Spotswood Hangs On For 35-22 Win Over Metuchen


SPOTSWOOD, NJ - It was the final regular season game for the Spotswood High School varsity football team and it seemed as though it was all wrapped up with a 24-0 lead going into the final minutes of the third quarter against Metuchen High School. However, a touchdown by Colyn Qualls on an eight-yard pass from Will Hronich would turn this matchup into a nail biter.

The Bulldogs would add two more TDs on rushing scores from Jaden Rojas to cut the lead to 24-22, but the Chargers would add one more touchdown and a 33-yard field goal by Tom Conahan to hang on to the win and move their overall season record to 5-4.

Senior Nick Vincelli scored three rushing touchdowns for the Chargers and also had a key fourth quarter sack and a fumble recovery for a stellar afternoon on the field. Fellow senior Shea Obado scored the other rushing touchdown for Spotswood.

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Prior to the kickoff, the Chargers learned they did not receive the final seed in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group Two playoffs. Seeds are decided on the first eight games of the season. The Chargers tied for the final spot with Hazlet's Raritan High School.

With a tough schedule under their belts and a 35-0 win over Spotswood last week, the Rockets unofficially claimed the tie-breaker and the final playoff spot. The exact games and seeds have not officially been announced by the NJSIAA. Spotswood will most likely play in the consolation game next weekend.

While the Chargers will not claim a fourth Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division title this season, they did overcome a horrendous 0-3 start to win four straight games before the resounding defeat to Raritan on homecoming. They conclude the regular season third in the conference behind South River and Metuchen High Schools with a 4-2 division record. South River won the Blue Division title for the first time since 2013 with a perfect 6-0 conference record. The Rams were undefeated in the regular season as well with a 9-0 overall record.

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