CHATHAM, NJ - The way things have gone at Cougar Field this season for the Chatham football team, the fact that the Cougars will play on the road at Hackettstown Friday night has to be considered good news.
Cougar Nation came to cheer their classmates on during "Cougar Night", but there was little to cheer about in Chatham's 31-0 loss to Parsippany Hills on Saturday night.
The loss gave Chatham (1-6) an 0-4 record at home, with three of the losses coming by shutout scores.
Against Parsippany Hills (5-2), the Chatham offense struggled so mightily that junior punter Sam Smith stood out as one of the top performers in the game.
"Rough day across the board," Chatham coach Dan Czepiga said. "I know it sounds like a record, but we have to execute a little bit better. We practice this and we go through the plays and at the end of the day they have to execute.
"A couple times, I put them in some bad spots. I should have called better plays. That's on me if they're not doing their job. We have to fix it up over the next two weeks."
The Cougars went three-and-out on its first four possessions of the game while Roger Rubinetti kicked a 24-yard field goal to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead in the first period.
It was still 3-0 late in the half when Parsippany Hills turned an interception by E.J. Comerford into a "Pick Six" with 2:26 left. Vikings quarterback J.D. Breslauer then threw a touchdown pass with 23 seconds left to make it 17-0 at the break.
"You can only expect so much (from the defense) for so long before you have to score some points," Czepiga said. "We weren't able to tonight."
Chatham running back Peter Schelling broke this run in the fourth quarter
Ryan Coughlin took over at quarterback for the injured Luke McAloon and made this run in the second half
COUGAR NOTES: Chatham was shut out at home this season by Mount Olive, Ridgefield of Connecticut and Parsippany Hills. Add in the home loss to Millburn and the Cougars were outscored 150 to 28 at Cougar Field this season ... Hackettstown topped Chatham, 36-23, last season.