PARSIPPANY The Jefferson football team went into Parsippany and took care of business early and often. The Falcons provided a heavy dosage of junior running back Connor Brown, who carried Jefferson to a 34-21 win on Friday night.
Jefferson scored on its first drive after seven plays when quarterback Logan Holleritter took it into the end zone on a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line. After a missed extra point, the Falcons led 6-0.
From then on, it was all Brown.
Jefferson (3-2) began its second drive on Parsippany’s 35-yard line, and scored on the third play of the series. Brown took all three handoffs, and had carries of 5 and 16 yards before plunging it in from 14 yards out to put the Falcons up 13-0.
“We played really strong and we did everything we wanted to do,” head coach Joe Mattessich said. “Everything was working. Connor was running hard, we had great vision tonight. He’s only a junior and he’s only going to get better.”
On the Falcons’ next possession, Holleritter connected with Michael Agnes on a 5-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 20-0, with 11:06 remaining in the half. On the Red Hawks’ ensuing drive, there was a miscommunication resulting in a fumble, which Falcons linebacker Avery Sheruda picked up and ran down to Parsippany’s 3-yard line. Two plays later, Brown ran it up the middle and into the end zone giving the Falcons a 27-0 lead.
Brown’s final score came with 1:17 remaining in the first half, when he took a handoff and ran 25 yards, giving the Falcons a 34-0 lead. Brown finished with 19 carries for 135 yards and three touchdowns.
“Our offensive line did a really great job opening up holes for me,” Brown said. “We just pounded it. I can only thank the offensive line (for his performance).”
Parsippany (0-5) didn’t have much going offensively. The Red Hawks’ first first down of the game came with 11:06 remaining in the first half, but they turned the ball over on the very next play.
Parsippany scored all its touchdowns in the second half after Jefferson took out its starters. The first came on a 1-yard run by Nigel Feliz with 8:10 remaining in the game. On Jefferson’s ensuing drive, Red Hawks nose tackle Robert Hockey scooped up a loose fumble and took it 20 yards into the end zone. The final touchdown was a 10-yard run by quarterback Nick Zimmermann with 2:30 remaining in the game.
“We have a rough rest of the season,” Brown said. “We have Madison, Hackettstown, and Lenape Valley. We really have to prepare for them.”
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