SOMERVILLE, NJ - The top-seeded Somerville High School Pioneers (9-1) got off to a predictable start in their quest for another championship Friday night with an easy 37-7 win over Absegami in the first round of the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs.

The Pioneers led at the half 16-0; Absegami scored its lone touchdown in the 4th quarter.

The offense for the Pioneers was led by workhorse Cookie Desiderio, who carried the ball 26 times for a total of 228 yards on his way to two touchdowns. Deondre Gadson also had two rushing touchdowns, with QB Justin Brenner throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Hillman.

Next up for the Pioneers is the semifinal game against Seneca on Friday, Nov. 15th.