SUMMIT, NJ - Like a flash of light coming from one of the myriad portable stanchions stationed around the field at Tatlock Park, the Summit High School Varsity Football Team scored quickly and often, building a 44-0 lead after just two quarters of play en route to a Mid-State 38 Conference title-clinching 52-8 victory over Voorhees in the traditional 'Friday Night Lights' game.
Senior captain Joe Lusardi carried the ball four times for a whopping 174 yards and three touchdowns, and fellow senior Matty Goldblatt ran for 108 yards and another score as the Maroon and White improved to 6-1 on the season with their fourth straight victory.
The Hilltoppers led 22-zip after one quarter, doubled their pleasure by halftime, and then went into cruise control from there, enjoying a running clock in the process. Of note, Summit's starting defense has not allowed a touchdown since their dramatic win over Somerville on October 5.
Lusardi put Summit on top with a 66-yard run just two minutes into the contest, and Goldblatt found paydirt at the 6:17 mark from short yardage. Senior quarterback Sam Roberts connected with classmate John Fischetti on a 15-yard scoring toss and catch with 2:52 remaining and the Hilltoppers were pretty much home and dry already, leading 22-0 after less than 10 minutes' work.
Two more touchdown bursts from Lusardi, including an 88-yard explosion, along with scoring runs from juniors Austin Groce and Eli Bergner added up to another 50-plus point performance, the third time the offense has cracked the half-century mark this season.
"These kids have worked extremely hard and deserve to be in the position they are in,” said Summit Head Coach Kevin Kostibos. "Winning a conference championship was a goal from the start of the season, and they got to do it on their home field during 'Friday Night Lights'. Can't ask for much more than that."
Summit will close out its regular season with a home tilt versus longtime rival Cranford on November 2. Kick-off on 'Senior Day' at Tatlock Park is set for 2:30 p.m.