SOMERSET, NJ - The Warriors (9-0) handed the Plainfield Cardinals (7-1) its first loss of the season with an impressive 42-14 win in the Big Central Middle School Championship Game at Franklin High School Wednesday night. 

Many of the players have been playing together since Pop Warner, and hope to continue playing together next year at the high school. Some of their former teammates are currently playing at the high school already.  

"I feel like we have good team chemistry, and the hard work and sacrifice led us to this championship," FMS Running Back/Line Backer Xavier Henderson told TAPinto after the game. "A lot of us have been playing together since Pop Warner, we plan to play together at the high school and bring a championship there too."

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Warrior defensive stand out Right Tackle/Defensive End, Elijah Kinsler came up big on both sides of the ball, making key tackles to stifle Plainfield's offensive attack, while also opening-up big holes to help power his team's dominant ground game.  

"My friends and family showed a lot of support and motivated me," Kinsler told TAPinto. "This game right here was one of the season's biggest highlights." 

FMS Football Coach, Blair Wilson thanked the parents and key Franklin Township Public school staff, members, for their help this season. 

Warrior Quarterback, AArion Johnson said the coaching staff's push to get the most out of every player was a big factor in motivating him and his teammates to play winning football this season. 

When asked what he liked most about this season, Johnson summed it up with just two words, "definitely teamwork," he said. 

Wilson told his team after the game he knew this [the win] was going to happen, right before he presented them with championship t-shirts. He encouraged them to wear them when they get back to school next Monday. 

Prior to Wednesday's game, Plainfield Cardinals Coach Josh Webb told TAPinto Plainfield, "I'm aware this game won't be a walk through the park. But we're ready for the challenge and our goal is to win. No matter what, we can't let the elements affect us."

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