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Pioneers Aim to Capture Division Crown

Pioneers Aim to Capture Division Crown

By: Alex Melillo

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerville Pioneers (4-1) go into Friday night with a chance to clinch the Mountain Division title if they can get a rebound win against Governor Livingston (1-3).

The Pioneers are coming off their first loss of the season, falling to the Rahway Indians 27-6. It was the first time since the 2015 season the Pioneers had lost a regular season game. Against the Indians, the offense could not get in gear, managing only 150 yards of total offense. The Pioneer defense also struggled to cause the momentum shifting turnovers they had come accustomed to creating.

The game was close throughout the first half and for the better part of the third. Down 14-0 at halftime, the Pioneers started the third quarter with a long drive resulting in their only score of the game. The Indians countered right away with a 45-yard touchdown pass putting the pressure back on the Pioneer offense. Ultimately, Somerville could not mount a comeback against the Rahway defense.

Governor Livingston comes into Friday night's matchup with a (1-3) record, most recently falling to Summit 35-8. The Highlanders were held scoreless by Summit until the fourth quarter when Gov. Livingston scored a 20-yard rushing touchdown, adding the two-point conversation to get themselves on the board.

The Highlanders only win of the season came back on Sept. 23 against North Plainfield. In a come from behind win, the Gov. Livingston offense scored 20 points in the second quarter, highlighted by a trio of touchdowns scored by Pat De Angelis. The senior dual-threat quarterback has come into a great stretch of form lately, thanks in part to his big play ability which he showcased in the game against the Canucks.

Going into Friday night's showdown, De Angelis has thrown for 280 yards on the season as well as collecting 111 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Adding to the Highlander running offense is James Snyder. The junior running back has 117 yards on the season with one touchdown.

Last season, the Somerville Pioneers clinched the division title at Governor Livingston by a score of 49-7. This time the Pioneers look to again to clinch the crown against the Highlanders, but in front of their hometown crowd at Brooks Field.

The Somerville Pioneers seeking their second consecutive Mid-State 37 Mountain Division championship as they face off against the Highlanders of Governor Livingston. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Brooks Field this Friday. Make sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live scoring updates and stats. You can find all of our past and future video recaps on our YouTube page as well. Visit our website at