BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Ridge Red Devils went into Plainfield Saturday afternoon looking to come away with their second win of the season (2-4). After leading throughout the game, Ridge was only seconds and a good play away from being the Cardinals first victim of the 2014 season.
“It is always tough to come to Plainfield,” said Ridge head coach Bill Tracy. “They always play hard here, they have a lot of talent and their coach is doing a really nice job with the team.”
Both teams were charged up for the contest, but it was Ridge that would strike first when junior fullback Ben Rengulbai took a handoff over the goal line for a one yard run. Rengulbia would follow that up with another short run to put the Red Devils up 14-0 going into halftime.
The second half would see scores by senior halfback Will Vogt of 20 yards in the third quarter and a 7 yard run in the fourth. This put Ridge up 28-6 and the game looked to be well in hand.
With less than 3 minutes remaining in the game and Ridge still leading 28-6, Plainfield found new life and pounded the Ridge defense scoring two touchdowns and a 2 point conversion to bring the score to 28-21. And they weren’t done. Plainfield was driving and had a last opportunity to score with under a minute to go moving the ball into Ridge territory but gave up the ball up on an interception. Ridge would run out the clock taking home a 29-21 victory.
“We are really at a good point in our season where we are definitely competing better than where we were before, “said senior Ryan Walsh after the game. “I am feeling really optimistic about the rest of our season.”
“It seemed like this game was never going to end, I felt like I was on the field for so long in the fourth quarter,” said junior Luke Olmstead. “But we fought back. It wasn’t easy for us, but we did it.”
“Crazy game,” said senior Will Vogt, who had two touchdowns in the game. “The beginning and end of the game were really different. At the end, we kind of set back and let them get back in it. We had a lot of injuries, but a bunch of kids came in, rallied back and played their hearts out. We are seeing a lot of improvement.”
“It has been a crazy season,” said head coach Bill Tracy. “I’ve seen a lot of things I’ve never seen before and today was another day of firsts. To the kid’s credit, they hung in and battled. This week we talked a lot about breaking through and finishing and they did. I am really proud of that.”
Ridge will play undefeated Linden (6-0) at Linden Friday night at 7 p.m.