UNION — In far from ideal conditions for football, Union had its senior night spoiled by a talented Ridge team, 37-21, Friday night in the cold and rain at Cooke Memorial Field.
Ridge scored on the first drive of the game and never looked back, as quarterback Mike Olivo ran for four touchdowns on 190 yards rushing while adding a passing score as well. Union senior quarterback Shawn Smith threw for two touchdowns, but the Farmers struggled to get into any sort of an offensive rhythm against a stingy Ridge defense.
Ridge had jumped ahead, 14-0, in the second quarter before Smith found Jalen Carter on a short touchdown pass inside the red zone to make it 14-6. Ridge however regained momentum with a late field goal and entered halftime ahead, 17-6.
Union cut it to a one-possession game (17-13) early in the third quarter, but Ridge then pulled away with three straight touchdowns before Davison Igbinosun hauled in a touchdown grab late in the fourth.
After a loss to Bridgewater-Raritan last week, Union now finds itself in unfamiliar territory, as the Farmers are now on a losing skid after winning 20 games over the past two seasons. It marked the Farmers first home loss since 2018 and the program has not lost two straight since 2017.
Union looks to get back on track this Saturday when it visits St. Joseph (Metuchen) at 1 p.m.