EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a great second half, the East Brunswick Bears managed to put 21 points on the scoreboard. In the second half the Bears outscored the Freehold Patriots 21-13 but it was not enough to pull off the win. The Bears ended up falling 36-21 as the late game push fell short.
It was a cold evening on the Bears’ homecoming game and the offense came out slow for both teams. The Freehold Patriots were the first to strike with a passing touchdown but a missed PAT made the score 6-0. After this play it was a whole lot of punting for both teams as neither offenses could find their way into the endzone. With two minutes in the first quarter Patriots quarterback, Charles Sabbagh hooked up with Anthony Lotti for a huge completion over the middle of the field to put them in great scoring position. With a little under a minute left Freehold punched it into the endzone to make the score 13-0 going into the second quarter.
After a rough offensive first quarter for the Bears it did not get any better in the second quarter as they got shutout the entire first half. Similarly to the first quarter it was mainly punting back and forth until the Patriots scored another rushing touchdown with 7 minutes remaining in the second quarter to go up 20-0. As time was running down in the first half, quarterback Charles Sabbagh made another huge completion to Anthony Lotti to put the Patriots in great position to score before the half was over. This pass play led to a field goal to make the score 23-0 going into the second half.
With the nine minutes to go in the third quarter the offense started to come alive for the Bears as they found the endzone for the first time of the night to make the score 23-7. On the Patriots’ next possession they looked to strike back and they did as they completed a pass for another touchdown, but missed the PAT bringing the score to 29-7. Late in the third quarter the Patriots intercepted a pass from Bears quarterback James Schuld giving Freehold great field position. On their ensuing drive they found themselves in the redzone and Charles Sabbagh looked for another passing touchdown but it was intercepted by the Bears. However, the Bears were not able to put any points on the board after this interception as the third quarter ended.
With four minutes left in the game the Bears found the endzone again but the Patriots still led 29-14. Freehold immediately answered back with a rushing touchdown of their own. As time was running out the Bears put up another touchdown but the late offense was not enough to comeback as they lost 36-21. This puts the Bears at a record of 1-6 and the Patriots with a record of 7-1.
The Bears seemed to have trouble starting out hot but it was good sign that they were able to put up a fight in the second half and put together some good drives. Come out and support your Bears next Friday at home at 7:00 as they take on the 3-5 New Brunswick Zebras.