CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham football coach Dan Czepiga referred to his team as "road warriors" after the Cougars won at Madison, 28-21, on Friday night on a 36-yard touchdown run by Peter Schelling with 1:36 left in the fourth quarter.
Now in his second campaign as the Chatham head coach, Czepiga is still seeking his first home win at Cougar Field, where his mark is 0-7. It won't be easy to snap the streak with a first-ever meeting with Ridgefield High (3-0) of Connecticut visiting for the 2 p.m. kickoff.
The Tigers, ranked No. 4 in Connecticut, have posted wins over Connecticut schools Warde (21-7), New Canaan (17-14) and Staples (7-0), with an offense led by quarterback Owen Matthews. The 6-2 senior has thrown for 744 yards and with a completion rate of 63 percent and four passing TDs.
His top receivers are Gianni Gorham, who has 23 catches for 272 yards and a TD, and Owen Gaydos with 16 reception for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
COUGAR NOTES: Chatham quarterback Luke McAloon threw for 199 yards and his first two passing touchdowns in the win over Madison ... junior defensive end Will Duff was credited with three sacks vs. Madison .... senior running back/safety Peter Schelling piled up 226 total yards, which included 107 rushing yards, 80 receiving yards and a 39-yard return of an interception. He scored TDs on runs of 43 and 36 yards and also scored on a 69-yard pass play ... Linebacker Jack Kuppenheimer led with nine tackles vs. Madison while outside linebacker Ryan McArthur led with six solo tackles and a total of eight hits. Tackle Jorge Fuentes also ended with eight tackles.