The New Providence Pioneers suffered its first defeat of the football season Friday night with a 14-7 loss to Bernards.
The Pioneers were in position to score with a minute left in the game before a stout defensive stand sealed the win for Bernards, according to the Alternative Press.
“You've got to buckle down,” Bernards defensive end Will Kenny told NJ.com. “All the work we've put in... it was a team effort. When I hit him, I was just so happy. So happy,” said Kenny, who sacked Pioneers quarterback Jack Harvey on fourth and goal to preserve the win.
Bernards won its second straight Mid-State 38 Conference-Union Division championship and third consecutive league title with the win.
"We played hard and have nothing to be ashamed of," New Providence coach Joe Carollo told NJ.com.
"We make no excuses. That's a good football team. We fought like heck until the end, and we're going to keep on fighting and getting better."
New Providence hopes to get back on the winning track when it visits Bound Brook at 7 p.m. Friday.