WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The legs and arm of quarterback Michael Giancaspro were the story as Wood-Ridge defeated Bogota, 31-0, in North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Patriot League action Friday night at Donna Ricker Field in Wood-Ridge. The Blue Devils improved to 1-1 on the season while the Buccaneers fell to 0-2.
Giancaspro rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns while completing 7-of-12 for 83 yards and one touchdown. His only hiccups on the night were two interceptions during the game.
The Blue Devils scored on the game’s first possession, coming out throwing the ball on the Buccaneer defense. The drive took 5:28 off the clock, and was highlighted two Giancaspro passes, one to junior wide receiver Lamont Hogan for 33 yards, taking the ball to Bogota 12. The next play, Giancaspro hit Jake Colon for 12 yards a 6-0 Blue Devils lead.
Kicker Mathew Roncaioli, who was perfect on the evening, blasted his first extra point through the uprights for a 7-0 lead.
Bogota tried to answer back, as quarterback Andrew Miller and running back Nicholas Martinez moved the ball into Wood-Ridge territory. Following two Martinez runs to get the ball inside the 20-yard line. Bogota was faced with a fourth and inches and a chance to move to tie the game.
But two consecutive false starts on the Buccaneer line moved set up a fourth and 10, and the Wood-Ridge defense held as Drew Tomat and Eric Drotos sacked Miller, turning the ball over on downs to the Blue Devils at their own 27.
Giancaspro started moving the Blue Devils back down the field, but the drive ended when Giancaspro’s pass was picked off by Martinez at the Bogota 22.
Bogota, after one first down, was forced to punt, but Hogan returned Miller’s put 44 yards down to Buccaneer 21 yard line. It took Giancaspro one play to atone for his earlier mistake, scampering into the end zone lead with 7:45 remaining in the first half. Roncaioli’s kick was good, for a 14-0 Blue Devil lead.
Following a Bogota punt on the next possession to midfield, Giancaspro’s legs took over once again, covering 43 of the 50 yards on the drive on just five carries, scoring from a yard out with a 1:13 remaining in the half. Roncaioli’s kick was good, for a 21-0 Blue Devil lead, going into the half.
Roncaioi’s field goal with 2:13 remaining in the third quarter gave the Blue Devils a 24-0 lead heading into the final quarter.
Bogota’s offense, which had been stymied all game long by the Blue Devils line, continued their woes in the fourth. Forced to pass, the Buccaneer offense once again turned the ball over to Wood-Ridge on downs in good field position.
Moving back down the field, Giancaspro threw his second interception into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter. The Buccaneers' last attempt at a drive failed, however when Stephen Drotos sacked Miller on a fourth and ten, giving the ball back to Giancaspro once last time.
For the second time in the game, Giancaspro scored on the first play back with the ball after committing a turnover, dashing from 28 yards for the evening’s final score. Roncaioli’s kick was good, for a 31-0 Blue Devil lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
“That is what happens when you play football, “ said Wood-Ridge head coach Charlie Trentacosti. “Tonight we did not make mistakes, we executed the game plan, everyone did their jobs, and this was the result.”
Box Score 1 2 3 4 Final
Bogota 0 0 0 0 0
Wood-Ridge 7 14 3 7 31
1Q - Giancaspro to Colon 12 yard pass (Ronciaoli kick)
2Q- Giancaspro 21 yard run (Ronciaoli kick)
2Q - Giancsaspro 1 yard run (Ronciaoli kick)
3Q - Ronciaoli 29 yard field goal
4Q - Giancaspro 28 yard run (Ronciaoli kick)