For the first time this season, the South Brunswick High School football team was trailing at halftime.
Fortunately, for the fourth time this year, South Brunswick was leading at the end of the second half.
Dion Hooper, TJ Taylor and TJ Perkowski all scored touchowns, helping South Brunswick rally for a 37-14 win at Edison on Friday night.
In its first three games, South Brunswick had started with great first halves. Two of those games would turn into very competitive contents. So, when South Brunswick was the team trailing at halftime, it offered up a unique challenge for the team.
South Brunswick responded.
Down 14-13 to begin the second half, Dylan Olsson gave South Brunswick a lead it would never surrender with a 19-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Before the third quarter ended, Olsson added two more points. Those were extra points following touchdowns by Hooper and Taylor.
Taylor's score came on a 70-yard interception return, he then finished the scoring in a productive quarter that gave South Brunswick a 30-14 advantage.
Hooper scored on 46-yard pass from Perkowski, which was just one of two passes South Brunswick completed all night. The Vikings only attempted seven passes because they were doing such a good job running the ball.
South Brunswick had 276 yards rushing as team. Perkowski carried the ball 12 times for 117 of those yards, which included a 63-yard score early in the first quarter.
Hooper carried the ball six times for 73 yards. In addition to his receiving touchdown, Hooper also had a two-point conversion on the ground. He gave SBHS a 13-7 lead with a 34-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Hooper also had a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Much like South Brunswick, Edison was also able to move the ball effectively. South Brunswick had 347 total yards, just 22 more than Edison's 325. Edison also controlled the ball for more time than South Brunswick. The difference in the game was turnovers.
Alex Berkuta, Austin Morse and Matthew Golden all had fumble recoveries for the Vikings. And in addition to the interception returned for a touchdown by Taylor, Olsson also picked off a pass.
Donte Strickland and Rashaan Baker turned in solid defensive games with six tackles each. Hooper added 4.5 tackles, Taylor 4 tackles, Berkuta 3.5 and Olsson 3.
SBHS will be looking to improve to 5-0 as it plays Piscataway on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. South Brunswick will be back home to face JP Stevens under the lights on Oct. 12.
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