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HUDSON – South Caldwell High had three players each score twice on Thursday night as it collected the second win of head coach Marc Kirkpatrick’s career, beating visiting R-S Central 50-32.
South Caldwell won once last year — going 1-11 in Kirkpatrick’s debut season — and beat McDowell for the first career win for the former Spartans quarterback.
Martin had back-to-back scoring runs of 23 and 25 yards to break a 26-all tie.
The Spartans led 42-26 with three minutes, 13 seconds to play and C.J. Hannon got the Hilltoppers (1-4) within 42-32 with a 2-yard run with 1:45 to play, his fifth TD of the game.
Piercy broke a run for 57 yards for the game’s final score.
South Caldwell led 12-6 after one quarter after Isaiah Kirby and Piercy sandwiched scoring runs around Hannon’s first TD on an 8-yard run.
Hannon’s 4-yard run gave R-S Central a lead before Raynor ran 49 yards for a TD and an 18-13 lead at the half.
R-S Central scored about five minutes into the second half, on Hannon’s 1-yard run, and led 20-18.
Raynor’s TD regained a 26-20 lead for South Caldwell heading into the fourth quarter.
Hannon ran 6 yards for a TD in the opening minute of the fourth quarter for a 26-all tie.
Martin scored his first TD and the Spartans tacked on a two-point conversion run to go up by eight points. That lead was extended seven minutes later on Martin’s 25-yard run.
South Caldwell, which scored 44 points the week before in a 70-44 loss to East Rutherford, opens its Northwestern 3A-4A schedule on Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Watauga in Hudson.