PLAINFIELD, NJ - Junior quarterback Charlie Schaffer threw two touchdowns and senior captain Austin Groce ran for two others as the Summit High School Varsity Football Team earned its first win of the season by blanking Plainfield 32-0 at Hub Stein Field.
The Maroon and White delivered a strong first half, building a 25-point lead as they bounced back handsomely from a season-opening defeat to Rahway one week ago. Summit's statement of intent versus the Cardinals was delivered on the game's opening series, as the Hilltoppers put together an 11-play, 58-yard drive that culminated in Groce scoring from four yards out.
Plainfield drove to the Summit 35-yard line later in the first quarter but senior Timmy Sajer intercepted a pass to end the threat.
Up 7-0 in the second quarter, Summit got some nice field position -- just inside the Cardinals half of the field -- and then got a first down plus an extra 15 yards after a Plainfield penalty to take the ball into the Red Zone. Two pops at the end zone yielded no joy before senior Brock Froschauer booted a 28-yard field that upped Summit's lead to 10-0.
Summit it made 18-0 posthaste, recovering a Plainfield fumble on the game's next possession and then taking immediate advantage as Schaffer hooked-up with junior Gavin Odell on a 25-yard post pattern for the quick six. Groce tossed the ball to junior Bryce Lubin for the successful two-point conversion.
Back on the defensive side of the ball, Groce delivered a big sack to snuff the next Plainfield possession, Summit's offense went back to work and put the game in the proverbial side-by-side. Taking over at their own 41, the Hilltoppers got two first downs before Schaffer connected with senior Eli Bergner for 24 big yards down to the Cardinal eight-yard line. On the next play, Schaffer found senior Robbie Holmes for the touchdown.
If there was a skosh of drama left in the contest -- spoiler alert: there wasn't -- it vanished in the third quarter when Summit used the legs of Bergner, Shaffer, junior Matthew Loeloff and Groce to reach paydirt again. Groce did the honors and it was 32-0.
The result in hand, the teams traded punts in an uneventful fourth quarter.
Next, Summit (1-1) returns home to take on South Plainfield October 17 at Tatlock Field. Kick-off versus the Tigers is set for 1 p.m.