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Glen Rock football bounces back with big win over Lodi

Panthers rush for 325 yards in 42-6 victory, even record at 1-1

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Eight days after opening the season with an embarrassing home loss to rival Rutherford, the Glen Rock High School football team cleaned things up and got on the winning track Saturday afternoon, when they put together a dominant effort in a 42-6 road win at Lodi.

Senior running back Andrew Sara, who had been forced to leave the Rutherford game early due to an injury, returned to the lineup and had a huge day, running for 144 yards on 12 carries, with two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Mike McCarthy also had a huge day, running for 129 yards on 14 carries and also scoring two touchdowns. He also threw for a touchdown.

Glen Rock (1-1) won the coin toss, chose to receive the kickoff, and set the tone immediately by marching 55 yards in seven plays on the opening possession, scoring the game’s first touchdown when McCarthy threw to fellow senior Dylan Cox, who ran it in for a 20-yard touchdown. Freshman kicker Mike Flaccavento, who didn’t get a chance to kick in the opener, drilled the extra point, and ended up hitting all six extra point attempts on the day.

Lodi (0-3) completed a pass for nine yards on its first offensive play, but linebackers Luke Famularo and Jack Hattersley combined to tackle the ballcarrier for an eight-yard loss on the next play, and then Hattersley sacked the Lodi quarterback on the play after that to force the Rams to punt. Glen Rock then drove 65 yards on 11 plays to take a 14-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter on a seven-yard run by Sara.

The Glen Rock defense forced another three-and-out by Lodi and then made it 21-0 when Hayden Yuzon returned the ensuing punt 63 yards for a touchdown with 9:04 remaining in the half. Overall, the Panthers ran for 325 yards on the day, and McCarthy passed only three times, completing two. McCarthy, a linebacker on defense, and Famularo led the defense with five tackles each, and Famularo had a sack, as well as a tackle for loss. Aiden Burkhardt and sophomore Jack Hattersley had sacks as well.

The Panthers’ special teams were good, too. Senior Joey Burke had four tackles on special teams, and junior Sean Stephenson blocked the extra point after Lodi scored on the last play of the game.

The Panthers’ next game is Friday night at home against Pompton Lakes. That game was originally supposed to be Homecoming, but Homecoming has been moved to Oct. 23, against an opponent to be determined.

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