LIVINGSTON, NJ — Prior to the Livingston football team’s 2018 home opener, in which the Lancers defeated the Bayonne Bees 33-28 on Friday night, members of the Livingston township council joined members of the board of education, Livingston’s new athletic director Richard Porfido and Livingston High School Principal Mark Stern in cutting the ribbon at the new turf field.

“I’m happy to be part of the opening ceremony of the high school turf,” said Mayor Ed Meinhardt. “It’s great that the board of education was able to do this project and we look forward to joining the two turf fields of Livingston for use not only for the high school athletes, but for all of the sports groups and organizations in the town of Livingston.”

The school also took a moment of silence to honor Matthew Poole, a former member of the football team, and Bella Brodsky, who both died in a tragic drowning incident over the summer.

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Leading the pack for the Lancers’ offense on Friday were Jack Larson with two touchdowns; Joe Cullen, Brian Russo and Tommy Werner with one a piece; and Jack Ernst with nearly 300 passing yards.

“It was a tremendous win,” said Livingston head coach Robert Breschard. “Bayonne has some very talented players. We made plays tonight. Our offense really played to the level we knew they could. We had 500 yards of offense against a very aggressive defense. Our defense made key stops when it mattered.

“I’m extremely proud of the boys. We won the individual battles, which ultimately won us the game.”

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