WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Roselle Park Panthers defeated the Wood-Ridge Blue Devils on Friday night by a score of 27–19 on the road at Donna Ricker Memorial Field.
The first score of the game came around halfway through the opening quarter for the Blue Devils, as quarterback Branden Negro connected with Leonardo Ramirez for a 33-yard score. Following the extra point by Klejdi Elezaj, the score would become 7-0 early on for Wood-Ridge at 6:28 remaining in the first quarter.
Roselle responded just over a minute later at the 5:23 mark of the first first quarter, as #1 would take a 70-yard run for a touchdown on the second play of the drive to make the score 7-7 following the extra point by Gabriel Amaya.
The Blue Devils chewed up a large portion of the remaining clock in the first quarter on their next drive, leaving just under a minute left, driving to the 8-yard line to kick a 25-yard field goal from Elezaj to go up 10-7. This was set up as a result of a 50-yard over-the-shoulder catch from Negro to Ramirez.
A few minutes into the second quarter, Wood-Ridge's Daniel Riser made a key defensive play. blocking a punt to set the offense up on the 33-yard line. The ensuing drive would end in a 35-yard field goal from Elezaj to extend the lead to 13-7.
The Wood-Ridge defense managed to hold off the Roselle offense from scoring until the 2:36 mark in the 3rd quarter, as quarterback Gavin Dunkerton connected with Zahir Bass for a deep 53-yard over-the-shoulder receiving touchdown. Following the extra point from Amaya, the Panthers helda 14-13 lead.
On the following Panthers posession, Roselle Park extended the lead. Running back Danny Alcine's broke off a 45-yard run for a score that was called back due to a penalty, but still moved the ball into scoring position. Dunkerton's 10-yards pass and the successful conversion increated the lead to 21-13
Roselle Park would attempt to extend the lead with an attempted 37-yard field goal which was just short of the crossbar, giving Wood-Ridge the ball on the 20-yard line. On the very first play, running back Nick Marchitelli broke off for an 80-yard touchdown run with 5:20 remaining in the 4th. However, the 2-point conversion to tie the game was unsuccessful as Marchitelli dropped the ball in the backfield on a pitch play to make the score 21-19.
The final points of the game came on a 62-yard touchdown run from Fabrice Remy on the Panther offense. The extra point from Amaya was wide right, making the score 27-19 with 2:13 remaining in the game.
After a holding call and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Blue Devils, they were set up in a 4th and 40 situation, in which they could not convert on their final drive, leaving the Panthers to take a winning formation with the remaining minute of play.