Cavaliers fall to Crest, 35-14
After 24 minutes of football, the East Rutherford Cavaliers had the Crest Chargers on upset alert in Forest City. But the Chargers outscored the Cavaliers 21-0 in the second half en route to a 35-14 win to remain perfect in the conference.
“There’s no moral victory in a half,” East Rutherford head coach Clint Bland said after the loss.
After tying the score at 14-14 with a minute left in the first half, East Rutherford (3-6, 3-3 SMAC) had no answer for Crest running back Jalin Moore who rushed for 273 yards and scored all five Crest touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
“We knew in the second half they would get in the wildcat formation and let [Moore] run it but we just couldn’t stop it,” Bland said.
East Rutherford quarterback Austin Hollifield had a breakout performance in the losing effort with 224 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately the Cavalier running game didn’t help much with just 11 yards on 35 attempts.
“We thought we’d be able to run tonight with some double tight end sets but we just didn’t have any success,” Bland said. “Hollifield threw the ball tonight but we still had a few passes dropped that hit the receivers right in the hands.
“We have to make those plays.”
Crest (8-1, 6-0 SMAC) found the end zone early on a three-play drive to open the game.
Quarterback PJ Brooks took the ball to the 1-yard line on a 62-yard keeper setting up
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a 1-yard plunge by Moore just 68 seconds into the game for his first of five scores.
Crest faltered on its next drive deep into Cavalier territory on a botched pitch that got covered by players in red and black.
The teams traded punts before Hollifield found a groove while the Cavalier running game struggled.
Big third-down plays to Griffin Stamey and Kaleb McEntyre set the Cavaliers up inside of the Chargers 10.
On third down Hollifield found McEntyre in the flat for a 3-yard score. Harrison Wilkerson’s point after tied the score at 7-7 with 8:45 left in the first half.
Again, the Chargers answered quickly.
Brooks returned the ensuing kickoff to the East Rutherford 35 and a personal foul put the Chargers at the 20.
Moore took the first play straight up the middle untouched for a 20-yard score just 18 seconds after the Cavalier score.
East gave the Chargers another short field at the Cavalier 34 with 3:35 left, but Reece Johnson intercepted a Brooks pass to give the Cavaliers possession at their own 9.
From there, Hollifield converted another third down with a 16-yard completion to Austin Yelton before finding McEntyre streaking down the near sideline for a 67-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left until the break.
McEntyre finished the night with 105 receiving yards on seven catches.
“Austin really took control of the game and make some big plays,” Bland said. “That’s stuff we know he can do and against a good team you need to make big plays and hope good things happen.”
Wilkerson’s PAT sent the teams into the break tied at 14-14.
Moore scored for the third less than 4 minutes into the third quarter on a 14-yard scamper, but the Cavalier blocked the PAT to stay within 6 points at 20-14.
The Cavaliers and Hollifield put together a nice drive before the Chargers snuffed the East Rutherford charge by sacking Hollified on third down to force a punt.
The Cavalier defense stopped the Chargers and Moore on a fourth-down play deep inside their own territory to stay within a score, but a Hollifield pass was tipped and intercepted on the ensuing Cavalier drive by Crest’s Jordan Oates.
Oates returned the interception deep into East territory and Moore took over and pounded the ball into the end zone from 1 yard out. He then converted the 2-point conversion to put Crest up 28-14 with less than nine minutes remaining in the game.
An East Rutherford turnover on downs, a roughing the kicker penalty and another Moore score later, the Chargers owned a 35-14 lead and the Cavaliers failed to make it interesting in the closing minutes.
East Rutherford hits the road next week for a matchup at R-S Central before closing the season at home against Chase.
“I don’t care who we’re playing the next two weeks,” Bland said. “We just need to get two wins no matter who it is.”
High school football
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
at East Rutherford High School
CREST 35, E. RUTHERFORD 14
Crest^7 7 6 15 - 35
E. Rutherford^0 14 0 0 - 14
CHS – Jalin Moore 1 run. (Alex Trejo kick) 10:52
ER – Kaleb McEntyre 3 pass from Austin Hollifield. (Harrison Wilkerson kick) 8:45
CHS – Moore 20 run. (Trejo kick) 8:27
ER — McEntyre 67 pass from Hollifield. (Wilkerson kick) 0:50
CHS — Moore 14 run. (PAT no good) 8:13
CHS — Moore 1 run. (Moore 2pt conv.) 8:42
CHS — Moore 10 run. (Trejo kick) 2:01
RUSHING—Crest; Moore 26-273, Brooks 6-58, Tre Harbison 7-24. East; Kameron Garrison 20-30, Tyzell Hunt 1-11, McEntyre 1-4, Tray Greene 1-3, DJ Miller 4-1, Austin Hollifield 8-(-38).
PASSING— Crest; Brooks 1-4-2-1. East; Austin Hollifield 16-29-224-1.
RECEIVING— Crest; Devonte Huskey 1-2. East; McEntyre 7-105, Griffin Stamey 4-67, Will Hollifield 2-23, Austin Yelton 1-16, Desmond Stone 1-11, Garrison 2-2.