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R,H.S. football: Ridgewood flexes its muscles

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R,H.S. football: Ridgewood flexes its muscles
Saturday, September 28, 2013
BY  JIM MCCONVILLE
SPECIAL TO THE RECORD
The Record

RIDGEWOOD – It was game that resembled a boxing match. Hackensack landed a few good shots but every time Ridgewood answered back with a haymaker of its own. When it was all said and done, the Maroons put themselves in the conversation about North Jersey’s top football teams.

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Ridgewood quarterback Jamal Locke, who ran for 105 yards in the first half, looking for an open downfield target Friday night.

Using a big-play, quick-strike offense, Ridgewood went up, 14-0, early and answered each Hackensack touchdown on the way to a 49-21 win that moves it to 3-0 heading into the bye week.

“We got punched in the mouth,” Ridgewood coach Chuck Johnson said, “But what really pleased me was our response. We didn’t flinch. We went right back to work.”

The offensive assault came from a number of levels. Quarterback Jamal Locke and Doug Barnes hooked up on two deep passes in the first quarter, the first a 49-yarder setting up the first of Jake Sabatini’s two touchdowns and the second a 36-yard scoring strike.

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3 thoughts on “R,H.S. football: Ridgewood flexes its muscles

  1. So far the schedule maker has been extremely kind to RHS.

    That changes when Paramus Catholic comes to town this Friday……


  2. Anonymous:

    So far the schedule maker has been extremely kind to RHS.
    That changes when Paramus Catholic comes to town this Friday……

    Real nice. Why try to belittle the boys’ accomplishment? Did that make you feel better? Good thing they are smart enough not to listen to someone like you. Good job RHS Football team — we are proud of you.

  3. No one is trying to belittle the team. It is a fact that these opening games where a little light on competition. The point is that these are not “accomplishments” . . . rolling over weak opponants is kind of a given, #1 says that the RHS schedule has been kind to them so far and that is true.

    Was it “real nice” when RHS rolled over Kennedy in their 53-7 victory. RHS scored on their first eight possessions and still had their first team defense in in the 4th quarter when they were up 50 – 0. Did it feel good to beat down the Kennedy team and embarrass them? It’s a good thing that they are listening to Chuck Johnson, right?

    Sorry, but I was not proud of the team or Ridgewood after that beat down.

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