ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School football team's season came to a close Friday night with a crushing loss to West Morris Central.

Playing in Chester on a chilly night, the Gaels were defeated 49-7 by the Wolf Pack. The loss left Roxbury with a 2-7 record for the season.

It was the final high school gridiron action for graduating seniors Dominic Badgley, Tyler Doerr, Jakob Giammarino, Luke Hathaway, Charlie Lisa, Jorge Rivera and Anthony Tye.

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After giving up a touchdown on a short field, the Gaels defense came to play and held West Morris for the rest of the first quarter. With a first down by Nick Mastandrea, a 20-yard pass to Lucas Spitzer and two first downs by Badgley the Gaels got the ball moving. 

Near the end of the first half, the air game got going with a pass from Mastandrea to Kyle Haegele for a touchdown. The extra point ended the first half with the score 7-29 in favor of the Wolf Pack.

The hope generated by that touchdown was subsequently dampened as Roxbury struggled when play resumed. The second half was rough for the beat-up Gaels; West Morris ratcheted up the points and kept Roxbury out of the end-zone. The Wolf Pack was able to dominate all phases of the game and had a running clock for most of the half.

“Although the young Gaels had a tough season with many injuries, they will look to turn it around next year,” said one parent. “The Gaels are a remarkable group of student athletes.They have a strong bond and will be friends forever.”