HAMMONTON - Jarred Bianchini got some good advice before Saturday's 45-7 win over Middle Township.

The St. Joseph High School senior running back spoke with grandfather.

"He told me to run possessed," Bianchini said, "and I just had to listen to him."

Bianchini scored St. Joe's first touchdown on a 67-yard run in the first quarter.

***

Middle Township appeared to get a break in the second quarter, trailing 7-0.

A roughing the kicker penalty gave the Panthers the ball at the St. Joe 36-yard line.

But two plays later, Middle quarterback Nolan Quinn started to scramble. A St. Joe defender knocked the ball out of his hands. The ball flew right into the hands of St. Joe linebacker Pat Casey.

The Wildcats went on a seven-play, 49-yard scoring drive. Kaheem Reynolds' 18-yard touchdown run made it 16-0 St. Joe.

The bad break proved too much for Middle, a team that has struggled for success the past few years, to overcome.

"I thought we were playing pretty well until we turned the ball over," Panthers coach Lee Chappine said. "A good thing happened to us. We got a roughing the kicker penalty. But it ends up being a bad thing. They would have had the ball at (their own) 11-yard line. Instead, they have the ball at midfield.

"At that point emotionally, I could see we were (down). That's the fine you walk in a program like this. You're trying to convince the kids we're better than we've been, and they slip back into that mentality of the past. It's difficult."