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Glen Rock football lays an egg in season opener

Panthers shut out by rival Rutherford, 36-0, their worst loss in seven years

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Glen Rock’s return to the high school football field was one to forget.

Playing their 2021 season opener before a packed house at Alan Deaett Field in Glen Rock Friday night, the new-look Panthers laid an egg — a goose egg. The Panthers had no answers for rival Rutherford’s relentless passing attack and were shut out in their season opener, losing 36-0 to the Bulldogs.

It was the second time in three years that Glen Rock had been thoroughly dominated and shut out by a rival in the season opener at home. Two years ago, in 2019, they were blanked by Waldwick-Midland Park 27-0. They still managed to make the playoffs that season.

The loss ended a two-game winning streak over Rutherford and was the worst suffered by Glen Rock since a 38-0 home loss to Waldwick-Midland Park in 2014. To add injury to insult, the Panthers finished Friday’s game without senior captain running back/linebacker Andrew Sara, who left the game with a shoulder injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Rutherford quarterback Van Weber, a junior, threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and senior running back Pat Cerulli ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns, on nine carries, the big one being a 76-yard scoring run on the Bulldogs’ first play of the second quarter. That made it 20-0.

Bright spots for Glen Rock included junior cornerback/running back Hayden Yuzon, who played a tremendous game on defense, limiting Rutherford’s top receiver, 6-3 sophomore Ryan Ward, to just one catch, on four targets. Weber threw a bomb to Ward on Rutherford’s first play of the game and Yuzon had the receiver covered, stride-for-stride, and the pass fell incomplete. Yuzon also broke up two passes in the end zone intended for Ward. Senior captain and two-way lineman Nolan Clark had three tackles for loss.

Senior Mike McCarthy, taking over at quarterback for Glen Rock, found it difficult to get anything going. He completed five of 10 passes, but for just 23 yards. He did run three times for 54 yards, however, including a 47-yard keeper late in the second quarter.

Glen Rock plays next on Saturday at Lodi. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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