It was a career night for Sayreville running back Myles Hartsfield on Friday night.
The junior speedster could not be stopped as he rushed for 352 yards on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns on runs of 63, 70, 31, and 96 yards in helping the Bombers to a 39-18 victory over archrival Piscataway in a Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division showdown.
“He’s a very special player, he’s got unbelievable ability, and he’s been showing it all season long,” Sayreville coach George Najjar said.
After seeing Piscataway (2-3, 2-3) take its first lead of the game, 18-17, on the third play of the second half, Hartsfield scored on a 70 yard run on Sayreville’s first play from scrimmage of the second half to give the Bombers a 25-18 lead and they rolled from there.
“You can’t get down because things happen, it’s football,” Hartsfield said. “People are going to score, you’ve just got to keep coming.”
Hartsfield had two more long runs left in him, a 31 yard scamper early in the fourth quarter and a 96 yard run on a 3rd-and-11 play with 5:47 remaining to put the game away.
“We’ve just been practicing very well,” Hartsfield said. “Coach (Najjar) told me to go hard this week because it’s a P-way week and you’ve got to step up to the occasion. My blockers, I’ve got to give credit to them, they gave me big holes and I just ran through them.”
Sayreville (4-2, 3-2) carried a 17-12 halftime lead after kicker Adrian Lapinski hit a 28 yard field goal just before the half, as the teams scored on all five of its combined possessions in the first half.
Sayreville took a 7-0 lead on an 11 play drive to open the game, as quarterback Malik Pressley ran in for a one yard sneak.
Piscatawayresponded with a 15 play drive with freshman Elijah Barnwell scoring on a two yard run, pulling within 7-6 after Hartsfield blocked the extra point.
Hartsfield scored his first touchdown, a 63 yard run, three plays later for Sayreville before Barnwell, who ran for 122 yards on 21 carries in the first half, scored another touchdown from two yards out to bring the Chiefs within 14-12 with 3:07 left in the half as the two-point attempt failed.
Freshman quarterback Danny Haus, a quarterback with running ability who got the start for Justin Strother, hit Oladiran Isijola on a 27 yard touchdown pass 56 seconds into the second half to give the Chefs its only lead, which lasted all of 24 seconds before Hartsfield put Sayreville ahead.
“Can’t miss a tackle, we knew that coming in and unfortunately, I don’t know why, but we were kind of positioning ourselves and you can’t do that because (Hartsfield) ripped right through,” Piscataway coach Dan Higgins said. “If you don’t’ get him and wrap him, he’s gone, and I think that was the big story of the game.”
S – Pressley 1 run (Lapinski kick)
P – Barnwell 2 run (kick blocked)
S – Hartsfield 63 run (Lapinski kick)
P – Barnwell 2 run (pass failed)
S – Lapinski 28 FG
P – Isijola 27 pass from Haus (run failed)
S – Hartsfield 70 run (Raife pass from Pressley)
S – Hartsfield 31 run (Lapinski kick)
S – Hartsfield 96 run (Lapinski kick)
RUSHING: P – Barnwell 25-124, Haus 7-35, Pierson 2-6, Foat 1-1, Nash 1-(-3); S – Hartsfield 17-352, Miller 17-82, Pressley 8-52, Davis 2-7..
PASSING: P – Haus 7-9-0-96, Strother 0-1-0-0; S – Pressley 2-3-0-21.
RECEIVING: P – Isijola 3-52, Bobbit 1-36, Foat 2-14, Barnwell 1-(-6); S – Hartsfield 1-23, Miller 1-(-2).