BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Ridge football team's reward for winning a game in the first round of the state playoffs is a rematch with the team it lost to in the regular season finale.
Ridge (6-4) will travel to meet Bridgewater-Raritan (10-0) for the second Friday night in three weeks for a 7 p.m. meeting this Friday. Two weeks ago, Bridgewater-Raritan, the top seed in Section 2, Group 5, defeated the Red Devils, 47-27, in the last game of the regular season.
But Ridge rebounded with a strong effort on the road in the opening round of the playoffs, a 42-28 victory at Elizabeth. Senior quarterback Duncan Roberts was a model of efficiency in that game, completing 11 of 12 passes for 131 yards. But most of the damage done by Ridge was on the ground, where Ben Rengulbai rushed for 111 yards on 27 carries with four TDs to pace an attack that had three Red Devils runners gain 64 or more yards.
It was the fifth time in 10 games that Ridge has scored more than 40 points in a game. Bridgewater-Raritan has done that three times, including each of the last two weeks--following up its victory over Ridge with a 41-14 victory over East Orange in the first round of the playoffs.
The winner of this game will earn a spot in the sectional Group 5 championship game the first weekend in December. The championship games will take place at either MetLife Stadium or Rutgers University.