MILLBURN, NJ – It took the first half for Nutley to settle in, but once they did, the undefeated Raiders cruised to a blowout 42-7 victory over the Millburn Millers Friday night at Neigel Field in Millburn.
QBs Matthew Harbison (6-14 passing, 122 yards) and Anthony Haines (2-3 passing, 23 yards) combined for the win under center, as John Coppolla (82 yards, two touchdowns) and Gennaro Longobardi (79 yards, one touchdown) helped lead the way in the ground game.
Despite going into halftime up only 20-7, the Raiders imposed their will with 22 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for the victory.
After the game, Nutley Head Coach Steven DiGregorio spoke about the change in attitude coming out of the locker room at the half. “We thought we should have been up more in the first half, and we played sloppily,” DiGregorio said.
“Give credit to Millburn. We had some penalties, we put ourselves in bad down and distance situtions that we couldn’t overcome. In the second half, we eliminated all that. We thought we could win the game up front (on the offensive line) and that’s what we did.” He also praised the Nutley secondary, which recorded four interceptions throughout the game, including a pick-six by Jackson Geraghty late in the third quarter to all but put the game on ice.
“We had at least four interceptions, and one for a pick-six, which is terrific,” DiGregorio said.
“When you control the game up front, and you put the other team in long down and distance situations, the secondary’s got to step up, and in the second half we really did.”
DiGregorio also said that from his perspective, Friday night’s win was just a complete effort from all three facets of his team.
The next game for Nutley will be at home against Teaneck High School. The game is scheduled for Halloween afternoon, with a kickoff time of 1:00 p.m.
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