SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Westfield High School varsity football team defeated the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders in their final tune-up before the playoffs with a commanding 46-7 victory Saturday afternoon, extending their state-best win streak to 21 games.
Westfield (8-0) scored four times in the first quarter. First, kicker Mike Moriarty connected on a 32-yard kick to get the scoring started. Soon after, Jake Vall-Llobera and Steven Barden ran into the end zone for touchdowns, and the Blue Devils capped off the successful quarter with a safety with 31 seconds left.
In the second quarter, Vall-Llobera again ran for a touchdown, and quarterback Philip Martini threw his first touchdown of the day, finding Mike Moriarty on a seven-yard pass. Moriarty then notched the extra-point.
The Raiders’ (0-9) lone score of the afternoon came halfway through the third quarter, when quarterback Cooper Heisey ran one yard for a touchdown.
Philip Martini ended Westfield’s dominant afternoon with a 42-yard scramble that resulted in a touchdown.
Martini ended his afternoon with 146 yards – finishing his regular season at 1,233. On the receiving end, Jack Shirk led the way with 88 yards.
The game, hosted by the Raiders, was a Salute to Service event. Numerous veterans from multiple branches of the military were honored on the field at halftime.
“It was a very nice gesture on the part of the Scotch Plains athletic department,” Korean War veteran Bob Tarecca said.
Each veteran was honored at halftime on the field, where they received a rousing ovation from fans.
“I have never been honored at a football game before,” Tarecca said during the game. “I have never been a part of anything like this, so I’m very pleased to be here.”
The Blue Devils’ next game will be round one of the NJSIAA playoffs; however, they have one regular season game remaining, which will be their annual Thanksgivng game against Plainfield. The Raiders will play in a consolation game.