The New Jersey Transit railroad tracks that run parallel to New Brunswick High School’s refurbished Memorial Stadium provided a fitting backdrop as the Zebras christened their new turf field with a 35-6 victory over Carteret on Friday night.
MyCentralJersey.com football analyst Marcus Borden has appropriately dubbed New Brunswick’s vaunted rushing combination of Maurice Ffrench and Samad Davila as the Acela Express and the Freight Train, respectively, although the latter can certainly run with the speed of his backfield mate.
The duo combined for 266 yards on the ground as the Zebras improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2005.
New Brunswick has already equaled its victory total of last season when it finished 3-7 to win more games in 2014 than it did in the previous four seasons combined during which the Zebras posted a 2-36 record.
The Zebras and Colonia sit atop the Greater Middlesex Conference White Division with identical 3-0 records with Woodbridge (3-0 overall, 2-0 division) trailing by a single game.
Ffrench, who committed to the University of Pittsburgh earlier this year, had a 60-yard touchdown reception, a 55-yard touchdown run and scampered 79 yards for another score out of punt formation after the snap sailed over his head.
He also intercepted a halfback option pass to set up one of Davila’s two touchdown runs.
Rahway, Russo earn first win
Former Woodbridge head coach Brian Russo, now in his first year at Rahway, recorded his first victory with the Indians, who held on for a 20-14 win over previously undefeated Hillside on Saturday.
Freshman running back Zion Pendleton had a 42-yard touchdown run and helped seal the win with a late fourth-quarter interception. Teammate T.J. Anderson contributed two scoring runs to the victory.
Quarterback Jakir Robinson, who turned 14 last week, had another quality game running the offense. The freshman threw his first career touchdown pass the previous week for Rahway (1-2).
Placekicker Michael Stalenyj booted a single-game school record three field goals in Piscataway’s 37-6 victory over Edison on Friday night. Stalenyj split the uprights on kicks of 40, 35 and 22 yards.
In a season-opening win over East Brunswick, Marcel Mason set a school record with a 91-yard punt return in a 42-7 victory over East Brunswick.
For the third week in a row, Colonia overcame a slow start, this time rallying for a 26-15 victory over Perth Amboy on Friday night.
The Patriots (3-0), who have been outscored 18-12 in the opening quarter of their first three games combined, have gone on to outscore the opposition 84-33 over the final three quarters of their three victories.
Colonia rallied from deficits of 12-0 against Bishop Ahr, 6-0 against J.F. Kennedy and snapped a 7-7 third quarter deadlock with Perth Amboy.
“It’s been turnovers, it’s been penalties and I just think our inexperience,” Colonia head coach Tom Roarty said of the Patriots being slow starters.
East Brunswick received a complete team effort in its 16-14 win over North Brunswick on Friday night.
Anthony Torres paced the defense, recording nine tackles including one for a loss on a two-point conversion attempt that sealed the win. Torres also had two passes defended and caught an 18-yard scoring strike.
Running back Kyle Wiggins did not find the end zone, but he led all rushers with 126 yards on 22 carries. He also recorded seven tackles and had a pass defended.
GMC FOOTBALL TOP 10
1. Piscataway (3-0): Elijah Barnwell rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs rolled to a 37-6 victory over Edison. Next: Bye.
2. South Brunswick (2-1): Josh Liao completed 9 of 18 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown to help the Vikings defeat Old Bridge 20-9. Next: Sayreville, Friday, 7 p.m.
3. Old Bridge (2-1): Jake Esposito had an 82-yard touchdown run and Artur Sitkowski passed for 127 yards in a 20-9 loss to South Brunswick. Next: At J.P. Stevens, Friday, 7 p.m.
4. Woodbridge (3-0): Quaasim Glover returned an interception for a score and had a 70-yard touchdown catch, while Keshaun Henry returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown and also broke off a 50-yard scoring run in a 41-13 victory over Colts Neck. Next: At Perth Amboy, Friday, 7 p.m.
5. Colonia (3-0): Bashir Lauderdale carried 35 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns, while Chase Barneys completed 11 of 17 passes for 146 yards and a score in a 26-15 win over Perth Amboy. Next: At Carteret, Friday, 7 p.m.
6. New Brunswick (3-0): Maurice Ffrench and Samad Davila had three and two touchdowns, respectively, as the Zebras rolled to a 35-6 victory over Carteret. Next: At Bishop Ahr, Friday, 7 p.m.
7. Sayreville (2-1): Michael Liberti had touchdown runs of 23 and 8 yards, while quarterback Jayson DeMild scored on a 1-yard keeper in a 47-27 loss to defending Central Group V champion Manalapan. Next: At South Brunswick, Friday, 7 p.m.
8. South Plainfield (2-1): Pat Waldrop rushed for a touchdown and passed for another, while Jason Lee had a 17-yard scoring jaunt in a 21-7 victory over J.F. Kennedy. Next: Bye.
9. East Brunswick (1-1): Quarterback Brendan Kennedy returned from an injury to throw for a score and run for another, while Kyle Wiggins rushed for 117 yards on 22 carries in a 16-14 win over North Brunswick. Next: At Edison, Friday, 7 p.m.
10. Middlesex (3-0): John Kressbach, making his first start, rushed for a career-high 110 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a 26-18 win over South River. Next: At Asbury Park, Friday, 6 p.m.
WEEK 3 GMC FOOTBALL RESULTS
Point Pleasant Boro 14, Bishop Ahr 6
New Brunswick 35, Carteret 6
Woodbridge 41, Colts Neck 13
Piscataway 37, Edison 6
South Plainfield 21, J.F. Kennedy 7
Monroe 47, J.P. Stevens 7
Manalapan 47, Sayreville 27
Metuchen 42, Dunellen 7
East Brunswick 16, North Brunswick 14
Colonia 26, Perth Amboy 15
South Brunswick 20, Old Bridge 9
Spotswood 54, Highland Park 28
Middlesex 26, South River 18
WEEK 4 GMC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Friday, Oct. 2
Middlesex at Asbury Park, 6 p.m.
Colonia at Carteret, 7 p.m.
Dunellen at Shore Regional, 7 p.m.
East Brunswick at Edison, 7 p.m.
Monroe at North Brunswick, 7 p.m.
New Brunswick at Bishop Ahr, 7 p.m.
Old Bridge at J.P. Stevens, 7 p.m.
Sayreville at South Brunswick, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph at J.F. Kennedy, 7 p.m.
Woodbridge at Perth Amboy, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3
Keansburg at South River, 1 p.m.
Keyport at Metuchen, 1 p.m.
Point Pleasant Beach at Spotswood, 1 p.m.
GMC FOOTBALL DIVISION STANDINGS
(overall record in parenthesis)
Piscataway (3-0) 3-0
Sayreville (2-1) 2-0
South Brunswick (2-1) 2-0
East Brunswick (1-1) 1-1
Edison (1-2) 1-2
Monroe (1-2) 1-2
J.P. Stevens (0-3) 0-3
North Brunswick (0-3) 0-3
Colonia (3-0) 3-0
New Brunswick (3-0) 3-0
Woodbridge (3-0) 2-0
South Plainfield (2-1) 2-1
Perth Amboy (0-2) 0-1
St. Joseph (0-2) 0-1
Carteret (0-3) 0-2
Bishop Ahr (0-3) 0-2
J.F. Kennedy (0-3) 0-3
Metuchen (2-1) 2-0
Middlesex (3-0) 2-0
Spotswood (2-1) 2-0
South River (0-3) 0-2
Dunellen (0-2) 0-2
Highland Park (1-2) 0-2
Staff writer Greg Tufaro: email@example.com