After suffering a deflating loss on Friday night, South Brunswick High School football will be looking to rebound from a disappointing performance.
Piscataway scored at least one touchdown in every quarter and went on to a 47-14 win at home over SBHS. The loss was the first of the season for the now 4-1 Vikings.
"Like I told the guys after the game, I'm pretty sure the sun will come up tomorrow," South Brunswick Coach Joe Goerge noted. "If the sun doesn't come up, this game will not really matter. Well, the sun came up."
South Brunswick began the second quarter down 13-0 and started a comeback, 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.
But Piscataway put the game out of reach scoring 27 unanswered points in the second half.
"It was them all the way," Goerge said. "We made plenty of mistakes, but they made us make those mistakes."
Both teams carried the ball 34 times in the game. Those carries produced 102 yards for South Brunswick, as Donte Strickland had the best game with 5 carries for 52 yards. But Piscataway managed 335 yards on its 34 carries, with an average of 9.9 yards a carry.
"They play with a real intensity," Goerge said. "They have really good backs. They have unbelievable breakaway speed."
South Brunswick will play two of the next three weeks at home, starting with a contest on Friday against JP Stevens.
"Now is the real test," Goerge said. "Can you rebound? The bottom line is we're 4-1 and in pretty good shape. We got Stevens now and it's a pretty big game. That's where are focus is now. We came out of the Piscataway game physically healthy. The question is can we get our minds in shape to play."
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.
"The sun came up and we'll get ready for our next game," Goerge said.
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