GARFIELD, NJ – Sparta High School moves one step closer for a third State title as they beat Garfield on the road Friday night.  The final score in the first round of the NJSIAA North 1 Group 3 playoffs was 28-12 with Matt Maute still in the quarterback position.

Sparta started the game with two unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter.  Dean Gennat scored on a 16 yard pass from Maute.  Alex Miliken then had a long run for another six. 

Rich McDonald scored on a 56 yard pass from Maute for another six in the third quarter. 

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The final score for Sparta came on a short run by Al Falco.

Sparta’s kicker Andrew Flockhart was four for four. 

Sparta’s win against Garfield means they will face River Dell on Nov 20.  The game is scheduled to kick-off in Oradell. 

Sparta defeated River Dell for the past two years in the Meadowlands for back to back state championships.