PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Piscataway High School football team fell to North Brunswick, 13-0, on Friday night at Dominic R. Ciardi Field.
With the win, North Brunswick’s first-ever against the Chiefs, the Raiders, No. 12 in the NJ.com Top 20/No. 19 in the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 20, are the champions of the White Division of the Greater Middlesex Conference. North Brunswick (5-1) had been 0-11 all-time against Piscataway (4-2). The Chiefs had outscored the Raiders before Friday, 368-87 in 10 games (one contest was a forfeit).
Piscataway has now lost two straight games - technically three if you count the win it picked back up thanks to New Brunswick being forced to forfeit its first four wins due to using an ineligible player. The defeat snapped its 11-game home winning streak as well.
North Brunswick became the first GMC team to shutout the Chiefs since 2003 and the loss for Piscataway is its first three-game skid since 2009 when it went 5-5 and first three-game losing streak in the regular season since 1993.
After a scoreless first quarter, North Brunswick quarterback Mike Baradhi scored his first-career varsity touchdown with a short 3-yard rushing touchdown on fourth down with less than six minutes to go in the first half. The game’s first points were set up by a long Dahvey Hicks punt return and a penalty after the play on Piscataway that put the ball inside the Chiefs’ 15-yard line.
Later in the quarter, North Brunswick had a 71-yard passing touchdown called back due to a hold.
Near the end of the opening half, Piscataway had a prime opportunity to put points on the scoreboard with a first-and-10 from the North Brunswick 22-yard line, but it got cute with its play-calling trying to make something happen and a halfback option pass by Sherrod Cooper was underthrown and intercepted by Jayden Myers.
The Raiders went for a fake punt at about the 50-yard line midway through the third quarter but Piscataway was ready for it and snuffed it out. Chiefs quarterback Kristopher Hernandez was intercepted by Myles Bailey on their ensuing drive. It was Bailey’s third interception of the season.
Bailey then gave North Brunswick some breathing room with a 52-yard rushing score in the fourth quarter, his 40th in his career.
Aamir Woods intercepted a pass for Piscataway early in the first quarter, but the offense couldn’t do much, which has been a common occurrence all year long.
Khristian Hernandez ran 13 times for 55 yards while Kristopher Hernandez completed just 3-of-9 passes for 11 yards with a pick.
Piscataway was outgained, 239-80. The Raiders tallied 231 yards on the ground to just eight through the air.
Next Friday night, Piscataway will look to get back in the win column at South Brunswick while North Brunswick returns home to face Linden.
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