In one of a number of upsets on the opening night of the NJSIAA high school football playoffs, 7th-seed Edison knocked off 2nd-seed Manalapan 23-20 in a thrilling overtime win, that came down to who had the better foot.
In this case, it was the Eagles’ Selbin Sabio, who booted a 26-yard field goal in overtime to lift Edison (7-3) to the upset victory over the Braves (6-3).
For Manalapan, junior kicker Michael Calton kicked two field goals in the first half, but missed two key ones later. The first came with 52 seconds remaining in regulation, when he couldn’t convert on a 42-yard attempt, leaving the score tied at 20.
Then, in overtime, after a big defensive stop, the Braves lined up for a 40-yard attempt, which also failed.
Edison – aided by a Manalapan penalty – sent out Sabio to try a 26-yard attempt, which sailed through the uprights.
The Eagles now play at 3rd-seed Toms River North next Friday night. The Mariners (6-3) beat 6th-seed East Brunswick at home Friday night 28-14.
Click below to hear Edison head coach Matt Fulham talk about the Eagles’ wild win: