September 29, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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.”
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.