SUMMIT, NJ - It wasn't perfect, but their record still is.
Colm Dougherty rushed for three scores, and Dan Childers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Terry, as the Summit Varsity Football team improved to 6-0 with a scruffy, 33-8 victory over Roselle at Investors Bank Field.
In a game that Head Coach Kevin Kostibos said the Hilltoppers played "well enough to win", Summit was aided by a slew of Roselle miscues, including a dropped pass that may have led to a touchdown, a botched punt snap, an interception, a special teams fumble, and a defensive drop on a potential interception that could have led to a "pick six", all in the first quarter.
Dougherty ran the ball 18 times for 138 yards, and Summit got two key plays from defensive end Mac Wiesner, who also handles the punting duties. Wiesner had a high snap deflect off his hands, but did well to retrieve the ball and get the kick off. The ball sailed to a Rams up back, who fumbled, the Hilltoppers recovering. Later in the game, on the defensive side of the ball, Wiesner made an acrobatic interception at the Summit goal line to snuff out a Roselle scoring drive.
Despite building a 33-0 lead entering the fourth quarter, the game had a grinding dynamic throughout. The afternoon's relatively low-voltage feel is understandable, as Summit was, in the words of Kostibos, "coming off a a huge emotional game" against Rahway, a contest which saw the Hilltoppers score the game's last 20 points, including their final touchdown with less than a minute remaining to win 26-20. "It was a workmanlike performance." said Kostibos, adding, "this is a game where we wanted to win and get out healthy."
Already missing Andrew Helmer to an ankle injury suffered in practice, Summit saw two more players, Matt Oristanio and Chris Zanelli, also be forced from the game. While their status is not yet known, what is certain is that Summit now travels to Warren Hills Friday to face a strong team that has something in common with the Hilltoppers, with the Blue Streaks now coming off a dramatic 33-27, overtime win versus Rahway.
The game at Warren Hillls, which will match two powerful, run-oriented offenses, is October 25 with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.