Small School Pride: Fee, Wilson Guide Middlesex To Victory In Snapple Bowl XXII

Photo John Wooding
Photo John Wooding
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UNION — Playing with and against players from such large schools as Piscataway, Old Bridge, South Brunswick, Elizabeth, Westfield, Linden and others, Chase Fee from Spotswood and Kayshawn Wilson of Middlesex came into Snapple Bowl XXII with a chip on their shoulders.

When it was all said and done, the small-school standouts had perhaps the biggest impact on each side of the ball as the Middlesex County All Stars posted a 33-13 victory over Union before a crowd of over 3,000 at Kean University on Thursday night.

Tenny Adewusi of Colonia (Photo by John Wooding)

Tenny Adewusi of Colonia (Photo by John Wooding)

Middlesex won for the fourth time and for the ninth time in the last 10 tries to claim a 14-8 lead in the series.

The Snapple Bowl had raised $485,000 for the Lakeview School in Edison and Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside before the game and will undoudtedly go over $500,000.

Fee rushed the ball nine times for 71 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 5 and 14 yards in the first half to provide Middlesex with a 13-0.

MVP Chase Fee of Spotswood

MVP Chase Fee of Spotswood

“The Red and White Divisions have so many talented players and people expect to see them having the most impact in the Snapple Bowl,” said Fee, a 5-8, 165-pounder who will be playing at Gettysburg. “The Blue Division doesn’t get the attention because we’re small, but we do have plenty of talent and it was important for players like myself and Kayshawn to prove it.”

Wilson, a 6-2, 205-pound strong safety headed to Maine, played sideline to sideline and recorded a sack and two interceptions.

“I came in with a chip on my shoulder,” said Wilson. “A lot of small schools get looked down upon, but we have players with a lot of talent, so I really wanted to come in here and have an impact.”

The Middlesex All-Stars held the edge in offense, defense and special teams.

The Middlesex offense racked up 294 yards to Union’s 215. Led by quarterbacks Tenny Adewusi from Colonia and Mike Gargano from Old Bridge, Middlesex kept the ball on the ground for the most part, compiling over 250 yards.

The defense recorded two sacks (Mike Hogan of Kennedy and Wilson), a tackle for loss (Jamil Gilmore of Piscataway) and a fumble recovery (Kyle Dickerson of South Plainfield). Union had one sack and one interception,

On special teams, Ed Mish of Old Bridge hit a 27-yard field goal with 3:03 left in the third quarter to make it a two-possession game for Middlesex, 24-13.

Middlesex went ahead 26-13 on a safety when a punt hit a Union player and bounced out of bounds with 12:47 left in the game.

Middlesex sealed it with 6:58 left when Adewusi guided an 83-yard drive with a two-yard sweep of the left side.

Adewusi finished with 74 yards on 15 carries, while the running backfield of Sam Pero of Colonia (15-for-60), Akeer Franklin of Monroe (13-46) and Fee (9-71) combined for 37 carries and 171 yards.

After stopping Union on the game’s opening drive, Middlesex took over on its own 47.

Ed Mish of Old Bridge (left), Mike McGuire of Middlesex and Nassan Anderson of Dunellen on the sideline

Ed Mish of Old Bridge (left), Mike McGuire of Middlesex and Nassan Anderson of Dunellen on the sideline

Brandon Williams (left) of Carteret, Xavier Wilson and Kyle Dickerson of South Plainfield on the sideline

Brandon Williams (left) of Carteret, Xavier Wilson and Kyle Dickerson of South Plainfield on the sideline

Gargano directed the 53-yard march, seven-play drive with Fee taking a handoff and going up the middle from five yards out. The point after attempt was blocked as Middlesex led 6-0 with 8:10 left in the first quarter.

The stingy Middlesex defense set up its second score when Kyle Dickerson of South Plainfield jumped on a loose ball on the Union 14. Two plays later, Fee took an inside handoff to the left, put on a juke to the outside and rode the left the sideline for a 14-yard score. The PAT by Mish made the score 13-0 with 13:31 left in the half.

Union avoided a shutout when it scored with 2:06 left in the half when Linden’s Kyle Phipps capped a drive with a two-yard run. The PAT made it 13-7.

cherBut Middlesex struck with 12 seconds left in the half for a 21-7 lead when Gargano avoided a sack, scrambled to his left and threw jump ball into the end zone which Javon Hicks of St. Joseph hauled it in. North Brunswick’s Joe Castellanos caught the two-point conversion from Gargano.

Union crept to with 21-13 with 9:32 left in the third quarter when Jayson Gonzalez of Roselle Park went in from a yard out. The score was set up by an interception at the Middlesex 17.

After the team’s exchanged punts, Middlesex made it a two-possession game on the Mish FG.

Middlesex celebrates victory (Photo by John Wooding)

Middlesex celebrates victory (Photo by John Wooding)

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MIDDLESEX (14-8) 6 15 3 9

UNION (8-14) 0 7 6 0 — 13

M — Fee 5 run (kick blocked)

M — Fee 14 run (Mish kick)

U — Phipps 1 run (Ciccarino kick)

M — Hicks 30 pass from Gargano (Castellanos pass from Gargano)

U — Gonzalez 2 run (kick blocked)

M – Mish 27 FG

M – Safety, ball fumbled out of end zone on a punt

M – Adewusi 2 run (Mish kick)

GAME HISTORY

1994: Middlesex 35-14 at Union H.S. MVP Khamisi Jackson, Monroe

1995: Union 17-15 at Sayreville H.S. MVP Jaime Allen, Summit

1996: Middlesex 21-6 at Union H.S. MVP Kenny Rogers, South Brunswick

1997: Union 28-7 at East Brunswick H.S. MVP Louis Campbell, Rahway

1998: Middlesex 33-7 at Union H.S. MVP Luke Ciannello, Dunellen

1999: Middlesex 24-7 at East Brunswick H.S. MVP: Jeff LeSeur, Perth Amboy

2000: Union 27-21 at Union H.S. MVP Bill Gilbert, Elizabeth

2001: Union 17-16 at East Brunswick H.S. MVP Brandon Bracey, Linden

2002: Middlesex 28-20 at Kean University. MVP Zack Earvin, South River

2003: Union 13-0 at East Brunswick H.S. MVP Mike Vicci, Johnson

2004: Union 19-7 at East Brunswick H.S. MVP Jan Cocozziello, Westfield

2005: Union 21-14 at Kean University. MVP Chris Dreschel, Cranford

2006: Middlesex 13-7 at South Brunswick H.S. MVP Herbert Nieves, Sayreville

2007: Middlesex 17-10 at Kean University. MVP Ariel Adams, New Brunswick

2008: Middlesex 14-7 at East Brunswick H.S. MVP James White, Piscataway

2009: Middlesex 24-6 at Kean University. MVP Michael Burton, South Plainfield

2010: Middlesex 28-14 at East Brunswick H.S. MVP Mike Muha, South Brunswick

2011: Union 28-6 at Kean University. MVP Darius Mayers, Roselle

2012: Middlesex 39-15 at East Brunswick H.S. MVP Cody Zalasar, Woodbridge

2013: Middlesex 30-28 at Kean University. MVP Abdel Ragab, Edison

2014: Middlesex 34-20 at Sayreville H.S. MVP Matt Olivo, St. Joseph

2015: Middlesex 33-13 at Kean. MVP Chase Fee, Spotswood

 

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