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