North Hunterdon “runs” past Hunterdon Central in renewed rivalry

North Hunterdon players get at it in practice in preparation for the 2022 season. (Photo credit: Nate Reinagel)

The same year a new hamburger stand opened in Wichita by the name of “White Castle,” North Hunterdon and Hunterdon Central first met on the football field. It was the Lions’ first season, 1921.

In the next 90 years the teams would play 71 times, with the Red Devils winning 46 times. They met every time from 1941 to 2011, but then didn’t play again until 2020, the pandemic year.

Well, fourth-year head coach Kevin Kley is now 2-0 in the renewed rivalry, as North Hunterdon beat Hunterdon Central 29-8 in a Week Zero game in Flemington Friday night.

Kente Edwards scored the first two touchdowns for the Lions – 72 yards in the first quarter, four yards in the second – to put North Hunterdon up 16-0 at the break, thanks to a pair of successful two point conversions, a run and a pass by QB Luke Martini.

The defense was solid, too. Derek Vaddis had a 43-yard pick six in the third quarter before Alex Uryniak scored on a one-yard run in the fourth.

Hunterdon Central got a late TD pass from quarterback R.J. Hart to Trevor Fisch.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with North Hunterdon head coach Kevin Kley about the season-opening win over Hunterdon Central:

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