CLARK, NJ - It was a cold autumn evening, perfect football weather and another great setting for the exciting “Friday Night Lights” contest between the Dunellen Destroyers and ALJ Crusaders.  On this special “Senior Night” neither the weather nor their opponent was going to dampen the mood for the Clark parents, cheerleaders, players and fans. 

Not only was it an exciting game resulting in another Johnson victory, but it was also the perfect opportunity to recognize the senior cheerleaders, football players and band members on their special night. 

Johnson arrived at their home field full of enthusiasm and excitement after a solid week of practice.  After their tough loss against New Providence the previous week, Johnson was hungry for a win. Johnson’s coaches and players were eager to strike early and often on offense and bring the heat on defense to set the right tone against the Dunellen Destroyers. The Crusaders and Destroyers both entered Friday’s game at 2-5. 

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Johnson’s offense got on the scoreboard first with 1:05 remaining in the 1st quarter when Crusader Junior quarterback Joe Greenbush scored on a 26 yard touchdown run. Greenbush, a dual threat QB, finished the game with 86 rushing yards and 127 passing yards. 

Early in the 2nd quarter Greenbush threw a strike to a streaking Max Carmino resulting in an 85 yard touchdown.  Carmino, a Senior wide receiver, finished the game with 127 receiving yards. On the defensive side of the ball Carmino added 7 tackles and a fumble recovery. Johnson cashed in on the extra point with 9:03 remaining in the second. 

Johnson further expanded their lead when Greenbush threw his second touchdown, a 35 yard pass to Carmino with just 1:30 remaining in the first half.  

Senior running back, John Cuccolo, opened up the 3rd quarter with a 34 yard touchdown run, making the score 28-0. Cuccolo finished the game with 60 rushing yards. Closing out the 3rd quarter on a high note senior Crusader running back Evan Parenti scored on a 4 yard touchdown run. Parenti’s touchdown would seal the deal and result in a 35-0 final. 

Johnson players and coaches proved yet again there’s no quit in them as they earned another bounce back, and much deserved, victory. Johnson will now focus their efforts on the annual Thanksgiving Day game when they face off against nearby rival Rahway.

In addition to the great game, the Senior Class of 2020 gathered for their last ever home game of the Crusaders football season on November 1st. In celebration of the last game the seniors held a tailgate before the game that included a car decorating contest. The senior class went all out this year all in hopes to win. The senior class also celebrated with hot chocolate and munchkins before entering the game. Katherine Fitzharris took home the win while Tara Starita and Heidi Compton came close in second place. Class President Heidi Compton was excited to start a new ALJ tradition. “ALJ has been an amazing experience, and we wanted to show how much we love this school,” said Compton