Piscataway Chiefs defeat South Brunswick Vikings 26-14

Credits: Charles W. Kim photos

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.  

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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. 

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