SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Chargers fans can exhale now.
In a wild game, the Chargers of Spotswood High School survived a furious second-half comeback and barely held on, defeating Metuchen High School, 20-14, in a game played Saturday on the Chargers' home field. The game ended with Chargers defensive back Chase Fee tackling Metuchen running back Andre Corvil half a yard short of the goal line on what would have been a game-tying touchdown with five seconds remaining.
This was a classic game of two halves, as Spotswood completely dominated the Bulldogs in the first half. The game started with Chargers defender Jon Millburn grabbing a deflected pass and returning the interception for a touchdown, giving the Chargers the early 7-0 lead. The first half onslaught continued as the Chargers dominated in every facet of the game. A second quarter 21-yard run by Ryan Long increased the lead to 13-0, and then a long drive culminated in a touchdown pass from C.J. O'Connor to Steve Sommer to end the first half scoring. In addition, the defense held Metuchen to a total of 20 yards gained in the first half. The Chargers headed to the locker room with a solid 20-0 lead feeling very safe.
Then the Chargers seemingly stopped playing.
Metuchen came out for the second half seemingly a different team, as their defense stopped the Chargers on the opening drive of the second half. After Spotswood punted the ball back to them. the Bulldogs went on a 55 yard scoring drive, the bulk of which came on a long run by the Bulldog running back Stephen Walsh and ending on a short touchdown pass to cut the Charger lead to 20-7. After the Chargers again failed to move the ball, they punted to the Bulldogs, who muffed the punt and left the Chargers in positon to score. However a strong goal line stand left the Chargers short of the end zone. On fourth and goal, the Bulldogs stopped the Chargers near the goal line, taking over on downs. Three plays later, Walsh gashed the Chargers again, rumbling through players for a 72 yard tounchdown run, and with roughly 7 minutes to play, the score closed to 20-14.
After taking the ensuing kickoff, the Chargers were unable to finish the drive, and with under 3 minutes to play the Bulldogs took over deep in their own territory. Four plays later, Metuchen had moved the ball inside the Spotswood 10 yard line with less than a minute to play. The Bulldogs then ran once and passed incomplete twice, leading to the fateful fourth down play where Fee barely held on to stop the Bulldogs last gasp.
It was a frantic finish, and reminded the undefeated Chargers that they have to play a complete game as they will get their best from each team they play each week. The Chargers record rose to 6-0, while the Bulldogs dropped to 2-4.
The Chargers next take to the Road for a game against the Destroyers of Dunnellen High School Friday October 25 at 7:00 P.M.