SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The euphoria of last week's upset of Carteret did not last long as visiting Cranford took advantage of Raider miscues in the first quarter and jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back.
Following turnovers, Cranford QB Connor Katz hit Thomas Korzeneski with a 38-yard TD pass, Dennis DeMarino plunged into the end zone on a 3-yard run, and Evan Kanterman rumbled 15 yards to score after a fumble recovery.
Cranford scored twice more in the second quarter on a 42-yard keeper by Connor Katz and then DeMarino scored his second rushing touchdown from 7-yards out to put the Cougars up 35-0.
The Raiders got on the board just as the second quarter ended when Christian Piesch hauled in a 5-yard pass from QB Hayden Widder as time expired.
When play resumed, Cranford made the score 42-7 when Marcus Johnson scored on a 5-yard run. The Cougars would score no more from that point, but the Raiders failed to put the ball in the end zone for the rest of the game.
"I told the players Cranford prepared for the new and improved Scotch Plains football team. Unfortunately, it did not show up today," Raiders' first-year head coach Austin Holman told TAPintoSPF after the game. "We need to be prepared for teams to take us seriously, but we all must rise to the occasion to our opponents, as well."
"We are a team and a program that will play in big games. The coaching staff and the players must all rise to the occasion the next time," Coach Holman added. "Cranford is good and they will do good things this season. But so will we."
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