SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Immaculata High School Spartans (4-5) couldn't stop their crosstown rivals Friday night, as the Somerville High School Pioneers (8-1) continued their domination of the competition with another lopsided final, a 53-0 win at Brooks Field, where both teams play their home games.
It was the first time since 2008 that the two schools had faced off against one another.
The Pioneers dominated both sides of the line, with the ground game providing most of the scoring.
Quarterback Justin Brenner threw for 153 yards on 10/16 passing with one touchdown pass to Ethan Hilliman. He also threw one interception. Ethan McNair caught six passes for 89 yards.
The running tandem of Cookie Desiderio and Tristan Garcia did the most damage. Desiderio scored three touchdowns on 10 carries for a total of 141 yards, with Garcia carrying the ball 11 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Desiderio added four two-point conversions on the ground.
The Pioneers have piled up 397 points against their opponents this season, while giving up 88 points.
The Spartans managed just 119 yards in offense.
On defense, Eric Bryant picked off an Immaculata pass and ran the ball 85 yards into the end zone for the game's only defensive score. Bryant also had six tackles, with Steven Hrabinski matching that total.
Immaculata's next game is at Brooks Field on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Hudson Catholic High School of Jersey City. Kick off is at 7 p.m. The Pioneers, who have completed their regular season, now await for the conference playoff pairings to be announced.