Rebounding from a tough loss a week earlier, the Glen Ridge High football team improved to 2-2 by defeating Fair Lawn, 32-14, in an Ivy League contest in Fair Lawn, on Oct. 24.
Coach Steve Trivino's team will host an undefeated Tenafly team, on Oct. 31, starting at 1 p.m.
The win over Fair Lawn provided Glen Ridge its best start after four games since 2017.
The Ridgers had lost to Caldwell, 39-0, on Oct. 16, after losing to Dwight Morrow by 20 points two weeks ago, so Trivino knew his team needed to regroup.
"After a tough loss to Caldwell, our boys took a new attitude in practice," said Trivino. "They competed each day and pushed themselves with more live situations and tougher conditioning."
Glen Ridge utilized a marvelous rushing game as James McCarren a junior, rushed for 216 yards and scored twice while Najm Wright, also a junior, had 105 yards on the ground and scored once. Needless to say, the Ridgers' offensive line dominated.
"James and Najm, along with (running back) Ryan O’Neil all supported each other with their roles in our Wing T offense," said Trivino. "The highlight of the day was a brother-to-brother touchdown pass from (quarterback) Dylan O'Neil to Ryan, with no time on the clock before halftime to go ahead, 18-14."
Trivino also praised his team's defense.
"The defense was smothering, allowing only one big run in the first half for a score and than shutting down Fair Lawn the rest of the game," the coach said.
McCarren also excelled on defense, with 13 tackles while Dean Geraci had 11 tackles, Brady Morin finished with seven stops and Wright and Charlie Vigna had five tackles each.
Leading 18-14 at the half, Glen Ridge put the game away on McCarren's second rushing score in the third quarter and a 3-yard run by Ryan O'Neil in the fourth. Max Carbonell added both point after kicks and finished with three successful conversions in the game.