Cougars’ Versatility Grounds Voorhees Footballers, 42-7

The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES
Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Cougars’ Versatility Grounds
Voorhees Footballers, 42-7
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Rabid defensive tactics and proof
of a very versatile offensive arsenal
catapulted the Cranford High School
football team way over the Voorhees
Vikings, 42-7, in a battle of the unbeaten at Memorial Field in Cranford
on October 10.
The 4-1 Vikings appeared to be
keying on quarterback Jack Schetelich
and receiver Luke Christiano, but they
quickly found out that there more
than just two offensive threats. Despite, Schetelich (23 rushes, 58 yards)
had touchdown (TD) runs of two yards
and six yards. He also completed
eight of 10 passes for 171 yards and
a pair of TDs. Christiano, who rushed
six times for 31 yards, had two recep-
tions for 77 yards, including a 31yard TD grab.
What the Vikings did not expect
was the exploits of running back
Donavin Walker and the leg of Joe
Norton. Walker, who carried seven
times for 71 yards, got the opportunity to run the pass route that
Christiano had been so familiar with
and pulled off a 50-yard touchdown
The Cougars’ defense pressured
Viking quarterback Charlie
Rodenberger and limited him to 26
rushing yards in the first half and
another 51 in the second half. He
managed only to complete one pass
for 23 yards. The Vikings totaled only
140 yards rushing on 31 carries. Defensive back Kevin Trotter (2 tackles,
8 assisted), linebacker Niko Cappello
(tackle, 7 assisted, sack) and lineman
Nick Ballas (4 tackles, 2 assisted,
sack) were all over Rodenberger. Jake
Matthews, Mike Palumbo, Brian
McGovern, Ethan Toms and Colin
Scanlon also made their presence well
“It’s really the whole team. Everyone had their own time to take a shot.
Everyone had their chance to get that
kid,” Trotter said of Rodenberger.
“The Rodenberger kid is an outstanding athlete. You watch him on
film you hold your breath, because
every time he gets it, it looks like he
can score. We didn’t stop him because he broke a few runs, but we
were able to contain him for the most
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BRINGING DOWN A TIGER...Raider defensive lineman Rashaad Perry, No. 50, brings down Linden running back Kyle
Phipps as Raiders Ed DePaola, No. 75, Giancarlo Lorusso, No. 52, and Kobe White, No. 9, close in for the kill.
Tigers’ Late Touchdown Stuns
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PRODUCTIVE EVENING...Cougar running back Donavin Walker, No. 36, had a 50-yard touchdown pass reception and
carried seven times for 71 yards against the Voorhees Vikings in Cranford on October 10, Cranford also won big, 42-7.
Upset was in the air with the hosting Scotch Plains-Fanwood High
School football Raiders, who jumped
to a 14-0 lead in the third quarter, but
a late surge and a successful fake punt
resulting in a 40-yard touchdown play
awarded the 5-0 Linden Tigers a 2014 victory on October 11.
From the start, the 2-3 Raiders
stopped Linden with consecutive
three-and-out series led by linebacker
Kevin Maxwell (8 tackles, sack),
Rashaad Perry (5 tackles, sack) and
Andrew Ciccarino (10 tackles).
The Raiders and running back
Emendo Thomas, who rushed 23
times for 174 yards, with effective
blocking from fullback Maxwell,
marched deep into Tiger turf until
they were denied advancement on a
fourth-and-1 at the 10 yard line.
Early in the second quarter, Linden
threatened when quarterback Juwan
Dolbrice connected on a 24 yard dart
throw to wide receiver Tymir Hinton,
but the Raiders then shut them down
with linebacker Thomas making some
crucial stops.
“Emendo is a tremendous athlete
and a tremendous competitor and he
is now our outside linebacker too. We
started him slow, he had a knee injury
over the summer, and each game he
has done a little more for us. He is a
warrior and he works hard.” said SPF
Head Coach Jon Stack.
The Raiders’ first scoring drive was
ignited by a critical third-and-9 conversion with a perfect throw from
quarterback Marques Taylor (4-for9, 21 yards) to wide receiver Cameron
Smith. Thomas added a 30 yard gain.
Thomas then angled to the outside,
eluding a Linden defender and cruised
into the end zone untouched for touchdown with 6:26 left in the half. The
PAT was successful.
The Raiders defense, led by a great
play from defensive end Ryan Jensen
(5 tackles, 3 sacks), stuffed Hinton
for a loss and registered another threeand-out.
Linden, however, put together another drive with Dolbrice connecting
on two throws and driving to the Raider
22. Lineman Rashaad Perry answered
with a five-yard throw for a loss. Jordan Jones broke up a long pass in the
end zone then a few plays later, Linden
was forced to punt and the Raiders ran
the ball until time ran out.
On the first series of the second
half, Thomas had a 40-yard run but
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