SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – A strong Panthers offensive unit performance, including touchdowns from four different players, led Roselle Park to their second victory of the year, a 38-20 win over Jonathan Dayton.
“Our team did a good job,” Roselle Park’s head coach Terrance Hanratty said. “We are young and we are getting better. They are a never quit team down 14-0, and never gave up.”
Led by Jayson Gonzalez, Roselle Park overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the first quarter, scoring 38 points over the final three periods to defeat the Bulldogs.
“The moment we started running the ball and started having success, we got our momentum,” Hanratty said. “Our kids never give, no matter the score, and that was proven today.”
Jonathan Dayton started the game aggressive scoring two touchdowns in the opening minutes of the game, as they quickly jumped to a 14-0 lead on 25-yard catch by Bulldogs wide receiver Noah Goldberg.
Once behind, Gonzalez became the go to man, carrying the ball six times on the Panthers’ first scoring drive, culminating in a Gonzalez touchdown run.
“We needed to get a win,” Gonzalez said. “The openings were great, and I kept leading my team, and that is it.”
Gonzalez gave Roselle Park the motivation they needed, as they scored on back-to-back drives, putting the Panthers up 21-14 at the half. In the third quarter, Gonzalez’s second touchdown of the game put Roselle Park up 28-14, before cruising to the 18-point victory.
“The way we played today really pushed us forward,” Panthers quarterback Joe Woods said. “We need to keep playing the way we did and practice twice as hard now. We finished the second half for the first time and that was the result.”
Hanratty admits that the win still gives the team hope, but is not rushing the situation as they look forward to their last two games of the season.
“We have to take it one week at a day,” Hanratty said. “We are not sure what to expect. Importantly we have to stay healthy.”
Up next on the schedule for the Panthers is New Providence, for a post-Halloween game on November 1. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.