MORRISTOWN, NJ – After exchanging touchdowns on the opening drives of the game, the Morristown Colonials’ varsity football team would go on to score 42 unanswered points in a blowout 49-7 home win over the Columbia Cougars on Friday afternoon.

All seven of Morristown’s touchdowns were scored on the ground behind a balanced run attack with senior Jhamil King leading the charge with three first half touchdowns (3, 6, 57).

Columbia’s Luke Hayes scored on a 72-yard run to answer the Colonials’ opening score, but the Cougars could not do much all game against a stout Morristown defense, which forced three turnovers and five three-and-outs.

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At the turning point in the early stages of the game, King added an interception on defense as he jumped in front of an out-route, which gave Morristown the ball back deep in Columbia’s territory before extending their lead to 21-7 in the first quarter.

Morristown senior Drew Chilson cashed in on a 9-yard touchdown run a few plays later. It was his first of two touchdowns on the afternoon, the other being a 44-yard score in the second half.

The Colonials also had touchdown runs from senior Nathan Estiverne (78) and Jack Woodworth (3).

“We’ve been close the past few weeks, but haven’t been able to get over the hump,” Morristown head coach John Power said after the game. “They didn’t leave any doubt today and played hard right from the start. From the opening kickoff through the end of the game (our game plan) worked out well.”

“I told my guys to enjoy this win, but come Sunday, it’s time to prepare for our next opponent,” Power added. “Every game is a big game, but it’s a big deal going against West Orange and we have to perform at our highest level.”

Morristown (1-3) will take on the West Orange Mountaineers (2-2) next Friday at 7:00 p.m. in a road game.

Meanwhile, Columbia (0-4) will host the Livingston Lancers (1-3) next Friday night at 7:00 p.m. as they seek their first win of the season.