SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Cranford pulled away with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure a 34-14 football victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Homecoming Saturday afternoon at Tyson Field.
The Raiders trailed, 20-14, entering the final quarter, but some missed opportunities and inability to capitalize on favorable field position in the third quarter cost them.
In the first quarter, SPF (2-4) struck first when Kobe White scored on a 40-yard run and Andrew Ciccarino kicked the point after to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead. Cranford scored two touchdowns later in the period to take a 13-7 lead and extended that to 20-7 on Luke Christiano's third TD run of the game in the second quarter.
But Scotch Plains made it close again before halftime on Emendo Thomas' 25-yard quarterback keeper for a TD. Thomas finished with 178 yards of total offense, rushing for 105 yards on 22 carries and passing for 73 yards on eight completions in 15 attempts. White had 75 yards on 11 carries in a losing cause.
On defense, Nick Hall made a sack and linebacker Kevin Maxwell was in on 15 tackles for the Raiders.