SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Piscataway Chiefs came into South Brunswick Friday night and played well enough to win 26-14.
Piscataway got off to a quick start, scoring just two minutes into the game.
It was wide receiver Nazhir James putting the Chiefs on the board to make it 6-0 on a long pass play over the middle.
Piscataway was not done yet.
They quickly forced South Brunswick to go three-and-out on the next series.
Once they got the ball back, it was senior running back Elijah Barnwell running the ball in for an 11-yard touchdown.
South Brunswick seemed to reel in it a bit after going down on the scoreboard quickly.
The Vikings had possession of the ball virtually the whole second quarter.
Following a facemask penalty on the Chiefs, South Brunswick drove the ball down the field into the red-zone.
The Vikings, however, ended up failing to score a touchdown from the 2-yard-line to end the second quarter.
It was déjà vu all over again, the Vikings also failed to score from the 9-yard-line in its first game against Old Bridge two weeks ago, losing in the end 31-28.
South Brunswick head coach Joseph Goerge discussed his teams’ inability to convert in the red-zone.
"Were developing the same habits. We get down there and we got to will that sucker in there," said Goerge.
Piscataway went into halftime leading 12-0.
South Brunswick came out of the half with a strong drive down the field again.
This time they did convert.
Quarterback Josh Liao threw a touchdown to get his team on the board, 12-7.
Piscataway came back on the next drive un-phased.
It was Barnwell again running for a long touchdown run to put the game at 20-7.
"I just followed my blocks, saw what my (offensive) line gave me and broke a couple tackles," said Barnwell. "After that, I made a couple people miss and I just got to the end-zone."
All night long, the Chiefs' defense broke through, getting to Liao and making the senior quarterback scramble with no time in the pocket to attempt to make passes.
At 8:12 into the fourth quarter, Piscataway forced Liao to throw an interception, which they returned for a touchdown, putting the game out of reach for the Vikings at 26-7.
It was evident that defense was the key for Piscataway's win.
"The defensive line is really coming along well," said Piscataway Head Coach Dan Higgins. "We have a lot of depth around the outside and towards the end I think that wore them down."
South Brunswick falls to 1-2 on the year and will play Edison in two weeks following a bye next Friday.
Piscataway moves to 3-0 and will look to take on Sayreville on Oct. 7.
Did you like this story?
If you did like it, please share with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter, and don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Page!