MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. -- The Piscataway High School football team is back.
On Friday night, the Chiefs went on the road and got the bad taste of two (technically three losses) out of their mouths with a convincing 41-14 win against South Brunswick.
The victory improves Piscataway’s record to 5-2.
“It felt very good. One thing I learned about this team is that we have the heart to do anything we put our mind to so at the end of the day, we just have to just do our jobs and execute on all levels,” senior tight end/defensive end Marcel Walker said. “We played as a family and had each other’s back and fixed the little stuff that killed us in the previous games.”
After scoring 21 points over the last three games, including being shutout a week ago, Piscataway tallied the most points its scored all season long.
Quarterback Kristopher Hernandez put the visitors on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Walker in the end zone.
Later in the quarter, Khristian Hernandez, Kristopher’s twin brother, intercepted a Gage Katzenell-Hall pass and returned it 39 yards to the house to put the Chiefs up 13-0 in a blink of an eye.
South Brunswick (4-3) would make it a one score game as Katzenell-Hall found Majid Ibn Howard-Bake with about four minutes to go in the opening frame.
But Piscataway, which led 34-7 at halftime, widened the margin in the second quarter.
Rocco Bellamy ran in for a 7-yard touchdown, Marcus Petite rumbled in for a 2-yard score, and Khristian Hernandez rushed for a short 1-yard touchdown off the right side of the offensive line.
Hernandez added another 12-yard score on the ground in the third quarter.
South Brunswick tried stacking the box to stop inside runs, which it did for the most part, but Piscataway was able get outside and gash the Vikings through the air.
Kristopher Hernandez completed all 10 of his passes for 170 yards. Walker caught four balls for 77 yards and Sherrod Cooper had two catches for 46 yards to lead the way.
On the ground, Khristian Hernandez recorded 15 carries for 101 yards and Christian White tallied 13 attempts for 77 yards.
Piscataway outgained the Vikings, 432-178.
Defensively, Aamir Woods also picked off a Katzenhall-Hall pass as well for Piscataway, which has now 10 interceptions on the year.
Piscataway pressured Katzenell-Hall all night as Walker found himself in the backfield plenty of times. He batted down a pass as he was rushing the passer in the first half and it looked like he could have come down with the interception himself, but opted to tackle the quarterback.
The reigning North Jersey, Group 5 Bowl champs haven’t allowed more than two touchdowns in every contest this year.
“Our defensive coordinator was able to put us in the ideal spots to shut their passing and running game down,” Walker said. “Everyone did their job and fought for our brothers next to us.”
Next Friday, Piscataway and Elizabeth will rekindle an old playoff rivalry when the Chiefs head out to Union County to face the Minutemen at 7:00 p.m. The Chiefs topped Elizabeth in the 2011 North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 sectional title game. The following year, the Minutemen went 98 yards in three plays to stun Piscataway late in the fourth quarter in the inaugural N2G5 championship game.
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