SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- The South Plainfield High School football team hasn’t had the season many hoped for or expected in 2019, but the Tigers ended the regular season on a very high note with a 54-41 win over rival North Plainfield on Friday night.

South Plainfield (1-8) has now won back-to-back games against the Canucks (3-6) for the first time since 2002. North Plainfield still leads the all-time series however, 28-17-1.

The two schools have met on the gridiron 46 times since 1956. There was a hiatus from 1984-2001. It’s the first time the Tigers won two in a row in the rivalry since winning five straight in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, and 2002.

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“Beating North Plainfield is a nice win for us especially after having the season we had, but I’m happy our seniors went out with a win,” South Plainfield head coach Gary Cassio said. “I’d trade it for a playoff berth any day of the week, but I’m happy for my boys. They are great kids, I’m going to miss them.”

South Plainfield ran for 503 yards and did not attempt a pass. Senior Josiah Harvey ran for three touchdowns and a whopping 239 yards on 21 carries. Fellow senior Sammy Nieves had 20 carries for 193 yards for another three scores. Julian Medina rounded out the scoring with two touchdowns on the ground. He finished with nine attempts for 64 yards.

Sophomore Jacob DelVecchio chipped in with two rushes for seven yards.

“Our philosophy has always been that we have to establish an excellent running game. We’ve had some bruisers in the past...and we have had success controlling the clock and teh game. It just took some time to get it going this year due to the fact that our team is so young (in general) but the offensive line gelled and we had some great blocking by our fullbacks Medina and Bryce Hollis.

“Nieves, Harvey and Medina were tough to defend. Not many teams play with a tight end anymore or with a downhill running game. They aren’t used to taking a pounding play after play and standing in front of a fullback coming at them. This opened up a lot for the running game.”

The 54 points the Tigers were by far the most points they scored all season long. Coming in, they had scored 110 points. Thirty-two of them came way back in the first week of the season.

Last year, South Plainfield shutout the Canucks, 40-0.

For North Plainfield, quarterback Naji Campbell tossed three touchdown passes and ran for one. Khan-Yae Stevens also found pay dirt on the ground and through the air while Ahmaad Murkey was on the receiving end of Campbell’s other two touchdown strikes. Gavin Jones also ran for a score.

South Plainfield opted out of playing in a consolation game next week.

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NORTH PLAINFIELD VS. SOUTH PLAINFIELD
(North Plainfield leads the series 28-17-1)
1956 – North Plainfield 12-7
1957 – North Plainfield 33-19
1958 – North Plainfield 38-7
1959 – North Plainfield 20-0
1960 – North Plainfield 19-0
1961 – North Plainfield 21-0
1962 – North Plainfield 13-0
1963 – South Plainfield 27-22
1964 – South Plainfield 7-0
1965 – South Plainfield 26-20
1966 – North Plainfield 9-7
1967 – 0-0
1968 – South Plainfield 7-0
1969 – North Plainfield 24-19
1970 – North Plainfield 14-0
1971 – North Plainfield 14-13
1972 – South Plainfield 7-0
1973 – South Plainfield 19-12
1974 – North Plainfield 47-18
1975 – South Plainfield 9-0
1976 – South Plainfield 20-8
1977 – South Plainfield 9-0
1978 – North Plainfield 13-0
1979 – North Plainfield 16-6
1980 – South Plainfield 14-7
1981 – South Plainfield 23-8
1982 – South Plainfield 15-0
1983 – South Plainfield 7-6
2002 – South Plainfield 47-25
2003 – North Plainfield 41-14
2004 – North Plainfield 9-7
2005 – North Plainfield 29-28
2006 – North Plainfield 27-7
2007 – North Plainfield 39-6
2008 – North Plainfield 40-27
2009 – North Plainfield 49-21
2010 – North Plainfield 36-28
2011 – North Plainfield 28-0
2012 – North Plainfield 50-26
2013 – North Plainfield 14-12
2014 – South Plainfield 26-13
2015 – North Plainfield 28-14
2016 – North Plainfield 39-21
2017 – North Plainfield 20-7
2018 – South Plainfield 40-0
2019 – South Plainfield 54-41