EDISON, NJ - The East Brunswick Bears fell to the Edison Eagles 42-21 on Friday night.
The Bears' first possession resulted in a punt which was partially blocked, setting up perfect field position for Edison. A great play by the Eagles’ special teams led to a 6-yd touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Turner to Keanu Reid. After the Bears got the ball back, they managed to put together a great drive and capped it off with a Kyle Wiggins rushing touchdown to tie the game up at 7-7. With a little under three minutes in the first quarter, Edison running back James Stewart had a few big runs which set up another touchdown pass to Keanu Reid.
Early in the second quarter the Bears fumbled the ball on an option play and the Eagles picked it up and ran it into the red zone. This fumble resulted in a rushing touchdown for James Stewart making the Eagles lead 21-7. A few possessions later in the second quarter punter Josh Safeer sent a soaring high kick into the air causing the Eagles returner to muff the catch and it was recovered by the Bears. This seemed like it could be a huge momentum shift, but East Brunswick was not able to get any points out of great field possession.
Late in the third quarter the Edison Eagles quarterback dropped back to pass but he was sacked by Damian Ruiz forcing Edison to punt inside of their own territory. This sack led to the Bears having great field position again and the East Brunswick offense was marching down the field trying to get into the end zone. After a few great offensive plays running back Kyle Wiggins was able to punch in another touchdown to put the score at 21-14.
On the first possession in the fourth quarter, Edison put together a good drive as they picked up a multitude of first downs. The Eagles found themselves in the red zone and quarterback Justin Turner threw a goal line fade which was caught by Reilly Gonzalez to go up 28-14.
After scoring the touchdown, Edison kicked it off to the dangerous returner Zahir Jackson who returned it 88 yards for a touchdown making the score 28-21.
With a few minutes left in the game it seemed like the Eagles were going to put the game out of reach by kicking a field goal, but they bobbled the hold and the Bears got possession. However, the Bears were not able to turn the Eagles’ mistakes into points which seemed like it was a problem the whole game.
The Eagles ended up scoring a couple of other touchdowns late in the game making the final score Edison 42, East Brunswick 21.