The Mainland Regional High School football team held off Pleasantville 28-13 Thursday night in a game that was called at halftime because of lightning.

Mainland Regional athletic director Mike Gatley said that when a game is stopped at halftime or beyond and one team is leading by 15 points or more the contest can be considered a completed game.

Gatley said the decision is according to New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and National Federation of State High School Association rules.

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A Mike Juliano 44-yard field goal just before halftime gave Mainland a 28-13 lead.

Before the lightning, Pleasantville - which hasn't won since 2009 - showed it's an improved team.

Pleasantville took a 13-7 first-quarter lead on a touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Foster.

Mainland pulled away in the second half Nick Droboniku caught a touchdown pass and the Mustangs recorded two safeties.

One came when Mike Bell sacked the Pleasantville punter in the end zone.

Mainland running back Qwin Vitale ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter - one after Kenny Randall recovered a Pleasantville fumble.


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