EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick High School football team looks to make it two victories in a row today when the Bears travel to winless Marlboro in a non-conference game on the Mustangs home field. With the upcoming forfeit victory to be gained over Sayreville, the Bears have a chance to move their record over .500 for the season today.
The Bears rode a scintillating running attack to a hard fought 30-26 victory over winless J.P. Stevens on the 17th to raise their record to 2-3. Despite giving up an opening kickoff return for a touchdown to Stevens' Rashied Harvard, who inexplicably took a squib kick the length of the field to start the game, the Bears had more than enough to handle Stevens. Their rushing attack was balanced between multiple players, and showed more depth than they had all season, and the defense came up with key plays when they needed to.
The Bears answered the Hawks' opening kickoff touchdown with a big play of their own, when quarterback Kevin Hemmings hit receiver Sean O' Sullivan with a 30 yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 6-6 (Both teams had extra point attempts blocked). On the next series, a Hawks fumble led to a Kyle Wiggins touchdown to make the score 13-6.
Stevens narrowed the score to 13-12 before halftime, but Wiggins took care of that on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, scampering 72 yards for a score to make it 20-12. An Alex Boyko field goal made the score 23-19 to end the third quarter. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Al Fitzpatrick intercepted a pass, and the ensuing drive led to the Bears breaking open the game on the first carry of the year by newcomer Jahir Jackson, who ran 28 yards for a score to make it 30-19. The Hawks made it interesting with a late score, but the Bears defense held on, and victory number two was secured.
The Marlboro game is clearly a "trap" game. The Mustangs are winless, and have been trounced in most of their games, looking much like last year's Bears team. With the critical game against Monroe looming next week, it is essential for the Bears to focus on this game first and not look ahead. With the running attack suddenly potent, the Bears have a great opportunity to mix up their play calling and keep teams off balance. It should be fun to watch.
Kickoff is scheduled at 2:00 PM.