By: Alex Melillo
SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Pioneers (4-1) suffered their first defeat of the year, losing 27-6 to the Rahway Indians (3-2). This is the first regular-season loss for Somerville since 2015.
Somerville's offense was never able to get the ball rolling against the Indians. Costly turnovers and numerous penalties also plagued the Pioneers all night.
Winning the coin toss, Somerville elected to defer and started the night on defense. The Pioneers defensive unit continued their strong season by forcing a punt on the Rahway opening drive.
A costly fumble on the first offensive possession of the game put the Indians in prime field position, taking over on the Pioneer 8-yard line. Rahway didn't miss a beat, punching it into the end zone for the touchdown and taking an early 7-0 lead in the first.
With the Pioneers still struggling to threaten on offense, the Indians took advantage by doubling their lead. With 2:15 left in the first quarter, Rahway ran the ball for the score, making it 14-0.
The score at half remained 14-0 in favor of the visiting Rahway Indians.
The Pioneers came out of the intermission with purpose, immediately taking the opening kickoff and driving the length of the field. After having a touchdown called back by a holding penalty, junior Dalahn Dabney faked the pass and scrambled up the middle for the 7-yard tally.
Rahway, however, did not let their foot off the gas, scoring a long touchdown, making the score 21-6 with 5:56 left in the third.
The last scoring play of the game came courtesy of the Indians with 6:02 remaining in the game, extending their lead by 21.
Final Score: Somerville- 6, Rahway- 27.
The Pioneers' streak of four straight games recording three interceptions comes to an end as the defense failed to intercept Rahway QB Jakir Robinson.
Friday night's six-point performance was the lowest point total for the Pioneers since a Week 9 loss at Arthur L Johnson back in 2014.
Somerville looks to rebound next Friday night when they play host to Governor Livingston High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Senior Night at Brooks Field. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@VilleFootball) for up-to-date information and stats. You can also see all of our post-game recaps on our YouTube page. Visit us at www.somervillefootball.com