NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The fans in the Memorial Stadium stands stood and roared Friday night as the fiercely competed game between New Brunswick and Piscataway came down to one final play.
And along the sidelines, one fan held his breath.
Jonathan Casillas, who starred for the Zebras before he became a linebacker for the New York Giant, was jubilant minutes after the Zebras' 13-7 victory.
He put the victory in perspective as only someone who experienced it frist-hand - albeit in a scrimmage or two - could.
"It was huge," said Casillas. "I just told a couple of the kids, Ahyan (senior Ahyan Brown-Miller), I told them, 'You're never going to forget this night.' You just beat Piscataway. We didn't beat Piscataway. (Former Piscataway star) Malcolm Jenkins and those guys, we only scrimmaged them. We still talk about the scrimmage from way back when. I told them they are going to remember this forever."
They were still talking about it this weekend in the Hub City, talking about how the Zebras defeated the reigning North 2 Group 5 champs by shutting down the Chiefs' run attack by stuffing the box with eight defenders, about how the Zebras prevailed in a game that featured one fierce hit after another, about how the Zebras showed a lot of heart in snapping the Chiefs' 17-game winning streak.
When asked if his team ever surprises him with how much heart they show, coach Nate Harris said, "All the time because every week they seem to get better and better. The poise increases. The leadership, the accountability - they're just buying in. They're a great group of kids."
Former New York Jet Jamaal Westerman and former Carolina Panther Dwayne Jarrett were also on hand to watch the Zebras jump out to a 6-0 lead on Quentin Tibbs' 11-yard touchdown pass to Nydir Harmon in the first quarter. Then Tibbs scored on a 1-yard run that was set up by Tahjay Moore's 26-yard catch.
Piscataway cut it to 13-7 halfway through the fourth quarter and then drove the ball in New Brunswick territory as the clock ticked away.
Fans of both teams stood and roared in the stands.
The Chiefs had one last chance with time expiring. Sherrod Cooper caught a pass from Khristopher Hernandez, but was tackled by Brown-Miller.
The game was over and the celebration was on for New Brunswick, 4-0 for the first time since 2015.