GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- Entering his third season as head football coach at Glen Ridge High, Steve Trivino has seen a lot of promise in the program, but, like all other coaches, is cautiously optimistic about his team playing this fall.
The Ridgers are scheduled to open the season on the weekend of Oct. 2, at home, against Indian Hills. Glen Ridge is a part of the new Ivy White Division this fall. The team's other five regular season opponents will be at Dwight Morrow, on Oct. 9, Dover, at home, on Oct. 16, at Fair Lawn, on Oct. 23 and home games opposite Tenafly, on Oct. 30 and Ferris of Jersey City, on the first weekend of November.
The team will then play two 'playoff format' kind of games, depending on the outcome of the regular season.
Glen Ridge finished the 2019 season with a 3-7 record, including wins over Montclair Kimberley, Newark Collegiate and Wood Ridge.
Being a small school, the numbers for football are always a challenge. But Trivino has been optimistic about the prospective number of players coming out for the team this season. Glen Ridge will begin 'Phase 1' of practice, on Aug. 17. Once school starts, there will be a small break before the players can begin practicing in pads, around mid September. The Ridgers will play one game scrimmage, against Caldwell High, before the regular season opener against Indian Hills.
"The numbers have looked good," said Trivino. "I won't be able to start working with them until Aug. 17, but we have had some Zoom meetings and the kids seem excited. We have about 33 kids in the program."
The Ridgers had ended the '19 season well, and the junior varsity program did an excellent job in a late-season game against one of the stronger programs in Northern New Jersey, Wayne Valley.
"Our kids are showing toughness," said Trivino. "And that's been good to see."
Obviously, the state of athletics for high school football in New Jersey this fall continues to be a challenge. There is optimism that sports will go off, as scheduled, but that can also change.
The team has been working out with its three team captains, Kevin Easter, Charlie Vigna and Dean Geraci leading the way. Easter is a wide receiver and defensive back while Vigna and Geraci are talented linemen.
"Conditioning is key right now," said Trivino. "And when we get together, as a team, on Aug. 17, that will be our Phase 1, too, to continue the conditioning aspect."
The coaching staff includes Carl Houser, Tom Novack and Kyle Copeland.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the kids soon," said Trivino. "We all want to get out there and begin practice."