Paramus keeps undefeated season going with first round playoff win by Greg Mattura of The Record
PARAMUS – Paramus elevated its season to a perfect 10, and there’s still work to be done.
The Spartans muscled past West Milford, 42-14, Friday night in a North 1, Group 3 opener. Their 10-0 record ties the program record for most victories in a season.
“It’s very nice,” Paramus coach Joe Sabella said of a 10-0 record, “but at this moment in time we’ve got our eyes on one thing – we want to bring home a championship to Paramus.”
Junior quarterback Trevor Bopp ran for three touchdowns and threw a TD pass to help No. 2 Paramus earn a semifinal showdown next weekend against two-time defending champion and No. 3 River Dell.
Junior running back Kyle Jacob ran for two TD in the first half to help stake the Spartans to a 35-0 halftime lead, and almost the entire second half was played with a running clock due to the “35-point rule.”
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What it means
Paramus will face River Dell (7-2) for the second time in three weeks. The Spartans defeated the Golden Hawks on Oct. 19 in Oradell, 20-13, to earn the right to host this highly anticipated semifinal.
“We have a great group of guys and it’s just really special to be out here with them every day,” Spartans senior lineman Dan Chermark said. “And we have a lot more to give, and it all starts in practice.”
More like the best play, with Jacob turning a run up the middle into a cutback, 55-yard TD run to provide Paramus with a 28-0 lead at 8:19 of the second quarter. (He also scored on a 6-yard run with 27 seconds left in the first half for the 35-0 lead.)
By the numbers
► Paramus had 358 yards in the first half and finished with 455. Bopp scored on first-half runs of seven and nine yards, and tossed a 24-yard TD to senior receiver Matthew Ivanicki. Bopp scored on a 9-yard run midway through the third to stretch the lead to 42-0.
► The Spartans defense held West Milford (5-5) to 44 yards in the first half, with the visitors tacking on 205 yards in the second half.
► Senior Ryan Coyle scored on a 19-yard run and caught a 19-yard TD pass from senior Zack Milko for West Milford, which posted its first non-losing season this decade.
Paramus’ offensive line dominated, leading the way to 455 total yards of offense: Chermark, and fellow seniors Matt Amato, Ryan Collins, Josh Ferro, and Bobby Colonna.
“We won it up front, and it starts with our line, and I think our skill guys feed off the energy of the line,” Sabella said. “And when they’re on their game, we’re just a hard football team to stop.”
They said it
“We had to get back to our basics, back to our fundamentals, what got us here, and that was playing physical all over the place, up front, on the perimeter, defensively, tackling, and we did,” Sabella said.
“We see that we keep progressing each week and we’re getting better and better,” Jacob said, “and our main goal is to win a championship and that’s what we’re going for.”