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Scotch-Plains Fanwood Host Pioneers in Weekend Matchup

Scotch-Plains Fanwood Host Pioneers in Weekend Matchup

By: Alex Melillo

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerville Pioneers (5-1) will visit the Scotch-Plains Fanwood Raiders (0-7) in a Saturday matinee showdown.

Pioneers are coming off of a 33-7 win last Friday against Arthur L. Johnson. Getting off to a hot start against the Crusaders, the Pioneer offense scored on their first possession of the game, going 84 yards for the touchdown.

Somerville's Kyree Hinton had his first break out game in the orange and black, recording a season-high eight catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore also recorded one of the three Pioneer interceptions on the evening.

A fellow sophomore, Ethan Hilliman, continued to prove he is a threat in the red zone. The 6'4" wide receiver recorded his second straight week with a touchdown reception.

The Pioneers' also saw production from familiar faces last week with a touchdown from Robert Fiorentino and a pair of scores from Jahaln Dabney.

Scotch-Plains Fanwood, winless on the season, last won a game on November 11, 2016, a win against Millburn in the final game of the 2016 season. 

Last week, the Raiders fell short on the road against Rahway, falling to the Indians 64-24.

Scotch-Plains Fanwood held an early lead, 8-7 over the Indians at the end of the first quarter. However, the Rahway exploded for 29 points in the second quarter and 21 points in the third.

Raiders quarterback Cooper Heisey completed 12 of his 25 attempts, throwing for 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

On the season, Heisey has thrown for just shy of 2,000 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The leading rusher for the Raiders is junior Alex Oslislo. Against Rahway, he ran for 61 yards on 11 attempts with one of the three touchdowns for his side.

Oslislo enters play against the Pioneers with 62 carries for 295 yards and four touchdowns.

The Raiders have put up an average of 26.5 points per game this season. Their season high came in a close game against Cranford in Week 5, putting up 42 points against the Cougars.  

Somerville (6-1) visits Scotch-Plains Fanwood (0-7) do battle this Saturday, at 2 p.m. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@VilleFootball) for up-to-date stats and information. Watch all of our post-game recaps and video content on our YouTube page. Visit us at