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WHRHS Football: Warriors Lose Lead, Fall to North Hunterdon on Future Warrior Night in Warren, 34-26

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WARREN, NJ - Cheered on by a full Tozier field on future Warrior night, Watchung Hills took the lead at half time in the Warriors football home opener, but the North Hunterdon Lions roared back with 13 points in the fourth quarter to top Watchung Hills, 34-26. 

Watchung Hills only ran four plays in the fourth quarter.

The turning point was North Hunterdon's Connor McMahon's interception of Warriors' quarterback Jack Smith's pass at the North 26-yard line with North trailing 26-21.

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Smith completed 20 of 40 passes with 263 yards and a touchdown.

Warriors' kicker Brian Puccio was 4-for-4 on field goals, with a long of 38, and 2-for-2 on PATs. 

After Puccio narrowed the gap to 21-16 with 14 seconds left in the half, the Warriors recovered the kickoff and Nick Ugarte scored a Warriors' TD on a 23-yard pass from Smith in the corner of the end zone to give the Warriors the lead, 23-21, at the half.

Ugarte finished with six catches for 98 yards, Lamar Evans had five catches for 70 yards and Nadir Beyah returned a kickoff 82 yards for a TD in the opening quarter and had five receptions for 56 yards. 

The Warriors are now 0-3 on the season.

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