MONROE — A week after being grounded in a driving rainstorm against South Brunswick, the Sayreville High School football team rebounded in a big way. Led by quarterback Jayson Demild, the Bombers ended a two-game losing skid, defeating Monroe 41-13 on Friday night at Hugh P. Walsh Stadium.
The victory gave Sayreville head coach Chris Beagan a win in his return to the school he had been at the helm of for the previous 11 seasons. Beagan, who went 39-33 as Monroe’s lead man, left to take over the Sayreville program before the season and received the game ball from his players following the win.
“I’m just really happy for our kids. We’ve worked really hard and we ran into two very tough teams the last two weeks, and we didn’t do enough good things to win,” Beagan said. “I’m just proud of my kids for sticking with it through two pretty tough weeks; they executed out here tonight against a pretty good team and coaching staff I know well and respect.”
Beagan was 0-5 as Monroe’s head coach against Sayreville (3-2), including an epic 35-34 contest in the Central Group V opening round in 2013, just one week after the Bombers blew out Monroe 56-26.
Demild finished 5 of 7 passing for 119 yards and a touchdown while adding a pair of rushing touchdowns to pace the Sayreville offense in a game which it was up by 35 until a late Monroe (2-3) touchdown.
Michael Liberti hammered out 129 yards on just nine carries for the Bombers and Coray Williams caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Demild and had 25 yards through the air, while running for 54 yards on four carries.
“We want to be balanced and we want to take what the other team gives us,” Beagan said. “We just really got off to a faster start this week and we did a better job on our special teams. It was a good night.”
The Bombers led 20-6 at the half, after holding Monroe to just a pair of field goals in the opening half.
Just 56 seconds after Josh Wood drilled a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter to open the scoring for Monroe, Liberti capped a three-play drive with a 28-yard touchdown romp, one play after Williams rushed for 43 yards to put the Bombers in scoring position.
On the ensuing possession, the Falcons got one first down before punting and Demild capped a five-play scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge, two plays after he hit Tristan Behr for a 53-yard catch-and-run to put Sayreville into the red zone.
Wood made his second field goal of the opening half, a 19-yarder after Monroe’s offense stalled inside of the Sayreville five-yard line. Carlton Coleman rushed five times on the drive for 43 yards, but the Falcons couldn’t punch it in for a touchdown.
“I thought that some of Monroe’s points were due to poor field position that our special teams put us in, but I thought our defense did a great job,” Beagan said. “Monroe has a really good kicker and I thought our guys did a really nice job on their offense tonight.”
Coleman finished with 120 yards on 17 carries and added a 10-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Matt Van de Sande late in the fourth quarter.
Van de Sande struggled all night against the Sayreville defense, going just 4-17 passing for 23 yards and a touchdown, but he tossed a pair of interceptions and finished with eight yards rushing on nine carries.
SAYREVILLE (3-2) 14-6-15-6-41
MONROE (2-3) 3-3-0-7-13
M – Wood 26 field goal
S – Liberti 28 run (Pinho kick)
S – Demild 1 run (Pinho kick)
M – Wood 19 field goal
S – Williams 19 pass from Demild (pass failed)
S – Roberts 11 run (Pinho kick)
S – Van de Sande sacked in end zone
S – Demild 4 run (kick blocked)
S – Thomas 10 run (kick failed)
M – Coleman 10 pass from Van de Sande (Wood kick)
Passing – S: Demild 5-7-119, Willie 1-1-17; M: Van de Sande 4-17-23-2.
Rushing – S: Liberti 9-129, Williams 4-54, Roberts 5-41, Carter 1-34, Thomas 3-17, Demild 4-5, Cruz 1-2, Ortiz 1-minus 2; M: Coleman 17-120, Miller 2-15, Van de Sande 9-8, Santiago 1-5, Lavan 1-2, Trainer 1-1.
Receiving – S: Behr 2-69, Williams 2-25, Germann 1-17; M: Shipp 1-18, Coleman 1-10, Santiago 2-minus 5.