Glen Rock football bounces back with win
Panthers rout young, overmatched New Milford, 35-0; improve to 3-2
A bout with the young and overmatched New Milford Knights Friday was the perfect salve for the wounds of the Glen Rock football team, coming off its loss to rival Hawthorne the week before.
Quarterback James Stewart, filling in for injured starter Mike McCarthy, ran for two touchdowns and senior captain Andrew Sara ran for 120 yards and a touchdown as Glen Rock got back on the winning track with a 35-0 road win over New Milford on the Knights’ Homecoming.
Glen Rock (3-2 overall, 2-2 in the NJIC Liberty Division) dominated the winless Knights (0-5, 0-4), who were also playing without their starting quarterback and who list 16 freshmen and 11 sophomores on their 38-man roster. The Panthers’ defense intercepted three passes, including one by junior safety Hayden Yuzon that was run back for a touchdown before it was called back for a block in the back.
Yuzon, though, did have two touchdowns that counted — a 75-yard punt return and a 13-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter that finished the scoring.
The Panthers are scheduled to be off next weekend, though the school is still trying to see if it can schedule a last-minute, non-league game. If unsuccessful in that effort, Glen Rock would return to action Oct. 22 against an opponent that is to be determined in an NJIC crossover game against a team from the Colonial Division.
That game, set for Glen Rock’s Alan Deaett Field, is scheduled to be Homecoming for Glen Rock.
As far as the North Jersey, Group 2 state playoffs go, Glen Rock entered the weekend 12th in the United Power Rankings, according to the website gridironnewjersey.com. The top 16 teams will make the playoffs.
Against New Milford, the Panthers failed to score on the opening drive, but got the ball back when junior cornerback Tony Atme intercepted a pass by the Knights’ freshman quarterback, Jerzey Ryan. The Panthers then went 53 yards on 11 plays, with Stewart, a 5-9, 160-pound junior making his first varsity start at quarterback, running in from a yard out for the game’s first touchdown.
Glen Rock then intercepted New Milford again on the Knights’ second possession, with junior linebacker Cole Kazanjian picking off Ryan’s pass and returning it to the New Milford 38-yard line with 39 seconds left in the first quarter. That led to another 1-yard touchdown run by Stewart to give Glen Rock a 14-0 lead.
New Milford held on to the ball on its third possession, but after the Knights’ drive stalled at their 43-yard line, Yuzon caught senior Frankie Brescia’s punt, ran right, got some blocks and burst upfield for his second punt return TD of the season to make it 21-0. Sara, who carried the ball 13 times, got his touchdown on a 4-yard run just before halftime to make it 28-0.