As he begins a third season as head football coach at Glen Ridge High, Steve Trivino is pleased with the progress of the program.
The Ridgers will play a game scrimmage on Sept. 25, in a 4 p.m. start, at Roselle Park.
Glen Ridge then opens the regular season on Oct. 3, with a 2 p.m. kickoff, against Indian Hills in an Ivy League matchup, at Hurrell Field. The Ridgers then hit the road for three consecutive games, at Dwight Morrow, in Englewood, on Oct. 10, at 2 p.m., at Caldwell, on Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. and then a contest at Fair Lawn, on Oct. 24, at 2:30 p.m. On Oct. 31, the team returns home to play Tenafly, at 1 p.m.
The regular season concludes on Nov. 6, at Dickinson High of Jersey City, in a 6 p.m. start. There could also be at least one, or perhaps two more games into the abbreviated season, in the second and third week of November.
The new schedule this fall should be a good test for Glen Ridge.
"It's good for us," said Trivino, an educator who grew up in Caldwell, and later was an assistant coach at Caldwell High. "Our numbers are improving, overall. We have some tough kids, decent size on the line, but obviously, we need to stay healthy."
The team captains are seniors Charlie Vigna, Kevin Easter and Dean Geraci.
Trivino's coaching staff features Tom Novak, Art Paulina, Kyle Copeland and Carl Houser.
During the summer, the Ridgers went through Phase 1 of practice for two weeks, The team then returned to practice, with pads and heat acclimation on Sept. 11.
"The kids are in decent shape, and that was good to see," said Trivino. "I like the work ethic I'm seeing in practice."