in the half LJ Scarpitto intercepted a pass for South Plainfield on South Plainfield’s 8 yard line and returned the pass to Carteret’s 23 yardline. One play later Moroney threaded a pass to Kyle Dickerson bringing the ball to Carteret’s goal line. On the next play Moroney ran the ball in to put South Plainfield up 26-14.
The Tigers were also able to establish a physical rushing attack in the second half, which ate away the clock and protected the Tigers lead. South Plainfield Tiger Johnny Chillemi said “we were fired up we worked hard to beat Carteret and as tonight proved hard-work pays off.”
On defense, the Tigers executed Defensive Coordinator Jakubik’s game plan to perfection. The Tigers flew around the field all night, and completely shut down Carteret’s normally formidable rushing attack. The Tigers front seven was particularly impressive, combining for 6 sacks, and forcing pressure throughout the entire game. South Plainfield Quarterback Kyle Moroney said “tonight was a great team effort and next week we need to come out and do the same thing.”
Coach Gary Cassio said “we did what we needed to do tonight, but we need to get better and get ready for Woodbridge. Tonight we had a complete team win. Both lines played well, they stacked the box to stop Monroe, and Moroney threw for over 300 yards. The team played well.”
When addressing the team in the win, Coach Cassio told the Tigers how proud he was of their performance, but still reminded the team that they have a long road ahead and many more tough games in the future. The win puts the Tigers at 2-0, and sets up a battle next week against Woodbridge for the Tigers home opener.