Come and help us honor the 2015 RHS Football team at the year end banquet. Below is a document with all the details.
Thanks to all the players and coaches for the 2015 season. We are proud of you.
Thanks to families, fans and friends of the RHS football program
- When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:00pm
- Where: The Ridgewood Women’s Club (215 W. Ridgewood Ave.)
- Tickets: $75 per person (Beefsteak Dinner with Beer and Wine included.)
This annual event serves as a key fundraiser to support the activities of the RHS Football Scholarship Committee. Please feel free to extend the invitation to anyone who would like to support the RHS Football Team. It is an exciting evening of raffles, auctions and prizes, but most of all a time to celebrate with our community and our fellow football families and fans.
You can purchase tickets for the dinner online at www.ridgewoodfootball.org,at the merchandising tent during home games or mail checks made out to RHS FSC to P.O. Box 1338 Ridgewood, NJ 07451-1338.
Come join us for a night of family fun, food and drink (beer/wine $2), games for the kids, and live music. All are welcome!
When: Sat. Sept. 20th, 6pm – 10pm.
Where: Vets field, Ridgewood
Cost : prior to event: Adult ($20), Child (16U) ($10), Family ($50)
at event: Adult ($25), Child (16U) ($15), Family ($60)
Welcome back. Stay tuned for updates for the upcoming season
See you on the field
THE 4th ANNUAL RIDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING
(click on title bar “2014 Alumni Golf Outing” for registration and credit card payments)
Monday, June 23, 2014 at the High Mountain Golf Club
18 Holes of Golf with Cart Full Buffet Lunch
Soda and Beer on the Course Dinner with Soda, Beer, and Wine
Golf Awards, Raffle, Prizes
Schedule of Events:
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Golf-Shotgun Start
5:30 pm Cocktails
6:30 pm Dinner with Raffle and Auction
Paramus Bows out of Annual Turkey Bowl Rivalry Game!
Thanksgiving Day will mark the end of an era and a longstanding tradition for the Ridgewood & Paramus High School football teams. Next Thursday’s annual rivalry game and fan favorite will be the last one Ridgewood & Paramus will be playing on Turkey Day. The move is prompted by concern over the effect of the Thanksgiving Day games on teams trying to win a state championship.
This year’s game is a perfect example; both teams enter the game with nothing to gain and plenty to lose after earning births into their group state championships on December 7th. “If your ultimate goal is to win a state championship and you play deep into the playoffs, you face the ‘if’ factor with the Thanksgiving Day game,” Coach Dan Sabella said. “And that affects the quality and caliber of that game if you decide to rest the starters and go with the backup players. “The way the format is now and with the extra playoff rounds, it kind of forces you to get out of the Thanksgiving Day game. Ninety percent of the state teams have already gotten away from Thanksgiving Day games and we’ve been in the minority here,” he said.
Sabella explained that the whole school got involved in the decision, from the athletic director, to the principal to the superintendent, to the Board of Education. He noted that Paramus will continue to play Ridgewood in a regular season game.
In 1984, Paramus began a new Thanksgiving Day series with Ridgewood that lasted five years, which after a 10-year hiatus, was resumed in 1999. Ridgewood has dominated the series, winning 16 of the 19 games played to date.
BY JIM MCCONVILLE
RIDGEWOOD – It has been an incredible season already for the Ridgewood football team’s offense. It is averaging 51 points a game and has scored at least 41 points in each of its nine wins this season.
So prolific has its efforts been that it has overshadowed the Maroons’ defense, which will be front and center come Friday when the Maroons try to corral the one player who has given them fits the last two seasons.
Ridgewood takes on Passaic Tech in a rematch of a regular season game two weeks ago, one that went the way of the Maroons, 41-18. In that outing, Thomas Jefferson ran for 140 yards in just under three quarters before leaving the game with ankle soreness.
It was the third straight game of more than 100 yards against Ridgewood for Jefferson, who will be looking to extend that streak and finally push his team to a win against the Maroons, who have beat the Bulldogs three straight.
Standing in his way will be a Ridgewood defensive front seven that has been exceptional. Leading the way is inside linebacker Eric Lewis, who has 109 tackles, including 43 solos, 22½ for loss and seven sacks. Talk to Lewis and he’ll be the first to say that his exploits have not been accomplished without help.
“I owe all these tackles to my teammates,” Lewis, a senior, said. “These guys have been taking on blockers for me and giving me the freedom to be able to make the stop.”
Lewis cited his fellow inside linebacker, senior Owen Smith, saying that, “he’s the reason I can take some chances on blitzes and rushes. He’s always got my back.” cadences. Against East Orange last week, they had the Jaguars’ cadence down by the second quarter and it helped Lewis time his blitzes and pick up two sacks.
Ridgewood’s 3-4 defense is designed to funnel everything back inside, which puts pressure on the outside linebackers, senior Anthony Merejo and junior Anthony
“We have to do our job and that doesn’t always show up on the stat sheet,” Merejo said. “That’s why we take pride in Eric’s numbers. His success is all of our success.”
The front three have also played a role on a defense that has allowed an average of 55 yards in the first halves of games this year. Nose tackle Paul Mallalieu and defensive tackles Aaron Martinez, Sukmin Yoon and Alec Hurley have had strong campaigns.
“We pick each other up,” Yoon said. The senior, who has three sacks and 8½ tackles for loss added, “It’s never about one guy; it’s always about the defense as a unit. We’ve played together for the last two years and now it’s like we know exactly what each of us is doing.”
