South Plainfield Beats Bishop Ahr, 18-17, on Garcia's Last-Second FG
Saturday, October 12, 2013 • 1:00am
EDISON, NJ – South Plainfield’s John Garcia kicked the game winning field goal with 0.2 seconds left on the clock to lift South Plainfield over Bishop Ahr, 18-17. The victory against rival Bishop Ahr puts the South Plainfield Tigers in firm control of the White Division and improves South Plainfield’s record to 4-0 on the season. It is the first time South Plainfield has been 4-0 in nearly half a century.
From the very start of the game, both teams fought back and forth, not allowing each other to break away. After a scoreless first quarter Bishop Ahr got on the board first with a 41 yard touchdown run by Tim Howard. The kick failed, but Bishop Ahr led 6-0.
After struggling in their first few possessions, the Tigers were able to get on the board behind the hard running of Romello Monroe. After Howard’s touchdown run, the Tigers’ Monroe helped drive the Tigers to the Bishop Ahr goal line, allowing Kyle Moroney to score on a quarterback sneak. The touchdown and extra point would give South Plainfield a short lived 7-6 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff South Plainfield’s defense continued to struggle. Tim Howard would once again break off a 49 yard touchdown run to put Bishop Ahr 14-7 at half.
In the third quarter both teams relied on strong defensive play. Despite having a couple productive drives, the Tigers were not able to solve Bishop Ahr’s aggressive defense. This included a 4th and goal stop on the Bishop Ahr goal line. South Plainfield had taken the opening kickoff of the third quarter and after a 40 yard run by Roemello Monroe, South Plainfield had the ball first and goal from the nine. A Monroe eight yard run brought the ball to Bishop Ahr’s one yard line, but Bishop Ahrs defense would stuff consecutive runs to take the ball back on downs.
After a scoreless 3rd quarter South Plainfield retook the lead at the nine minute mark of the 4th quarter. Once again, South Plainfield turned to Monroe for a spark. Monroe broke off a 68 yard touchdown run to put South Plainfield back on the board. Monroe would end the game with 190 yards on the ground. Monroe’s touchdown run capped a 92 yard Tigers scoring drive. Following the touchdown run, the Tigers were able to convert on a two point conversion when Kyle Moroney connected with Jason Lee on a perfectly executed play action pass.
Despite the momentum, the Tigers were not able to stop Bishop Ahr. Bishop Ahr responded with an impressive drive that ended with a field goal and left the tigers down 17-15 with 3:45 left in the game. With their backs against the wall, the Tigers looked to Moroney to lead one last drive. After executing a crucial 4th down, Moroney completed a pass to Jason Lee to put the Tigers 1st and goal, with under a minute left in the game.
After failing on two run plays, the Tigers where left with 5 seconds, and a chance at a last second field goal. Behind the leg John Garcia, the Tigers were able to execute the field goal, giving the Tigers an 18-17 victory. Here is how the play looked:
When asked about the game, Coach Cassio stated, “it’s great to be 4-0, we didn’t play our best game, but found a way to win against a very good Bishop Ahr team. I’m very proud of how the team responded to adversity.” South Plainfield running back Roemello Monroe said “this was a tough game, and a nice one to win. This is the first time any of us seniors have beaten Bishop Ahr. South Plainfield kicker John Garcia had this to say about his winning kick:
Coach Cassio said the season is far from over, and the team still has to work hard to complete all of their goals.” The Tigers will look to continue there perfect season against Colonia next week in the Tigers second home game of the year.