East Orange 35 Newark West Side 0
East Orange controlled the game from start to finish, scoring on five of their seven drives to beat Newark West Side, 35-0.
First Quarter: On their second drive, East Orange went 51 yards on five plays and scored on the second quarter’s opening play when Raeden Oliver connected with Joshua Richards for a 21-yard touchdown pass.
Second Quarter: West Side picked up a first down when Devion Sheppard found Maurice Kelly for 15 yards. But two incompletions and an East Orange sack that included several defenders forced the Roughriders to punt. East Orange drove 70 yards on five plays, the first four were runs by Damon Phillips that covered 28 yards. Oliver and Richards teamed up again for a 42-yard score to make it 14-0 with six minutes left in the half.
Third Quarter: East Orange went six plays, the final being a 25-yard touchdown pass from Oliver to Richards featuring a one-handed grab by Richards. The Jaguars picked up three other first downs on the drive through the running of Phillips and a couple of receptions by BJ Covington. East Orange bridged the third and fourth quarters with a drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown run by Phillips.
Fourth Quarter: West Orange was forced to punt when a bad snap forced Sheppard to run, where he fumbled and Edwin Thomas picked up the ball, going 10 yards to West Side 10. Two plays later, Phillips ran 16 yards for the final touchdown and the game went to a running clock with 7:38 left.
Summary: East Orange’s primary starts were Richards, Oliver, and Phillips. Richards caught five passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns, while Oliver was 11-13-204 and three touchdowns. Phillips rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, showing great elusiveness and open-field moves. The Jaguar defense held West side to 54 yards of total offense before their last drive on a running clock – including minus-12 in the second half.
East Orange running back Damon Phillips – “I use my height (5-6) to my advantage. Defenders get as low as they can and still can’t tackle me because I’m even lower than they are.”