SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood running back Shawn Martin capped his stellar career with a 70-yard touchdown run on his last play from scrimmage as the Raiders downed Colonia, 35-7, in their season finale under the lights at Perry Tyson Field on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
The speedy Martin scored on runs of 12 yards, 50 yards, and 70 yards. Anthony Robinson, the other half od the Raiders' one-two punch, opened the scoring with a 59-yard touchdown run. QB Hayden Widder, playing in his final game for the Raiders, connected with classmate Christian Piesch on a 20-yard touchdown pass for Scotch Plains-Fanwood's other score. Akin Akinwunmi connected on all five PATs.
The Raiders took a 21-0 lead into halftime. Colonia broke up the shutout on 33-yard touchdown pass from QB Jake Ceincin to Josh Oluremi in the third quarter. On the next possession, the Raiders answered with Martin's 50-yard scoring run.
After the game, Raiders coach Austin Holman, named by the New York Jets and Gatorade as the High School Football Coach of the Week, told his players that it was a special night, one that they should remember forever.
"Remember this night; there won't be another one like it. Look at the smiles, the fun, and the laughter," Holman told his players. "You turned it around. This is your legacy. You won five in a row. I don't know when was the last time this team won that mnay in a row."
"Last year, we played this same team, and the score was the same, 35-7, but this time we're on top," Holman said. "Underclassmen, I want you to seek out the seniors and thank them. You're a special group."
The coach credited the play of his team leaders for the victory.
"Kenny Yeager -- he's our guy," Holman told TAPintoSPF after the game. "I was told to coach best player the hardest, and it transferred to the others. Widder, Martin, Piesch... I couldn't be prouder."
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