NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Wednesday night before the South Plainfield varsity football team's opening game against New Brunswick, assistant head coach Matthew Connell addressed the team.
Connell stressed the importance of building tradition, and representing the town of South Plainfield. To help with his speech, he presented the Tigers with a sledgehammer painted in South Plainfield colors. Connell stated that the sledgehammer will come with the team to every game, and will represent the hard-working, blue-collar attitude of South Plainfield.
The Tigers were able to carry Connell's theme into their opening game, beating New Brunswick, 47-13. On offense, the Tigers utilized a physical running game led by senior captain Romello Monroe. Monroe finished his day with over 150 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Quarterback Kyle Moroney also helped lead the Tigers' offense. Moroney rushed for a touchdown, and connected on a perfect play-action strike to Kyle Dickerson for another touchdown.
On defense, the Tigers were able to shut down New Brunswick’s no-huddle offense, forcing four turnovers. Defensive end Collin Lynch helped keep New Brunswick grounded for most of the game. Lynch was relentless during the entire game, having several tackles, and returning two fumbles for Tiger touchdowns.
After the game head coach Gary Cassio told the Tigers that he was very pleased with their effort, but stressed that they still have a lot of work to do. The Tigers will have a bye next week and will use the additional time to plan for defending State/Conference champion Carteret. The Tigers will face Carteret on Sept. 27.