WESTFIELD, NJ—On this sunny Thanksgiving day, Westfield High School’s football team ended a tough season on a high note. The team managed to hold a steady lead against longtime rival Plainfield (0-9-1), finishing the game 30-16, bringing the team’s record to 2-8-0.
Westfield started out strong as junior tight end David Kane scored two touchdowns thrown by senior quarterback Christian Menares-Brown.
Westfield went up 17-0 in the first quarter and the team maintained its strong lead throughout the rest of the first half. Still, Plainfield got aggressive and fought back with a 32-yard touchdow run by Plainfield’s Steven Jones and a two-point conversion run by Plainfield’s Thomas Fabyan.
With only 24 seconds left until halftime, Menares-Brown managed to get the ball to Kane for another touchdown, ending the quarter with a score of 24-8.
The third quarter saw no touchdowns. Westfield’s defense remained strong and blocked all of Plainfield’s attempts to score.
“Our defense was really aggressive and our players really stepped up,” Westfield Coach Jim DeSarno said,
Senior Joe Salmon scored his second and third field goals of the day, making the score 30-8. But Plainfield fought back, and with just over two minutes left in the game, Fabyan ran 55 yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 30-16.
“It was a happy day, especially for our senior boys," DeSarno said. "Our kids played a great game. After a long, hard year, it was nice to see that our players didn’t quit.”
“It felt really good to win,” Menares-Brown said. “We had practiced really hard preparing for this game—the rivalry game, the Thanksgiving game.We don’t have a playoff spot so we were all playing for each other. This just shows what a tight unit we have.”
This game was the end of the season for not only the football team, but also for the WHS marching band.
“It’s always great to support the football team at the Thanksgiving game, and it was exciting to win the last game of high school to complement our last performance,” senior Rob Cassie said.