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Glen Rock football has a happy Homecoming

Before a packed house, Panthers rout Manchester, 44-6, improve to 4-2

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Simon Toffell

 

Senior quarterback Mike McCarthy ran for three touchdowns and senior running back Andrew Sara ran for two more to lead the Glen Rock High School football team to a 44-6 rout over Manchester Friday night before a packed house at Alan Deaett Field on Homecoming.

Coming off a bye week, Glen Rock scored on its first two possessions, gave up a touchdown that cut its lead to 13-6, and then ran off 31 straight points to earn its second straight victory and improve its record to 4-2 on the season. Manchester fell to 1-6.

The victory puts the Panthers in a good position to make the state playoffs, with one regular-season game remaining, next Friday night away at Lyndhurst. Glen Rock entered the weekend at No. 13 in the North Jersey Group 2 United Power Rankings, according to the website gridironfootballnewjersey.com. The top 16 teams make the playoffs.

If the current rankings hold into the playoffs, the Panthers would face No. 4 Newton, which is undefeated, 7-0. If Glen Rock moves up one spot, to 12, it would face a rematch against No. 5 Hawthorne. If Glen Rock slips one spot, down to 14, it would face a rematch with No. 3 Rutherford.

But first, the Panthers are going to have to get through Lyndhurst, which entered the weekend the No. 15 team in the UPR in North Jersey Group 2. Lyndhurst (4-2) lost to Hawthorne on Friday, 41-0.

McCarthy, who did not play in the Panthers’ last game, the 35-0 win over New Milford, had nine rushes for 42 yards and three short touchdown runs, of four, two, and three yards. Sara had 145 yards on eight carries, with two long touchdown runs, of 49 and 53 yards.

Hayden Yuzon had the other Glen Rock touchdown, on a three-yard run, and freshman kicker Michael Flaccavento hit a 30-yard field goal for the Panthers.

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