ELIZABETH, NJ - Friday Night Lights at Williams Field in Elizabeth. This week the Elizabeth Minutemen hosted their neighboring city rivals the Union Farmers.
The opening ceremony featured a local youth football league and some past Elizabeth Football Champions as the Elizabeth High School Marching Band performed the Star-Spangled Banner.
Union got on the board first in this one with a rushing touchdown by Christian Murrell from 8 yards out as the first quarter closed. In the second quarter Union QB, Sanborn threw his first of 3 touchdowns in the air on the night. As Desmond Igbinosun celebrated his catch, the Minutemen quickly found themselves down 14-0. At 10:13 in the second quarter Union broke through with yet another rushing touch down. That was brought back on penalties, so instead of 21 points, the lead remained 14-0 for the Farmers.
The Union team had momentum and their quarterback new it as if his arm was not enough, so he showed off his feet by rushing for a touchdown. That helped put up his Union team 21 - 0 at the half.
As the players took a break, fans enjoyed the Elizabeth High School Marching Bands half time performance. Past players took to the field to take group photos and share stories with old friends.
In the third-quarter, Elizabeth took to the field hoping to show any signs of life on any side of the football. Sanborn and his team started the second half with more of the same. Taking the reins, he continued to plow Williams Field and the Elizabeth Minutemen Defense.
There was a brief moment of panic when someone set off fireworks on the Elizabeth side sending students and spectators rushing off the bleachers. The public service announcer tried to keep everyone calm. and eventually, everyone settled back in to watch the end of the game.
The real fireworks were provided by Sanborn as he and his teammates added two more touchdowns to end the game with Union taking the win 35-0.