WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield High School varsity football team will bring a 14-game win streak into Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest against Ridge at Gary Kehler Stadium. The streak is the current longest in New Jersey.
Hoboken defeated Verona last weekend, ending a string of 23 straight wins by the Hillbillies and leaving the Blue Devils with the state’s longest win streak.
It all began in the ice and snow and wind and general miserableness of Hub Stine Field, on Thanksgiving morning 2014 when they beat Plainfield 6-0 in overtime. The 12-0 season of 2015 followed, although it produced a couple of scares – 10-7 victories over Linden and Bridgewater-Raritan.
The current team opened up last Friday night with a 30-0 victory at Linden.
Ridge won’t be an easy opponent. Coached by former WHS assistant Bill Tracy, the Red Devils have split four previous meetings with WHS. Ridge won in 2008 and 2013; Westfield won, 21-14, in 2014 and 37-15 last fall. Ridge opened with a 31-21 victory over Montgomery last week, when RJ Milligan and Dan Skea each scored two TDs.
Westfield has had some long winning streaks in the past.
From 1968-73, the Blue Devils had a 48-game unbeaten streak in football, a state record for almost 20 years.
The Blue Devils football team, under head coach Gary Kehler and assistants Dick Zimmer and Al Leonzi, won the last six games of the 1968 season.
For almost five full seasons, the football team did not lose another game. Playing teams like Clark, Cranford, Middletown, Montclair, Nutley, Plainfield, Rahway, Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Union, they went 46-0-2.
Then, one week after WHS and Nutley battled to a 0-0 tie in a matchup of the state’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams at the Nutley Oval, mighty Montclair rallied for a 20-15 victory at Woodman Field that ended WHS’ streak after 48 games.