GLEN RIDGE, NJ--The Glen Ridge High football team got off to a good start in 2020, defeating Indian Hills, at home, 30-6, in an Ivy Division game.
Head coach Steve Trivino's team will be on the road for the next three weeks, starting on Oct. 10, with a 2 p.m. kickoff at Dwight Morrow High School, in Englewood. Games at Caldwell, on Oct. 16, and Fair Lawn, on Oct. 24 follow, before the Ridgers are home for a contest vs. Tenafly, on Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. The regular season concludes on Nov. 6, with a road game, before what should be a pair of games in November to determine a conference championship.
In his third season at the helm, Trivino has seen steady improvement from his team.
"I thought we played well against Indian Hills," said Trivino. "I was happy with our play up front and the way we were able to control the ball. It wasn't pretty, but it was effective, in that we kept the game plan simple, and ran well."
The Ridgers got off to a fast start, taking a 13-0 lead by halftime, on 25-yard run by James McCarren in the first quarter and a 60-yard scoring jaunt in the second quarter by Ethan Lyons, followed by the point after kick from Matt McCann.
The only scoring in the third quarter was a 19-yard field goal by McCann, which extended Glen Ridge's lead to 16-0. In the fourth, Glen Ridge wrapped up the victory, as Ryan O'Neil hit Kevin Easter with a scoring strike, and later, McCarren's second score of the game, this time on a 38-year run. McCann added a pair of point after kicks in the fourth quarter, as well.
McCarren, a junior, rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries while Lyons had 116 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown.
"Lyons was a huge surprise for us," said Trivino. "He's a sophomore and came up with a tremendous game. He and James McCarren ran the ball really well, and the line did an excellent job. James is fast and a strong kid."
The Ridgers' offensive line was outstanding. Charlie Vigna and Brady Morin were the tackles while Dean Geraci and Jake Russell started at guard. The center was Tom Hausmann. Geraci was also a force at defensive tackle.
Trivino was also pleased with the turnout of fans. While there was a limited number of fans who could come into the stadium, many were lined up on Bloomfield Avenue, watching behind the fence, and social distancing, as well.