NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Sophomore halfback Charlie Barth had another big night in just his second varsity start to help New Providence record a 41-7 football victory over Roselle Park on Friday night.
This win came on a special night with Lucas Reiling on the sidelines cheering on the Pioneers as honorary captain. This has become a tradition in New Providence where donations were collected with all funds going to Lucas' charity of choice, The Brooke Healey Foundation, which promotes awareness and raises funds for the research of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), helps families who are dealing with pediatric cancers (especially brain cancer), and fosters community relationships and involvement through scholarships awarded to civically active high school seniors.
Barth carried 15 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns for the Pioneers (2-0), who had a 21-0 lead before adding three TDs in the final quarter. In his first game last week, Barth rushed for 167 yards and three TDs in a 30-14 victory over Dayton.
Barth scored on runs of 2 and 73 yards in the first quarter for New Providence. A 27-yard TD pass from Owen Kovacs to Aidan Donnelly in the second quarter extended the Pioneers' lead to 20-7 before the half.
Kovacs ran for 17 yards on a keeper to score a TD that boosted New Providence's lead to 27-0 early in the fourth quarter. Jacob Wied scored on a 65-yard run and Luke Driscoll ran 11 yards for a TD in the final quarter.
Kovacs finished with 60 yards passing (on 3-for-6 completions) and 50 yards rushing (on six carries). As a team, New Providence rushed for 329 yards and totaled nearly 400 yards of total offense. The Pioneers will play at Bound Brook at 7 p.m. next Friday.