SPARTA, NJ - Still looking for its first win of the year, the Roxbury High School football team was pummeled Friday by Sparta, losing 49-6.
Playing on its home field, Sparta scored early and often, exploiting Roxbury's defensive flanks for big plays. The Spartans were up 28-0 by the time the game reached the second quarter.
Offensively Roxbury returned to its Wing-T roots and led a more balanced attack utilizing running backs Dominick Badgely (22), Tyler Doerr (46), Lucas Spitzer (8) and Anthony Tye (29) relatively evenly.
Roxbury did show signs of coming together on offense, driving down the field at the end of the first half before running out of time on the 2-yard line.
With the score 35-0 at the half, Sparta substituted out many varsity players before eventually switching to an all-JV squad on both sides of the ball during which time Roxbury found the end zone on a Lucas Spitzer (8) rush.
On the bright side, Nick Mastandrea (4) had a good showing in his first start at quarterback.
The Gaels, 0-2, will play their first home game Friday, taking on Parsippany.
The day was better for the boys soccer team. Also playing Sparta, but doing so at home in Succasunna, the soccer Gaels won 6-0 to bring their record to 2-2.
There was celebration also for the volleyball team, which defeated Hanover Park 2-0 and is now 4-1.