For the third straight year, Somerville has reached a sectional final – an almost improbable thought considering the depths to which the program had sunk a decade ago.
But the Pioneers will not be facing Rumson for a fourth straight season.
Second-seeded Somerville beat 6th-seed Seneca in the South Jersey Group 3 semifinals Friday night, 53-23, behind the usual suspects. Quarterback Justin Brenner threw 10-for-16 for 261 yards and three touchdowns, finding five different receivers in the game. Junior runningback Cookie Desiderio scored two touchdowns on the ground, to give him 23 in 2019. And Jamien Bryant – in addition to a touchdown reception – returned a punt 75 yards to paydirt.
Here’s postgame reaction from WCTC’s Dom Savino with head coach Dallas Whitaker, and senior QB Justin Brenner:
Somerville Head Coach Dallas Whitaker
Somerville QB Justin Brenner
The Pioneers will play top-seed Woodrow Wilson in the South Jersey Group 3 championship game on the road, in Camden, Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. It’s a new opponent in the finals for Somerville, which lost to Rumson-Fair Haven in the 2018 Central Jersey Group 3 final, after beating them for the title the year prior. In 2016, Rumson also ended the Pioneers’ season, knocking out undefeated Somerville in the sectional semifinals.
The top-seeded Wilson Tigers are 7-2 after a 50-10 win over 4th-seeded Holmdel at home Saturday afternoon. They’ve won 5 of their last 6 games, and feature a start-studded lineup of several D-1 commits, including quarterback Devin Kargman, who had thrown for 2,673 yards and 32 touchdowns coming into semifinal play. Devin’s older brother Nick Kargman also put up big numbers a season ago, leading Wilson to the first ever South 3 bowl game where they lost to Rumson at MetLfie Stadium.