How good is this team?
That is a question that begs to be answered after the Maroons scored early and often for the second straight week. Ridgewood wasted little time, as Jonathan Davila’s 95-yard opening kickoff return touchdown sent the Maroons on the way to a 50-14 defeat of Eastside at Bauerle Field.
The first team offense and defense rolled to a 50-0 lead at the half before taking the rest of the evening off.
The offense has now scored on each of the 15 possessions they have played in the first two games while the first team defense has allowed a meager 31 yards in its two halves of play.
“Right now everything is clicking,” Maroon linebacker Eric Lewis said. “We’ve been really prepared for each game and executed at a high level.”
Lewis made 10 tackles, including six for loss, with a sack. Eastside (0-2) mustered only 16 yards of offense in the first half and their only first down came on an 11-yard scramble by quarterback Tahj Upshaw.
Cooper Telesco scored three touchdowns for Ridgewood (2-0), two on the ground and one on a pass from Jamal Locke.
Telesco, a sophomore, had 119 yards rushing on 12 carries as Ridgewood had 309 yards of offense in the first half.
Locke scored on a short run and was 4 of 5 passing for 82 yards and the touchdown. Tim Bonanno and Jake Sabatini each ran for scores as the Maroons racked up eight plays of 15 yards or more in the opening two quarters.
Ridgewood will now turn its attention to Hackensack on Sept. 27.
Ridgewood coach Chuck Johnson, who won his 225th career game (190 with Ridgewood), was pleased with his team’s play but the joy was overshadowed by the loss of two players.
Senior brothers Connor and Paul McDade suffered serious knee injuries on the same kickoff, one where Ridgewood recovered a fumble. The injuries occurred within a few feet of each other.
Marlon Ebanks scored the two Eastside touchdowns, one on a 51-yard run and the other on an 18-yard pass from Upshaw late in the game