PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Piscataway High School varsity football team scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to defeat Edison, 28-7, at Dominic R. Ciardi Field on Friday.
Twin brothers Khristian and Kristopher Hernandez stole the show offensively for the Chiefs (3-0), which has won 17 games in a row dating back to Thanksgiving Day in 2017.
With the score tied at 7-7, running back Khristian Hernandez reeled off a 47-yard touchdown run to give Piscataway a 14-7 lead in the third quarter.
Quarterback Kristopher Hernandez scored two times on the ground in the fourth quarter. He scored from 1-yard and 3-yards out to give the Chiefs their final tally of 28 points.
“We went in at halftime and fixed our mistakes because we were shooting ourselves in the foot,” Kristopher Hernandez said. “We reloaded in the third.”
Hernandez, who completed all five of his passes for 58 yards, wasn’t the expected signal caller for the Chiefs. But the Chiefs have shown through the years they end up opting for athletic veterans and Hernandez fits that mold.
“Quarterback is a tough role that leaders have to play and it was tough to learn it in such a short amount of time, but I’m able to get it and it helps that my coaches and my teammates have my back,” he said.
After a scoreless first quarter, the brothers connected on a 38-yard screen pass for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 7-0 advantage at the time in the second.
Edison (1-2) tied the game at 7-7 in the third when quarterback Lucas Loffredo delivered a short scoring pass to Danny Maurath.
Khristian Hernandez finished with 120 yards on the ground.
Piscataway’s Christian Davis intercepted a Loffredo pass and brought it back inside the Eagles’ 5-yard line which help set up the Kristopher Hernandez’s last score. Piscataway also recovered a fumble and have now created a whopping 13 takeaways this season in just three games (seven picks and six fumble recoveries).
The Chiefs defense held Loffredo to 146 yards passing on 13-of-35 attempts and Edison to minus-23 yards rushing.
Piscataway has held all three of its first opponents to seven points each.
“(Edison’s) offense wasn’t easy. Shoutout to Loffredo who is a great quarterback and their passing game.” Kristopher Hernandez said. “Our defensive line put pressure on him and the secondary was giving their receivers a hard time getting open.”
Edison had a chance to score just before the end of the first half, but time ran out with the Eagles at about the Piscataway 5-yard line.
Next Friday night, Piscataway hits the road for the first time in 2019 and will play at New Brunswick at 7:00 p.m. Edison is also away at North Brunswick.
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