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Glen Rock football wins opener, beats New Milford 35-7


High school football returned to New Jersey on Friday and before a crowd reduced because of Covid-19 restrictions, the Glen Rock High School Panthers opened up their season with a convincing 35-7 victory over New Milford at Alan Deaett Field.Quarterback Ty Scherer led the way for the Panthers, passing for two touchdowns and rushing for one, while leading a balanced running attack with 75 yards rushing, on nine carries. The new-look Panthers offense, featuring two running backs in most formations, rather than the usual single-back sets, moved the ball almost at will against an overmatched New Milford defense. The Panthers ran for a total of 181 yards and three touchdowns, with running backs Andrew Sara, Hayden Yuzon and Aiden Burkhardt sharing the load, along with Sherer. Yuzon, a sophomore, ran for 37 yards on seven carries, with one touchdown, Sara, a junior, ran for 36 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown, and Burkhardt ran for 31 yards on seven carries. In the passing game, Scherer threw just five passes, completing four for 89 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Junior receiver Mike McCarthy caught three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown, and senior Tommy Callahan had one catch, a 22-yard touchdown.The rebuilt offensive line held up well, as it did not allow a sack, and had only three of 34 carries go for negative yardage. Defensively, the Panthers stifled the New Milford attack, allowing only a single touchdown on the final possession of the game, when Glen Rock had its backups and junior varsity players on the field.The Covid-19 pandemic, of course, has forced everything to be adjusted, including high school football. The season started a month late and outdoor gatherings are limited to 500, meaning crowds at Panthers games will be much lower than normal. In an effort to present the game to fans who could not attend, Friday’s game was streamed live on YouTube, courtesy of Glen Rock TV. In 2020, teams will play a six-game regular season, and there will be no state playoffs. Glen Rock also has been shifted to a new division within the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), which sees them playing all new opponents this season. Next week, the Panthers (1-0) will go on the road Saturday to face Pompton Lakes (1-0) in its second game. Pompton Lakes won its first game Friday, beating Harrison 54-0.Photo by: Simon Toffell

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