The Seton Hall Prep Pirates take the field in the second half against the Columbia High School Cougars on Friday night. Credits: Adam Stiles
A Columbia defender dives for Seton Hall Prep junior Vincent Nisivoccia, who rushed for a large gain on this play in the third quarter on Friday night. Credits: Adam Stiles
Seton Hall Prep Hands Cougars 49-0 Loss
Saturday, October 19, 2013 • 1:02pm
MAPLEWOOD, NJ-- The Columbia Cougars were unable to snap their losing streak Friday against the formidable Seton Hall Prep Pirates. Their 49-0 defeat at Underhill Field has the Cougars searching for ways to respond.
The Pirates, a powerhouse of a team in the Super Essex Conference who improved to 5-1 on the night, looked comfortable from the outset. They used a variety of offensive weapons to build an early lead against the Cougars and never let up.
From the onset, Seton Hall outmatched and outplayed the Cougars. Showcasing the entire array of their offensive squad, the Pirates struck early and often. Sophomore quarterback Zach Keller threw for two first-half touchdowns as well as handing off to his running backs for three more.
Columbia’s offense was unable to generate any firepower to match the Pirate’s first-half success and took a 35-0 deficit into halftime.
The Cougars’ faithful stuck it out regardless of the score.
Freshman running back Kiambu Jones gave the die-hards something to cheer for. His determined running will be something that head coach Dave Curtin and the Cougar fans will look for in upcoming games.
The Cougars will have a tough test against another proven team as they host the West Orange Mountaineers (5-1) at Underhill Field Friday.
The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.