There was a time when a New Providence-Brearley gridiron clash went right down to the end of the fourth quarter. For the second year in a row, that has not been the case.
New Providence proved quite dominant, this time by the score of 49-7, Thursday night in Mid-State 39 Conference-East C Division action at Lieder Field.
Last year at Brearley, the Pioneers won 34-7. Before that, Brearley defeated New Providence four of the previous five seasons from 2005-2009.
New Providence improved to 4-0 overall and leads the East C Division at 4-0. Brearley lost for the third straight time and fell to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the East C.
New Providence senior running back scored four of his team’s six first half touchdowns on runs of 83, 29, 16 and 64 yards. On those carries alone, Barletta rushed for 192 yards.
The Pioneers led 35-0 before Brearley scored on a 29-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Max Schindler to senior tight end Anthony Tancs with 1:09 left in the second quarter.
New Providence answered when Barletta scored his fourth touchdown on a 64-yard run with 24 seconds left. On all four touchdown runs, Barletta was barely touched.
New Providence, which has yet to be seriously challenged outside of one Roselle second quarter possession that it stopped inside its five-yard line, will take a lot of momentum going into a three-game road trip.
The Pioneers will play at North Warren Oct. 14, which was a team it defeated at home last year in a battle of undefeated squads. North Warren was 2-2 going into Thursday night’s game at Manville.
Road games will follow at Summit and then at division rival and much-improved Roselle Park.
NEW PROVIDENCE HONORED FOR SPORTSMANSHIP
At halftime, New Providence High School was honored by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and sponsor ShopRite as the Most Outstanding Athletic Program for Group 1 schools for being disqualification free for the 2010-2011 school year.
This is the eighth year that ShopRite and the NJSIAA are recognizing high school programs for outstanding sportsmanship.
“Being disqualification free means that nobody, including coaches and players, was charged with a disqualification,” NJSIAA Assistant Director Jack DuBois said. “That includes all three levels, freshman, JV and varsity.”
DuBois explained that schools can earn a maximum of three points per sports season for perfect behavior. He then said that New Providence earned the maximum amount of points for last year, which was nine.
“Good sportsmanship makes a difference,” DuBois said. “This is a great honor not only for the athletes, the administration and the school, but for the community as well.”
There are 80 Group 1 schools and more than 400 high schools in the state.
“This is something New Providence High School should be very proud of,” said Shop Rite representative Perry Blatt as he presented the Shop Rite Cup to New Providence Athletic Director Rob Harmer during a halftime presentation that included the New Providence cheerleaders and football team remaining on the field.
“We hope that determination, commitment and good sportsmanship is cheered on here at New Providence for a very long time,” Blatt said.
Earning the honor for Group 4 was Hunterdon Central, Delsea Regional for Group 3, Haddonfield for Group 2, Christian Brothers Academy of Lincroft for Parochial A and St. Rose of Belmar for Parochial B.Haddonfield has earned the honor among Group 2 schools all eight years.
CATTANO FAMILY AND BOTTONE RECOGNIZED
Also at halftime, Emile “Bo” Cattano and the Cattano family were honored, in addition to former head football coach Frank Bottone.
The plaque presented to the Cattano family states:
In memory of Emile “Bo” Cattano
For Your Dedication to New Providence Athletics and Your True “Pioneer” Spirit, We Dedicate The Fall 2011 Program In Your Fond Memory
Presented by the NPHS Athletics Booster Club
The plaque presented to Bottone states:
In Honor of Frank Bottone
We Thank You For Your 48 Years as Pioneer Football Head Coach and For Your Dedication to The Community and Student/Athletes of New Providence.
A True “Pioneer”
Presented by the NPHS Booster Club 2011
MID-STATE 39 CONFERENCE—EAST C DIVISION CLASH
AT NEW PROVIDENCE’S LIEDER FIELD
BREARLEY (2-3, 2-2) 0 7 0 0 - 7
NEW PROVIDENCE (4-0, 4-0) 21 21 7 0 - 49
NEW PROVIDENCE – Dave Barletta 83 run, Robby Fay kick (NP 7-0), 1 play, 83 yards, :20 used
NEW PROVIDENCE – Dave Barletta 29 run, Robby Fay kick (NP 14-0)
3 plays, 40 yards, :45 used
NEW PROVIDENCE – Derek Singer 29 pass from Michael Marchesano, Robby Fay kick (NP 21-0)
2 plays, 42 yards, :30 used
NEW PROVIDENCE – Robby Fay 10 run, Robby Fay kick (NP 28-0)
7 plays, 79 yards, 2:46 used
NEW PROVIDENCE – Dave Barletta 16 run, Robby Fay kick (NP 35-0)
3 plays, 20 yards, 1:23 used
BREARLEY – Anthony Tancs 29 pass from Max Schindler (NP 35-7)
5 plays, 71 yards, 1:11 used
NEW PROVIDENCE – Dave Barletta 64 run, Robby Fay kick (NP 42-7)
2 plays, 65 yards, :45 used
NEW PROVIDENCE – Derek Singer 39 run, Robby Fay kick (NP 49-7)