WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills took an early lead but Bridgewater-Raritan rallied from 10-0 and 17-7 deficits to overcome Watchung Hills at the Warriors Homecoming, 28-17, on Friday night.
Watchung Hills opened with a 40-yard field goal from Jack Stefurek and a touchdown pass from Ryan Cunningham to Devyn Spruell to take a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
Matt Kaiteris scored on a two-yard run to bring the Panthers to 10-7, but Frank Rica's 65-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Watchung Hills a 17-7 lead.
Bridgewater-Raritan responded and Eric Nickel closed the gap from a yard out to make it 17-14.
Watchung Hills went down the field but ran out of time as they attempted to line up for a late first half field goal attempt by Stefurek.
Quarterback Joe Giacomo ran for a 58-yard keeper in the fourth but Nick Attanasio ran him down and the Watchung Hills comeback stalled. The Warriors didn't score and the game ended, 28-17.
Bridgewater-Raritan (3-3) stopped a two-game losing streak and Watchung Hills (2-4) had its two-game winning streak stopped. The Panthers and the Warriors are now in the same division – the Mid-State 38 Watchung Division. Since the consolidation of Bridgewater East and West in 1991, Bridgewater-Raritan leads the series 14-5.
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