PARSIPPANY – The Parsippany High School football team is 5-1 and simply riding a wave of momentum.
The Redhawks downed Mountain Lakes, 13-7, in a double-overtime thriller Friday night, winning their fifth straight game.
Parsippany is now guaranteed a winning record for the first time since 1998, when the team finished 9-2.
The team just continues to find a way to get it done.
Friday night didn’t look promising until late for the Redhawks. Mountain Lakes led 7-0 for much of the contest after Wesley Dunn’s 2-yard run in the third quarter.
Parsippany needed its final drive to get some points. With 3:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, the team marched the field and was aided by some pass interference calls on the Herd defense. That allowed quarterback James Riedinger to score from 3 yards out and tie the game with just a second remaining in regulation.
Riedinger was efficient, going 9-for-18 for 93 yards and a TD strike and 90 yards on the ground on 23 carries and the score.
The Redhawks eventually won after Riedinger found AJ Grippo on a 25-yard TD pass on the first play of the second OT.
Anthony LaPresti ran nine times for 57 yards for Parsippany and Anthony Colasuonno had five receptions for 45 yards. Joseph Riedinger had an interception for Parsippany.
Parsippany is now 1-1 in the North Jersey Super Football Conference American Blue standings. The team takes on Boonton on the road on Oct. 18.