RIDGEWOOD, NJ - If you see the Hasbrouck Heights football team playing rock-paper-scissors on the sidelines, they are not fooling around. They are prepping for “overtime’.
In a battle between a Group I power and Group 5 powers junior varsity teams, Hasbrouck Heights and Ridgewood battled to a 12-12 on Monday afternoon in Ridgewood. Afterwards, the players jokingly played a round of rock-paper-scissors to determine the winner of the game. Ridgewood representative won with “paper” over Hasbrouck Heights rep’s “rock” in the second round. (Both threw “rock”).
(While rock-paper-scissors did actually occur, the game is still a 12-12 tie.)
The Aviators started the game off strong, as Blake Freschi came up with a fumble off the opening kickoff, giving Hasbrouck Heights the ball in Ridgewood field position early to start the game.
Taking advantage of the turnover, the Aviators got on the board first, with quarterback Brendan Miller running in from five yards out for an early 6-0 lead. The conversion failed.
Ridgewood tied the game quickly, capitalizing on a long kickoff run to start in good field position. Five plays later, a 22-yard run around the right end made the score 6-6. The conversion failed.
The Aviators responded with a drive of their own, moving the ball deep into Ridgewood territory. But Mohammed Assaf was stripped of the ball after a 12-yard run, with a Maroon player scooping the ball and running to the Ridgewood 35.
Ridgewood would capitalize in 10 plays to score their second touchdown of the game and take 12-6 lead. The kick was blocked.
The Aviators would move the ball back down the field, but the drive stalled as the first half came to an end.
After the Aviators punted the ball way on their first possession of the second half, the Aviator defense came up with a huge defensive series. On second and 10 at the Heights 46, Trey Armonaitis sacked the Ridgewood quarterback, setting up a third and 17. After a 10-yard gain, the Aviators defense shut down the Ridgewood offense on fourth down, giving the Aviators some some momentum.
The Aviators capitalized on the change in possession, as well as the change in quarter, taking 12 plays to tie the game on Anthony Grasso’s 2-yard touchdown to tie the score at 12-12. The Aviators could not convert the conversion, and the game remained tied at 12 with about 6 minutes left in the game. (Scoreboard was not on during the game).
Another big kickoff return gave the Maroons good field position, and two big runs put Ridgewood at the Aviators 6-yard line. But on first and goal, the Aviators popped the ball loose and David Morgan came out of the pile with the ball, averting the Ridgewood threat.
The Aviators backed up deal in the territory with under four minutes remaining in the game were not able to get a drive going to challenge the Ridgewood goal.
An untimed play, after Ridgewood was called for unnecessary roughness on a sack of Miller on the final play, was stopped by the Maroons, ending the game tied at 12.
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