BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston defeated Hillside 14-6 Saturday under a crisp, autumn sky.
The Highlanders came out on top by staying on the ground mostly with sophomore running back Ryan Jennings seeing plenty of action. Junior Michael Murphy scored in the first quarter with a 50 yard run. Murphy's run along with teammates Jon Schmedel's extra point kick put the Highlanders on the scoreboard first 7-0. Hillside answered when QB Joey Straile took the ball in himself to tighten the score 7-6. Hillside's extra point kick failed to split the uprights and the score remained 7-6.
Both teams had multiple dropped passes and fumbles, although Governor Livingston forced their way into the red zone more than Hillside. The Highlanders QB Justin Ennis threw a steady flow of short passes to different targets when not handing off to a running back. Governor Livingston's Ryan Jennings took the ball into the end zone on a 20-yard run in the second quarter. The extra point kick made the score 14-6 with under 5 minutes left. Hillside could not get anything going on offense and the first half ended with Governor Livingston on top.
The second half was a repeat of the first half. Both teams continued suffering penalties and miscues. The end zone stayed empty for the remainder of the game but the Highlanders were able to celebrate their second win of the season.
"The team finished with a win today which is good," said Highlanders head coach Terry Hanratty. "When a team loses so many games it begins to wear on them. But the team pulled together today and did what they had to. We hope to keep the momentum going into our next two games."
"I felt good out there today and the team played hard on offense and defense," he said. "We played as a team today and won. Our record does not reflect how hard we work on the field."
Governor Livingston's varsity football season record thus far is 2-6-0. The team will play a consolation game against a yet to be named opponent and will face New Providence on Thanksgiving Day.
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