Glen Rock football falls to rival Pompton Lakes, 14-7
The rivalry in football between Glen Rock and Pompton Lakes is real. It goes all the way back to junior football and the teams do not like each other. The dislike, however, tends to produce some great high school games, and the teams played another one of those on Saturday when the visiting Panthers dropped a tight, 14-7 decision to the Cardinals at Hirshfield Park in Pompton Lakes. Glen Rock, which gave up the go-ahead touchdown with 1:03 left in the game, had a chance to tie at the end, but quarterback Ty Scherer’s 60-yard, desperation heave to the end zone was broken up by the Pompton Lakes defense, dropping the Panthers to 1-1 on the young season.Having opened up the season with an easy, 35-7 win over an overmatched New Milford team in their first game, the Panthers faced a step up in class in Week 2 against Pompton Lakes, which had opened its own season with a 54-0 win over Harrison. Saturday’s game was a defensive struggle. Pompton Lakes, which plays two quarterbacks, finally took the lead in the second quarter, after a Glen Rock turnover set them up with a first down at the Panthers’ 17-yard line. On the first play after the turnover, Jay Patel, the Cardinals’ second quarterback, threw a touchdown into the right corner of the end zone to Mike Eberhardt, their starting quarterback.Pompton Lakes (2-0), had a chance to extend their lead when Glen Rock turned the ball over on its next possession, but the Panthers’ defense held this time, with Scherer, a safety on defense, and linebacker Andrew Sara combined to tackle a Cardinals’ receiver on fourth down to get the ball back at Glen Rock’s 32-yard line. The Panthers then went on an 11-play, 68-yard drive that started with four straight runs by Sara and ended on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Scherer to sophomore receiver Luke Famularo in the final minute of the first half.The Cardinals managed the only score of the second half when Eberhardt threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to a diving Jesus Aponte in the right corner of the end zone. Glen Rock, though, gave itself a chance when sophomore Hayden Yuzon returned the ensuing kickoff to the 35-yard line. A couple of pass completions by Scherer to seniors Danny Crawford and Tommy Callahan got the ball to the Pompton Lakes 49-yard line, and after a sack pushed them back to their own 45, Scherer had one last chance. On the final play of the game, he threw a Hail Mary pass all the way to the Pompton Lakes goal line, looking for Callahan, his top receiver. But Callahan was double covered, and the two defenders knocked the ball away.The Panthers return to action Friday when they travel to winless Harrison (0-2), which lost to Saddle Brook on Saturday, 36-0.