BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The Westfield varsity football team fell to Ridge High School Friday night in the first round of playoffs by a 35-28 score.
The Blue Devils trailed early, but rallied to make a close game of it.
Despite the loss, Westfield Coach DeSarno acknowledged the positive effort the team brought out to the field.
“I’m really proud of our players. We played a really good football team today and we gave it our best shot,” said DeSarno. “We left it all out on the field, which is what you want to do in a game like this…our kids did a great effort today.”
Westfield junior Jack Simcox said that the team “played hard and kept fighting the entire game. It is really a testament to how strong this senior class is and this team as a whole after going down early and fighting back.” According to Simcox, the team “all wanted this more than anything. I couldn’t be prouder of the way we fought.”
Ridge came out strong, scoring two touchdowns in the first 10 minutes of the game, showing a good offense. Westfield stepped up to the challenge and with just seconds remaining in the first quarter, senior Eugene Rawles scored a 35-yard touchdown. In the following quarter, Chris Hogge threw a TD pass to Dylan Elliot.
Ridge soon gained possession and managed another touchdown, yet the Blue Devils fought back on a touchdown pass caught by senior David Kane that tied up the game moving in to the second half.
Ridge scored twice on rushing TDs to close out the game.
Westfield’s next game will be played on Thanksgiving Day against Plainfield at Gary Kehler Stadium.