By: COLIN DAVIS, Staff Writer
October 5, 2019
In a game that was named the GMC “Game of the Week” on NJ.com, the Raiders on the back of the ground attack led by running backs Myles Bailey and Chris Arnold were able to secure a key GMC Division win against the surging New Brunswick Zebras. The now 4-1 New Brunswick squad was shut down offensively making this the first game of the season where they didn’t score 10 or more points. The game was a nail-biter going into the 4th quarter at a 13-8 score when the Zebras went 3 and out on the first drive of the quarter. The punt by New Brunswick punter Nadir Harmon was set to put the Raiders inside some bad field position but Samed Wingo had his own plans. Wingo blocked the kick and the Raider machine got the ball at the Zebras 45 yard line.
From there the Raiders started to pull away with the game starting with a Myles Bailey 26 yard touchdown later in the drive that put the Raiders at a 19-8 lead. The very next drive Chris Arnold powered through the defensive line for a 1 yard touchdown run to pad the lead to 26-8. The Raiders needed one more stop to solidify the win and they got one in the form of a Jaquil Boyd 86 yard Pick 6 to bring the game to its final score of 33-8. With the win, the Raiders stand alone in the GMC White Division with a 3-0 record in division play. The key in this game was how the running game was able to have strong consistency throughout the majority of the game. The running backs for North Brunswick combined for 265 yards over 38 rushes. The air attack however was mostly abandoned in this game as Michael Baradhi’s final line was 1-5, 12 yards and one interception. The Raiders hope to solidify their division lead as they head into Piscataway on October 11th.