Parson, defense carries North Brunswick to first victory

EDISON – North Brunswick got themselves in the win column in 2012 with a 33-21 victory over J.P. Stevens Friday night after forcing five turnovers and racking up 303 yards of offense. Tim Parson threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for another score, helping the Raiders emerge victoriously in front of a packed house on the campus of J.P. Stevens High School.

“Like I told my players at the end of the game, I couldn’t be more proud of them. We have an injury list that’s as long as you can imagine, and we’ve had guys who were down and we got beat up last week against Old Bridge,” North Brunswick Head Coach Mark Zielinski said. “There were a lot of things against us tonight, being on the road against a really difficult team, so we’re incredibly proud of our team.”

J.P. got on the board first one play into the game, when Jared Mincey bounced outside and rushed 33 yards to put the Hawks up 7-0 just 19 seconds in. The drive was set up by Chiebuka Chukwuneke’s long kickoff return.

But the Raiders answered back, going six plays and covering 62 yards to even the score. The final play of the drive was a perfectly thrown ball from Parson to Joe Manley in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard score.

On the ensuing series, J.P. Stevens quarterback Dario Brzozowski fumbled a snap and the Raiders pounced on it at the Hawks’ 46. Ten plays later, Ron Nazzaro bullied his way for a 2-yard touchdown, taking two defenders in with him.

Brzozowski’s rough night was only getting started, as on the Hawks’ next drive, he was intercepted by Joe Castellanos and the ball was returned all the way to the Hawks’ 5.

Parson hooked up with Jarai Wise for a touchdown on the very next play to push the lead up to 21-7.

The Raiders seemed to put the game out of reach when Jaylen Hobdy picked off Brzozowski and brought it back 53 yards for a touchdown two minutes later. Brzozowski finished the game 3-11 for 38 yards and four interceptions.

“I attribute the defensive effort to a bunch of guys that just continue to believe in what they’re doing. We have a lot of guys that took personal responsibility for themselves and we got back to work and improve on what we’re doing,” Zielinski said.

Chukwuneke continued his superb season with 118 yards and two more touchdowns, helping the Hawks get back into the game in the second half. But in the end, it wasn’t enough, as Parson added a late 1-yard touchdown run to seal the deal.

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