RUMSON – Friday night’s nondivisonal matchup between Rumson-Fair Haven and Long Branch had a little bit of everything, but not a finish.
The game began 90 minutes late thanks to a thunderstorm that rolled through Monmouth County. Then, with less than six minutes to play in the third quarter, transformers blew behind each goalpost, causing utter darkness at Borden Stadium.
The Bulldogs, ranked sixth in the Asbury Park Press Top 10, were leading 28-0 when the game was suspended. In the immediate aftermath, no decision was made as to whether or not the game would be picked up at a later date. If the game does not continue, it is still an official result.
Rumson was dominant on the ground, led by 124 yards and two touchdown runs from sophomore running back Matt Vecchiarelli.
Junior quarterback Mike O’Connor added 67 yards and a touchdown run as the Bulldogs totaled 221 rushing yards through two-and-a-half quarters.
Rumson (3-1) went to work right away, scoring touchdowns on its first two drives inside the first 5:00.
On first down from their own 48 on the opening drive, O’Connor had his number called, going off right end and picking up a couple of blocks downfield for a 52-yard touchdown run. Thomas Chapin’s extra point made it 7-0. After forcing a Long Branch three-and-out, Vecchiarelli registered his first score of the night, scampering 58 yards down the left sideline on third-and-12 for a 14-0 lead. That run came one play after the Green Wave (2-3) dropped a sure interception off an errant, deep O’Connor pass.
Bryan Hess added a 16-yard touchdown run by getting to the edge and showing speed down the right sideline before Vecchiarelli sent Rumson into the half up 28-0 thanks to a 1-yard plunge on third-and-goal.
Defensively, Rumson was stout in the first half, yielding just 28 yards of total offense and forcing four Long Branch punts. On six first-half drives, the Green Wave never advanced beyond their own 25.