For the second week in a row, the South Brunswick High School football team built an early lead and held on for a victory.
With its 27-21 win over Old Bridge on Friday night, South Brunswick improves to 3-0.
South Brunswick has not only gotten off to a quick start on the season, it's had a great surge in the first half in each of its first three games.
At one point, South Brunswick had a lead of 28-0 in its opener against East Brunswick and 28-3 in its game against Monroe. On Friday, South Brunswick built an early 21-0 advantage.
It would need those points.
Dahrae Ford provided a lot of the offense and finished with all four of South Brunswick's touchdowns. Ford had three on the ground and another on a 12-yard pass from TJ Perkowski.
South Brunswick and Ford were particularly productive in the second quarters, scoring three times to build a 21-0 lead. Ford scored on runs of 2 and 15 yards. Ford also caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from TJ Perkowski.
Ford's third touchdown put South Brunswick up 21-0 with 2:43 to go in the half. However, Old Bridge answered with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Vincent Gargano to Dan Grillo with just 31 seconds left in the second quarter.
Old Bridge continued its comeback with a score in the third quarter. This was matched by an 11-yard touchdown run by Ford and a 27-21 South Brunswick lead.
Old Bridge cut the deficit to 27-21 with 6:40 to play. As was the case against Monroe last week, however, South Brunswick got the defensive stop it really needed.
South Brunswick also added the defense by controlling the ball. Ford finished the game with 103 yards on 18 carries. Perkowski was also picking up valuable yards on the ground, gaining 51 yards on 9 carries.
In the air, Perkowski completed 10 of 15 passes for 179 yards. Five of those passes were caught by TJ Taylor, who picked up 137 yards receiving. Taylor also added 25 yards on a run.
Alex Bercutta led South Brunswick on defense with 7 tackles. Dion Hooper and Donte Strickland both had four tackles, Brian Lee had 3.5 tackles and Ken Drost added 3 tackles.
South Brunswick will take its perfect record to Edison on Friday. Once again, the Vikings will be trying to add to their great start on the season by getting off to quick start against Edison.
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