PATERSON, NJ - On Saturday, Paterson’s Eastside High School football team tried to follow last week’s road win against Fairlawn with a regular season finale win at home. Well, the Ghosts disappeared in this game, as they fell to Ridgewood 48-0.
Ridgewood did not waste any time in the first quarter. Parker Scott got the Maroons out to an early lead, with a punt return for the first score, followed by a 1-yard touchdown run to put Ridgewood up 14-0. Right before the end of the first quarter, Ridgewood drove down the field once again and this time, Paul Calvetti rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Maroons a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Calvetti also had a 9-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
Trailing 28-0, Eastside seemed to be feeling the pressure to get on the board. Near the end of the first half, they were deep in Ridgewood territory on their 21-yard line. Going way off script, quarterback Mike Jackson threw an interception to Maroons linebacker David Kleiman, who returned it all the way to the Eastside 26-yard line.
After that, a personal foul penalty against an Eastside player moved the ball further into their territory on the 13-yard line. From there, Ridgewood quarterback Jack Barclay connected with wide receiver Coleston Smith for a 13-yard passing touchdown. This allowed Ridgewood to go into halftime with a 35-0 lead.
With the mercy rule enforced to start the second half, Ridgewood took their foot off of the gas pedal, but also did not put their foot on the brake. After getting an interception that set up the mercy dagger in the first half, Kleiman was rewarded for his defensive efforts in the third quarter by taking over at running back and getting a 5-yard rushing touchdown.
Despite the 42-0 blowout, Eastside still had one last opportunity to score. The Ghosts had a productive drive as the third quarter came to an end. Jackson had a 30-yard pass to Lamar Johnson, followed by a 35-yard pass to Jamiel Moss that put Eastside in the red zone. However, the Ghosts were let down again when Jackson attempted a pass to Johnson that deflected off of his hands and fell into the waiting embrace of Ridgewood cornerback Harrison Roberts.
Ridgewood had one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, this time by running back Ben Pounds. But, out of respect for the score of the game, the Maroons decided to kneel on the 2-point conversion attempt rather than kick another extra point.
Eastside went on to lose their regular season finale 48-0.