Faced with a 14-7 deficit and several sloppy offensive plays, the South Plainfield offense dusted itself off and let out a flurry of points.
Quarterback Kyle Moroney threw four touchdown passes as the Tigers erupted for 27 consecutive points over the second and third quarters in a 40-21 victory over Woodbridge Friday night.
The win puts South Plainfield at 3-0 for the first time in 31 years.
The Tigers used a mix of Moroney’s arm (10 of 18 for 251 yards) and running back Roemello Monroe’s legs (120 yards rushing, 2 TDs) to overpower Woodbridge with several huge gainers.
Woodbridge (2-2) appeared to be in control early, converting a forced fumble and touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Zahneer Shuler into a one-score lead. To add to South Plainfield’s problems, Moroney was wrapped up for a 6-yard loss on a sack. But the Tigers’ fortunes changed on the ensuing play. Moroney had only seconds to unload a pass to Kyle Dickerson that evolved into an 80-yard touchdown to put South Plainfield within one point at 14-13.
South Plainfield linebacker John Chillemi used a leg tackle to force Woodbridge into a turnover on downs on the Barrons’ next offensive series and once again South Plainfield used its quick-strike attack for its second lead of the contest. Monroe went 65 yards and outraced the Woodbridge defense for a 19-14 Tigers advantage with 6:54 left in the first half.
“We started to get our momentum going and just started running our offense the way we know we can do it,” Moroney said.
For South Plainfield, this marks the third straight game that they piled up at least 33 points in a game.
“We’re trying to start our own history here,” South Plainfield coach Gary Cassio said on his record-breaking start. “I’m excited about our start but we’re taking it one game at a time.”
Even when one of his top targets (Jason Lee) went down with an injury, Moroney was able to locate varsity newcomer Trey Martinez, who had three catches for 114 yards and a touchdown.
“It’s a great feeling to start off like this,” Moroney said. “We’re going to continue putting up good numbers and keep doing this.”
Jared Agee had two interceptions to guide the Tigers defense, while Ian Maina had a game-high 151 yards rushing for Woodbridge.
S-Lee 11 pass from Moroney (Garcia kick)
W-Martin 34 pass from Shuler (Thomas kick)
W-Shuler 1 run (Thomas kick)
S-Dickerson 80 pass from Moroney (kick failed)
S-Monroe 65 run (kick failed)
S-Dickerson 3 pass from Moroney (Monroe run)
S-Martinez 19 pass from Moroney (Garcia kick)
W-Maina 16 run (Thomas kick)
S-Monroe 8 run (pass failed)
RUSHING: W-Maina 21-151, Shuler 13-60, Muzzio 4-9, Rayborn 3-9; S-Monroe 14-120, Waldrop 2-10, Moroney 3-(-10), Gonzalez 2-(-2), Cone 2-(-6), Agee 1-4.
PASSING: W-Shuler 6-15-2-93; S-Moroney 10-18-0-251.
RECEIVING: W-Lanier 2-45, Smith 2-12, Martin 1-34, Muzzio 1-2; S-Martinez 3-114, Monroe 3-37, Dickerson 2-84, Lee 2-16.