Senior quarterback Tracy Fudge concluded his stellar career on a high note, connecting with favorite target Quaasim Glover on a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Woodbridge High School football team to a 28-14 victory over J.F. Kennedy on Thanksgiving Day.
The teams, who last met on Thanksgiving Day in 1993, renewed their holiday rivalry, which the township’s local public access channel broadcast live, allowing those who couldn’t make the contest to watch a stream of the game over the internet.
Going LIVE today at 10:30 with Turkey Bowl 2015 https://t.co/yHMtiiyXrX— TheWoodridgeChannels (@WoodbridgeTV) November 26, 2015
Woodbridge head coach Bill Nyers, a graduate of the high school, said the atmosphere at Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium reminded him of the “old days.”
“I saw little kids asking players for autographs,” Nyers said. “I haven’t seen that for years. There were a lot of alumni at the game. One (graduate) flew in from California. There were other people that came from out of state. It was everything we were hoping it would be. It was nostalgic.”
Running back Nate Lanier opened the scoring with the first of his two touchdown runs before Glover caught his first touchdown pass for a 12-0 lead with 6:57 left in the first quarter.
A penalty-aided drive that featured two pass interference calls led to a J.F. Kennedy touchdown as the Mustangs closed the deficit to 12-6 with 4:35 left in the opening half.
Woodbridge placekicker Harry Rutkowski, a junior who has already committed to the Rutgers University baseball program, rebuilt his team’s lead to 15-6 on a field goal with five minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Less than four minutes later, Lanier’s second touchdown run made the score 21-6.
The teams traded touchdowns in the final three minutes. Fudge’s second touchdown pass gave the Barrons a 28-6 lead with three minutes left, while the Mustangs answered with a scoring strike of their own with 2:13 remaining.
“I give them credit,” Nyers said of the Mustangs (1-9). “They played hard. They didn’t quit.”
Woodbridge, which qualified for the NJSIAA playoffs for a second consecutive year, finished with a 6-4 record that included a one-point loss to crosstown rival Colonia and a nine-point loss to South Plainfield.