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.
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.”