SPOTSWOOD, NJ - It was the Class of 2020's special day on the gridiron on Saturday afternoon as the Spotswood High School varsity football team took the field against their chief rival South River High School. The two towns that once shared the high school way back when have been going head to head every football season since 1978. The Rams lead the overall series 33-10, but it was the Chargers who came away the victors this year with a 17-14 win. Spotswood has won the last four out of six meetings between the two teams.
Spotswood jumped out to a quick lead with two first quarter touchdowns and added a field goal in the second. South River rallied back with a TD in the second quarter and one in the fourth, but fell short in their comeback bid. Spotswood's Jason Prasch recovered an onside kick near the end of the game to help seal the Chargers first win of the season after last week's disheatening 54-0 loss to Hillside High School.
Quarterback Tallen Smith scored on a two-yard run. Ryan Quinn scored the other Spotswood touchdown after Anthony Dove forced a South River fumble. Steve Melillo's landed the 30-yard field goal to give Spotswood the 17-7 lead at the half. Austin Soares scored both touchdowns for the Rams.
Charger seniors were recognized on the field for the school's annual Senior Day where senior athletes are recognized for their contributions. Spotswood travels to Bernardsville on Friday for a night game against Bernards High School. Kickoff is a 7 p.m. Bernard lost their season opened yesterday to Hillside, 20-7.