Oct. 6-7 Football: Steinert and Nottingham take care of business against winless teams

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Diontae Nicholson powered the Northstar Football running game with 4 touchdowns including this 90 yarder. Photo by Dan Danko III

By Rich Fisher

Oct. 7: It was, for lack of a better term, a fun day for the football teams who call Klockner Road home.

Steinert and Nottingham both rolled to their fourth straight victories by defeating winless teams, as the Spartans took a 49-6 win at Princeton, while Nottingham defeated visiting West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 49-0.

Let’s start with the Northstars, only because their game started an hour earlier.

Nottingham (4-1) wasted little time taking control of the game as it opened a 35-0 lead with 8:50 to go in the half and led 42-0 at intermission.

Sophomore Diontae Nicholson experienced the long and short of it as he had four touchdown runs ranging from 1 yard to 90 yards. In between he had scoring jaunts of 6 and 25 yards. Nicholson had a vintage Diontae performance, rushing for 203 yards on a mere 9 carries.

Eric D’Herron scored on a 14-yard run and sophomore Louis Akpadago, who ran for a career-high 163 yards, added a TD prior to halftime. Joe Schiano completed the scoring in the second half with his first varsity touchdown. Alix Oge, who has been outstanding this year, was 7-for-7 on PATs.

Justin Duarte and Kier Jenkins had interceptions for a Northstar defense that held West Windsor to just 83 yards.

Nottingham vs WWPS October 7,2017.

Photos by Dan Danko III.  All rights reserved.

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Next up for the Northstars is a home game with Notre Dame (2-3) in a contest that will feature two of Mercer County’s best young running backs in Nicholson and the Irish’s Cortaz Williams.

Steinert has a pretty good back as well, by the name of Jordan Morrison.

The UConn-bound senior probably knew he was not going to play much today as it was a chance for Dan Caruso to get his reserves some time, so Jordan took advantage of what he could by bringing the opening kickoff back 86 yards to give Steinert a 7-0 lead. Morrison scored later on a 37-yard run.

Xavier Thompson was the game’s offensive star, rushing for 108 yards and two touchdowns, while Spencer Conti ran for 46 yards and a TD.

But the game’s most exciting player had to be defensive back Miles Smith, who scored two consecutive TDs on interception returns to give the Spartans a 28-0 lead. Smith took his first back 47 yards, and ran the second one back 41 yards.

Another bright spot for the Spartans was place-kicker Angelo Falvo, who was 6-for-6 on PATs after struggling in that area prior to Steinert’s bye week.

The Spartans (4-1) host Hopewell Valley next week. Steinert is the lone Group III opponent for the Group III Bulldogs this year, as HoVal plays four Group IV and four Group V teams.

Rick “The Voice” Taylor and Nicole “The Expectant One” Caruso contributed to this story

Hamilton falls to a Hightstown team better than its record

Hamilton visited one-win Hightstown on Friday night and discovered the Rams were better than a one-win team.

Playing without quarterback Liam Monahan, Hightstown provided a steady dose of Johnny Andre and Michael Quigg to take a 32-15 win over the Hornets (3-2).

Both players ran for two touchdowns and Quigg threw a TD pass to offset some nice efforts by the Hornets. Hezekiah Patterson threw for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns while Chris Charles caught 3 passes for 90 yards and 2 TDs. Tolu Adeaga rushed for 106 yards on just four carries.

Trailing 14-6, West took a 15-14 lead on Charles 39-yard TD catch and Rosman Reyes 26-year field goal. Andre scored on a 2-yard run at the end of the half to start Hightstown on a binge of 18 unanswered points and the Hornets did not score after intermission.

Hamilton is on the road again next week at Northern Burlington.

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.