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Chuck Johnson Gets his 270th Career Win ,as Ridgewood Gets past Passaic Tech

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Maroons got the better of a fumble exchange in the fourth quarter to overcome a 13-10 deficit and pull out a 24-13 win over Passaic Tech. The win was the 270th win for Ridgewood coach Chuck Johnson’s 41-year career (235th at Ridgewood) and the Maroons improved their record to 2-1 on the season and also picked up their first division win after playing two independent games. eer Wins as Ridgewood will look to get a third straight win next Friday when they head to Bauerle Field in Paterson to take on Eastside.

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Reader says Chuck Johnson was right not to let his kids do the post-game handshake with Montclair after their supporters ran onto the field

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Big end of game brawl yesterday btwn Hackensack and Teaneck.
Star Ledger had the story but Gannett / The Record did not.

And by the way, Chuck Johnson was right not to let his kids do the post-game handshake with Montclair after their supporters ran onto the field.

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Touring the camps: Ridgewood football


AUGUST 23, 2015    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2015, 1:20 AM

RIDGEWOOD – There is a very different feel to the Ridgewood football team as it embarks on the 2015 campaign. The first thing that pops out is the filled-out bodies, especially among the linemen.

There is also a different intensity, one likely borne out of the disappointing way the Maroons ended the 2014 season. After starting 5-0 and outscoring opponents 220-24, they fell prey to their success.

A 35-0 loss to Paramus, a defeat that head coach Chuck Johnson called, “one of the most embarrassing moments in my 30 years here,” started a five-game losing streak.

Senior Mike Kendrick probably said it best when he recalled, “we basically got smacked in the mouth and didn’t react.”

That memory is what drives Kendrick and the rest of the seniors. You can see it in practice, as there is an extra spark to every drill.

“We’re learning from the mistakes of last year,” said Kendrick, the left tackle and only returning starter on the offensive line. “We know we have to be better than last year. We’re watching every film to see where it went wrong and focusing on being better and working on getting stronger to be able to go up against the better linemen.”

Johnson was proud that six of his players bench pressed more than 300 pounds this spring, a sign that the Maroons have bought into the work ethic.

The linemen, offensively and defensively, average an extra 20 pounds per man. How strength translates to blocking schemes is still a big question.

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Ridgewood High School Football delivers head coach his 200th Maroon win


Ridgewood High School Football delivers head coach his 200th Maroon win


RIDGEWOOD — Taking the football field before the season-opening game against Passaic last Friday, Ridgewood High School head coach Chuck Johnson had no idea what to expect. With a team that had little varsity experience, there was a sense of the unknown.

Four quarters later, there was a different sense — one of joy. Not only did the Maroons take care of business, but they accomplished a piece of history in the process.

Their 53-6 trouncing of the Indians was surprising in the margin of victory, but it also marked the 200th win of Johnson’s Ridgewood tenure. In his 31st season at the helm, the coach is now 200-105-1 at RHS and 235-124-2 overall, including his six seasons as head coach at Bogota (1978-83).

“I would have been happy with a 28-0 or 35-7 win,” he said. “To do this was more than I expected. We came out without any injuries, too, which is wonderful.”

That means the Maroons (1-0) will be real close to full strength Saturday when they travel to Fair Lawn for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Cutters (1-0) had a surprising win of their own last week, 22-0 over Clifton.

Ridgewood senior Mitch Campbell, who sat out last game with an injury, will be back at cornerback and running back. Sophomore Jack Kiernan is likely still a week away, and sophomore Alec Jacobson could also be back in a week.

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