CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove Panthers football team is 4-0 for the first time in eight years following a 41-11 decimation of Glen Ridge on Friday evening.

    “I’m happy from the start we took it one game at a time.  Our goal has to be to get better every game and that’s what we’re focusing on,” said Head Coach Rob Gogerty.

The Panthers were dominant on the defensive side of the ball against an inferior Glen Ridge offense. The Panther defense would force five turnovers including three defensive returns for touchdowns (two interceptions and one fumble.

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    “I think getting turnovers and scoring points off of them is even better,” Gogery said.

    One beneficiary of defense’s performance was Tyler Rummel who netted three touchdowns on the night. Rummel’s lone offensive touchdown came following an interception from his teammate George Slattery.  Rummel plunged in from seven yards out a few short plays later for the game winning score. 

    “This was really a great game it was an eye opener for me on what we can do,” said Rummel.    

    Rummel was far from finished in the contest, as the junior would add two more touchdowns for a career game. Rummel had a fumble and interception return for touchdown in the second half for Cedar Grove to help the squad pull away from the Ridgers.

    “I think our defense is the strongest part of our team.  It’s going to win us games throughout the year,” said Rummel.

    Captain Peter Johnson also showed the versatility of the Panther squad on special teams. Johnson collected a 90-yard kickoff return for touchdown late in the third quarter to put Cedar Grove up 20-3. Johnson also finished the game with multiple touchdowns as he produced the first score of the game as well.

    “Those are the x factors -- especially with a young team you need to be good at those aspects of the game.  I think we’ve been pretty good on defense and the last few weeks on special teams,” said Gogerty.

    Cedar Grove will now hit the midway point as their schedule will begin to pick up and get significantly more challenging. The group will look to remain undefeated when they head to Hoboken on October 4. 

    “I think we’ve got to get back to practice, we’ve got to focus.  It’s about getting better. We’ll look at the film and we’ll clean up some tendencies,” said Gogerty.

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