SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The South Brunswick football team recovered from an opening night loss to North Brunswick last month to win three of its next four games.

But the Vikings (3-2), who are coming off a 36-22 loss to Old Bridge, need to beat Perth Amboy Friday night to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Kickoff is 6 p.m. in South Brunswick.

First-year coach John Viotto's team has exhibited an explosive offense. Senior back Ezekiel Johnson has rushed for a team-high 532 yards, 7.5 yards per carry and seven touchdowns in a spread attack that has produced 1,093 yards and nearly 8 yards per carry.

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Senior quarterback Gage Katzenell-Hall has triggered the air attack with eight TD passes and 525 yards through the air. He has completed 53 percent of his passes and also rushed for 204 yards and a TD.

One of the features of the spread offense is the diversity of receivers. Nine different players have caught a pass this season, yet nobody has as many as 10 catches. Junior Justin Lawson has nine catches (20.9 per reception), three for TDs.

At outside linebacker, Lawson also leads the South Brunswick defense with 32 total tackles and five hits behind the line of scrimmage. Majid Howard-Baker and Mohamed Kiebre each have two interceptions this season to lead the defense in that department.

The South Jersey, Group 5 field in which the Vikings compete is loaded, and although they have a winning record, it's possible they may have to win out from now until Nov. 1 to have a chance at qualifying for a playoff berth.