Ford, South Brunswick roll past Piscataway

Piscataway's Tajae Sharpe fumbles the ball as he is hit by South Brunswick's Chrisjon Summers, left, and Nicolas Botett. Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan

Piscataway’s Tajae Sharpe fumbles the ball as he is hit by South Brunswick’s Chrisjon Summers, left, and Nicolas Botett. Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan

MONMOUTH JCT. — With revenge on their minds, the South Brunswick High School football team mauled Piscataway 42-14, behind the legs of bruising fullback Dahrae Ford.

The senior, who came into the game as The Home News Tribune’s Player of the Week, rushed 25 times for 162 yards and four touchdowns, helping lead a reversal from last season’s matchup which Piscataway won 47-14.

Ford scored on runs of 1, 12, 2 and 1 yards.

“We knew that we lost against them last year and we knew we had to be on point this year and do everything right,” Ford said. “Just come out and play Viking football and we knew that if we played hard, we’d come out with the victory. Our line was awesome for us tonight.”

Amir Johnson scored on a pair of one-yard runs to cap the South Brunswick scoring, the second of which came at the end of a 16-play, 88-yard drive that took up 10:42, stretching from the third quarter to the fourth. Johnson ran for 109 yards and completed two of his three passes for 39 yards in the contest, but was complimentary of his teammates afterwards.

“I just have to make my reads and if I make the correct read, someone is going to be open and have a big hole,” he said.

The bright spot on the night for Piscataway was freshman tailback Elijah Barnwell, who carried the ball 19 times for 174 yards and a touchdown. But other than Barnwell, Piscataway couldn’t find enough players to step up and keep South Brunswick at bay. The Vikings scored the final 28 points after the score was tied 14-14.

“This is something we can do every week, of course,” Ford said. “They did it to us last year and we knew we wanted to come out and do the same thing to them.”

Tailback Dontae Strickland added 103 yards of offense for South Brunswick as they moved over .500 for the season. Strickland teamed with Ford and Johnson to create a three-headed monster out of the Vikings’ backfield, which is something they have been since Joe Goerge took over as head coach last season.

“We have a lot of good players in our backfield and it’s great to win a game like this,” Johnson said. “We had a good week in practice, prepared well and stuck it to them.”

 

Piscataway 6 8 0 0 14
South Brunswick 7 14 7 14 42

 

SCORING SUMMARY

P – Pierson 3 run (pass failed)

SB – Johnson 1 run (Olsson kick)

SB – Ford 1 run (Olsson kick)

P – Barnwell 2 run (Robertson pass from Strother)

SB – Ford 12 run (Olsson kick)

SB – Ford 2 run (Olsson kick)

SB – Johnson 1 run (Olsson kick)

SB – Ford 1 run (Olsson kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: P – Barnwell 19-174, Foat 4-14, Strother 1-3, Pierson 1-3, Robterson 1-minus 2; SB – Ford 25-162; Johnson 13-109, Strickland 10-66.

PASSING: P – Strother 6-18-83-1; SB – Johnson 2-3-37.

RECEIVING: P – Isijola 3-46, Eley 1-18, Bobbit 1-13, Pierson 1-1; SB – Strickland 2-37.

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