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 Local football teams advance

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Rutherford senior signal-caller Byan Gaschke scored a touchdown in overtime to power the third-seeded Bulldogs past sixth-slotted West Essex Regional, 21-14, in a first round NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group 2 state playffs game on Friday night, Nov. 12, at Tryon Field.
By W. L. Bill Allen, Jr. / Director, NJ Sport/Action

(Nov. 18, 2010) — With one overtime victory and two lop-sided lambastings in the books, all three football teams from The Leader coverage area which earned berths in the NJSIAA have advanced to the state section semifinals round, as third-seeded Rutherford outlasted sixth-slotted West Essex Regional, 21-14, in overtime in North Jersey Section 2, Group 2 play on Friday night, Nov. 12, at Tryon Field, while Wallington, the third seed in the North 1, Group 1 bracket, embered Emerson Boro, the sixth seed in that grouping, 41-14, on Saturday, Nov. 13, at WHS and Saint Mary High, the fourth seed in the combined Non-Public, Groups 1 and 2 tournament, overpowered No. 5 Montclair Kimberley Academy, 56-34, on Saturday in Rutherford.

In a battle of unbeaten teams, 9-0 Rutherford, which needed a clutch nine-year touchdown run from senior Bryan Gaschke in overtime to oust Wessex (6-4), will travel to take on second-slotted Madison (9-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Madison overpowered seventh-spotted Shabazz, 56-22, in the first round on Saturday, the 13th.

Wallington, which reached 9-1 with its win over the Cavos, got scoring scampers of 41, 27, 14 and 19 yards from senior back Criss Sullivan in that victory and will now head to Cresskill (9-1) to face the second-spotted Cougars on Friday night, Nov. 19.

Cresskill beat No. 7 Saddle Brook, 18-7, in their first round battle.

Finally, Saint Mary (6-3) will hit the road to take on top-seeded Holy Cross, a Group 2 school, at 7 p.m. in Delran. Matching Sullivan’s feat for Wallington, Saint Mary High School senior back Quadree Hubbard ran the rock to the house from distances of 1, 30, 16 and 15 yards out for six-point scores in the Gaels’ win over MKA.


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