It was a big night for junior quarterback Tenny Adewusi, as he led the Colonia High School football team to a 24-21 win over South Plainfield on Friday.
Adewusi led his team through the air and on the ground, as he threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. The 29-yard scoring run would end up being the game-winner, as he put the Patriots up 11 points with just under 11 minutes to play.
“We came out here knowing this was a big one,” Adewusi said, “This game was all about heart and all my boys showed heart … I’m just happy we got the win.”
On the game-winning run, Adewusi fumbled the snap but recovered the ball quickly. While everyone else was expecting a loss on the play, Adewusi broke through tacklers on his way to the end zone.
“The snap got fumbled and I picked it up and knew I had to go,” Adewusi said, “Coach told me I need to stop dancing and run people over and that’s just what I did.”
After the Patriots’ drive stalled with 2:30 left to play, they punted to the Tigers, giving them a chance to drive down the field and win the game.
The Patriots took no part of it, and on the first play of the Tigers’ final drive, quarterback Kyle Moroney was intercepted on their own 29-yard line.
Head coach Tom Roarty knew the importance of the game, and he couldn’t have been happier with the way his team performed”
“It was a coming of age game for our guys,” Roarty said. “This was a good test and I’m happy we’re getting out of here with a win.”
This was the first loss of the season for the Tigers, who had entered the game 4-0. They will need to put the loss behind them quickly though, as they travel to face a tough St. Joseph team next weekend.
Quarterback Kyle Moroney, who had led the GMC in passing, tried his best to get his team the win. He was efficient through the air, and with his legs as he scored all three Tiger touchdowns.
The win is huge for the Patriots, but Roarty and company know that there is a long road ahead.
“We’re motivated,” said Roarty, “we know the white division is still up for grabs…these guys are young so they’re hungry to play.”
The Patriots will look to stay on track as they take on Raritan at home next weekend.
“We’re going to keep working,” Adewusi said, “we’re going to keep working and keep winning, that’s it.”
S – Lee 40 pass from Moroney (kick failed)
C – Napoleon 25 pass from Adewusi (Napoleon pass from Adewusi)
C – Napoleon 30 pass from Adewusi (Pero pass from Adewusi)
S – Moroney 9 run (Garcia kick)
C – Adewusi 29 run (Adewusi run)
S – Moroney 2 run (Morello run)
RUSHING: C- Pero 22-123, Adewusi 15-79, Barneys 1-(-1); S- Monroe 15-50, Moroney 10-42, Cone 1-4
PASSING: C- Adewusi 5-9-2-77; S- Moroney 10-25-1-140
RECEIVING: C- Napoleon 3-57, Cardona 1-15, Williams 1-5; S- Lee 5-70, Chillemi 3-18, Eggert 1-36, Dickerson 1-14.