NUTLEY NJ - After inching the Paramus Spartans 23-26 at the end of the third quarter, the Nutley Raiders varsity football team was scoreless for the rest of Saturday’s game and fell 45-23.
The loss on their home field puts Nutley at (2-4) as Paramus improves to (3-2).
After scoring nothing but a field goal in the first quarter, the Raiders started the second quarter by letting Paramus make a touchdown and extra point five seconds in. Paramus led 7-3 at halftime.
“We didn’t play well in the first half at all, we were only down by four points, so we had that mentality that we were going to take the ball and score,” Raiders Head Coach Tom Basile told TAPinto Nutley.
After fitting three touchdowns in during the third quarter, it was difficult for the Raiders to keep up in the final quarter because they were in catch up mode, Basile said.
“Was I surprised that we didn’t score again? No, because we were playing catch up,” Basile added.
The visiting team scored another three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Their last two were during the game’s final two minutes.
Raiders sophomore quarterback Josh O’Neill passed for 306 yards, which included a 70-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver R.J. Ferrarelli.
Several of the team’s players are underclassmen, including O’Neill, which has been a challenge for the team this season, Basile said.
“We have a sophomore quarterback and you know, as good as he is he still makes some sophomore mistakes and that’s a growing pain that we have to waddle our way through as a program,” Basile added.
O’Neill attempted to throw a fourth touchdown in the last few seconds, but Spartans sophomore wide receiver Steven Prado intercepted the ball in the end zone.