SOMERSET, NJ - The Warriors (9-0) handed the Plainfield Cardinals (7-1) its first loss of the season with an impressive 42-14 win in the Big Central Middle School Championship Game at Franklin High School Wednesday night.
Many of the players have been playing together for a few years, and hope to continue playing together. Some of their former teammates are currently playing at the high school already.
"I feel like we have good team chemistry, and the hard work and sacrifice led us to this championship," FMS Running Back/Line Backer Xavier Henderson told TAPinto after the game. "A lot of us have been playing together since Pop Warner, we plan to play together at the high school and bring a championship there too."
The Warriors fell behind early in the first quarter 0-6 to Plainfield after they scored a quick touchdown. The team quickly came back to take the lead for good after a 75-yard kick off return for a touchdown from Tyjhir Williams. Williams also had an interception inside the 5-yard line. Williams also scored late in the game on a 45-yard pick-six.
Xavier Henderson had three touchdowns runs, one for 8-yards, another for 25-yards, and a long 65-yard run following an interception by teammate Keyon James.
Warrior Quarterback, AArion Johnson said the coaching staff's push to get the most out of every player was a big factor in motivating him and his teammates to play winning football this season.
"Our coaches took on the challenge of this season too, putting in countless hours of film study throughout this year," Wilson said. "Big thank you to Chris Streckliski, Joe Ges, Neil Morgan, and Joe Guesualde."
When asked what he liked most about this season, Johnson summed it up with just two words, "definitely teamwork," he said.
Johnson also threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Mike Shiermyer and he later scored a 2-point conversion. Romeo Carmen-King also chipped in with a 2-point conversion of his own.
FMS Football Coach, Blair Wilson thanked the parents and key Franklin Township Public school staff members, for their help this season.
Warrior defensive stand out Right Tackle/Defensive End, Elijah Kinsler came up big on both sides of the ball, making key tackles to stifle Plainfield's offensive attack, while also opening-up big holes to help power his team's dominant ground game.
"My friends and family showed a lot of support and motivated me," Kinsler told TAPinto. "This game right here was one of the season's biggest highlights."
Wilson told his team after the game he knew this [the win] was going to happen, right before he presented them with championship t-shirts. He encouraged them to wear them when they get back to school next Monday.
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