EAST BRUNSWICK — Just one week after seeing the third-longest winning streak in the state come to an end in a shocking loss, the Sayreville High School football team began a new streak on Friday, routing East Brunswick 42-0 behind a dominant rushing attack.
Senior halfback Deion Miller led the way with 14 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns and Myles Hartsfield rushed for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added a 77-yard punt return for a score to pace a Bombers attack that went for 400 total yards in the contest.
Nine different Sayreville players carried the ball at least once and in the second half, with the starters resting, Brandon Allende and Jarrod Henry did the heavy lifting, combining for 69 yards on the ground.
“I was very pleased with our overall team performance,” head coach George Najjar said. “We did a good job and we had a lot of fire and a lot of intensity. They played exactly how we wanted them to.”
Sayreville (1-1) didn’t attempt a pass in the game, with quarterback Malik Pressley out with an ankle injury.
“We didn’t want to throw the ball if we didn’t have to and we wanted to see how our running game was going and there was no reason to throw the ball tonight once we had success on the ground,” Najjar said.
Hartsfield got the Bombers on the board less than two minutes into the game, when he returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown, going untouched down the right sideline after the Sayreville defense forced a three-and-out to open the game. The junior lined up as a wildcat quarterback for a good number of snaps in the game and also operated out of the wing, but his punt return set up the team for a bounce-back victory after losing 35-19 to Old Bridge in Week 1.
“That gave us a big lift. It was a great way to start the game, we had a three-and-out and then he brought that back and gave us the lead and gave us the confidence we needed,” Najjar said.
East Brunswick (0-2) couldn’t do much at all with the football, going three-and-out three times in the game and accumulating just 128 yards on offense. Quarterback Kevin Hemmings led the Bears with 86 all-purpose yards, including a 46-yard run on an option keeper.
“Defense played very well; they played intense and they rallied to the football and that’s what we’re looking for,” Najjar said.
S – Hartsfield 77 punt return (Werb kick)
S – Miller 40 run (Werb kick)
S – Rodriguez 2 run (Werb kick)
S – Miller 1 run (Werb kick)
S – Hartsfield 24 run (Werb kick)
S – Hartsfield 2 run (Werb kick)
RUSHING: S –Miller 14-169, Hartsfield 12-130, Henry 3-35, Allende 5-34, Cenci 3-13, Crump 2-10, Rodriguez 3-7, Davis 1-3, Klein 1-minus 1; EB – Hemmings 5-70, Tomori 5-29, Gerhartz 13-14, Walker 1-minus 1.
PASSING: EB – Hemmings 3-10-16.
RECEIVING: EB – Werder 1-8, O’Sullivan 1-6, Mehkri 1-2.