Stateliners shake off injuries, beat Hunterdon Central 21-7 to get back in win column

Phillipsburg beat Hunterdon Central 21-7 at home Maloney Stadium on September 29, 2023. (Source: Raymond C. Pratt/@Raymond81579 on Twitter)

Phillipsburg’s rumble with Hillsborough on the Raritan back on Sunday left the Stateliners with a number of injuries at key spots, including tight-end and quarterback.

Next man up.

Third-ranked P’burg got two second quarter touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead into the half at Maloney Stadium Friday night against ninth-ranked Hunterdon Central to beat the Red Devils 21-7.

Backup quarterback Nick Stettner – in for Jett Genovese, who injured his ankle against the Raiders Sunday but shouldn’t be out long, according to head coach Frank Duffy – threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, one each to John Wargo and Kevin Burgess – of 10 and 56 yards, respectively.

Hunterdon Central’s only score came in the fourth quarter, when the Red Devils’ fell on a Phillipsburg fumble in the end zone. That made it 14-7, but John Wargo’s second touchdown of the game – a 38-yard rush – gave Phillipsburg back the cushion it needed.

The Stateliners improve to 4-1, while Central dropped its second straight game to fall to 4-2.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk about the Stateliners’ win with head coach Frank Duffy:

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