BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—The Gov. Livingston Football Team came out defeated by Rahway in the final minutes of the game this past Saturday.
The Highlanders took control of the game from the start. Just a few minutes into the first quarter, senior Stephen Sottosanti intercepted a Rahway pass, exerting GL’s dominance quickly. Soon thereafter, senior Evan Lerch maintained that dominance, powering the ball in the end zone for a Gov. Livingston score.
Neither team produced another touchdown before the end of the first quarter. Only two minutes into the second quarter, however, Rahway’s Zahir Wilder intercepted a GL pass for a pick-six. After a failed two-point conversion, the Highlanders remained up by one.
A long drive down the field propelled by seniors Anthony Wong, Stephen Sottosanti, and Evan Lerch, the Highlanders were able to return to their seven-point lead. Wong was able to put up six more points on the board, positioning GL 13-7 at half.
The third quarter remained gave Rahway another opportunity to come back. A Rahway score midway through the third quarter was enough to tie the Highlanders, 13-13, going into the fourth.
Both teams were unable to convert first downs for most of the fourth quarter. As the time trickled, nerves began to come into effect. Neither team could produce a score until the last few minutes of the game.
With 2:26 on the clock, Stephen Sottosanti broke through the Rahway defense, traveling 49 yards for a touchdown. The Highlanders maintained their 20-13 lead, but not long enough.
Rahway came down to the Highlander 10 yard line, successfully completing a touchdown pass with 1:08 left in the game. With the score being 20-19, Rahway attempted the two-point conversion for the win. Terrance Anderson pushed the ball in for two points, leaving the Highlanders defeated 21-20.
Coach Guyton was proud of his team’s intensity throughout the game
“A lot of our guys stepped up to the plate today and I thought that they played really hard,” Guyton said, “You have to give credit to Rahway, they kept their heads in the game and played well.”
Carlton Edwards ‘16, Evan Lerch ‘16, Ben Collins ‘17, and Emmanuel Kanellos ’16 recorded the most tackles on the game. Lerch, Wong, and Sottosanti accounted for the majority of GL’s yardage.