PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Piscataway High School varsity football team had an early lead, but it didn’t last as the Chiefs fell to Hillsborough in the regular season finale, 21-6, Friday night at home at Dominic R. Ciardi Field.
Kicker Robert Konya made a 36-yard field goals and a 25-yarder on Piscataway’s (6-3) opening two possessions to give the Chiefs a 6-0 advantage with 4:03 to go in the first quarter.
Hillsborough (7-2) scored less than a minute later as quarterback Tom Ramsey found Thomas Amankwaa for a 70-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was good and those were all the points the Raiders needed.
In the second quarter, Amankwaa blocked a Konya field goal and Sean Lovonatis returned the loose ball down inside Piscataway territory.
Moments later, Ramsey recorded an 11-yard rushing touchdown to put the visitors ahead, 14-6.
The score remained the same until the fourth when Levonatis notched an interception that he brought back for a score to make it 21-6 with less than two minutes remaining.
Piscataway, in the opening two frames, recorded 33 plays to just Hillsborough’s 12. It also outgained the competition, 190-100.
Nonetheless, the Raiders had the lead and held on the rest of the way.
Chiefs quarterback Lucas Loffredo, who transferred from Edison earlier in the fall, got his first start under center. He threw for 133 yards and two killer picks. However, he won’t be eligible for the start of the state playoffs next weekend. Look for Kristopher Hernandez to be back there.
Entering the week, Piscataway was in seventh place based on UPR in the North Jersey, Group 5 standings.
The top 16 programs in each supersection make the playoffs. They then are broken up into two eight-team sections in a snaking fashion.
Where Piscataway ends up will be known by late Saturday afternoon/early evening.
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