The Glen Rock High School football team returns to action Friday when it welcomes visiting Palisades Park-Leonia to Alan Deaett Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Panthers are 2-0 with victories over Waldwick-Midland Park and Garfield, and with a win against Pal Park would reverse the start they had to the 2017 season, when they started 0-3. Pal Park, which had a bye in the first week of the season, is 0-1, having lost their season opener last week to Rutherford, 47-0.
Glen Rock head coach Jim Kurz will be working hard to keep his players motivated for this game. Not only is Palisades Park-Leonia coming off an 0-9 season last year — including a 35-8 loss to Glen Rock – but the Panthers have a matchup against rival Rutherford (2-0) next week. Rutherford is the defending North Jersey Section 2 Group 2 champions.
Add to all that is the fact that Glen Rock had Monday and Tuesday off this week because of the Rosh Hashanah holiday, making this a week that feels very different than usual.
“It’s a weird week, for sure,’’ Kurz said. “We maintain that the biggest game of the year is the next game. And the biggest game of the year is against Pal Park.’’
The Panthers so far have been led by a trio of seniors, captains Ashton Dalessio, Seve Bilbao and Pierce Tuttle, and junior quarterback Greg Schlett. Schlett has completed 15-of-26 passes for 194 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions and rushed for two touchdowns in the first two games. Dalessio, who scored three touchdowns in last week’s 28-14 victory over Garfield, has seven receptions for 95 yards and one TD on the season, plus five rushes for 110 yards and a TD, and one interception return for a touchdown. Bilbao has 15 rushes for 95 yards, plus a team-leading 26 tackles on defense. Tuttle has 21 tackles, including three sacks, plus three fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown.