The Matawan defense came up with a few big plays that it turned into points on Friday afternoon as the Huskies defeated Bishop Ahr, 17-7, in a nonconference game.
But first it was special teams that got Matawan (1-0) rolling as senior Mike Creamer kicked a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter. Also in the second quarter, senior Brandon Murphy recovered a fumble in the end zone as the Huskies took a 10-0 lead into halftime.
In the fourth quarter the defense made another huge play as senior Juan Gonzalez returned an interception 15 yards for the score as the Huskies built a 17-0 lead.
“Our defense was phenomenal. We probably had double-digit tackles for losses and we had seven sacks,” Matawan coach John Kaye said. “We got a great effort from our defense and a great effort from our kicking game but we struggled on offense and we had too many penalties. So, we have some work to do on offense.”
COLTS NECK 45, TR EAST 0: Anthony Gargiulo dominated on offense and defense for the Cougars (1-0) in their win over the host Raiders (0-1) Thursday night in a nondivisional game at Dvorak Field.
The senior running back-linebacker-defensive end rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, forced two fumbles and recovered another fumble.
Junior quarterback Christian Sanchez ran for 107 yards on 13 carries and completed 8-of-13 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns Both of Sanchez’s touchdown throws went to senior wide receiver Craig Russo.
Junior wide receiver Danny Calabro caught four passes for 31 yards. Jason Geniton scored on a 1-yard run and senior defensive end Nick Volpe posted two sacks.
Senior placekicker Abby Letson converted each of six extra-point kicks and booted a 35-yard field goal. The right-footed Letson is the first girl to play on the Cougars’ varsity team in school history.