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South Brunswick High School football will look to recapture their winning ways against J.P. Stevens Friday night.

After suffering their first loss of the season at Piscataway last week, South Brunswick High School football is hoping some home cooking is just what they need to shake off a tough defeat.

Piscataway scored at least one touchdown in every quarter and went on to a 47-14 win over the 4-1 Vikings. 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.

"Now is the real test," said SBHS Head Coach Joseph Goerge. "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 play two of the next three weeks at home, starting with the contest on Friday against J.P. Stevens. 

The Hawks are 1-3 this year and share one common opponent with SBHS, the same Piscataway team that ended the Vikings' hopes for an undefeated season. J.P. Stevens fared even worse in that game, getting crushed by Piscataway 62-19.

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 action kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. at SBHS, located at 750 Ridge Road in Monmouth Junction.

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