BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Despite getting three touchdowns from senior Ryan Jennings, the Gov. Livingston football team could not hold on to a late lead, falling to rival New Providence, 22-18, on Thursday at Gov. Livingston High School.
All six scores in the game came on the ground, but it was the two late touchdowns from the Pioneers that was the difference maker.
“Our game was awesome today,” New Providence head coach Joe Carollo said. “I’m very proud of what our players were able to accomplish this year. As it goes every year, we do what we need to do on Thanksgiving.”
Jennings controlled the pace of the game in the first half. He scored a touchdown in each of the first two quarters to put Gov. Livingston ahead 12-0.
However, after halftime, the Pioneers got their offense moving. Running backs Ibn Nash and CJ Kleisch, as well as quarterback Jack Harvey, each scored in the final two quarters to seal the win for the Pioneers.
In the 3rd quarter, Pioneer running back Ibn Nash put the Pioneers on the scoreboard by scoring a touchdown with 4:33 remaining.
Early in the fourth, Jennings added his third score of the game, however a missed extra point put the Highlanders ahead by only 11 points.
“My linemen did a great job today,” Jennings said. “They opened up big holes and made it easy for me. I give them credit for giving me the opportunity to score three touchdowns today.”
Behind 18-7, Harvey pulled the Pioneers within four on a 5-yard rushing touchdown. In the final three minutes, Kleisch scored from 26-yards out to put New Providence on top for the first and last time.
“I thought New Providence did a great job,” Highlander head coach Dan Guyton said. “It was a hard fought game as it is every year when we play them.”
This was the final game for both teams. The Pioneers finish the year at 8-3, while the Highlanders ended up at 4-6.