ROCKAWAY, NJ - A year ago, the Achilles' heel for the Chatham football team was that it took leads and then gave them up in the fourth quarter. Morris Hills made that scenario an impossibility on Saturday with a big first period that sent the Cougars to a 46-14 defeat at Gifford Field.
Scarlet Knights quarterback Nick Carlotti threw three touchdown passes and Charlie Rex broke a 48-yard TD burst when Morris Hills moved to a 26-0 lead. Jeremy Busel's 1-yard TD run early in the second period ballooned the Morris Hills lead to 34-0.
"That's a playoff team," Chatham coach Dan Czepiga said. "They definitely had the ability to put points up, I'm not surprised, but I also thought we could have done a better job. It's always not as bad as it seems and it's not as good as it looks.
"We have to look at the film and clean things up. It's tough to judge a game by what you see. We have to look at the film and see the mistakes we made that we can correct."
After Morris Hills took its 34-0 lead, Chatham received a lift on the ensuing kickoff from senior Peter Schelling, who sprinted 80 yards with his return for a touchdown. Quinn Kelly's PAT made it 34-7 with 10:39 left in the half.
Most of the offensive highlights for Chatham were sparked by Schelling, who rushed for 116 yards and had three catches for 28 yards (see videos of Schelling below).
The Cougars had their best drive of the game in the third quarter when junior quarterback Luke McAloon engineered a 67-yard drive. The key play was McAloon's 20-yard completion to Kelly that put the ball on the three (see below).
Senior Ryan Coughlin took a pitch from McAloon and carried the ball to the one before McAloon sneaked in from the one for the touchdown with 9:05 showing in the third.
COUGAR NOTES: Schelling gained 224 yards in the game with 116 yards rushing on 23 carries; 3 catches for 28 receiving yards, and an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown ... McAloon completed 9 of 20 passes for 74 yards, plus two interceptions ... Quinn Kelly had 3 catches for 21 yards and kicked two extra points ... defensive end Peter Hughes had a sack ... Chatham plays host to Mount Olive (0-1), 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Cougar Field. Mount Olive lost its opener on Friday night, 14-7, to Clifton.