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Cuttita Makes Touchdown Catch for Chatham on Final Play of Cougar Night Loss to Newton

The clock says the game is over, but Christian Cuttita made this catch and got into the end zone to give Chatham its only points on Cougar Night Credits: Glenn Clark
Chatham senior Christian Cuttita pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Colin Petrullo on the final play of the game on Saturday night Credits: TAP Chatham
Christian Cuttita runs to the Chatham sideline after TD catch Credits: Glenn Clark
Max Schelling runs through a hole that Chris Strutt (52) helped open for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
Charles Cuneo makes the tackle for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
The view from the bleachers of Cougar Night Credits: Glenn Clark
Chatham senior Patrick O'Malley celebrates his sack on Cougar Night Credits: Glenn Clark
Christian Cuttita's kick return gave Chatham the ball on the Newton 26 Credits: Glenn Clark
Chatham band during halftime show Credits: Glenn Clark
Cougar Nation does the roller-coaster cheer Credits: Glenn Clark
The clarinet and flute section during the Chatham band's halftime show Credits: Glenn Clark
Luke Agnew, Max Schelling and George Fuentes gang up to make the tackle Credits: Glenn Clark
The Chatham cheerleaders got up for Cougar Night Credits: Glenn Clark
Kristian Roos keeps his eye on the ball as he punts for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
Christian Cuttita reacts as fellow captain Max Schelling is attended to by Chatham coach Jason Izsa. Schelling was able to walk off the field on his own. Credits: Glenn Clark
Colin Schroeder (2), Shane Carlin (8) and Ryan Lonergan (15) congratulate Christian Cuttita (14) after his TD catch on the game's final play for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark

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.

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"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.

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