A dual threat quarterback can be a deadly weapon on the football field, and that’s just what New Providence’s Jack Harvey was as the Pioneers beat Pingry, 49-6, at Parsons Field.
Harvey was dominant in the air, completing 6 of his 9 passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns. His ground game was effective for the Pioneers as well, as he ran the ball 11 times for 98 yards.
“I think I did very well in the first half,” Harvey said, “my interception didn’t really help but my first touchdown throw brought us all together as a team and we played a lot better after that.”
The Pioneers held a 14-0 lead at halftime as Harvey found senior receiver Jeff Doran for a 15-yard touchdown, as well as a long 60-yard scoring play.
Head coach Joseph Carollo praised Pingry on their effort, but was pleased that his team was able to pull away in the second half.
“I think in the first half Pingry played very well,” said Carollo, “we adjusted in the second half and I think we played better.”
Pingry’s lone touchdown came at the end of the third quarter, as senior running back Ryan O’Reilly ran the ball 53 yards, bringing the ball inside New Providence’s 5-yard line. Quarterback Austin Schmidt took care of the rest, taking the ball two yards for the score.
Big plays against a tough Pingry defense began to add up, but head coach Chris Shilts had nothing but good things to say about his team’s effort.
“We played good defense for awhile and we were able to get some first downs,” Shilts said, “…but we couldn’t sustain anything and the big plays added up and the wheels fell off.”
O’Reilly was the star for Pingry, carrying much of the offensive workload for the game. He finished with 19 carries for 104 yards.
The second half belonged to New Providence, as a couple big plays separated what was once a close contest.
Harvey found Bryan Sherman for a 24-yard score on the Pioneers’ first drive of the second half. After an interception, O’Reilly took the ball on the second play from scrimmage 60 yards to Pingry’s 30-yard line. Senior CJ Kliesch capped the drive with a 5-yard run, making the lead an insurmountable 28-0.
“We came out better after halftime,” said Harvey, “we figured out what plays we should run and what defense should go in and we came out better.”
New Providence moves to 4-0 on the season, and the focus now shifts to a tough Bernards team.
“Bernards is another good football team,” said Carollo, “…we’re going to have to work really hard this week to make sure we bring our A-game.”
|New Providence (4-0)||7||7||14||21||—||49|
N – Doran 15 pass from Harvey (Gelormini kick)
N – Doran 60 pass from Harvey (Gelormini kick)
N – Sherman 24 pass from Harvey (Gelormini kick)
N – Kliesch 5 run (Gelormini kick)
P – Schmidt 1 run (kick failed)
N – McCann 52 run (Gelormini kick)
N – Stumpf 66 run (Gelormini kick)
N- Pecca 10 run (Gelormini kick)
RUSHING: N — Harvey 9-98, Kliesch 7-37, Ciarrocca 7-29, McCann 4-62, Jester 4-19, Stumpf 1-67, Pecca 1-10, Nash 1-1, Cole 1-(-1); P — O’Reilly 19-104, Hansen 2-8, Walker 1-5, Schmidt 1-2, Possumato 1-2, Carr 1-(-5)
PASSING: N — Harvey 6-9-3-118; P — Schmidt 10-20-0-57
RECEIVING: N — Doran 2-75, Sherman 2-34, Ciarrocca 1-9; P — Suzuki 3-10, Walker 2-8, McDonald 1-14, DeVito 1-14, Muller 1-8, Key 1-0, Carr 1-(-2)