EDISON, NJ – South Plainfield Tigers quarterback Charlie Lovett rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns to lead the South Plainfield Tigers to a 29-10 thumping of J.P. Stevens. After a near dead locked first half, which saw the Tigers take a 6-3 lead into the locker-room, South Plainfield exploded for 23 second half points to put the game away.
South Plainfield drew first blood in the game as junior quarterback Charlie Lovett engineered a four minute 45 yard scoring drive. Lovett capped off the drive on a four yard quarterback keeper on fourth and two to put South Plainfield up 6-0. After the Tigers touchdown both teams struggled offensively. Neither team was able to generate much offense, but it would be the Hawks defense which helped setup J.P. Stevens’ first points of the game.
The Hawks Matthew Zranchev intercepted a Lovett pass with just under three minutes left in the half to put J.P. Stevens first and 10 at the Tigers’ 20 yard line. After a series of miscues J.P. Stevens faced a fourth and 11 at the Tiger 21 yard line. On fourth down Hawk’s quarterback Luke Jacobi connected on a 13 yard pass to Devon Fowlkes for a first and goal at the Tigers eight yard line. J.P. Steven’s Gabriel Martinez kicked a 32 yard field goal as time expired in the half to put the game at 6-3. The game would get no closer as the Tiger offense roared early and often in the second half.
The Tigers defense forced J.P. Stevens into a three and out to start the second half. “Our defense played tough in both halves,” said South Plainfield head coach Gary Cassio. “They bent a little bit, but played well enough to get a shutout.” The Tiger offense, however, was a different story. They broke the Hawks defense on their first offensive touch of the second half.
South Plainfield senior Deshai Smith took an end around on the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage in the third quarter and ran 48 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown put the game at 13-3.
South Plainfield running back Zach Delvecchio scored the Tigers third touchdown of the night running over defenders and carrying what seemed to be the entire J.P. Stevens secondary on his back as he plowed his way into the endzone on a 16 yard touchdown run. The score put South Plainfield on top 21-3.
On what was to be the Hawks ensuing drive, the snap was air mailed over quarterback Jacobi’s head and the Tigers jumped on Jacobi for a safety. South Plainfield’s lead expanded to 23-3. After a Hawk free kick, the Tigers’ Charlie Lovett once again went to work. On a quarterback draw, Lovett eluded Hawk defenders and dashed 39 yards for his second touchdown of the game. The Tigers lead increased to 29-3.
“The offensive line really pounded the defense and we were able to get some scores,” said Lovett. “I was happy to be able to get open tonight and just run.”
J.P. Stevens scored their lone touchdown late in the game as Jacobi connected on a 27 yard touchdown pass to Dan Ricigliano to put the score at 29-10.
“We made the proper adjustments at half, but we need to get better,” said Cassio. “We haven’t played our best game yet and we are going to need that in order to play a tough Woodbridge team next week.”
Photo Credits: Lenny Schillaci
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