A year after paying to watch Piscataway play for a sectional title, Chiefs’ senior back Cameron Nash has played his way into one.
Nash, born and raised in Piscataway, moved to Delaware while in middle school, led the Chiefs into the North 2 Group V title game by leading a 49-0 rout of Bridgewater-Raritan Saturday in a sectional semifinal.
He returned before the start of this season to rejoin former Pop Warner teammates on a squad that will vie for its third consecutive sectional title in Friday’s meeting with unbeaten top seed Elizabeth.
The game is a rematch of last year’s North 2 Group IV final won by the Chiefs 41-34 on Tevin Shaw’s touchdown run with 17 seconds left in regulation.
Nash drove up to at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers and bought a ticket to see the game. Now, as Shaw’s successor, he has led the Chiefs into the title game in record-setting fashion. Third-seeded Piscataway, one of four Greater Middlesex Conference teams to reach the sectional finals, set a single-game school record with 401 rushing yards Saturday. The team’s 471 yards of total offense was a school single-game playoff record.
Nash carried 17 times for 100 yards, becoming the 12th player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season (Shaw eclipsed the mark twice), according to Piscataway assistant coach John Thompson, the team’s historian.
“Last year I had to pay to see them play in the state championship game and this year I’m going to play in it,” Nash said. “It feels good to come back and play with my brothers that I used to play with back when I was young, like 8-years-old. To come back and play with these guys is a dream come true.”
Piscataway coach Dan Higgins, whose club is vying for its ninth sectional title and 35th postseason victory, calls Nash “special.”
“He’s an amazing kid,” Higgins said. “He fits right in with the family. He grew up here and played with the guys. It’s really been a perfect fit. We are really very lucky to have Cameron Nash.”
The top-seeded Spartans (10-1) did what they were supposed to do Friday night – dominate Montclair Kimberely 49-6 to advance to the Non-Public II final against No. 2 seed Holy Spirit Saturday night at 7 p.m. at The College of New Jersey. The Spartans earned their program’s 11th final appearance and now go for a fifth state title and first since 2006 when they beat Delbarton 22-14 at Rutgers to win the Non-Public Group III title behind Theo Riddick, who ran for three TDs and 217 yards on 17 carries.
The showdown with Holy Spirit marks the final game of retiring coach Pierce Frauenheim’s career. Frauenheim’s record is 342-136-2, including a 26-21 playoff record. His first win came against Croydon Hall, a 33-14 victory, and first playoff win came against St. Joseph of West New York in 1982.
Be like John
Bernards coach Jon Simoneau, whose team fell to Madison 46-21 in a North 2 Group II semfinal Saturday, spoke at a Pop Warner dinner Sunday, saying that many of the players want to grow up to be like “John Maddaluna.”
Maddaluna made a couple of terrific catches and finished with three touchdowns, one on a run off a direct snap and receptions of 11 and 15 yards from senior quarterback Devin Ray.