Sports

New Providence Football Falls to Hoboken, Eliminated from States

981c53ae15c79cba16a5_IMG_1815.jpg
Pioneer running back Joe Ciarrocca led the way offensively, scoring two touchdowns. Credits: Alli Lamhing
a7411dd882769c94c27e_IMG_1679-1.jpg
The New Providence defensive unit tries to stop one of Hoboken's three running backs. The Red Wings' rushing trio combined for over 300 yards in the game. Credits: Alli Lamhing
677cf2ba3443ef6ac0d9_IMG_1669.jpg
New Providence quarterback Jack Harvey looks up field during a run. Credits: Alli Lamhing
981c53ae15c79cba16a5_IMG_1815.jpg

HOBOKEN, NJ – Four second-half turnovers were too much to overcome for the New Providence football team on Friday night. For the second straight year, the Pioneers failed to get past the semifinal round of the North 2, Group 1 playoffs, losing to Hoboken, 40-23, at John F. Kennedy Stadium.

“That’s what happens when you get to the semifinals for football,” New Providence head coach Joe Carollo said on playing the section’s top team. “We’re very pleased to be here in the semifinals. We’re just going to keep working. Eventually, we’re going to turn the corner and get to the state finals.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Hoboken took a 13-0 lead in the second after Donte Bass and Marquis Roberts scored on back-to-back drives for the Red Wings.

Sign Up for E-News

Trailing, 13-3, after halftime, New Providence running back Joe Ciarrocca scored a touchdown on the first possession of the second half to pull the Pioneers within four.

However, it was a downward spiral from there, as the Pioneers turned the ball over on four of their next five drives.

After a special teams penalty pinned New Providence deep in their zone, quarterback Jack Harvey threw the first of two interceptions starting the negative trend.

Hoboken responded three plays later when Joshua Mercado ran for a 7-yard score to extend the Red Wings lead to 20-9.

Carollo thought the game could have turned out differently had the Pioneers scored on the drive.

“It’s a very unfortunate thing,” Carollo said. “We have to play our best ball in big games and we didn’t. We turned the ball over too much and didn’t make the plays we needed to.”

Two more interceptions, split between Harvey and Bryan Sherman, as well as a lost fumble, all resulted in Hoboken touchdowns.

Pioneer running backs Ciarrocca and CJ Kleisch fought back with scores of their own in the fourth quarter, while Ibn Nash ran for a team-high 101 yards, but the New Providence offense did not compare well to Hoboken's.

The Pioneer defense struggled with the Red Wings rushing trio of Bass, Mercado and Roberts. The three combined for 301 yards on 52 carries, scoring all 40 points.

“We needed to play our best game tonight and we just didn’t play our best game,” Carollo said. “That’s what it comes down to. We turned the ball over too much. We didn’t stop the run the way we need to.”

While New Providence was eliminated from the state tournament, the Pioneers have a quick turnaround this week, as they face rival Gov. Livingston in their annual Thanksgiving Day battle. This year’s matchup will kick off at 11 a.m. at Gov. Livingston High School.
 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Our House 4 Miler Returns With USATF Championship Status

April 24, 2018

Our House Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Our House 4 Mile Run and 2 Mile Walk on the Village Green in Summit on May 19. This year, the 4 Mile Run is a USATF All Division Championship, offering USATF runners 700 points! The race welcomes elite athletes, the casual runner, and anyone looking to make a difference by supporting adults with disabilities!

Top Sponsors include Hope Autism ...

Sharing Strength, Giving Back: Become a Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Sexual Violence

Openings are still available in the upcoming training series for Volunteer Advocates for victims of sexual violence. The sessions are scheduled twice weekly beginning on Tuesday, May 1 and continuing until Thursday, June 14.

The training is free. No previous experience in counseling is required. Volunteer Advocates work with the professional staff at Union County’s Rape Crisis Center to ...

Free Public Panel Will Explore Sexual Assault and Consent

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on sexual assault and consent on Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Room N-4 at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. The panel will feature a question and answer session.

The panel discussion is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and consent in ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3c7abbb40c05a3108a26_yoga_stretch

Tue, April 24, 9:15 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Essential Hatha Yoga

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_a4801a3d56342db1596a_pilates_reformer

Tue, April 24, 9:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Pilates Reformer

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_ff35ab71e957e9734489_jump_in_swim

Tue, April 24, 11:00 AM

The Connection, Summit

Jump In & Swim

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_7f6c107703df2d416aa6_barre_intesity

Tue, April 24, 5:30 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providenece

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_ae7b14f49101795b08ed_zumba

Tue, April 24, 6:30 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Zumba

Health & Wellness

Tue, April 24, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

The History of Hanson Park and Surrounding ...

Education