After a see-saw game trading leads, Watchung Hills Regional lost to North Hunterdon, 34-31, Friday at Tozier Stadium.
North Hunterdon scored first, with 3:14 left in the first quarter, but the Warriors responded less than two minutes later on a short run by Anthony Prus. Watchung Hills missed the point after, but took the lead moments later when Prus grabbed an interception and ran it infor a TD.
Looking to keep the game tight, Coach Marc Crisafi called for a two-point conversion. Frank Urso got the carry and successfully put the Warriors up 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
North Hunterdon then scored at 11:14 in the second quarter. After the Warriors turned the ball over on downs, Ali Minaian grabbed a North Hunterdon fumble to give the team another shot at scoring.
The Warriors again fell short, and North Hunterdon took the lead with 35 seconds in the half.
Undaunted, the Warriors marched downfield and scored as the half ended. A second successful two-point conversion put the Warriors up 22-21 as the half ended.
North Hunterdon then score again three minutes into the third quarter, and the quarter ended with North Hunterdon nursing a 28-22 lead. Their lead was short-lived again, as Prus scored again at 9:48 of the fourth quarter. After a good field goal kick, the Warriors reclaimed the lead 29-28.
North Hunterdon then scored at the 6:32 mark, going up 35-29. After the Warriors forced North Hunterdon to take a safety after falling into a 4th down and 9 yards to go at their own 6 yard line, the Warriors were in good field position to score.
The final series, however, proved fatal for the team—with the final 34-31 score sealed when a fourth down pass attempt was intercepted.
The Warriors host Immaculata at 7 p.m. next Friday.