BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Summit faithful came into the game at Governor Livingston concerned that there might be a let-down after last week's big win over Somerville. After 24 minutes of one-sided football, it would be safe to assume that Highlander fans were wondering if there would be any let-up from a Hilltopper team that was dominating the home team.
That's because, two quarters into the tilt, the Maroon and White had fully overwhelmed the home squad, leading 36-0 and looking like they could put up an equal number -- or more -- of points in the second half.
Fortunately for all, two factors entered into the equation: a running clock and a super-sized amount of substitution by Summit Head Coach Kevin Kostibos and his staff. Still, no matter which defensive unit was on the field for the visitors, Governor Livingston never came close to scoring and The 'Top tacked on two more scores en route to an emphatic 50-0 victory.
Two of the afternoon's touchdowns were near mirror-identical pick sixes -- one each from senior Evan Duetsch and the other from junior Brennan Collins -- and senior Joe Lusardi, in about a half's work, found paydirt three times. The victory sees Summit improve to 4-1 on the season.
On an afternoon that was virtually devoid of drama -- save for the ethereal 'Darkness into Light' halftime musical performance by the talented Highlander Marching Band -- Summit literally ran rampant from the opening kick-off onward.
After taking possession to start the contest, Summit ran eight consecutive plays that all gained positive yardage, a drive which culminated with a 10-yard scoot around the right side to the end zone by Lusardi just 88-seconds into the affair.
Two minutes later, the senior captain scored again, this time on a 47-yard jaunt. Two-plus minutes after that, junior Austin Groce ripped off a 42-yarder of his own and, despite having played less than half a quarter, the Hilltoppers led 22-0.
It was 29-0 when, with two minutes to go in the opening frame, Lusardi cut back against the grain and scampered 22-yards to The House.
The icing on the first-half cake came with five minutes left before the break when Duetsch jumped a Governor Livingston pass route in the left flat to make the interception and then went 15-yards to the end zone. Junior Brock Froschauer's second PAT of the day upped the advantage to 36-0.
Thanks to the afore-mentioned running clock, the second half was like a glass of Lipton ice tea on a warm day -- refreshingly brisk.
Three minutes into the third, Collins duplicated Deutsch's larceny and picked off a throw then strolled eight yards for the score. Froschauer drilled the PAT and it was 43-zip.
Then, late in the fourth quarter, junior Jerson Martinez slammed over from short yardage and sophomore Charlie Schaeffer split the uprights on the PAT to bring Summit to the half-century mark.
"Every game gives a coach a chance to learn something about their team, and today I learned that this team knows how to handle success," said Kostibos. "Our defense played really well, and we were efficient on offense."
Summit will now top off the tank on the bus for the long journey to Warren Hills. The Hilltoppers will face the Blue Streaks October 18, with kick-off set for 7 p.m.