Late touchdown lifts Iselin Kennedy over South Plainfield

ISELIN, N.J. -- Two first quarter touchdowns weren’t enough as the South Plainfield varsity football team fell to Iselin Kennedy, 14-12, Friday night.

South Plainfield dropped to 0-2 with the loss while Kennedy improved to 1-1.

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Kennedy took an early 8-0 lead as running back Keyshawn Dixon found the end zone in the opening minutes of the game and quarterback Connor Heaney tossed a pass to Josh Torres for the 2-point conversion.

But the Tigers stormed back with two touchdowns before the end of the first quarter to gain the advantage.

Quarterback Sammy Nieves and fullback Josiah Harvey ran in for a score apiece to put the visitors up, 12-8.

The score would remain the same until late in the game when Heaney threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Torres with less than five minutes to go as Kennedy took a 14-12.

Heaney threw two interceptions and the Mustangs lost another fumble, but they came up big, especially near the end of the opening half, when they kept the Tigers out of the end zone twice. Kennedy caused two fumbles and recovered one of them.

Nieves completed 1-of-4 passes for eight yards to Harvey in the option-style offensive attack. The athletic signal caller also ran 14 times for 104. Harvey recorded 24 carries for 179 yards. Julian Medina got one carry for six yards.

Defensively, Bryce Hollis registered a sack, led the team in tackles, forced, and recovered a fumble as well for South Plainfield. Austin Scott also sacked Heaney and tallied six tackles while Medina and Nieves totaled seven and six stops, respectively. Harvey finished with two interceptions and five tackles and Greg Algarin made six tackles.

The Tigers missed both PAT which prove to be key moments in the contest - and the difference.

Next up, Kennedy will remain home to play St. Joseph (Met.) while South Plainfield remains on the road and will travel to Woodbridge.

The Barrons are 2-0 after being St. Joseph and Colonia, both away, in Week 0 and Week 1, respectively. Star tailback Lee Ali ran 28 times for 251 and two touchdowns on Friday in his team’s victory over Colonia.

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