Easton 7, Phillipsburg 3 – Rapid Recap
A Thanksgiving morning filled with frustration changed in a matter of moments for Easton Area High School’s football team.
The Red Rovers forced a late turnover and scored a touchdown in the game’s final minute to defeat rival Phillipsburg 7-3 on Thursday at Lafayette College’s Fisher Stadium during the 114th meeting of the programs.
Turning point : Facing fourth-and-1 at the Phillipsburg 18-yard line with 2:14 remaining, Easton attempted a 35-yard field goal that fell short.
Phillipsburg took over needing one first down to seal a 3-0 victory.
Instead, the Rovers stripped the ball loose on third down and Mikey Hynes recovered at the Stateliners 15 with 1:10 on the clock.
A rugged start : The first half wasn’t a thing of beauty for either team. The Stateliners and Rovers accumulated 13 combined penalties for 135 yards.
An interception and return by Bryce Billings set up Easton at the Phillipsburg 17-yard line with 9:27 remaining in the second quarter. The Rovers went backward before settling for a 37-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Phillipsburg’s Connor Hille.
The Stateliners also had one first-half trip to the red zone. Phillipsburg attempted a trick play on third-and-6 from the Rovers 10. Javion Thompson intercepted Tristen Canzano’s pass to end the threat with 2:49 left before halftime.
The game entered intermission tied 0-0.
Top performers : Williams was named the contest’s offensive MVP. He totaled 54 rushing yards to go with the day’s lone TD.
Transue completed 14 of 25 passes for 158 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Easton’s Javion Thompson made two catches for 42 yards and grabbed an INT on defense. Hynes paced Easton with 10 tackles and a sack. Nino Rizzolino, the defensive MVP, registered five tackles and a sack.
Phillipsburg’s Mulik Warren was recognized as the game’s top lineman. He posted five tackles and a sack on defense.
What it means : Easton earned its sixth straight victory over P’burg, which is the longest winning streak in series history. The Rovers finish the season at 6-4.
Phillipsburg closed its campaign with a 7-5 record.
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