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Edison’s Maurath “blitzes” competition to run away with Highlight Reel Play of the Year

It was a matter of perfect timing.

And although they say lightning never strikes twice, Danny Maurath struck three times.

In a Halloween Eve 20-17 home win over Summit, Maurath was scary good.

As Eagles head coach Matt Fulham explains it, Maurath charged the line of scrimmage from his safety position three times, and all three times timed it perfectly to sack the quarterback.

In one instance, he also caused a fumble. And though ultimately it was recovered by the Hilltoppers, the play was good enough to easily cruise to a blowout win in a field of five Highlight Reel Play of the Year finalists voted on by Central Jersey Sports Radio readers.

Maurath’s safety blitz garnered 254 of 531 votes tallied in the reader poll, the sole determining factor in the contest.

Watch all of the finalists for Highlight Reel Play of the Year below:

This play was the overwhelming winner, Edison’s Danny Maurath and his safety blitz against Summit on November 30.

In second place, with 95 votes, was Nasir Arribas of Rahway, with a one-handed interception against St. Joseph-of Metuchen on November 25.

Checking in 3rd with 81 votes: Jelani Devonish-Wynter of North Brunswick, whose INT in the end zone – stripping it away from Edison’s Malcolm Stansbury – sealed a 21-20 road win (heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio) on October 23.

Fourth in the race with 69 votes was this hook-and-ladder play by Ridge, where Nolan Murphy makes the catch, but pitches it over to Harry Hagerman who scores the touchdown against Hillsborough in a 35-21 home win heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Checking in 5th with 33 votes was a Kyle DeGraw of Monroe’s “Mossed” catch down the sideline for a touchdown in a 35-10 win over South Brunswick on November 13.

Arribas, Bradford guided Rahway to prominence in record-setting season

As the saying goes, “Respect is hard to earn but easy to lose.”

Well, it wasn’t easy, but Rahway earned the Big Central’s respect in 2020.

Despite a midseason shutdown, the eighth-ranked Indians (5-1) compiled one of their best seasons ever, defeating multiple Group 5 teams for the first time in program history and earning a second-place finish in Division 3.

Rahway finished on a blazing four-game winning streak. Consecutive victories over a trio of Group 5s— Plainfield, Sayreville, and top-10 Watchung Hills — lifted the Group 3 school to prominence.

Though the COVID stoppage wiped out the Indians’ final regular-season and first postseason games, the team recovered in time to schedule a Thanksgiving Eve battle against St. Joseph-Metuchen. Rahway rallied late for yet another quality win.

The team’s only loss came to No. 1 Somerville, the conference’s only undefeated team at 7-0 and Central Jersey Sports Radio Team of the Year.

QB Nasir Arribas and RB Rashon Bradford, both seniors, powered an offense that averaged 29 points-per-game. Arribas, who emerged a dual threat, passed for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding 143 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Bradford nearly matched his rushing numbers from 2019 and finished with 773 yards and eight touchdowns.

Arribas and Bradford spoke to Central Jersey Sports Radio about the season. Click below to hear their comments:

Nasir Arribas

Rashon Bradford