Rahway runs to win with big 2nd half

Rahway runs to win with big 2nd half

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Rahway runs to win with big 2nd half

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ROSELLE

Give some credit to a young and unheralded Roselle defense for limiting Rahway’s formidable attack to a single touchdown in the first half of Saturday’s high school football game.

Rahway scored the first three times it had the ball in the second half and once when it didn’t to break open a close game and record a 34-7 victory over Roselle to bring a two-a game winning streak and a little momentum with it into next week’s playoffs.

“We’ve been a high seed, we’ve been a low seed, we just want to get in the playoffs and really try to make something happen,” Rahway coach Gary Mobley said. “That’s what we play for and we’re excited about the opportunity.”

Gabril Gross and Tyler West each ran for a pair of touchdowns for Rahway (6-2) and helped put the game away by combining for 162 rushing yards in the second half. Justin Hodges delivered the Indians’ fifth touchdown with a 14-yard fumble return that concluded the scoring midway through the fourth quarter.

Rahway fumbled the ball away on the game’s first play from scrimmage but its second possession yielded a 68-yard, 11-play drive that ended with a 1-yard dive by Gross, the game’s leading rusher with 160 yards on 22 carries.

Roselle (3-5) managed to tie the game after Khayri Hudeen picked off a Rahway pass and capped the ensuing 71-yard drive with a 1-yard sweep with 16 seconds left in the half.

If the momentum had shifted, Rahway hadn’t noticed.

“In the locker room we just kept our heads together and stayed focused,” West said. “The mood was to just keep fighting, keep pushing. We knew that if we stayed together it wouldn’t be any competition.”

West personally broke the game open by erupting up the middle for a 40-yard touchdown run on the second play of Rahway’s first series less than three minutes into the second half.

Rahway followed that with two sustained scoring drives and its defense helped put the game away by forcing turnovers on three of Roselle’s last four possessions.

The Indians enter the playoffs having yielded just seven points over the last eight quarters and Mobley was pleased with the defensive effort despite the fact that Roselle accumulated more yards of total offense, 319 to 290, and had two different quarterbacks throw for more than 100 yards.

“The only number that really matters is the amount of points at the end of the game,” Mobley said.

Rahway 7 0 14 13 34
Roselle 0 7 0 0 7

SCORING SUMMARY

RA – Gross 1 run (Torres kick)

RO – Hudeen 1 run (Viyodachli kick)

RA – West 40 run (Torres kick)

RA – West 3 run (Torres kick)

RA – Gross 1 run (Torres kick)

RA – Hodges 14 fumble return (kick blocked)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: RA – Gross 22-160, West 5-72, Raymond 5-25, Stradford 2-13, Bost 4-(-4); RO – Hudeen 10-35, Canady 5-24, Crutchfield-Davis 12-19, McRae 5-18, Colin 1-1, Valeus 2-(-4).

PASSING: RA – Bost 3-5-1-24; RO – McRae 8-17-2-124, Crutchfield-Davis 6-14-0-102

RECEIVING: RA – Stradford 2-27, Raymond 1-(-3); RO – Hudeen 6-86, Athis 4-73, Charles 1-43, McRae 1-18, Canady 1-4, Crutchfield-Davis 1-2.

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