EDISON — Phil Campbell rushed for 105 yards and scored three first-half touchdowns as the South Brunswick High School football team rolled past Edison 43-14 on Friday night for its sixth straight victory.
With the win, the Vikings (6-1) did their part to set up a winner-take-all showdown with Piscataway next Friday for the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division title. The two teams will play in Monmouth Junction, with South Brunswick having won three of the last five head-to-head matchups, including the last two by a combined score of 56-21.
“We know last year’s game was low-scoring and it’s a dogfight with (Piscataway) and I think these guys know that and we’ll get to work tomorrow and it’s always going to be a battle,” South Brunswick head coach Joe Goerge said. “It’s going for the division, so we have some extra to go for.”
Mohamed Jabbie got the Vikings off to a fast start, returning the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and the visitors were off and running from there, scoring the game’s first 28 points in the first 10 minutes of the opening stanza.
“It’s always a challenge to stay focused on this game and not look ahead, but we started well with the opening kickoff and that helps,” Goerge said. “We scored on defense too and obviously offense, and these guys have been able to stay focused on what’s at hand.”
Campbell scored twice in the first quarter, from nine and then 30 yards, as South Brunswick built a 20-0 advantage. Two plays after Campbell’s second touchdown, Wendell Allen picked off Edison quarterback Haaziq Daniels and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown, putting the Vikings up 28-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Elijah Davila gave Edison a boost, returning the boot 85 yards for a score, eluding South Brunswick defenders up the far sideline to put the Eagles on the board.
But South Brunswick quickly answered, as quarterback Josh Liao hit Jaier Garrett for a 46-yard, catch-and-run touchdown six plays later and the Vikings capped the scoring in the opening 24 minutes with Campbell’s third score of the half, rushing in from four yards out to cap an 11-play, 66-yard drive that took nearly eight minutes off of the game clock.
The Vikings did not score in the second half, with reserves taking some snaps and the game clock running until Edison’s James Stewart rushed 82 yards for a touchdown with 7:05 left. But Goerge was happy with how his squad remained focused and took care of business before the big showdown next week.
“We didn’t let any of that thinking get in our heads and we have some really good seniors that help with that. It’s a senior-laden team and their leadership is great,” he said.
Since Sayreville scored the game’s first touchdown against South Brunswick on Oct. 2, the Vikings have responded by outscoring the Bombers, East Brunswick, Monroe and Edison 158-27.
Stewart finished with 133 yards on 13 carries for Edison (2-4), including his long touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Eagles couldn’t get Daniels going, as he finished 3-9 for 36 yards and was intercepted once.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK (6-1) 28-15-0-0-43
EDISON (2-4) 7-0-0-7-14
SB – Jabbie 80 kickoff return (kick failed)
SB – Campbell 9 run (pass failed)
SB – Campbell 30 run (Liao pass to Shorter)
SB – Allen 46 interception return (Campbell run)
E – Davila 85 kickoff return (Kurtyan kick)
SB – Garrett 46 pass from Liao (Campbell run)
SB – Campbell 4 run (Fethe kick)
E – Stewart 82 run (Kurtyan kick)
Passing – SB: Liao 3-5-63; E: Daniels 3-9-36-1.
Rushing – SB: Campbell 13-105, Allen 6-73, Olivacce 1-23, Cerminaro 3-14, Lawson 6-11, Weiss 2-8, Quinones 2-8, Garrett 1-4, Labos 1-1, Donaldson 1-1, Jabbie 1-0, Liao 1-minus 3; E: Stewart 13-133, Daniels 3-10, Davila 1-7, Kurtyan 1-minus 1.
Receiving – SB: Garrett 1-46, Allen 1-13, Shorter 1-4; E: Davila 2-21, Turner 1-15.