SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Alumni Night was a night the South Plainfield Tigers would like to forget, as the Saint Joseph Falcons overwhelmed the home team on both sides of the ball in a 37-0 thrashing of the Tigers.
The Tigers (4-1) came into the matchup hot, winning their first four games to start the season. The Falcons of St. Joes, however, also won their first four games. A Friday night home game in front of a large Tiger crowd was supposed to be South Plainfield’s chance to prove that they are a force this season that cannot be stopped.
Unfortunately for them they were unable to capitalize.
The Falcons came out firing to start the game, and they never let up. Senior quarterback Mitchell Epstein, who has not started a game since his freshman year, took four plays to score on their first possession, which was capped off by a 35 yard screen pass to Jordan Davis.
After a long Tigers’ drive that ended in a punt, the Falcons followed up their previous drive with a 59 yard run by senior running back Luke Yakely.
In a 17-0 game, the Tigers tried to claw their way back by going for in on fourth down on their own half of the field. The Falcons’ defense, which was solid all night forced the turnover on downs that led to another big run from Yakely, who finished with over 150 yards on the ground and three TDs. This time it was a 22 yard touchdown run that gave St. Joes a 24-0 lead with 10 seconds left in the first half.
We have lost here the last couple of years and wanted to come in here and get some revenge,” said Luke Yakely. “We came here ready to go, the line was great and it was just a great team effort.”
The Tigers needed to make something happen early in the second half if they wanted a chance to win the game. Pinned deep in their own territory to start the half, the Tigers were forced to punt once again following a three and out.
The Falcons scored the next drive to solidify the win.
St. Joes would go on to score once more and hold the Tiger’ scoreless.
“It’s a team effort when you win 37-0,” said St. Joes head coach Casey Ransone. “We came in with our starting quarterback and tailback down, we lost our starting left guard and we kept pushing forward. It’s next guy up. This team in my opinion is the best team in the County.”
After St. Joes performance tonight, it would be hard to argue that they are not.
South Plainfield will look to rebound next week when they travel to Colonia High School to face the struggling Patriots.