NUTLEY, NJ – After dropping their first three contests, the Nutley Raiders football team surpassed the Irvington Blue Knights in the second quarter Saturday afternoon and maintained that lead for the rest of the game for a final score of 34-12.
In a post-game interview, the proud Head Coach Steve DiGregorio described his team’s tactic for success as one in which they played 100 percent for the entire 48 minutes, something they did not do in the season’s first three games.
“We played all four quarters today,” DiGregorio told TAPinto Nutley. “In the previous games, we were playing very well at times and not playing very well at times.”
Touchdowns were scored by Josh O’Neill, Nick Mainiero, Eli Acosta, Vinny Russo and Ryan O’Mara.
O’Mara -- a strong player on defense -- recorded his first career touchdown.
“It feels great because we worked for a solid three weeks and had some tough losses, but I think the biggest thing is that those losses didn’t kill our spirit,” said O’Neill, the team’s starting junior quarterback. “We came out here today knowing that they might be underestimating us, so we took it to them, played our game and got a successful result.”
Mainiero -- the starting senior running back – spoke highly of Nutley’s rushing attempts on Saturday.
“Everything was great, but we particularly ran the ball well,” Mainiero said.
I addition to his points on offense, Russo led the defense with 11 tackles. Sam Abreu recorded another eight tackles and Johnny Luberto accumulated six.
“The defensive line was the biggest part of our success,” O’Neill said. “They only allowed twelve points with multiple turnovers.”
As Irvington lagged behind by 28 points, they fit in their second touchdown in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter.
Following a victory over a team that only had one loss on its schedule prior to Saturday, the coach sees a lot of potential for advancement during the remainder of the season.
“We played well against a pretty darn good team, so hopefully we keep moving forward after today,” DiGregorio told TAPinto Nutley.