Information and photos from Terry Boudreau
The Ridge Red Devils accomplished two feats Friday night with their 27-13 win over the Hunterdon Central Red Devils: This were the first Ridge football team to beat Hunterdon Central, ever, and they are the first Ridge team to start the season 8-0.
Ridge took command of the game early, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions on Central's home turf in Flemington.
The first was on a 45-yard run from Conor Hughes and the second on a 15-yard run from Liam Derkasch. Hughes would follow with a field goal, giving Ridge a 17-7 lead at the end of the half.
Hughes would kick another field goal and Derkasch would get his second touchdown of the night to complete the Ridge scoring in the second half of the game.
"First time in history, baby," said Matt Soulas. "It's a great feeling."
"It's crazy," said Ridge captain A.J. Peterpaul after the game. "Our goal was to get our first win against these guys. I knew we could do it."
Both Ridge Head Coach Bill Tracy and Athletic Director Rich Shello confirmed this was the first time Ridge had beaten Hunterdon Central, a loss that derailed Ridge's unbeaten streak last season.
"It is our first win over these guys, we knew it wouldn't be easy," said Ridge head coach Bill Tracy. "They are a tough team, they have a great coach and a good program. It is a great win, it was hard fought and I am very proud of the kids."
The last game of the regular season is scheduled for 7 p.m. next Friday, against Watchung Hills Regional High School, away at Watchung Hills.