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South Plainfield Football, More about Moving Forward than Looking Backward

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Kyle Moroney bats down pass in third quarter action against Carteret Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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Malik Cisson in successful pursuit of Quarterback Nelson Baez of Carteret.  Cisson had a fumble recovery and three sacks in the game. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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South Plainfield's Sam Persad and South Plainfield Offensive Line in pass protection in second quarter action against Carteret. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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South Plainfield's Kyle Dickerson hauls in pass from Kyle Moroney and runs for first down. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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South Plainfield's LJ Scarpitto returns a punt in Friday night's game versus Carteret. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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South Plainfield's Roemello Monroe takes handoff from Kyle Moroney in second half action against Carteret. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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Sean Cullen in three point stance versus Carteret. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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Kyle Moroney on a quarterback draw versus Carteret. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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South Plainfield's LJ Scarpitto in dramatic interception return just before the end of the first half versus Carteret. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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Tigers prep for game. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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South Plainfield's Lucio Avelar preparing for game. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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South Plainfield's Sean Cullen leads Tigers on to the field holding hammer in Friday night game versus Carteret. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield’s 33-14 victory over Carteret on Friday night was more than a victory over last year’s Central Jersey Group II Champions.  It was an exorcism of past demons and failures against Carteret.

Going into Friday night’s game South Plainfield was 2-17 versus Carteret.  The last Tiger victory against Carteret was in 2007.  Not a single player on the South Plainfield’s current squad was either in high school or middle school. The convincing win seemed to discard all past failures to the curb and martial in a new positive view of the future.

The last time South Plainfield was 2-0 to start the season in football was 1994.  The only South Plainfield Tigers that were even born in 1994, who stand on the sidelines, are the current South Plainfield High School coaching staff.  South Plainfield coach Gary Cassio said, “I’m pleased with our start, but it is not a two game season.  There is a lot of football ahead of us, and we need to get ready for Woodbridge next week.”

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Anyone who saw Friday night’s game knows the 2013 Tigers are ready to play.  South Plainfield completely dominated both sides of the ball.  Carteret scored on a fingertip 75-yard bomb, and a returned fumble for a touchdown.  The Tigers completely shut down Carteret’s offense. Cassio is right; two games do not make a season, but there is reason to be optimistic about South Plainfield’s 2013 boys on the gridiron.

 

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