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Ridge Jr Devils (6) at Phillipsburg Little Liners (16)
The Phillipsburg and Ridge 14U Gold football teams opened their seasons on a cool and rainy Saturday night at Maloney Stadium in Phillipsburg, NJ. The fan support from both sides were well represented and the cheerleaders were enthusiastic as the prepared themselves for the start of the 2018 Greater New Jersey Football Season.
After the opening kickoff, the Ridge team started off hot, with a score by RB #33 Nick Losada on their first drive on a well-designed counter for 15 yds around the left side of the Phillipsburg defense with outstanding blocking from the Ridge offensive line led by #92 Zachary Young.
The Liners came right back on the following drive with a combination of passes and runs by QB #4 Andrew Butler and big plays by RB #22 Jeffrey Carthens early in the second quarter. This drive resulted in a long scoring run by Carthens of 44 yards and after a successful PAT conversion an 8-6 lead for the Liners.
The Ridge team showed their toughness with a stop of the PBurg offense and subsequently a punt block by Ridge's LB # 44 Troy Bowles. However, they weren't able to convert the opportunity into any points. and punted the ball back to PBurg. The Liners then went on another successful drive which incduded another long catch and run by Carthens and eventually was punched it in late in the first half on a QB sneak by Butler. Carthens converted his second successful PATs and Pburg took a 16-6 lead into the half.
In the second half, both teams battled the elements as well as each other trying to gain field position. The teams went back and forth with the defenses dominating. Ridge's final late rally to score and try to close the gap on the Liner lead was ended by a heavy pass rush from the PBurg front 7 led by DE #54 Nate Bartholemew.
1Q Ridge TD: #33 Losada15 yard Run (PAT No Good)
2Q PBurg TD: #22 Carthens 44 yard Run (#22 Carthen PAT Kick Good)
2Q PBurg TD: #4 Butler 1 yard Run (#22 Carthen PAT Kick Good)