SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Senior quarterback Duncan Roberts threw four touchdown passes in the first half, leading Ridge to a 20-point halftime lead on its way to a 47-14 rout of Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Saturday afternoon.
Roberts finished with five TD passes overall, completing 15 of 19 passes.
After Scotch Plains (0-3) erased an early 14-0 deficit with two touchdowns in the first three minutes of the second quarter, Ridge answered with a relentless aerial attack for which the Raider defense had no answers. Roberts connected with Ben Rengulbai on a 55-yard scoring pass with 6:02 left in the half to give the Red Devils a 20-14 lead.
With 3:37 showing, Roberts hit Dan Skea in stride on a post pattern for a 34-yard TD pass to push the Ridge lead to 27-14. The Red Devils had one salvo left before halftime, when Roberts clicked with wideout Kermit Hoffman on a 25-yard TD pass followed by Noah Graves' PAT for a 34-14 lead.
Ridge (2-1) had the better of the early action, with Roberts rolling out to find Matt Rusiniak on a 15-yard completion for a touchdown less than three minutes into the game. With 30 seconds left in the first quarter, Nolan Hughes took toss in the backfield from Roberts, started left, then cut back against the grain to his right and into the end zone for a 10-yard TD run and a 14-0 lead. Hughes' TD was set up by a 50-yard reception from Roberts to Skea to the 10-yard line one play after an apparent fumble recovery by Scotch Plains near midfield was ruled instead to be an incomplete pass, enabling the Red Devils to retain possession.
The Raiders got back in the game with two quick TDs in the early stages of the second quarter: A 72-yard bomb from Jack DeFouw to Marquel Taylor for one TD, then an 42-yard TD run by Taylor on a broken-field run off a direct snap with 9:10 left. Taylor, SPF's do-it-all senior, lined up as a receiver on the first TD and as the quarterback on the second TD.
Taylor finished with 110 yards on four receptions and 71 yards on 10 carries for the Raiders.