SUMMIT, NJ - One of the dozen or so portable light stanchions that dotted the Investors Bank Field sidelines -- in place to illuminate the stadium on 'Friday Night Lights' -- was balky.
Administrators worked diligently and feverishly attempting to get the massive flashlight to work. They raised it, lowered it, and tweaked it but, for the near totality of the first half, it just didn't shine.
On a night when the stands were packed, it was the visitors that packed the punch as, for the second consecutive year, Cranford traveled to the Hilltop City and delivered a haymaker, building a 20-point halftime lead on their way to a 37-7 victory.
Summit sophomore Jackson Tyler, who had strung together four straight wins in place of injured starter Jake Froschauer,, left the game shortly before halftime. Skyler Schluter took the reins the rest of the way, and played more than admirably under far less than ideal circumstances.
While Summit's quarterback situation is in flux, their real quarterback problem -- one they could not solve this night -- was Cranford's quarterback.
Brian Oblachinski had a monster game, he went 8-for-11 with 119 yards with two touchdown and ran for 241 yards and a touchdown. He led Cranford on several scoring drives, served as his team's punter, and even -- playing as cornerback -- returned an interception for a touchdown.
All told, he had a hand in all four Cougar touchdowns, and his playmaking abilities were key in setting up Cranford's other scores, which came in the form of three Valentino Ambrosio field goals.
The Cougars led 10-0 after the first quarter, and doubled their advantage to to 20-0 by halftime. Summit had scant few possessions, and were unable to get much going. When they did string together a few first downs, they were -- like the previously-mentioned light -- just off.
Summit did get into the end zone when Schluter found DJ Jackson for a 11-yard score, but that fourth-quarter salvo was followed by Ambrosio's third three-pointer of the night and then -- the coup de grace -- Oblachinski's 18-yard 'pick six'.
The win puts Cranford at 4-2 on the season and they will host Governor Livingston Friday Oct. 21.