– The Maroons will need a maximum effort from Lewis and company if they are going to reach a championship game for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 2003-04.
“This is the time of year that defense wins games,” Ridgewood head coach Chuck Johnson said. “Whether it is making that play when it counts the most or giving the offense field position, our fate will be tied to their success.”
Members of the 2003 Ridgewood High School North 1, Group 4 State-Championship football team gather on the field of RHS Stadium at halftime during Friday October 25th game against Fair Lawn. Hosted by the RHS Football Scholarship Committee to a pre-game tailgate party and recognition ceremony to honor the 10th anniversary of winning the state title.
BY JIM MCCONVILLE
On Friday night, the 2003 Ridgewood High School state-championship football team was honored at halftime of the Maroons’ game versus Fair Lawn. It also was an opportunity for those title holders to catch a glimpse of this year’s group, one that has drawn a lot of comparisons to their predecessors.
Glimpse is probably the right word, because if they got held up at the pre-game tailgate party, they probably missed the first team’s performance. Once again, Ridgewood made quick work of an opponent and took the second half off.
This time, it was Fair Lawn, with the Maroons scoring all eight times they had the ball on the way to a 53-6 lead at the intermission. That would also be the final score, as Ridgewood went with its second team after the break.
Now 6-0, they travel to Clifton tonight with a pretty clear picture of what they need to do in the North 1, Group 5 state-playoff bracket. Last week’s win guaranteed Ridgewood a spot in the playoffs, but just getting there isn’t going to satisfy this team.
The Maroons are presently fourth in the power-point table with a game in hand over No. 2 Passaic Tech (7-0) and No. 3 West Orange (6-1). Montclair (6-0) is on top of the heap and has also played only six games.
The Mounties play West Orange this weekend, and if Ridgewood holds any hope of getting the top seed in the section, it will need to have the Mountaineers knock off Montclair. The Maroons must also win this week and then defeat Passaic Tech next week if they want to attain one of the top two spots, which would guarantee them home games in the first two rounds.
Clifton has always proven to be a thorn in Ridgewood’s side, especially late in the season. Close losses to the Mustangs were partly responsible for knocking RHS out of the postseason in 2006 and 2011, and you can bet that the team wants no part of any Mustang resurgence this year.
“We have to keep our focus on the prize,” Ridgewood head coach Chuck Johnson said. “That means that we have to take care of business every week. This week, it’s Clifton.”
The idea that Ridgewood would slack off against a lesser opponent certainly wasn’t on display against Fair Lawn. The offense was as crisp as the fall weather, and quarterback Jamal Locke showed off his long ball on the run. Three times off “waggle” plays he went deep, throwing on the move and hitting his target all three times.
The first went for 57 yards to tight end Connor Van Caugherty, setting up the first of Jake Sabatini’s three touchdown runs (7, 5, 32 yards). The second was a 46-yarder to Doug Barnes that preceded the second of Tim Bonanno’s four touchdowns, a 17-yarder. The others were a pair of three-yard dashes and a 10-yard scamper. Bonanno rushed for 82 yards on nine carries, and Sabatini picked up 55 yards in five attempts.
The final Locke aerial was a 52-yarder where he threw across his body going left and found Van Caugherty again. That led to a Sabatini score and a 27-0 lead after one quarter. Locke was 3-for-5 passing for 155 yards and ran twice for 46 yards.
It was 33-0 after a Cooper Telesco seven-yard touchdown run when Fair Lawn became only the second team this season to score on the Ridgewood first-team defense. A defensive coverage was blown, and Tom Koike took a Dillon Romaine pass 57 yards for a TD.
“We practiced that particular play 2-3 times a day this week,” Johnson said. “We bit on the run and got burned.”
It was the only hiccup in an otherwise strong defensive half. Ridgewood forced five straight three-and-outs to start the game, one of them a third-down interception by linebacker Anthony Hroncich. The Maroons added two more after the touchdown.
If there were any negatives from the game, besides the Cutter touchdown, it would probably be on special teams. The kickoff coverage allowed returns of 27, 30 and 34 yards, and that is an area that will need to get cleaned up a bit beginning this weekend.
“Field position is always important, and we’re giving a lot away on kickoffs,” Johnson said. “We’ll have to reassess the guys out there and see if there needs to be some changes made.”
The extra-point group also had some blips, with the first kick being blocked on a middle rush and two others going wide right. Some of the issue could be the change at holder, as Jonathan Davila stepped in for Locke.
“Teams were running Jason,” said Johnson. “I don’t need my quarterback getting taken out on an extra point. Jon is a very good holder. With the short week last week, we didn’t get enough work in on the extra-point team. We’ll be better this week.”
Ridgewood did get a lift from the addition to the active lineup of two players, one from injury and one from transfer.
Co-captain Jack Foresman made his long-awaited season debut after missing the first five games with a collarbone injury. He ran for 64 yards on eight carries from the fullback spot and also got some action in at inside linebacker, where he should figure more prominently in second- and third-and-long situations.
The other new face is junior Joe Mayer, who moved into town about three weeks ago from Glen Rock. A wide receiver and safety, he participated on the kickoff team and saw some action in the defensive backfield in the second half, coming up with two tackles.
“We came out healthy [last week],” Johnson said. “Now we’ve got some depth at fullback and linebacker [with Foresman]. I thought our tempo on offense was much better in the second quarter. We looked more efficient in getting plays off quickly. That’s something we need to continue to improve upon.”