NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - West Essex scored six touchdowns in the first half and went on to a 48-18 victory over Ridgefield Park in the opening round of the Section 2, Group 3 state playoffs Friday night.

The Knights (9-1) took a 7-0 lead on the first of Will Perez' touchdowns, from 2 yards away, and opened a 14-0 lead when Vincent Scaglia ran for a 34-yard TD for the first of his two scores.

Luke Dignazio passed for two touchdowns (to Phil Lutz and Joseph D'Albo) and finished 5-of-8 for 78 yards through the air. Dignazio also stood out on defense with nine tackles. Perez was also in on nine stops on defense and Carmen Cucuzza made two sacks.