Saturday Morning Rewind Week 3
New Brunswick Memorial Stadium was christened last night as the Zebras raced to a 35-6 victory over a pesky Carteret team that looked to derail their debut on the new turf field in the Hub City. The home team may have hit a few speed bumps in the first quarter thanks to the visiting Ramblers that took a 6-0 lead on junior QB Angelo Golino’s 44-yard TD pass to a wide-open TE Justin Taylor down the middle of the field at about the 2:14 mark of the first quarter. The PAT was wide right giving the Ramblers their only lead of the night.
New Brunswick would get decent field position as Carteret was not about to kick deep to the talented Zebra kick returners led by Maurice Ffrench, the University of Pittsburgh 2016 commit. With a member of the Pitt coaching staff in attendance, Ffrench did not disappoint as he caught a 60-yard corner pass from junior QB Jah’bree Jefferys with 5 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Garcia PAT careened off the right upright evening the score at 6-6.
On their next series Carteret would get a huge run from their beast-mode FB Sam Kamara on a third and 9 from their own 23-yard line rumbling to the Zebra 33-yard line. After another inside handoff, Golino would fake an inside run left and keep the ball down inside the Zebra 10-yard line. The play was called back due to offensive holding thus crushing any hopes the Ramblers had of regaining the lead. Carteret would punt the ball back to New Brunswick.
The Zebras would get the ball at their 21-yard line and quickly move to their 45 after two Samad Davila runs. New Brunswick would then align in a Shotgun I formation with the neon clad Ffrench set 7 yards deep behind Jefferys. He would take the stretch left handoff and burst to the outside of FB Davila’s reach block accelerating like one of the many northbound trains that frequently pass by during the course of the game. Ffrench’s 55-yard TD jaunt and subsequent two-point jet sweep conversion made the score 14-6 at 8:03 in the second quarter.
Neither team could get much going on their next series as they went three and out and basically traded field position with both teams punting poorly. Carteret would not give up on the running game hoping to break one like the earlier Kamara and Golino runs. It was however a bit of trickery by the Rambler coaching staff that backfired as Ffrench, the defensive back, would intercept a halfback option pass returning it 30 yards to the Carteret 45-yard line.
It would then become the Samad Davila show as he barreled his way like a freight train for runs of 15, 9, 13, 2 and finally a 6-yard TD run at the 1:35 mark of the second quarter and a 21-6 Zebra lead.
Carteret would try the hurry up offense after recovering the Zebra squib kick at about their 38-yard line. A Kamara inside run would give the Ramblers a first down at midfield. After two incomplete Golino passes, he would be sacked on third down by New Brunswick’s DE German Pimental for a 10-yard loss. They would punt the ball back to the Zebras with about 50 seconds before the half.
The Zebras would slow themselves down after getting the ball back at their 45-yard line and a first down to Davila on a swing pass into Carteret territory. Jefferys would roll right under pressure and would heave a deep ball that was batted down. On that play, he was over the line of scrimmage, which moved the ball back on the penalty along with a loss of down. A quick screen to Ffrench was incomplete setting up a Zebra punt on fourth down with 5 seconds on the game clock. With Ffrench in punt formation, the ball sailed over his head and back to the 21-yard line. He hurried to pick up the ball while heading left to the Carteret sideline. He would then slam on the brakes before cutting it back right towards the home stands, where he then gunned it like an Acela Amtrak bullet train to the end zone for a spectacular 79-yard touchdown. The stadium clock would show zero and a 28-6 halftime lead for New Brunswick.
New Brunswick was to receive the second half kickoff but the Ramblers had other ideas as they executed a perfect onside kick in front of a disappointed Zebras bench. Carteret would get a quick first down by Ellington to the Zebra 38-yard line. The young Ramblers would however hurt themselves with another untimely penalty and turn the ball back over to New Brunswick.
Carteret would not give up easily as LB Justin Taylor reminded everyone in the stadium that the proud Ramblers would fight to the finish as he blasted into the Zebra backfield tackling Ffrench for a 4-yard loss on first down. The Zebras could not muster a first down and were forced to punt the ball back to Carteret which in turn would go three and out giving the Zebras the ball near midfield.
It would take New Brunswick one play to put this game away as FB Samad Davila took an inside run 49-yards for the score followed by Jeffrey Garcia’s extra point and a 35-6 Zebra lead with 5:52 in the third quarter. Carteret and New Brunswick would then start to play their reserves as the home team took its foot off the gas and improved to 3-0 on the young season for the first time since 2005.