HAZLET, NJ - It was a long game under the lights for the Chargers varsity football team as the defending Central Jersey Group Two State Sectional Football Champions, Raritan High School, soundly defeated Spotswood High School, 42-6. The Rockets were 3-3 going into Friday night's October 28 game, but the team's defense locked down the game, holding Spotswood to only 177 yards offensively. Their defense also forced three turnovers and scored a special teams touchdown when Daniel Vanmeerbeke returned a punt 50 yards for the Rockets final TD of the game.
Raritan's Marc Carnival threw for three touchdowns and was seven for nine, throwing for 139 yards. Aleo Vito rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown while Rory Sullivan caught a 22-yard pass from Carnival that resulted in a touchdown. By the halftime break, Raritan held a commanding 28-6 lead before adding another 14 in the second half.
Despite the lopsided scoreboard, another big loss for the Chargers came in the second quarter when quarterback Nick Mohr was injured. The senior left the game after being hurt in Spotswood's only scoring drive of the game. Sophomore Eddie Rogers came in and handed off the ball for the Chargers' only touchdown of the game. Mohr did not return and Rogers played the remainder of the game.
The loss drops the Chargers' overall record to 5-3. After starting the season with five straight victories, they have now lost three in a row. They are 4-1 in conference games and are currently second in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division behind Bishop Ahr. Bishop Ahr is 5-0 in conference games and defeated the Chargers, 46-30 last week.
The Chargers have won the Blue Division title for the last two years. However, since Bishop Ahr moved into the Blue Division from the White Division this season, the Trojans are ineligible to win the title for the next two years. The Chargers can still claim a third consecutive Blue Division title on Saturday, November 5 with a win against Metuchen High School in their final regular season game of the 2016 season. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. in Metuchen.