Knights victorious in Battle of Route 18

Senior running back Daniel Hennessey, who has racked up 539 rushing yards and seven touchdowns already this season, cuts past a diving defender to bounce a running play to the outside.


            The Knights football team defeated rival East Brunswick 24-7 at Lombardi Field Friday. “The Battle of Route 18 is a huge game for us every year,” explained senior wide receiver and linebacker Benjamin Lomicky. 

            Every game against East Brunswick brings a little extra energy, and this win also improved the team’s record to 3-2. “Friday night was a huge bounce back win for us, our defense showed up and played a great game holding them to 7 points, and our offense bounced back and put up 24 points,” said junior wide receiver and defensive back Pietro Gambino. “This rivalry win gave our team the confidence we needed.” 

            Senior running back Daniel Hennesey continued his dominant season, running for 141 yards and a touchdown. Hennessey said, “Coming off a loss, the whole team was motivated to come together and work hard during the practice week. Us doing great during the week led us to having a great game on Friday and ultimately winning the game.”  

            The team came into the game confident and dominated from the start. Junior Pietro Gambino said, “The beginning of the game we came in fired up so from the jump I knew we were going to secure the win.”  

Sincere Garcia chases down the East Brunswick ball-carrier from behind to make one of his team-leading 21 tackles.

            Hennessey’s 99-yard touchdown run served as the main offensive highlight of the game. “We were at the 1-yard line after East Brunswick’s great punt. It was a handoff up the middle and then broke it off to the left with great blocking, and took it all the way,” Hennessey explained. 

            Hennessey also credited Gambino with impacting the game. “Pietro came out the game with two interceptions and a touchdown and it really changed the game for us,” said Hennessey. 

Gambino earned the defensive MVP award by catching two interceptions, including one that secured the win for Old Bridge. “It sealed the win for us and the energy from our sideline and the student section was awesome,” senior Lomicky shared.  

The team charges out on the field, carrying flags, before the Battle of Route 18 matchup with East Brunswick, which the Knights won 24-7.

            On the other side of the ball, the offensive MVP, senior quarterback Brady Cavallaro threw for two touchdowns. Over five games to start the season, Cavallaro has amassed 1,021 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air.  

            This Friday, the Knights will head to Piscataway to take on a tough 2-2 Chiefs team. 

Posted on 9/29/22 

Photos by Ritee Karmacharya

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