WEST ESSEX, NJ - In spite of having a soggy Friday night to contend with, West Essex and James Caldwell fans came in droves to watch the anticipated rival football match.
“It was exactly what we expected,” said James Caldwell head coach Ken Trimmer, “a hard fought, tough game.”
West Essex’s Zach Lemanski put his team on the board with a touchdown in the first quarter, earning six points with a failed kick.
Caldwell’s Anthony Costigan kicked a field goal in the second quarter and Brian Clarkin scored a touchdown in the third quarter, giving Caldwell a 10-6 lead going into the final quarter. Clarkin ran a total of 161 yards for the game and had 20 completions.
Two touchdowns later, Vincent Scaglia brought West Essex back in the lead scoring the final 12-points of the game, making the final score 18-10 in favor of West Essex.
“I’m disappointed about how some things went both defensively and offensively,” said Trimmer. “We have a high bar so when things don’t go right we are not happy. But, the bottom line is, West Essex was the better team tonight and they beat us. They have a great coaching staff and great kids We have a lot of respect for them and it’s a good rivalry.”
“I think the team played well against a really tough opponent,” said West Essex head coach, Chris Benacquista. “Seniors Brian O’Neill and Michael Lavovara – those guys really stepped up and had great games.
Our offensive line got better and some of our underclassman - junior Vinnie Scaglia had a great game and scored a couple of touchdowns. I think overall it was a great team effort. Our defensive played well and the atmosphere was tremendous. So, to win a game there with all of those people and the excitement is really a great thing for us.”
James Caldwell is away at Montville next Friday and West Essex is away at Chatham next Saturday night.