Greg Tufaro, @GregTufaro
OLD BRIDGE — The Previous Bridge Excessive Faculty soccer group’s night obtained off to a depressing begin when Kingsway deflected a Knights’ pitchout on the primary play from scrimmage and returned it to the 1, scoring shortly thereafter.
Issues went downhill from there.
Third-seeded Previous Bridge (Eight-1) coughed up 4 fumbles and sixth-seeded Kingsway (5-Four) transformed three of them into touchdowns to energy the Dragons to a 32-7 victory within the opening spherical of the NJSIAA Central Group V Event on Friday.
Temple-bound Alex Odom ran 18 occasions for 156 yards and Kingsway’s first two scores earlier than sitting out the ultimate 11 minutes, however neither of these touchdowns would have been doable with out the play of linebacker Dalton Menaison.
Menaison learn Previous Bridge’s opening play so properly that he almost intercepted the toss, deflecting it and rambling 39 yards to the 1, the place Odom scored from two performs later.
Menaison arrange the Dragons’ second rating when he fell on a muffed punt on the Previous Bridge 21 with 38 seconds left within the first quarter. 4 performs later, Odom scored from 11 yards out to increase the lead to 13-Zero, the place it stayed by way of halftime.
The result was nonetheless very a lot doubtful at that time as Previous Bridge, ranked fourth within the Better Middlesex Convention High 10, confirmed it was capable of transfer the ball behind the working of Rhyne Smith, who gained 60 yards on 11 first-half carries. The Knights’ deepest penetration was to the Kingsway 16, however that drive ended with a missed 35-yard subject purpose try.
The Dragons tacked on touchdowns on their first two possessions to open the second half and Previous Bridge started the fourth quarter with a misplaced fumble, a three-and-out and an different misplaced fumble as Kingsway solid a 32-Zero lead, earlier than Jake McAleavey obtained the Knights on the board with a 1-yard keeper with 49 seconds remaining.