BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The undefeated Bridgewater-Raritan football team survived a dramatic comeback by Ridge to hold on for a 30-29 victory in overtime in the semifinal round of the Section 2, Group 5 playoffs Friday night.
Bridgewater-Raritan (11-0) ran out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, but Ridge (6-5), which still trailed, 23-7, at halftime, scored touchdowns with two-point conversions in both the third and the fourth quarters to forge a 23-23 tie and force overtime.
In OT, John Kaye's 3-yard TD run and Justin Davidovicz' point-after kick gave Bridgewater a 30-23 lead on its initial OT possession. When Ridge got the ball, the Red Devils scored on Kermit Hoffman's 3-yard TD run and then elected to go for the win instead of the tie, but the pass for the two-point conversion was incomplete.
Duncan Roberts finished 17-for-24 passing for 196 yards and a TD for Ridge. Hoffman had 160 yards of total offense, with six catched for 84 yards and a TD and 13 carries for 76 yards and another TD on the ground. Ben Rengulbai had 14 carries for 59 yards in the loss. Linebacker Matt Rusinak stood out on defense for Ridge with 15 tackles.
For Bridgewater, Kaye scored two TDs and QB Eric Nickel threw two TD passes.