The hole got deeper for Glen Rock football Friday as the Panthers dropped their 2017 home opener to Manchester, 27-7. It left Glen Rock’s record at 0-2 to start the season.
Things started badly for Glen Rock on the first defensive series of the game, when senior Michael Quinn ripped the ball out of a ballcarrier’s hands and fellow senior Ben Packer scooped the ball up and appeared headed for the game’s first touchdown. But the referee ruled the Manchester player down before the fumble. The Falcons then scored on the next play to take the lead. On the next defensive series, the Manchester quarterback appeared to fumble when he tried to extend the ball across the goal line on a rushing attempt. Again, a Glen Rock player, another senior, Drew Famularo, recovered the ball and appeared headed for a touchdown the other way, but again, the referees called the play back, and in this case ruled that the Manchester player had already scored before he fumbled.
Glen Rock finally got on the board on a touchdown pass from quarterback Dom Patania to Ashton Dalessio. Then just before halftime, the Panthers appeared to get the tying touchdown on a trick play, where Patania pretended to spike the ball in an effort to stop the clock, then instead threw to a wide open Will Scherer in the end zone. But the officials were apparently fooled by the fake spike and blew the play dead, nullifying the would-be touchdown.
Things didn’t get better in the second half, and Manchester tacked on two additional touchdowns. The Panthers are off next weekend as it is their bye week. They return to action Thursday, Sept. 28 at home against Waldwick-Midland Park at 6 p.m.