Rahway scored five touchdowns and steam-rolled its way to 344 yards on the ground Saturday, 254 of those coming from Gabril Gross.
It was the Indians play on defense that was most impressive, however, in its 35-0 victory over Governor Livingston.
“I’m more proud of our defense on this particular occasion,” Rahway coach Gary Mobley said. “We weren’t really that consistent or efficient in the first half but I was glad we were able to correct that and really be able to control the game through our running game in the second half.”
Rahway’s first shutout of the season gave it a 4-0 start for the first time since 2007 and the victory was its seventh in a row over the Highlanders.
Gross carried 22 times for 254 yards, including a 23-yard scoring run, and Donte Raymond scored on 5-yard run and a 29-yard reception to provide more than enough offense than Rahway would require.
The Indians limited Governor Livingston (1-3) to just six first downs, only one after halftime, and the Highlanders managed to cross midfield once, penetrating as deep as the Rahway 36 before Michael Stradford’s second interception midway through the second quarter.
“We work really had in practice and defensively, we’re elite,” said nose tackle Stephan Watkis-Davis, the leader of the unit. “It’s not surprising to get the shutout. We’re just trying to do this every game.”
It was Stradford who fittingly delivered Rahway’s first touchdown on a 45-yard interception return midway through the first quarter, terminating the only drive in which Governor Livingston recorded two first downs.
“The ball was hiked, he dropped back in a pass drop, he was pressured, he rushed it and I was right there, caught it and ran for the six,” Stradord recalled. “We had a great defensive game, we played hard. We were talking all week that we wanted to stop them with a zero.”
Stradford’s second pick led to Rahway’s second score, a 23-yard burst up the middle by Gross with 3:26 remaining in the second quarter for a 14-0 cushion that held through halftime.
“I thought we played them really tough defensively in the first half,” Governor Livingston coach Dan Guyton said. “The second half, not as much. I think their athleticism got the best of us.”
Rahway put the game away by scoring on its first three possessions of the second half, with a 5-yard scramble by Jeffery Bost and Raymond’s two touchdowns, the second of which induced a running clock with 9:14 remaining.
R – Stradford 45 int. return (Torres kick)
R – Gross 23 run (Torres kick)
R – Bost 5 run (Torres kick)
R – Raymond 5 run (Torres kick)
R – Raymond 29 pass from Bost (Torres kick)
RUSHING: R – Gross 22-254, Bost 8-45, Abdur-Rahman 5-38, Raymond 4-14, West 2-6, Marques 1-1, Stradford 1-0.GL – Jennings 12-38, Mahoney 2-6, Rhodes 1-3, Wills 5-(-11), Barone 1-(-11).
PASSING: R – Bost 2-8-0-36; GL – Wills 3-11-2-45, Mahoney 2-4-1-21.
RECEIVING: R – Raymond 1-29, Reyes 1-7; GL – Butler 2-29, Ragazzo 1-22, Jamolawicz 1-9, Jennings 1-5.