SOMERSET, NJ -- The Warriors were stunned last night in a late-game comeback that saw Old Bridge capitalize on a Franklin turnover in the fourth quarter to turn the tide of the game in the Knights’ favor. The 32-33 home loss brings the Warriors to 2-6 on the season.
Leading by 11 points with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Franklin’s Tahj Hyman mishandled a short, bouncing punt that was recovered by Sergio Donou for Old Bridge on the Franklin 8-yard line. The following play, Rhyne Smith ran in a touchdown that cut Franklin’s lead to 32-27.
A fumbled handoff on third down cut the Warriors attempt to answer back short, forcing a punt and giving Old Bridge the ball back with six minutes left. It would prove enough time for Old Bridge to put an end to that what looked like a promising game for the Warriors.
The Franklin defense lacked an answer for Old Bridge Head Coach Anthony Lanzafama’s option offense all night, which would prove fatal with time running out in the fourth quarter.
Faced with a 4th-and-five on their own 35-yard line, Knights quarterback Owen Haughney tossed it to Bryson Corbett on a read option to the right side that was covered well by Franklin, but Corbett still managed to get enough yardage to keep the drive alive.
On the next play, Corbett completed a 45-yard pass on a halfback option to Eddie Nugent, who made a one-handed catch, to bring the Knights inside the Franklin 10-yard line.
The catch set up the go-ahead touchdown, run in by Haughney, to give Old Bridge its first lead of the night with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Franklin would struggle on the following drive, with quarterback Kevon Gordon sacked for a loss of 10 yards on third down. The Warriors then turned the ball over on downs after a final incomplete pass from Gordon, securing the win for Old Bridge with a final score of 32-33.
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