The South Brunswick High football team has had great starts and dramatic finishes during the first four games of this season.
The rushing attack of Piscataway made sure neither would happen on Friday night.
Piscataway scored at least one touchdown in every quarter and went on to a 47-14 win at home over South Brunswick. The loss was the first of the season for the now 4-1 Vikings.
Two rushing touchdowns by Piscataway were the only scores in a first quarter that ended with South Brunswick down 13-0.
South Brunswick started a comeback in the second quarter, closing the deficit to 20-14 by halftime.
Tj Perkowski connected on a 2-yard pass to Dion Hooper for the first score. Then, after Piscataway built its advantage to 20-7, Perkowski threw another touchdown pass. The second score was 11 yards to TJ Taylor.
Any hopes of a further comeback were ended when Piscataway scored 27 unanswered points in the second half.
The big difference in the game was Piscataway's ability to continuously game yardage on the ground.
Both teams carried the ball 34 times in the game. Those carries produced 102 yards for South Brunswick. Donte Strickland had the best game with 5 carries for 52 yards.
Piscataway managed 335 yards on its 34 carries. That averages out to 9.9 yards a carry. That is almost an average of a first down on every carry.
South Brunswick tried its luck in the air, with Perkowski completing 12 of 28 passes for 182. He was also picked off twice.
Taylor caught 4 passes for 40 yards. Strickland had two catches for 88 yards. Dahrae Ford had two catches for 28 yards. Yusef Harrison also had two completions. Matt Golden and Dion Hooper also caught a pass.
Alex Berkuta led South Brunswick on defense with five tackles. Brian Lee had 3 Dion Hooper 2.5, and Strickland, Dylan Olsson and Ken Drost had 2 each.
South Brunswick will play two of the next three weeks at home, starting with a contest on Friday against JP Stevens.
South Brunswick will be at Middletown North on Oct. 19, but will be back home on the 26th to face Sayreville. That night will also feature the retirement of the jersey number formerly worn by current NFL player Mohamed Sanu, who was once a standout at South Brunswick.
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