Gonzalez, Rams defeat Minutemen

Gonzalez, Rams defeat Minutemen

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Gonzalez, Rams defeat Minutemen

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Senior running back Abe Gonzalez ran for a career-high 238 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high 39 carries as visiting and No. 6 seed Southern Regional outlasted No. 3 Washington Township, 33-32, on Friday night in a NJSIAA South Group V quarterfinal.

Southern (7-2), which recorded its first playoff win since 2008, will play at No. 2 Eastern (7-3) in the South V semifinals in two weeks.

With 10:41 left in regulation, Gonzalez scored on a 4-yard run. Dan Higgins ran for the two-point conversion to put the Rams in front to stay at 27-20. It was the first successful two-point conversion of the season for Southern.

The touchdown capped a 17-play, 83-yard drive which began after a Washington Township pass fell incomplete on fourth and 11. Higgins completed a third-down pass for 11 yards to Nick Hem to give the Rams the ball at the Southern 47-yard line.

On fourth and two, Higgins completed an 18-yard pass to Mike Gesicki to move the Rams to the Minutemen’s 16. Gonzalez followed with runs of 5 and 7 yards before scoring.

The Minutemen (7-2) shaved their deficit to 27-26 with 8:21 to go on a 24-yard scoring pass from Tom Hildebrand to Anderw O’Neill. The PAT kick failed.

Southern pushed its lead to 33-26 with 4:59 remaining on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Higgins to running back Rob Yaiser. The pass for the two-point conversion was incomplete.

Washington Township then pulled within a point late, but missed the extra point.

IN ANOTHER NJSIAA PLAYOFF GAME:

NORTHERN BURLINGTON 27, POINT BORO 17: The No. 4 seed Greyhounds (5-4) scored twice in the final seven minutes to wipe out a 17-13 deficit and defeat the No. 5 Panthers (5-5) in a South III quarterfinal.

Point Boro had grabbed a 17-13 lead on a 26-yard TD run by senior running back Ryan Prout in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Chris Oliphant had a 42-yard TD run in the first quarter and senior placekicker Brett Blank kicked a 38-yard field goal in the second quarter for Point Boro.

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