CHATHAM, NJ - On Cougar Night last year, Chatham scored a touchdown with 18 seconds left to pull out a stunning victory over West Essex.
Chatham fans who stayed to the end on Cougar Night in 2017 were rewarded with a touchdown on the final play of the game. This time, however, it only meant that Chatham would not be shut out in its 42-6 loss to undefeated Newton on Saturday at Cougar Field.
Chatham quarterback Colin Petrullo scrambled out of the pocket and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass that Christian Cuttita leaped to grab out of the air, falling into the end zone to give the Cougars six points. The catch was made with no time left on the clock.
"I was just happy to put some points up on the board for our team because it really is embarrassing to see a zero up there," Cuttita said. "It meant a lot to everyone, Colin (Petrullo), me, Max (Schelling) and everyone on the team.
"They're a good team. We played a tough game and I'm proud of that, but in the end we have to come out and we have to execute better than we did. "
It was the first touchdown of the season for Cuttita and he was clutching the ball in his hands after the game was over.
"My first touchdown of the year," Cuttita said. "The play was oh god, a hail-mary play. Colin scrambled around like he does best and he chucked it up in the air and somehow I went up and grabbed it. I couldn't have done it without the time the line gave me and Colin, too."
Chatham, now 1-5, next plays Nutley, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Cougar Field.