CHATHAM, NJ - Morris Hills came in with a veteran football team. Chatham is still experiencing growing pains.
It was as painful an experience as Chatham has absorbed this season through three games, a 41-12 setback at the hands of the Scarlet Knights Saturday at Cougar Field.
Morris Hills (2-1) took advantage of three fumbles and three interceptions to build a 34-0 lead over Chatham (0-3) with 6:39 left in the third quarter.
"Inexperience, it's not a problem, it's just that these guys are getting experience game by game," Chatham coach Jason Izsa said. "Morris Hills has a great team. Their starters are all returners. Watching film of them, these are all the same guys from last year. So they're a year older and one step more experienced."
Morris Hills quarterback Daymon Fleming probably looked bigger and faster than he did on film. The senior had a monster offensive game against the Cougars. He completed 9 of 12 passes for 160 yardds and a touchdown and also rushed for 80 yards and two TDs.
On his first pass attempt of the game, Fleming threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Rey Almodovar, who caught the ball behind the defense and was gone. The next time he touched the ball, Fleming returned a punt 60 yards for a TD.
Fleming then had a 70-yard punt return, but was caught from behind by Chatham's Max Schelling at the Cougar 10. On the very next play, Fleming carried in for the touchdown, increasing the Morris Hills lead to 27-0 with 7:39 showing in the second quarter.
Chatham quarterback Timmy Adams threw two touchdown passes in the second half, connecting with Chris Francesco for a 30-yard play that ended with a dive into the end zone in the third quarter. In the fourth, Adams rolled out and hit Christian Cuttita with a two-yard scoring pass.