The swarms of Phillipsburg-area youth football players who covered the field in their colorful jerseys before Friday night's 47-13 Stateliner win over Franklin in Mid-State 37 Delaware Division action had to be inspired by their heroes' play.
Phillipsburg scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to capture the season-opener for both teams.
The Stateliners will continue their homestand next week when Hunterdon Central visits for a divisional clash.
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