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Ridgewood Football Picks Up a Forfeit Win Against Bergen Tech

October 15,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, according to a report on, Bergen Tech is dealing with too many injuries and was not able to compete in Thursday’s scheduled game against Ridgewood.

Sources say the Knights informed  Ridgewood head coach Chuck Johnson on Tuesday afternoon that injuries against Cliffside Park and a player suspended had left the Knights short-handed to play the undefeated Ridgewood Maroons, ranked No. 2 in latest Bergen Record public rankings.

Bergen Tech is a member of the North Jersey Super Football Conference. The Knights were 0-5 before Thursday’s forfeiture to undefeated Ridgewood, who is also ranked No. 19 in the Top 20.

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Ridgewood’s overachieving season ends with loss to Passaic Tech


By Jim Lambert NJ Advance Media for
on December 05, 2015 7:12 PM, updated December 05, 2015 7:53 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD – Ridgewood coach Chuck Johnson said the way the season ended for his team on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium can’t wash away the great and unexpected ride the Maroons took to reach the sectional final.

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Ridgewood football holds off Montclair in OT, 24-17, in North 1, Group 5 semifinals


By Jason Bernstein | For NJ Advance Media
on November 20, 2015 10:00 PM, updated November 20, 2015 10:29 PM

RIDGEWOOD — Ridgewood was seven yards from seeing its season end in bitter disappointment.Instead, the Maroons celebrated with fans storming the field, knowing a trip to MetLife Stadium awaits.

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Big Overtime win lifts Ridgewood Football to top spot in section



WAYNE — Zack Feagles and Wylie Sherman have learned that things can get better over time.

And they can get a lot better with a win in overtime.

Feagles and Sherman made the biggest offensive and defensive plays, respectively, in the extra session of Ridgewood High School’s 20-14 football victory at Passaic County Tech last Friday.

By winning that clash of the top two teams in the North 1, Group 5 sectional power points, RHS vaulted over the Bulldogs to claim the No. 1 seed in the playoff bracket. Both teams have reached the eight-game qualifying cutoff at 6-2 and have 130 and 121 power points, respectively.

With home-field advantage locked up for the first two rounds of the state tournament, Ridgewood enters tonight’s game at Passaic (1-6) looking to stay healthy and, of course, keep the good vibes going.

“This is just a dream come true for this group of kids,” Maroon head coach Chuck Johnson said. “These seniors, when they were in eighth grade, they won one game… and now, they’re the No. 1 seed.”

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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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Union City lights await Ridgewood Football in state playoffs


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Union City lights await Ridgewood Football  in state playoffs

November 14, 2014    Last updated: Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:31 AM
By Jim McConville
The Ridgewood New

RIDGEWOOD — The second season begins tonight for the Ridgewood High School football team.

The question is, will it be a one-act show, or have the Maroons learned enough throughout the fall to be able to make a serious run in the North 1, Group 5 state tournament? Ridgewood (5-4) enters the postseason as the No. 7 seed and will visit No. 2 Union City (7-2) tonight at 7.

While a 40-13 loss in the final game of the regular season may not sound like a good springboard into the playoffs, the Maroons’ effort against Bergen Catholic last Friday night actually was encouraging.

BC did hold out some of its walking wounded in a game that had absolutely no meaning to either team as far as playoff positioning was concerned, but the Crusaders’ offensive line was intact, and their quarterback and running backs did play.

The Ridgewood defense did a good job of keeping Bergen Catholic in check, and it was a 13-6 game late in the second quarter. Senior Mitch Campbell’s interception in the final minute of the period seemingly had RHS in solid shape, but a fumble on the ensuing play from scrimmage turned the ball over at the Maroon 1-yard line.

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Ridgewood Football remains undefeated


Ridgewood Football remains undefeated


RIDGEWOOD – You can just see Mitch Campbell’s eyes light up when he knows that a pass play has been called. The senior running back has been a revelation in Ridgewood’s passing game, and on Thursday night he had the big plays.

Campbell hauled in five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown, and it was his work in the first quarter that helped set the tone for Ridgewood, which remained undefeated.

Ridgewood recorded a second straight shutout, 35-0 over Kennedy, and continued its early season offensive show. It marked the 63rd time in coach Chuck Johnson’s 31 seasons that his team has recorded a shutout.

While the defense was not spectacular, Ridgewood (4-0) did produce three turnovers on fumbles, and for the second time this season stopped a team on a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Sophomore inside linebacker James Mondi, in his second varsity start, had 12 tackles and a forced fumble.

The offense did its job early, taking the opening kickoff and scoring on six plays covering 57 yards. Campbell had catches of 18 and 17 yards to set up sophomore Drew Granski’s 2-yard touchdown.

“It all starts with the offensive line,” Campbell said. “They’ve done a great job of pass blocking all year and [senior quarterback Matt] Donovan is putting it right there. All I have to do is run under it.”

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Football Preview: Ridgewood welcomes host of new faces


Football Preview: Ridgewood welcomes host of new faces

September 5, 2014    Last updated: Friday, September 5, 2014, 12:31 AM

RIDGEWOOD – What a difference a year makes.

Last season, the Ridgewood High School football team was built for the now, with 31 seniors and expectations of reaching the North 1, Group 5 championship game, which it did.

This season, the Maroons are building toward an uncertain future.

Not only did the bulk of their starters graduate, but four assistant coaches elected not to return, including the offensive and defensive coordinators and the line coach. In their place are a couple of old returning faces in Jim Stroker and Mark Aramburu, plus a group of younger coaches.

“We are green as the grass,” RHS head coach Chuck Johnson said. “There are a lot of unknowns, but it has really been fun so far, and I’m excited to see where this goes.”

The first Maroon victory this season will be the 200th of Johnson’s 31-year career at Ridgewood (he has 35 more wins from his six seasons at Bogota from 1978-83), but milestones are taking a back seat to player development.

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