The Phillipsburg football team has answered all the question marks all year long, speaking with their play on the field.
They have been unselfish, with no ego, and have let their exploits on the gridiron speak for themselves.
That was the case again Friday night at Maloney Stadium, where the top-seeded Stateliners won their North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 semifinal game 37-6 over fourth-seed Paterson Eastside, with yet another balanced attack.
They will host 6th-seed West Orange next Friday night at 7:00, after the Mountaineers won at 2nd-seed Ridgewood Friday night in the other semifinal, 34-31 in overtime.
Their last title came in 2018, when they beat Irvington to win the North 2, Group 4 title, 42-7 over Irvington, finishing the season 10-3.
Again, it was all about balance, in a game that was never really in doubt. Phillipsburg had done all its scoring before the visiting Ghosts could get on the board.
That was with a 44-yard touchdown reception from Isaiah Jackson, a 15-yard touchdown run by sophomore QB Jett Genovese, a 31-yard field goal by Luke Brogan, and touchdown runs of six and eight yards by Xavier Moore. With 174 yards of rushing offense, no one had more than 56 (Moore) in a testament to the ‘Liners’ unselfishness.
Click below to hear postgame reaction from head coach Frank Duffy with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko: