New Jersey bests New York in a Thriller
NY Spartan Staff Jun 27th, 2009
On a sun filled afternoon in Essex County, the Spartan Bowl was played for the first time. Both teams came out firing with the boys from Newark drawing first blood in the rivalry with a win by the narrow margin of 13-8. Congrats to Coach Moss and his staff as they came in with business on their minds.
The day started out with the New Yorkers staying pinned in their own end. Jersey kept the pressure on and went up early on a strike over the New York secondary. New Jersey 6- New York -0. New York again ws on the short end of the battlefor field position when the special teams came through with a blocked punt. This set up a goal line stand where the New Yorkers finally punched it in with Lavar Kelley quarterback sneak. New Jersey -6 New York 6.
With the score knotted up, New Jersey started on a time consumeing 3rd quarter drive which ate up yards and clock. Forcing 3rd and even 4th downs on the drive, New York shot themselves in the foot with careless penalties and blown coverages. Culminating with a New Jersey roll out pass that found the end zone on a blown coverage. New Jersey gets the extra point which proved big later. New Jersey 13- New York 6. New Jersey tried to control the ball and traded punts for most of the 4th quarter. Late in the game, a snap sailed over the punter’s head and the scramble led to him kicking the ball out of the end zone for a safety. Since the punter was outside the end zone when he kicked it, the Spartans had the choice to take the safety or the ball at the 20 yard line. With the margin being 6 and having one kick fail already, Coach Patterson elected to take the safety with the gap shrunk to 5 and a kickoff coming to set up what could be the game winning score. The New York offense, victims of a long kickoff started their quest for glory at their own 30 yard line. Driving down the field on a promising drive they came up short on a 4th down and New Jersey comes out the victor.