It was a happy Homecoming for the Glen Rock football team, as the Panthers scored three plays into the game and went on to roll over North Arlington, 26-0, on Friday at Alan Deaett Field.
Brothers Tony and Nick Atme each caught a touchdown pass and running back/defensive end Aiden Burkhardt ran for 140 yards and a touchdown on offense while recording three sacks and a pass breakup on defense for the Panthers. Tony Atme, a cornerback on defense, had two interceptions in the game.
The Panthers (6-1) got things started early, taking a 7-0 lead on the third play from scrimmage when Nick Atme got behind the defense and caught a pass from quarterback Andrew Knight and took it 72 yards to the end zone for the first touchdown.
Knight made it 14-0 when he scored on a 14-yard run and Glen Rock took that lead into halftime. Then, after the Panthers kicked off to start the second half, Tony Atme grabbed the first of his two interceptions on the second play of the half, but the ensuing drive ended in a missed field goal.
North Arlington (4-3) couldn’t take advantage, though. The Vikings went three-and-out on their next series, with Burkhardt sacking the quarterback for a 19-yard loss on third down, forcing North Arlington to punt from its own seven-yard line. A short punt set Glen Rock up at the North Arlington 30-yard line, three plays later, Burkhardt ran it in from 15 yards out.
On their next possession, North Arlington opted to go for it on fourth-and-six from their own 39-yard line, but Glen Rock linebacker Luke Famularo, who had nine tackles in the game, including six solos, stopped the quarterback after a five-yard gain, and the Panthers took over on downs, at the Vikings’ 44-yard line. Three plays later, Knight hit Tony Atme for a 33-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt failed.
North Arlington had one last possession to try and score, and on a fourth-and-three play, quarterback Devin Rivas hit receiver Ian Crudele for 34 yards to keep the drive going and put the Vikings on the Glen Rock 17-yard line. But Glen Rock forced the Vikings into another fourth down play, from the 10-yard line, and sophomore defensive tackle Peter Lagemann tackled Rivas on a scramble for a five-yard loss, and Glen Rock took over on downs and ran out the clock.
The Panthers have one game remaining in the regular season. They will visit 6-1 Park Ridge on Friday.