Hillsborough Raiders obliterate North Brunswick 35-8; win state championship title


courtesy of Thomas Amamkwaa

The Raiders hoist first championship title since 2000.

Brandon Renaud, Staff writer

On Nov. 19, the Hillsborough Raiders football team demolished the North Brunswick Raiders by a score of 35-8. The Raiders would end their 21-year title drought since 2000 and they would go on to become the 2021-2022 state champs. Their historic season will go down as one of the most dominant seasons they have ever produced in their team history, and it could have not have been accomplished without the key players and their head coach Kevin Carty Jr. who led them to a magical season. 

During the game, quarterback James Mazuera had a solid performance with 259 all-purpose yards and 3 total touchdowns with two in the air and one on the ground. He also had no turnovers which were essential for the Raiders victory and he made intelligent plays to keep the Raiders on a roll throughout the game. In the first quarter, James Mazuera scrambled for a 3-yard rushing touchdown to score the first touchdown of the game. In the second quarter, James Mazuera´s favorite target Thomas Amankwaa scored two touchdowns the first touchdown he scored was a 33-yard receiving touchdown and the second one was a 10-yard receiving touchdown to put the Raiders up 21-8 at the half.

In the third quarter, Thomas Amankwaa ran for a 5-yard touchdown to put the Raiders up 28-8 and Sal Volpe had a 1-yard rushing touchdown to score their final touchdown of the game to 35-8. Thomas Amankwaa would go on to finish with 5 catches for 81 yards and rush 10 times for 39 yards with 120 all-purpose yards. In the final quarter, the Raiders offense did not score any more points but their defense did a tremendous job of not letting New Brunswick score any points on the board. The Raiders produced four sacks and 2 of those sacks came from Will Dixon and Tyler Michinard and Jonathan Lobelo recorded one sack each. Brandon Lobelo led the team in total tackles with 8, and Thomas Amankwaa and Ryan Tasetano both had an interception apiece. 

With all of that being said, the Hillsborough fans roared and cheered with hype and excitement throughout the whole season. They did their part all season long by supporting the Raiders whether they were home or on the road. The Hillsborough fans that witnessed the championship game will never forget the remarkable glory the Raiders accomplished thanks to all the players, coaches, and staff members for putting in the determination and effort to make the Raiders become state champions.