Strong Second Half Leads New Providence Football Past Secaucus

New Providence wide receiver/defensive back Jeff Doran upends a Secaucus player during Friday's win. Credits: Alli Lamhing
New Providence's Bryan Sherman threw for two touchdowns and recored a key interception to lead New Providence into the state semifinal. Credits: Alli Lamhing
New Providence's Ibn Nash ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Credits: Alli Lamhing

SECAUCUS, NJ –During the break between the third and fourth quarters of New Providence football games, the players and coaching staff all hold up four fingers to signify their mantra of living for the final 12 minutes.

In Friday’s North 2, Group 1 quarterfinal game against Secaucus, the Pioneers scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat the Patriots 39-20 and advance to the state semifinals.

“I don’t think anything in the second half went wrong for us,” senior Bryan Sherman said. “We just played as best as we can. I was proud of everyone on this team.”

Sign Up for E-News

The Pioneers rally started with their opening drive of the third quarter. Junior quarterback Jack Harvey hit Jeff Doran with a 55-yard touchdown pass to tie the game.

Despite Harvey leaving the game on their next series with an undisclosed injury, Sherman kept the pace and the pressure. On his first pass play, the senior captain connected with Doran for a 20-yard touchdown that put the Pioneers on top 19-13.

After the defense allowed a 15-yard run to Sean Roesing, Sherman and Doran connected again, this time from 29-yards out to put the Pioneers ahead for good.

“Bryan’s a winner,” New Providence head coach Joe Carollo said. “That’s what Bryan Sherman is, the kid’s a winner. Anything we’ve ever asked him to do, he’s done. Some thing’s have not been the greatest things, but he’s done it and stepped up. That’s what winners do…We saw it tonight.”

Junior Ibn Nash, who just returned to the team last week following a lengthy injury, added a rushing TD in the fourth, as the Pioneers scored on their final four drives.

He finished with two scores and a team-high 111 yards on the ground.

New Providence’s defense came up big in the second half as well to hold the lead. Sherman contributed a fourth quarter interception, while Brian Urness added a Pick-Six to seal the game in the final two minutes.

“Our kids just showed guts,” New Providence head coach Joe Carollo said. “We knew they had it. They knew it was inside. But man, they came out and were not going to be denied. Our hats go off to them. They played their butts off.”

The victory propels New Providence into the state semifinal next week at Hoboken. This is the second consecutive year the Pioneers have made the second round, losing at Roselle Park last year.

Carollo said with the way this team played tonight, there’s no question the Pioneers can put up a fight against the section’s top seed.

“We knew they were willing to fight. It comes down to if your willing to believe,” the second year head coach said. “When you’ve lost the way we’ve lost, its hard to believe. Once we busted through, you see this is what we’re capable of.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Enjoy a Lifetime of Discovery in Union County Parks

July 18, 2018

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and Union County residents are invited to celebrate this year by exploring “undiscovered” programs and activities found throughout the nearly 6,200 acres of the Union County parks system.

“Union County was one of the very first counties in the United States to establish its own county-based park system for nature conservation and ...

Union County Honored for History Projects

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that two national achievement recognitions for history projects have been presented to the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Union County is rich in history, and this Freeholder Board is committed to engaging the public with ...

Union County College Foundation’s 3rd “Close the Gap” Campaign Surpasses Goal

CRANFORD, NJ – With over 150 guests and volunteers in attendance, the Union County College Foundation surpassed their goal and raised nearly $55,000 at their 3rd Annual Close the Gap Campaign cocktail reception. Held on July 11, in the Richel Student Commons at the College’s Cranford campus, this campaign was developed by a small group of dedicated community volunteers to support the ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business Features New Providence Dentistry

July 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto "Summer Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features New Providence Dentistry, operated by Dr. Beth Herko and her staff of ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, July 21, 8:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Alignment Based Yoga

Health & Wellness


Sat, July 21, 10:30 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Cuba: Observations of a Photographer

Arts & Entertainment Travel

Sat, July 21, 10:30 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Cuba: Observations of a Photographer at NPML

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, July 21, 11:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence


Health & Wellness


Mon, July 23, 8:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

And Over Here is the Dining Hall 2

My very first job in admissions was while I was still an undergraduate myself as a tour guide.  Very early on they indoctrinated us with some tricks of the trade.  It’s a dining hall, not a cafeteria.  A residence hall, not a dorm.  If you have to divulge some negative bit of information, sandwich it between two positives.  There were instructions for glossing over ...

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...