ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School football team's attempt to beat Morris Knolls with a passing offense backfired Saturday as the team lost the interception-plagued contest 30-14.
The Gaels started the game strong, keeping to the ground-game formula that brought them victory in the past; Tyler Doerr (46) had a long run to set up a short run for Lucas Spitzer to score.
Roxbury's defense held steady early on, keeping the Golden Eagles from moving the ball. But the Gaels deviated from what the running offense that's brought success this year and tried to create an aerial attack.
That led to Roxbury's downfall. Although Morris Knolls couldn't capitalize on all the turnovers - six interceptions (one a pick-six) and one fumble - these miscues were ultimately too much for the Gaels to handle.
Doerr was again the main rusher while Kyle Haegele (82) and Spitzer had strong receiving performances on a late drive where the Gaels had to go to the air which ended in their second score.
The loss brought Roxbury's record to 2-5. The Gaels next take on Mount Olive on Oct. 25