Godwin Asamoah is your typical 5-foot-11, 200-pound averaged-sized outside linebacker. Thus, the anomalous performance he put on display against North Brunswick Friday night bewildered many of those in attendance.
Asamoah made a living in the Raiders’ offensive backfield and created chaos, compiling six tackles, including three for a loss, and registered three sacks of senior Rafieu Alharazim setting the tone for Edison in a 42-6 romp of North Brunswick at Matthew J.Drwal Stadium.
And the Eagles junior wasn’t done yet. He picked off an Alharazim pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. The later, Asamoah blocked a punt deep in North Brunswick territory, and fell on the ball in the end zone for a second score. And for good measure, Asamoah kicked four extra points to finished with 16 points on the game.
On the offensive side of the ball, it was senior quarterback James Waldron thriving for the hosts. Waldron completed an efficient 12 of 15 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown. He also carried six times for 31 yards and added two more TDs as Edison opened up a 20-0 lead one series into the second quarter.
With a commanding lead, the Eagles turned their attention to the ground game. Nine different ball carriers combined for 206 yards on 27 attempts as the Eagles were able to keep the clock and the chains moving holding the lead.
Senior wideout Tyrell Best was a dynamic weapon. He had six touches for 119 yards from scrimmage and added a TD reception.
“This was a great win for our players and our coaches, and a nice one all-around because everyone contributed,” Edison coach Matt Fulham said.
Sophomore tailback Gabe Rosado scored late for North Brunswick (0-6) on a dive from three yards out. Things won’t get any easier for the Raiders as they’ll face Sayreville, Piscataway and South Brunswick in succession the next three weeks.
Edison (3-2) also has a difficult task at hand, as it travels to Old Bridge Friday for the Knights Homecoming game and senior night festivities.
BISHOP AHR 39, NEW BRUNSWICK 6: The week after succumbing to South Plainfield on a field goal as time expired, the Trojans got right back in the saddle Friday night and showed no ill affects from coming off the agonizing defeat.
Junior quarterback David Holder was and economical 7-for-9 passing for 87 yards with one touchdown, and he added 72 yards rushing on 14 carries with two more scores leading Bishop Ahr to a bounce-back victory at Memorial Stadium.
With only a one-score lead at 13-6 to begin the third quarter, Bishop Ahr turned to the ground game and scored four unanswered rushing TDs, including one from Nelson Thomas that extended the lead to 21-6. Thomas, a powerful junior tailback, carried a game-high 17 times for 157 yards to go along with the score.
Senior wing back Kaysaan Neal’s 3-yard rushing touchdown opened up the scoring in the first quarter, and sophomore scat back Dane Lupton dashed 27 yards for a TD late in the fourth quarter.
Seven different Trojans carried a combined 44 times for 288 yards and scored five touchdowns.
Senior wideout and defensive back Michael Viggiano made his presence felt on both side of the ball. He enjoyed his most productive offensive game of the season, both in terms of receptions (3) and yards (67), and was the recipient of a 9-yard touchdown pass from Holder in the first quarter. Defensively, Vigianno picked off two passed and had a fumble recovery.
With consecutive home games against Carteret and Woodbridge looming, Bishop Ahr (2-4) inched closer to .500,
New Brunswick (0-6), which is allowing 47 points per game, will pay a visit to another winless team that’s also had difficulty stopping the run when the Zebras pay a visit Friday night to Perth Amboy (0-5), which is surrendering over 40 points itself.
MANALAPAN 42, EAST BRUNSWICK 7: The special teams unit was just that — special — Friday night for visiting Manalapan as it pounded the Bears in a “war with the shore” contest at Jay Doyle Field.
With the Braves (5-0) clinging to a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, their big play ability reared its head. An 80-yard kickoff return for a TD from junior running back Dan Debner and a 50-yard punt return for a score by junior running back John Chenung widened the margin to 28-7 before halftime.
Cheung has two kickoff returns for TDS in the last three weeks.
Senior fullback Nelson Rivera added a 1-yard scoring plunge, senior running back Jake McCord ran it in from five yards out and senior tailback Tyler Leonetti added a 6-yard TD rush for the 2012 NJSIAA Central Group V runner-up.
Senior defensive end Kyle Kelliher’s 22-yard interception for a touchdown accounted for the lone East Brunswick (1-4) score.
Manalpana’s 42 points marked the fourth time the Bears allowed 40 or more points this season, while they’re offense has mustered just three TDs through the first five games.
East Brunswick will look to end a two game losing skid Friday night when J.P. Stevens visits Jay Doyle Field.