HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Hillsborough High School Raiders opened the 2020 season at home Wednesday night with an impressive 26-6 win over their neighboring rivals, the Montgomery Cougars, featuring a balanced offense - nine players handled the ball offensively - and an aggressive defense.that snatched 3 interceptions.
Junior quarterback Jay Mazuera threw 3 TD passes and rushed for another TD. He threw for 152 yards on 11/19 passing, the longest a 63-yard completion. Mazuera spread the ball around, connecting with five receivers, led by William Dixon who caught two passes for 83 yards; Thomas Amankwaa, five passes for 46 yards and senior Troy Kennedy, 1 pass for 19 yards.
Leading rushers were senior Sean Levonaitis, 14 carries for 70 yards and a TD; A. Santa Barbara, 7 carries for 55 yards and a score, and Mazuera, 32 yards on 6 carries and a TD. Mazuera also punted the ball four times for 131 yards, the longest a 43-yarder.
Vaughn Colne scored on two of three extra-point attempts.
The defense dominated all four quarters, with three interceptions and a sack.
The defense was led by Leonaitis, with 8 tackles and an interception.
Amankwaa and Jordan Nussbaum also had interceptions.
Sal Volpe also had 8 tackles, with three others recording four tackles each - Amankwaa, Troy Kennedy and William Dixon.
The offense totaled 322 yards - 152 passing and 170 on the ground. The Raiders scored in each of the 4 quarters, six points in the first and second quarters, with 7 points each in the third and fourth quarters. Montgomery scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter. The Raiders had 17 first downs, Montgomery, 9.
The time of possession was even, with Hillsborough holding the ball for 24 minutes, 21 seconds, while Montgomery had possession for 23 minutes, 39 seconds.
Penalties were also fairly even, with Hillsborough penalized 4 times for 34 yards, and Montgomery 5 times for 45 yards.