ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury High School football team won its first game of the season Friday, beating Morris Hills 15-12 and breaking the Scarlet Knights’ undefeated streak.
The Gaels victory came on a night the team honored its 1978 counterpart, a team that won the Iron Hills Conference co-championship. Ten players from the team, and their coach, reunited on the field before the game.
The contest marked the first time Roxbury faced Morris Hills since 1978.
Morris Hills came out strong, scoring early in the first quarter. However, it failed to get the extra point.
The Gaels struck back in the closing minutes of the next quarter and, thanks to a successful extra-point attempt, went into the half-time break leading 7-6.
But the back-and-forth battle continued when play resumed in the third quarter as Morris Hills scored its second touchdown. The Scarlet Knights attempted a 2-point conversion but were denied by the Roxbury defense.
Scoring ended dramatically in the fourth quarter when Gaels quarterback Nick Danna threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Brian Dachowski and the team reached 15 points with a successful 2-point conversion play.
The Gaels next play on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Morristown High School.