FAIR LAWN, NJ – Kennedy quarterback Rashon Ison took a knee to run out the clock with 42 seconds left in the 4th quarter, but it was the Fair Lawn Cutters’ defense that had been in submission during the Knights' 32-7 victory on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Eastside Ghosts crushed Bergen Tech, 40-0, on Friday for their third win of the season, making this the first weekend on which both Paterson teams won.
The matchup between the Knights and the Cutters was hardly billed as a contest between offensive juggernauts. Both teams, with matching records of 1-6, had averaged just over seven points per game in the seven games they had played before they faced each other.
The Knights decided enough was enough in the second quarter when they erupted for 18 half points. After an illegal motion penalty threatened to slow the Knights’ momentum, Ison completed passes to Bennett Jackson and Malachi Brown, the latter for a clutch 3rd-and-14 first- down conversion. Then, the Knights C’Qtaj McNeil exploded for a 40-yard touchdown run, busting up the middle and through the Cutters’ secondary for the score.
This offensive effort seemed to energize the Knights on both sides of the ball. On the next few possessions, the Knights defense stepped up its intensity. Under serious pass rush pressure, Cutters quarterback Kevin Osback hurried a throw that ended up getting intercepted by Davon Burton. After juggling the ball, the 280-pound defensive tackle followed his blockers 68 yards, lumbering into the end zone for the defensive touchdown.
As if to put the exclamation point on the second quarter, two seconds before the first half ended, Ison connected with wide receiver Miguel Miller for a 12 yard touchdown pass.
The start of the third quarter began with a successful onside kick recovery by the Cutters, but that would be the most Fair Lawn could muster until quarterback Kevin Osback connected with receiver Pete Danko on a 54 yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
Any notion that this wasn’t the Knights day was extinguished when McNeil carried the ball 30 yards for his second huge touchdown run of the day on the Knights opening possession of the third quarter. With a fourth quarter 53-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Brown and an 8 yard touchdown run called back for an inadvertent whistle by the officials, Rashon Ison lived up to the moniker “Ice” bestowed upon him by his teammates.
When asked what he attributed the Knights offensive output to, Coach Randy Walker responded, “We’ve overcome some adversity this week. It all comes down to execution, and we were able to execute our plays effectively today.”
Although he moved the offense up and down the field at will and threw for two touchdowns, Ison attributed the Knights success today to running back C’Qtaj McNeil’s two big first half touchdown runs.
In Eastside's game, Zuir Glover scored two defensive touchdowns - a 55-yard fumble return and a 50-yard interception return. Glover also had 10 tackles.
Other standouts for Eastside were Jaron Addison who had TD runs from the three and two, quarterback Michael Santos who ran for one touchdown and three a 35-yard scoring strike too Najee Ricks, and Rasmeek Gram, who had 12 solo tackles and two sacks.
Eastside is now 3-5 and can finish at .500 if it wins its consolation game next week and prevails in the Thanksgiving Day contest against Kennedy.