METUCHEN, N.J. -- A failed two-point conversion with time expired gave the Piscataway High School football team its second loss in a row on Saturday afternoon to St. Joseph Metuchen, 15-14.
On the two-point conversion for the Chiefs (3-2), who are ranked No. 17 in the latest NJ.com Top 20 and No. 20 in the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 20, quarterback Kristopher Hernandez took the snap under center and tossed it left to running back Khristian Hernandez, his twin brother.
Khristian Hernandez tried to get around the corner but St. Joseph’s (4-1) Suero Diaz tripped him up and he was down at the 1-yard line.
Piscataway opted to go for the win on the road instead of trying a traditional PAT with its kicker after Kristopher Hernandez threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tahj Bean as the clock hit zero.
Hernandez took a shotgun snap, rolled to his right, stepped up, and threw a pass that was actually intended for his brother in the end zone, but the ball was tipped and it fell into the arms of Bean at about the 2-yard line. Bean then worked his way into the end zone for the score.
Moments earlier, with 50 seconds left, Falcons running back Tyree Ford ran in a 7-yard touchdown to give the home team a 15-8 lead at the time. Chris Moyer added the extra point that proved large.
After a scoreless first quarter, St. Joseph got on the scoreboard when quarterback Matt Stanton found K-Shawn Schulters for a long 43-yard touchdown on a play-action pass midway through the second. It looked like Schulters pushed off of cornerback Khristian Hernandez on the play, but it went uncalled. Schulters made the catch at the Chiefs’ 22-yard line and sprinted the rest of the way. St. Joseph would then punch in the two-point conversion on the ground to make it 8-0.
On the ensuing Piscataway drive, the defending North, Group 5 champion team was able to knot the score with a 5-yard scoring run by Khristian Hernandez. Kristopher Hernandez then found tight end Marcel Walker through the air with the two-pointer.
For the game, Kristopher Hernandez completed 7-of-13 passes for 81 yards while Khristian had 13 carries for 58 yards. Defensibly, Nick Lodato led the way with 10 tackles and two quarterback pressures while Walker and Marcus Petite each made eight stops apiece.
It also marked the second straight contest that the Chiefs failed to create a takeaway after registering seven interceptions and six fumble recoveries in their first three games.
Next week, Piscataway will try to get back into the win column at home against North Brunswick, the top team in the Greater Middlesex Conference.
The Raiders are currently ranked No. 15 in the state by NJ.com and are led by running back Myles Bailey and defensive end Leon Lowry.
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