November 16, 2013 at 8:29 AM
UNION, NJ - Watchung Hills fell to Union, 28-0, in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 tournament last night. Watchung Hills suffered its third straight loss to end the year.
No. 7 Watchung Hills finished the season with a 5-5 record, falling just short of completing consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1995 and '96.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Watchung Hills coach Marc Crisafi, who was an All-State lineman at Union in 1982 and coached the Farmers from 2001-06.
The Warriors went three-and-out on five of their eight drives, with another ending on a turnover on downs after four plays.
Union held the Warriors to just 93 total yards, 48 of which came from Ryan Cunningham in the fourth quarter. Cunningham finished with 72 of Watchung Hills' yards on 10 carries.
Watchung Hills, has not won a playoff game since it defeated Matawan in the Central Jersey, Group 4 semifinals in 1978.
Union, which has now won six straight after a 1-2 start, racked up 388 yards in the game.
Union's all-time leading rusher, Jamauri Bogan finished with 180 yards on 28 carries despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. Jabree Robertson rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries for the Farmers.
With the victory, No.2 Union advances to next week's sectional semifinals against the winner of Saturday's matchup between Edison and Piscataway.
Union is seeking their first sectional final since 2003 and first state title since 1993.