Junior running back Tim Howard had a touchdown called back on Bishop Ahr’s first offensive possession, and that set the tone for the rest of the game as the Matawan High School football team used a strong defensive effort to defeat the Trojans, 17-7, in Aberdeen Township on Friday afternoon.
“They did a nice job, but we made too many mistakes,” said Bishop Ahr head coach Don Sofilkanich. “The reversal of our early touchdown set the tone for the rest of the day. We didn’t execute well, and they did a nice job defensively.”
It took the Trojans over 43 minutes to get on the board. Junior quarterback David Holder connected with Howard for a 40-yard scoring strike with less than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
The Huskies’ defense came up with a few big plays that it turned into points. In addition to recording seven sacks, Matawan’s Brandon Murphy recovered a fumble in the Trojans’ end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter making it a 10-0 game at halftime.
Senior defensive back Michael Viggiano picked off two Matawan passes in the losing effort.
Bishop Ahr (0-1) will look to rebound Friday night when it plays host to Greater Middlesex Conference White Division rival J.F. Kennedy, 7 p.m. at Brietski Field.
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M – Creamer 32 FG.
M – Murphy fumble recovery in end zone (Creamer kick).
M – Gonzalez 15 yard pass from.
BA – Howard 40 pass from Holder (Abd kick).
Rahway 27, Hillside 15: Senior tailback Gabril Gross carried 21 times for 148 yards and added three touchdowns runs of 4, 57 and 5 yards to power Rahway to a resounding victory in a Mid-State 38 Mountain Division opener on the road.
The victory was Rahway’s ninth-straight over Hillside.
The Indians used their age-old philosophy of ball control and stout defense, ranking up 235 yards on the ground and forced three turnovers.
Senior cornerback Jeff Reyes had an interception and forced two fumbles. Sophomore defensive end Edriece Patterson registered two sacks, and senior defensive tackle Stephan Watkins-Davis added one sack.
Senior linebacker Dante Raymond finished with 11 tackles, and junior linebacker Tyler West compiled nine tackles, including two for a loss, and added and forced fumble. West also ran for a 4-yard touchdown during Rahway’s 21-0 onslaught in the first quarter.
The Indians (1-0) will look to avenge a tough 27-20 loss to Delaware Valley when they play host to the Terriers next week Saturday at home.
R – Gross 4 run (West kick).
R – West 4 run (Zeyala kick).
R – Gross 57 run (kick failed).
R – Gross 5 run (Zeyla kick).
H – Wilkins 78 kickoff return (kick good).
H – Wilkins 5 run (run failed).
RUSHING — R: Gross 21-148, West 4-15, Raymond 10-47, Bost 3-25.
PASSING — R: Bost 8-13-105-1.
RECEIVING — R: Roberts 3-63, Stradford 3-35, Weeks-Landy 1-10 Thomas 1-6.