SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Under new head coach John Viotto, the South Brunswick football team has been adapting to a new offense, switching from the triple-option to a spread formation this season.
The Vikings (2-1), who play at 6 p.m. Friday night at home against East Brunswick (1-1), appear to have the principles of the new offense down after racking up seven touchdowns in a 54-16 victory over J.P. Stevens last week.
"We are very happy with our improvement in execution," Viotto said. "The kids have made great strides on both sides of the ball in regards to the new systems we are running. Our offense has scored 103 points over the last two weeks, and that is a testament to our offensive coordinators Joe Macho and Castor Losada and our quality of practice."
South Brunswick actually began the season by getting shut out by North Brunswick, 26-0. But the Vikings were hitting on all cylinders against J.P. Stevens.
Senior back Ezequiel Johnson rushed for 149 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns. Junior back Amir Brown needed just four carries to accrue 104 yards and a TD. Junior Majid Howard-Baker scored a 42-yard TD on his only carry.
And quarterback Gage Katzenell-Hall completed just five passes (in 13 attempts), but three of those went for TDs. Howard-Baker, Jared Lauri and Damarion Potts, who is a freshman, all caught TD passes. Overall, South Brunswick gained 422 yards from scrimmage.
"The kids responded very well after the loss against North Brunswick," Viotto said. "They have taken practice and preparation to the next level. For us the next three weeks are going to tell us a lot about who we are and how far we can go this season. We are focused on East Brunswick now, everything else is an outside distraction."