By: Alex Melillo
SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerville Pioneers (7-1) travel to Summit High School (6-2) to do battle with the Hilltoppers in the regular season finale on Saturday.
Last week against a different Raritan Division opponent, Scotch-Plains Fanwood, the Pioneers put on their best offensive performance of the season. In an 82-46 win over the Raiders, the Somerville offense scored on every drive except for one and even scored a pick-six on defense.
Leading the way for the Pioneers on offense was junior QB Jahaln Dabney. The first year Pioneer completed 15 of his 18 passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns. Ryan Kovacs was 3 for 3 before exiting the game early in the first due to injury.
Equally as impressive on the ground as in the air, Dabney lead the Pioneer rushing attack with 270 yards and six touchdowns.
Robert Fiorentino, usually the workhorse of the ground game, had one of his best performances out of the backfield, catching nine passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Ethan Hilliman extended his scoring streak to three games after his two touchdowns effort last week.
Pioneers defense ran into a high-powered Raiders attack but still managed to have an impact. As a unit, they notched six sacks, led by Markus Lauber and Ryan Hrabinski. Da'Shaun Smith also recorded his second pick-six of the season, his first coming against North Plainfield back in Week 2.
Summit is coming into Saturday with an equally impressive win last week with a 34-14 win over the Rahway Indians. The Hilltoppers got off to an early 13-0 lead over Rahway and never looked back. Jackson Tyler and Max Johnson ran all over the Indians defense en route to the win.
Tyler, a leader in the passing game as well as the running game had an impressive outing. On the ground, he racked up 113 yards and two touchdowns, while also hauling in four passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns.
A leader on the Summit defense is Steve Sajer. The two-sport athlete leads the Hilltoppers in tackles with 41 and is tied for the team lead in sacks with three.
Last season these two teams played in the regular season finale at Brooks Field. The Pioneers concluded their undefeated regular season with a 42-7 win over the Hilltoppers.
Somerville (7-1) and Summit (6-2) close on the season with a Saturday afternoon showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Summit High School. For more information visit our website www.somervillefootball.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@VilleFootball) and watch all our post-game content on YouTube.