ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School football team lost 28-14 on Friday against Parsippany Hills despite going into halftime with a 14-0 lead.
It was the second game in a row that saw the Gaels fall behind in the second half. A similar loss took place Sept. 15 when Roxbury lost 35-14 to Wayne Hills after going into the half tied 14-14. Roxbury is now 1-2 on the season.
Friday's loss, on Military Appreciation Night, saw the Gaels and the Vikings enter the second period with no score despite Roxbury reaching the Parsippany Hills 1-yard line. The Gaels took what appeared to be a dominating lead in the next frame, with a touchdown at 7:11 another at 2:47 and two successful extra-point kicks.
The Vikings stormed back after the break. However, although they scored a touchdown at 8:37, Parsippany Hills' extra-point attempt was blocked by Roxbury defense.
Unfortunately, for Roxbury, the Vikings not only scored another touchdown at 2:36 but also made a 2-point conversion to tie the game. The Vikings sealed the victory in the fourth quarter with two more touchdowns and extra-point kicks, one at 8:45 and another at 2:50, an offensive onslaught that was not answered by the Gaels.