SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Homecoming Night at Brooks Field sees the Somerville Pioneers (4-0) play host to the Rahway Indians (2-2). The Pioneers can clinch a second straight Mid-State 38 Mountain Division title with a win Friday night.
Rahway is coming off of a Week 4 loss at the hands of the Voorhees Vikings. This is the second consecutive loss for the Indians. Despite having a 14-7 lead in the third quarter against the Vikings, Eberle and the Vikings offense then exploded for 31 points in the second half, including a 21 point third quarter.
Against Voorhees, Rahway quarterback Jakir Robinson finished 18 for 40, with 244 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. On the season, Robinson has registered at least two touchdowns in every game and has tallied over 100 yards passing in three of the four games.
The Indians wideout group is a two-headed monster. One of the two standout performers in the Indians wide receiver group is senior Keyshawn Cummings. Against the Vikings, Cummings hauled in six receptions totaling 137 yards. His one touchdown on the game came on an 80-yard scoring play.
After getting off to a slow start his first two games, Cummings has his hit his stride the past two weeks. Against Cranford in Week 3, he caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.
The other head to the monster is Jerish Halsey. After a seven-catch effort against Voorhees, Halsey's season totals now stand at 17 catches for 274 yards and four touchdowns. He also has a punt return for a touchdown against Hillside in the season opener.
The leading back for the Indians is Dashon Moore. A dual threat in the backfield, Moore has 51 carries for 311 yards and three touchdowns. He also has caught 10 passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns coming out of the backfield.
One major addition for the Indians defense will be ESPN rated four-star defensive tackle, Antonio Alfano. After sitting out the first four games, this will be his first game eligible for Rahway. A transfer this season from Bergen Catholic, the junior holds offers from 15 schools including powerhouse programs like Alabama, Florida State, Penn State and Ohio State.
Somerville enters the contest on Friday night 4-0 after a 26-7 win at Warren Hills. After another sluggish start, the Pioneers came out at halftime with a vengeance. The Pioneer offense caught fire scoring 26 points in the final half.
The Somerville Defense also continued their lockdown performance. Coach Damaschke's defense has logged three interceptions in every game this season.
The rushing attack for the Pioneers continues to be the go-to in tight situations. Workhorse back, Robert Fiorentino, has recorded three straight games of 100+ yards rushing totaling 394 yards in those three games.
Another focal point of the Somerville offense is junior Duke McDuffie. A threat on the ground and in the passing game, the junior has totaled 484 yards and eight offensive touchdowns.
Last season, the Pioneers and Indians faced off twice with Somerville coming out on top both times. The closest game of the two, a similar Week 5 matchup, saw the Indians jump out to a 20-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Undefeated and ranked number 18 in the state, the Pioneers roared back to win 59-35.
Somerville enters this week holding steady at fifth in NJ.com's High School Football writer Matt Stypulkoski's Group 3 state rankings.
The Pioneers continue to rise up The Courier News' All-Area Rankings reaching fifth this week after being sixth the week before.
Somerville (4-0) and Rahway (2-2) clash at Brooks Field. The game is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@VilleFootball) for live scoring updates and more. Visit us on our website, www.somervillefootball.com, for post-game recaps with player reactions and highlights.