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South Brunswick Vikings Slay Old Bridge Knights 42-0 For State Crown

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Domination would be too weak a word for what the South Brunswick Vikings football team did to the Old Bridge Knights in Saturday’s state championship game at Rutgers High Point Stadium, lancing the opponent 42-0 for its second state title.

The Vikings were the only team to find the end zone during the game, starting with a 39-yard scoring rush by Jaier Garrett with 3:23 left to go in the first quarter.

Quarterback Josh Liao ran the ball in from three yards out on a fourth and goal with 8:11 left to go in the half to give the Vikings a 14-0 lead.

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South Brunswick wasn’t finished scoring though, Liao then found Justin Shorter down the field for a 49-yard pass completion for the third Vikings score of the half, giving the team a 21-0 halftime lead.

Garrett and running back Phil Campbell added 31 and 4-yard scoring runs respectively in the second half as the Vikings piled the points on with its dangerously diverse offense.

But the real story of the game was illustrated deep in the third quarter when Mohamed Jabbie picked off Knights quarterback Artur Sitkowski for a pick-six, giving South Brunswick a massive 42-point mountain for Old Bridge to climb as the game wound down.

The South Brunswick defense allowed little, quieting the hundreds of Old Bridge fans early on as the Knights offense fell short drive after drive.

Saturday’s explosive win bore little resemblance to the 20-9 victory the Vikings enjoyed in late September when the two teams first jousted this season.

“I think we left some things out there (on the field),” Head Coach Joe Goerge said of the earlier matchup. “We made some mistakes and lost a few opportunities.”

On Saturday, with its second state title on the line, however, the Vikings executed, Goerge said.

Sitkowski completed only four of 12 passes for 78 yards of the Knights 129 total yards of offense, compared to 360 yards for the Vikings.

South Brunswick converted 15 first downs while the Knights only converted seven in the game.

It is the second state championship in four years for the Vikings under Goerge, and the third championship game appearance.

Goerge took the title with the 2012 team, beating Manalapan.

After losing in the semifinal round in 2013, the Vikings returned to the final game last year only to fall to those same Manalapan Braves, ending a perfect season run for South Brunswick.

The Vikings, however, dispatched the Braves in this year’s semifinal contest with a nail biting 27-21 win at home.

South Brunswick ends this year at the same 11-1 it ended with last year, only losing its opening game to Middletown South.

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