GLEN RIDGE, NJ--The Glen Ridge High football team has shown marked improvement in head coach Steve Trivino’s second year at the helm.

The Ridgers were 2-4 heading into a game at Montclair Immaculate on Oct. 19, starting at 1 p.m. The team ends the regular season on Nov. 2, with a game at Verona.

Glen Ridge’s two wins so far were against Montclair Kimberley, 30-12, and Newark Collegiate, 27-13, in a game the Ridgers trailed, 13-0, before rallying back.

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“That was a great win for us,” said Trivino of the victory over Newark Collegiate. “We’re down, 13-9, in the second half and come back to score 27 points in front of a big Homecoming crowd.”

Trivino noted that team captain Jackson Crutchfield returned from knee surgery to rush for 100 yards and score a pair of touchdowns. 

The Ridgers played a tremendous game on Oct. 12, but fell short against Hoboken, 26-21, at Hurrell Field. Glen Ridge quarterback Ben Bronstein passed for 106 yards while wide receiver Patrick Bronander had 79 yards in receptions. On defense, Brendan Easter had 13.5 tackles.

Glen Ridge’s touchdowns came on a 16-yard run by Crutchfield, a 73-yard kickoff return from Colin Ducey and a 35-yard pass from Bronstein to Bronander. Matt McCann converted three successful point-after kicks. 

Bronstein had an excellent game in a victory over MKA, on Sept. 14 , as he passed for 151 yards and scored on a 48-yard run. The Ridgers were also led by Njam Wright, who scored on a 3-yard run, James McCarren, who scored on a 4-yard run and Bronander’s 78-yard scoring run. Bronander finished the game with 105 yards on the ground and Bronstein rushed for 67.

Ducey caught four passes for 115 yards and McCann kicked three point-after conversions and nailed a 20-yard field goal. 

The team also played well in a 30-20 setback to Shabazz, on opening day, and dropped games to strong teams in Weequahic and Cedar Grove. Brendan Easter had 10 tackles to lead the defense against Cedar Grove while Kevin Easter caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Ryan O’Neil and McCann kicked a 37-yard field goal. Bronander led the rushing attack with 74 yards and Kevin Easter had three catches for 73 yards.

Versus Weequahic, Bronstein and O’Neil each threw a touchdown pass, Bronander rushed for 65 yards and Brandon Easter and Ducey caught scoring passes. Brandon Easter also paced the defense, again, with 10 tackles.