SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick got key defensive stops at the right time and saw a pivotal "flea-flicker" play call come up big to end the Sayreville Bombers' night on Friday, 26-20.
With just 3:45 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of the Homecoming Game, head coach Joseph Goerge decided to pull something out of his old bag of tricks.
Vikings quarterback Josh Liao and wide receivers Justin Shorter and Jaylan Lawson all hooked up on a "flea-flicker" passing play.
Liao dropped back and flipped the ball to Lawson who then threw a pinpoint pass for about 50-yards to an open Shorter for the game-winning touchdown.
"He's (Jaylen Lawson) a great athlete and there's not that many," said Shorter after the game. "When he got the ball, he made a great throw and everything worked out."
The Vikings started the game on defense and watched Sayreville march down the field and convert for the game's first score.
With 6:33 left in the first quarter, the Bombers completed a read-option play to put them up 7-0.
After the first score, both sides could not get anything going offensively and were forced to punt a couple times.
With the first half nearing the end, South Brunswick put together a nice drive and made a gutsy decision to go for it on fourth down and short, and converted.
With 6:07 remaining in the second half, Liao connected with wide receiver Anthony Blakey on about a 10-yard lob touchdown pass in the back of the end-zone.
Sayreville blocked the extra point to keep ahead 7-6.
The Vikings defense was strong and got the ball back for its offense at the end of the second half.
South Brunswick went down the field and Liao ran in three-yard touchdown on a QB keeper to end the first-half at 13-7.
The Bombers came out in the second half and quickly scored on a QB keeper to tie the game at 13.
Both defenses played well for the duration of the third-quarter.
But with 2:09 left, Liao made a nice 40-yard pass to Shorter, who was hauled down at the one-yard line.
Liao then ran the ball in to put the game at 20-13.
Despite Liao having a strong game, he took some tough and heavy hits all night from the Sayreville defense.
"I mean as a quarterback, you got to be tough and take the hits," Liao said. " I don't worry about the hits during the game, I worry about leaving it all on the line and giving it my all for the team. I worry about the hits on Saturday morning."
The Vikings' defense was the story the rest of the game.
They stopped Sayreville twice in key situations in the fourth quarter on fourth down to turn the ball over, and eventually went on to win the game.
Coach Goerge was happy of his team's effort tonight.
"These guys just out-willed them tonight,” said Goerge. "The toughness of our defense really came through for us. It was just a great effort."
With the win, South Brunswick is now on a three-game winning streak and moves to 4-2 on the season.
They will take on Brick Memorial High School at home on Oct. 28.
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