MIDDLESEX, NJ - The Friday night game under the lights didn't exactly end the way the Spotswood High School varsity football team would have liked. Missed opportunities and an untimely interception late in the fourth quarter that resulted in Middlesex High School's final score of the evening sealed the Chargers' fate as they lost their third straight game, 31-21.
The Blue Jays' quarterback John Kresshack was the player of the game for Middlesex, throwing a 61-yard pass to Brad Kaplan. Kresshack carried the ball 13 times for a total of 62 yards in addition to putting up six points on the scoreboard. Devin Lanza also had a touchdown for Middlesex and Matt Semon connected on a 25 yard field goal.
Josh Ramirez's fourth quarter interception was the final nail for Spotswood, who had closed the gap to three points for the third time in the game. Ramirez returned the catch 45 yards for the last points of the contest for Middlesex.
Despite their third loss in a row, the defending Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division champs did have some flashes. Senior Shea Obado returned a kickoff 87 yards to put the Chargers within three points. Spotswood had a field goal attempt on the next possession, but the 32 yard try fell way short.
Quarterback Nick Vincelli threw a 40 yard scoring pass to Eddie Rogers in the second quarter and scored on a one-yard run in the third to again put Spotswood within striking distance.
The Chargers will return home next weekend to face Dunellen High School at the Spotswood High School Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Dunellen is 0-1 on the 2017 season, losing their home opened to Bound Brook High School, 28-8. They are playing their game today at 2 p.m. against Highland Park High School.