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Gov. Livingston Football Senior Day Ends With 30-13 Loss To Cranford

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Senior football players celebrated at Saturday's game against Cranford. Credits: Kerry Blasch
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Senior Cheerleaders celebrated at Saturda's Game against Cranford. Credits: Kerry Blasch
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Senior Cheerleaders celebrated at Saturday's game against Cranford. Credits: Kerry Blasch
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Rain was not going to dampen the Highlanders' spirit as the Gov. Livingston football senior class and cheerleaders stepped out onto the football field with their parents to be recognized as part of Senior festivities before Saturday's game against Cranford. The Highlanders were handed a 30-13 loss by a powerful Cranford squad that has not lost a game all season. 

As part of the last home game tradition, the team's senior players as well as the senior cheerleaders were recognized in a special ceremony held before the game. Each senior was announced and escorted by their parent and saluted by the underclassmen and home crowd.

Football players honored include:
Brian Hutton
James Ruggiero
Jesse Giambra
Mike Policastro
Andrew Zecca
Greg Ellenberger
Max Toglia
John Wills
Sam Burke
Michael Rhodes
Alex Boyd
Rob Dilly
Urim Marke
Frank Barone
Jason Reinstein
Sean Tomlinson
Spencer Marke
Connor Budka
Jimmy Longo

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Cheerleaders honored include:
Danielle Gonnelli
Elena Russo
Olivia Sperduto
Shannon Mondelli
Brianna Grazianno
Olivia Milano
Ashley Riegler

Photo credits: Lori Ruggiero, Kerry Blash, Andrew Hooey and Bobbie Peer

First quarter action had Cougar senior Luke Christiano catch a 36-yard pass from junior quarterback Jack Schetelich, followed by a Christiano run for a two-point conversion to make the score 8-0. Second quarter action had Dan Delayo run into the end zone from the 4 yard line with a Joe Norton extra point to make it 15-0.

Highlander senior Jimmy Longo recovered a fumble in the back field to get the momentum going for Gov. Livingston in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Mike Policastro handed off to senior Rimi Marke for a first down on the 32-yard line to start the series of plays to lead to Marke's 23-yard run into the endzone and Doug Anderson's extra point was good. 

Christiano added to his totals for the day by catching a 73-yard TD pass from Schetelich for his second touchdown of the day. Schetelich ran for a two-point conversion to make it 23-7 going into half-time.

Marke rushed for a 4-yard TD for his second score. The Highlanders would fail on the two-point conversion attempt.

Cougar Donovan Walker caught a three yard pass from Schetelich and a Norton extra point made it 30-13. Schetelich finished the day 9-for-12 with 172 yards and three TD passes. 

Rimi Marke led all rushers with 93 yards on 19 carries, with a 23-yard TD run and 4-yard TD Run. Frank Barone ran for 40 yards; James Ruggiero ran for 19 yards. Quarterback Mike Policastro was 3 for 13 for 25 yards.

Alex Boyd led the defense with 11 tackles and Sean Tomlinson with 10, Spencer Marke recorded 1 sack; and Rob Dilly had 2 fumble recoveries and Jimmy Longo had 1. 

The Highlanders will play in Rahway on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.

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