MILLBURN, NJ - A steady blend of effective passing and rushing led to a winning formula as the Nutley High football team won for the third straight time this season as it posted a convincing 42-7 decision over Millburn on Friday night in Millburn.
Nutley was paced by Matt Harbison, who completed 6-of-14 attempts for 122 yards, John Coppola (82 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns) and Gennaro Longobardi (79 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown).
The Maroon Raiders are now 3-0 since they started 8-0 in 2015. Millburn fell to 0-3 with the loss.
"We ended up playing a really good game," said Nutley head coach Steve DiGregorio. "We started out well in the first quarter, had a few bad penalties in the third and should've had a bigger lead at halftime but did much better in the third."
Coppola, a senior, got things started in the first quarter when he scored on a 6-yard touchdown.
Harbison, a junior quarterback, then added a touchdown in the second period on a 1-yard keeper. Coppola then provided the Maroon Raiders with a 20-7 lead when he rushed for a 7-yard touchdown with 2:14 remaining in the first half.
"Matt's understanding of the offense gets better every week," said DiGregorio. "He's doing a good job for us."
Nutley then struck for three touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away.
First, Longobardi scored on an 8-yard touchdown run with Mitch Iaccarino catching the two-point conversion pass from Harbison.
Anthony Haines, who also passed for 23 yards, then added a 3-run touchdown run before Jackson Geraghty put the finishing touches on the scoring by returning an interception 50 yards for the final touchdown of the evening.
The Nutley ground game totaled 226 yards with Mitchell Mainiero (25 yards), Louis DeLitta (15 yards) and Vincenzo Rizzuto (10 yards) also contributing.
Vncent Miller led the receiving corps with 72 yards on two catches. Longobardi added 30 yards with two catches with John VanDeventer (one catch for 16 yards) and Mitchell Iaccarino (two catches for 15 yards) added to the 134 yard receiving total.
Defensively, DiGregorio was quick to mention the efforts of his linebackers Nick Polewka, Alex French and Iaccarino as well as senior Geraghty, who finished with two interceptions.
"They all played very well and Geraghty came off the bench and had a great game in his first year playing varsity football," said DiGregorio.
Nutley will look to remain undefeated when it plays host to Teaneck (2-1) on Oct. 31 on its new turf field at the Oval at 1 p.m.
"We always tell the kids that what our opponent is doing hardly matters," said DiGrgorio. "We have to look after ourselves and play our game."
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