Ridgefield crushes Chatham (N.J.), 42-0
The Ridgefield football team made the most of its first-ever game in New Jersey.
Ranked seventh in the latest GameTimeCT Top 10 poll, the unbeaten Tigers scored four touchdowns before halftime and went on to rout host Chatham, 42-0, on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s nice to know we were sharp coming off our bye week,” said Ridgefield head coach Kevin Callahan, whose team improved to 4-0. “We did the right things ... we only punted twice and the only plus (yardage) plays we allowed were early on.”
Kai Prohaszka ran for two touchdowns as Ridgefield opened a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The TDs were part of a big day for Prohaszka, who gained 118 yards on 10 carries.
Xander Scavone blocked a Chatham punt, with Danny Moroney recovering for the Tigers. That led to Scavone’s 3-yard touchdown run, putting Ridgefield ahead 21-0. Quarterback Owen Matthews then threw a TD pass to Owen Gaydos, extending Ridgefield’s advantage to 28-0 at halftime.
The Tigers added another touchdown on their first possession of the third quarter, with Moroney running for the score.
Ridgefield’s final TD came on a 78-yard pass play from Matthews to Nick Agliardo in the fourth quarter. Agliardo finished with three catches for 110 yards.
“We were able to move the ball, and our defense played great,” Callahan said.
The Tigers finished with five sacks, getting two apiece from Jack Dowd and Jackson Trotter and one from Reid Englert. Trotter had a team-best six tackles.
The Tigers also got a strong performance from offensive linemen Grant Jones, Henry Meyler (center), Cam Smith, Englert, and Dowd.
“They created running lanes and gave Owen [Matthews] time to throw,” said Callahan about the offensive line.
Matthews completed 10-of-11 passes for 176 yards. Backup Declan McNamara added four completions in five attempts for 34 yards.
Notes: Chatham dropped to 1-5 with the loss.
The game went to a running clock when Ridgefield went ahead 35-0 in the third quarter.
Kicker Adam Biernat was 6-for-6 on extra points for the Tigers.