ROXBURY, NJ - In a game its players will want to quickly put out of memory, the Roxbury High School football team on Friday lost its season opener in a trouncing by Sparta.

The high spirits exhibited as the Gaels, on Jr. Gaels day, ran onto the field at dusk were soon whittled away as the Spartans scored on an interception by Sparta's Pat Milliken mere minutes into the first quarter.

Despite a few bright spots for Roxbury during the remainder of the game, the scoreboard, when time ran, out told a tale unfortunate for the Gaels: Sparta 39, Roxbury 0.

Roxbury will try to regroup next Friday when it takes on Parsippany Hills in a 7 p.m. away game.