PISCATAWAY, NJ - Thunder and lightning could not stop the Piscataway Chiefs in their home game against the J.P. Stevens Hawks Friday night. The rain delay energized the Chiefs who charged through the first half, putting them ahead of the Hawks at the start of the second half at 20-0.
The ball stayed in Piscataway territory in the first minutes of the third quarter, with Elijah Barnwell quickly scoring on a 36 yard pass to make it 27-0. After kicker Michael Stalenyj made a successful point conversion, there was a flag on the punt return against J.P. Stevens, which kept the Hawks from advancing.
On the Chiefs’ next possession, Barnwell ran 37 yards, scoring again midway through the 3rd quarter, but then J.P. Stevens’ Rashiek Harvard quickly answered running 66 yards for the Hawks first touchdown in the game. The score was then 34-7.
The quarter ended with an injury to the Chief’s quarterback, Dan Haus. Fans in Chiefs’ Nation showed him love as he was helped off the field.
But the Chiefs powered through. Marcel Mason ran in a touchdown pass on the next possession, which brought the score up to 41-7.
But then the Hawks began to soar. J.P. Stevens’ Harvard ran the kick return to inside Piscataway’s 15 yard line. The Hawks kept the drive going which led to another touchdown pass, this time to # 19 Amaz’iah Filani early in the 4th quarter, now 41-14.
On the Chiefs’ next possession, #8 Sincere Williams carried the ball, gaining 38 yards and advancing to the Hawks’ 23 yard line. This put the Chiefs’ in good position before C.J. Franklin scored from 5 yards out with 3 minutes to go in the game.
J.P. Stevens advanced very late in the 4th, with Harvard running for 14 yards to mid-field and into Piscataway territory. As the clock wound down, the Hawks threw for several touchdown attempts, all of which were broken up by Piscataway defenders.
The game ended with a final score of 48-14. The Piscataway Chiefs remain undefeated at 4-0 for the season.
Next week, the Chiefs are away at North Brunswick, with their next home game Oct. 23 against Sayerville. JP Stevens will play at home against East Brunswick next Friday.