St. Joes RB Matt Olivo tries to elude South Plainfield tackler Sean Cullen. Olivo would rush for 336 yards and three scores. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
South Plainfield wide receiver Kyle Dickerson hauls in pass from Kyle Moroney. Dickerson would have over 100 yards receiving in the game. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
South Plainfield wide receiver Robert Eggert running in first half action against st. Joes. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
St. Joes kicker Mike Cintron just gets punt off as South Plainfield's Jared Agee and Brandon Ince just miss their block attempt. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
South Plainfield QB Kyle Moroney surveys the field as center Brian Schillaci keeps him safe in the pocket. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
St. Joes QB Breein Tyree scrambling to elude South Plainfield's Malik Cisson. Credits: Lenny Schillaci
St. Joseph RB Matt Olivo Rushes for 336 yards, 3 TDs as South Plainfield Falls, 34-19
Sunday, October 27, 2013 • 4:00am
METUCHEN, NJ - On Saturday afternoon, the South Plainfield Tigers fell to St. Joseph, 34-19. The Tigers could not find a way to stop St. Joseph running back Matt Olivo, who finished the day with 336 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Olivo scored all three of his TDs in the second half, when St. Joseph pulled away from a 7-7 halftime tie.
Despite giving up a 23-yard touchdown run by Breein Tyree on St. Joseph’s opening possession, the Tigers defense was able to stall St. Joseph’s offense with big plays, including a goal-line stand.
On offense, the Tigers struggled to sustain scoring drives in the first half. The Tigers finally managed to break through at the end of the second quarter when Kyle Moroney connected with John Chillemi on a 37-yard reverse flea-flicker, which fooled St. Joseph’s defense and put South Plainfield on the scoreboard with just 35 second left in the first half, which ended in a 7-7 tie.
In the second half, St. Joseph began feeding Olivo, to which the Tigers could not find an answer. Although the Tigers could not stop Olivo, they were able to fight back, pulling within eight points with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Despite their efforts, the Tigers were unable to stop Olivo on fourth-and-one. Olivo rambled 38 yards to South Plainfield’s 7-yard line. Olivo would then score to put St. Joseph’s up, 34-19.
"It was a great game," Olivo said. "We were all pumped up, and all of our hard work has paid off.”
St. Joseph head coach Casey Ransone said, “Olivo had a great game, but it is a testimonial to our offensive line. They had 10 guys in the box and our line made sure they put their hats on everyone.”
The loss puts the Tigers at 4-2, and still leaves them in good shape to qualify for the NJSIAA playoffs. The Tigers will look to regroup this week when they face JFK of Iselin at home on Friday night. South Plainfield coach Gary Cassio said, “We played hard, but we must learn how to finish a game. St. Joe's is a real good team. You need to minimize your mistakes when you play a team like St. Joe's. Overall, I’m proud of my boys, but we need to move on and get ready for JFK.”