SOUTH RIVER, NJ - The rivalry between Spotswood High School and South River High School is a hot one and the Chargers would have enjoyed playing the spoiler at the Rams' homecoming game on Saturday, especially after last season's lopsided 34-7 loss. However, despite getting on the scoreboard first with a touchdown by Eddie Rogers, South River came out on top again, winning this season's matchup, 42-21. The loss drops Spotswood to 0-3 on the season and improves the Rams' record to 3-0.
Rogers intercepted South River quarterback Michael DeSantis' first pass of the afternoon and returned it 38 yards for a Charger touchdown with a little over eight minutes left in the opening quarter. South River answered back with a safety and a touchdown by Davine Mayes to take a 9-7 lead by the conclusion of the first quarter. DeSantis scored the first of his two touchdowns for South River in the second quarter and Mayes entered the end zone again connecting on a 20 yard pass from the senior quarterback to give the Rams a 22-7 halftime lead.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter with South River's Billy Drum scoring on a four-yard run and the Chargers Matt Bohinski entering the end zone on a four-yard run as well. Drum, playing with a cast on his arm, scored his second TD of the game on a six-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Spotswood's Michael Harris earned the Chargers' final score when he caught a 29 yard pass from Tallen Smith. John Lauro kicked three extra points for Spotswood. Smith completed three of seven passes for 51 yards and had three interceptions for the Chargers. DeSantis threw for 204 yards with two interceptions and completed 13 of 25 pass attempts.
The Chargers will look for their first win on Saturday, September 29 when the team hosts Bishop Ahr High School for their annual homecoming game. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at the Spotswood High School Stadium. Bishop Ahr is 2-2 on the 2018 season. The Trojans also lost this week's game, going down to John F. Kennedy Memorial High School, 27-13.