Derkesh leads Ridge to win; Bridgewater falls; Bernards triumphs

Derkesh leads Ridge to win; Bridgewater falls; Bernards triumphs


Derkesh leads Ridge to win; Bridgewater falls; Bernards triumphs


Liam Derkesch went over 100 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns, Conor Hughes missed just one pass and tossed a touchdown and Ridge (6-0) cruised to a 48-12 football victory over Plainfield on Fruday.

Ryan Bell hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Hughes and also picked off a pass for the Red Devils, who led 35-0 at halftime. Steve Jones scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns for Plainfield (0-6).

Elizabeth 28, Bridgewater-Raritan 21: After scoring on their first two series and opening up a 14-0 lead, Bridgewater-Raritan yielded 28 consecutive points and dropped its third straight.

Panthers quarterback Mike Fair had a monster night throwing the ball as he completed 24 of 37 attempts for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Robbins hauled in eight balls for 159 yards and teammate Nate Melewski had six catches for 85 yards and a score. On the ground, Matthew Eichhorn ripped off a 93-yard touchdown dash and finished with 10 carried for 131 yards.

Bernards 14, Roselle Park 7: Corey Gilpin rushed for just 38 yards on five carries, but made it count when it mattered, scoring both of Bernards’ (5-1) touchdowns. Gilpin also came up with a game-saving interception with just over one minute to play to preserve the win for the Mountaineers, who were coming off their first loss of the season last weekend.

Gilpin’s touchdowns covered eight and 10 yards respectively, the second of which put Bernards ahead for good with 3:54 to play, capping a 13-play, 85-yard drive. Bernards quarterback Tyler Baum finished 11-of-25 passing for 118 yards and halfback Sebastian Sanchez rushed for 84 yards, including a pivotal 9-yard, fourth-down run to extend the Mountaineers’ final drive.

Governor Livingston 24, A.L. Johnson 14: Ryan Jennings scored a pair of touchdowns, both of which coming from 1-yard out to pace Governor Livingston as the Highlanders won for the third time in their last four games.

Jennings had himself a game, rushing the ball 21 times for 129 yards to go along with the two touches for the Highlanders (3-3).

Teammate John Wills was efficient throwing the football, completing the ball six out of 10 times for 99 yards. Jensen Butler had 42 receiving yards in the winning effort.

Voorhees 35, Hillside 7: Christian Okulicz rushed 20 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns and added two catches for 77 yards and another score to lead Voorhees (4-2). His touchdown runs covered 12, 4 and 28 yards and the touchdown reception was for 45 yards. Okulicz also picked off two passes and forced a fumble. Quarterback Charlie Rodenherger threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Okulicz, and the other to Noah Cerone, who went 77 yards for the score.

New Providence 42, Bound Brook 0: Sean Glasgow totaled more than 200 yards on the ground and via kickoff returns as Bound Brook fell to New Providence. The Crusaders were victimized by three interceptions and a fumble in the end zone, as New Providence blew open a 7-0 game with a 21-point second quarter. Bound Brook drops to 1-5 on the season.

South Hunterdon 16, Brearley 14: Myles Johnson scored on a 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to provide the final cushion for South Hunterdon. Brandon Gares caught in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Brennan Carey in the first quarter and added a 27-yard field goal for the Eagles (6-0), who held off a late Brearley rally to remain unbeaten.

Union 35, Hillsborough 28: Jumari Bogan’s 28-yard touchdown rush with 37 seconds left Friday night sent Union past Hillsborough in a thrilling game at Noonan Field.

Andrew Zitel hauled in a 12-yard touchdown from Rob Nittoli with 1:46 to play trimming the deficit to 28-21 for the Raiders (2-4).

Nittolo finished 18-for-34 for 301 yards with three touchdown strikes, and teammate Scott Levonaitis had six receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown.

Bogan torched the Raiders defense for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries.


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