CHESTER, NJ - The Roxbury Gaels stayed perfect as they traveled to West Morris and took home the victory Friday with a 21-0 score in a game that had three rushing touchdowns..
With the ground wet from a storm earlier in the day fog on the field before the game, the Gaels came in looking to stay perfect on the 2015 season. To do this they would have to get past the West Morris Wolfpack.
Roxbury came out in its pass-first offense, but found it difficult at times due to the slickness of the ball because of the wet field. But the conditions didn’t only affect the Gaels; When West Morris threw the ball, some of the Wolfpack receivers had trouble keeping a grip on the slippery pigskin.
Early on in the game, both sides played shutdown defense as no team scored in the first two quarters. Both defenses stood their ground, and the first half came to a close at 0-0.
The game stayed was scoreless until there was 6:38 left in the third when Roxbury finally punched one in. It was senior Grant Dixon, on a five yard touchdown run, who got the Gaels on the board in the second half. Senior Jack Clevenger added the extra point to make it 7-0.
From then on, the running game was the chosen form of offense due to the slick field conditions. Seniors Craig Roumes and Thomas Miller saw bigger roles in the offense as both backs ran the ball efficiently throughout the game.
As for the defense, senior Brandon Yaw held up the Wolfpack in the front as seniors Malik Goldberry and Roumes were able to come up and make the tackles. Yaw also provided a spark for the defense as his aggressive play boosted the effort.
As the game wound down, Dixon and Roumes each added another rushing touchdown and the score climbed to 21 points with under two minutes to go. The Gaels would go on to take the game by the final score of 21-0.
The Gaels are now 5-0 on the season as they stay perfect. Next up for Roxbury is Mount Olive at home on Friday, Oct. 16.