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Glen Rock football loses to Garfield, 19-7; falls to 0-2

Panthers make several lineup changes, but can't change results.

Simon Toffell

Following the loss to Waldwick-Midland Park in their season opener, the Glen Rock High School football team made several changes for their Week 2 game at Garfield Friday night. But the changes weren’t enough to turn things around, and the Panthers ended up falling to 0-2 on the young season, suffering a 19-7 loss.

After a scoreless defensive battle for most of the first half, Garfield (2-0) opened the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 15.1 seconds remaining in the half, and then the Boilermakers shocked the visiting Panthers by returning the second-half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. After an unsportsmanlike penalty moved the extra point back 15 yards, Garfield went for a two-point conversion that failed. The Boilermakers, though, would add a third touchdown on a 12-yard run with 8:07 left in the third quarter to take a 19-0 lead.

Glen Rock responded to that score with a nine-play drive to eventually get on the board on a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ty Scherer to receiver Matthew Theuerkauf, but that was all the scoring the Panthers would get. Scherer, a junior, got the start at quarterback as part of a bevy of changes made by Glen Rock coach Jim Kurz. The changes included a shuffling on the offensive line and an attempt to get exciting freshman Hayden Yuzon more involved in the offense. Scherer completed 10 of 18 passes for 137 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in his first start. Yuzon had three kickoff returns for a total of 67 yards (average 22.1) and three rushes for a net of one yard.

The Panthers will try again to get their first win on Friday, when they travel to visit Palisades Park-Leonia, which lost its season opener Friday to Rutherford, 48-7.

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