Sports

Somerville Pioneers (6-0) Host Homecoming Game Friday Night Against Crusaders (3-2)

c3c2df70233e1bdb579f_turek_1.jpg
ALJ's Joe Turek leads his team in rushing yards. The Crusaders (3-2) travel to Somerville Friday night to take on the undefeated Pioneers (6-0). Credits: Credits: Charles Rubino, courtesy of Bob Turek
7a214261ddac44510274_sompixhslogo.jpg
c3c2df70233e1bdb579f_turek_1.jpg

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Pioneers look to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games Friday night in their annual Homecoming game against the Arthur L. Johnson Crusaders.

Last Saturday, the Pioneers got their sixth win of the year in their final division game of the season against Governor Livingston. With that win over the Highlanders, the Pioneers clinched their first division title since 2009.
 
After a win over Voorhees in Week 3, the Pioneers entered the NJ.com Top 20 rankings and have been in the Top 20 each week since. Somerville Football is now ranked 16th.

Sign Up for E-News

Arthur L. Johnson High School, Friday's opponent, lost their last game against Hillside High School in a narrow 27-23 game to put their record at 3-2. Like the Governor Livingston Highlanders, Arthur L. Johnson is a run-first offense.

The Crusaders attempted only five passes against Hillside last week. The rushing leader for Johnson is junior Joe Turek. A two-sport athlete, Turek has a streak of four straight games with 100+ yards rushing dating back to week two against Bernards. On the year, Turek is averaging 106.6 yards per game along with 2.6 rushing touchdowns per contest.

Turek is also the leading tackler on defense for Johnson. So far, he has 21 tackles on the year and two sacks to along with a fumble recovery. The Johnson defense has only given up an average of 21.8 points per game. Their offense meanwhile, has averaged 36.8 points per game.

The Pioneers QB Nick Couzzi has been averaging 290.2 yards per game with a 63.5 percent completion rate. On the year, the senior QB has thrown 24 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Nas Petties-Jackson is averaging 127.5 receiving yards per game in which he's hauled in 13 touchdowns.

Chris Ciempola has 19 receptions for 449 yards and five touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball DL A.J. Akins, LB Jared Tuazon, LB Ryan Hrabinski, LB Robert McTernan and DB Jason Curau all have 20+ tackles this season. In last Saturday's matinee matchup against Governor Livingston, the Pioneers put the game out of reach early. Going into halftime, The Somerville Football team would lead 42-7. In the second half, the Somerville coaching staff decided to rotate their starting players out and give them some rest while providing younger players with valuable playing time.

In last year's matchup between these two schools, the visiting Crusaders came out with a 40-29 win. Turek rushed 24 times and racked up 270 yards and three touchdowns. Also in that game, former Crusader Anthony Rizzuto carried the ball 14 times for a total of 149 yards and a touchdown. On the night, Johnson High School ran for a total of 567 yards and six touchdowns.

Kickoff scheduled for 7 pm. Follow the Pioneers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-date information - @VilleFootball as well as the website www.somervillefootball.com

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f9271be7c50b3bea46af_open_house_roselle

Wed, July 25, 9:00 AM

Durham School Services School Bus, Roselle

Hiring Event Open House Durham School Services ...

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_c78b21e6ed44eb79278a_burned_out

Wed, July 25, 7:00 PM

Cranford United Methodist Church, Cranford

Wednesday Night Prayer Time at Cranford United ...

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_574768912fb23a4cacc7_bfeb2b8d2a5b0913fb60_2f2194e6f686708fbbc3_pd_fd_bbq

Sat, July 28, 12:00 PM

Clark Recreation Center, Clark

Clark PD vs Clark FD BBQ Cook-Off

Food & Drink Police & Fire

“Family Fun & Flix” in Warinanco Park Tuesday, July 24 Featuring “Peter Rabbit"

July 20, 2018

Family Fun & Flix, a free summer entertainment and film series presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, continues on Tuesday, July 24 with the presentation of “Peter Rabbit” at Warinanco Park, on the border of Elizabeth and Roselle. 

As part of the evening’s events, UC Get Fit, a health initiative ...

Residents Taking Action Against White Supremacist Fliers Found Around Bridgewater, Bedminster, Other Local Areas

July 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group.

According to Bridgewater resident Stacey Friedlander, a member of the “Not In Our Town – Bridgewater/Raritan” ...

"Tired of Cronyism? Yeah, us too!"

July 19, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County

Democratic Chairman, Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman as County Manager smelled of corruption

from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and

running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Obituaries

Jun 29, 1927 - Apr 23, 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
Read more