Varsity (Grades 7-8)
On a rainy Sept. 8 evening in Hillsborough, it was a hard fought struggle at first with Hillsborough leading Ridge 14-8 at the half on two Kyle Kaufmann short TD runs, Kaufmann finished with three touchdowns on the day. The second touchdown was set up by a 44 pass from Skylar Springs to his brother Samari Springs (3 receptions for 58 yards). Joe Schultz also pitched in at QB going, 4 for 5 and 30 yards. The Hillsborough defense was impressive–allowing only 56 total yards and forcing four fumbles. Kaufmann had a big game at linebacker and set the tone for the Raiders. David Amankwaa had a sack and fumble recovery, Josh McDevitt had a sack late in the fourth, causing a fumble which he recovered in the end zone for a TD. Final score was 26-8, Hillsborough over Ridge. Kyle Kaufmann earned the game MVP.
Junior Varsity (Grades 5-6)
In a hard fought Jr. Skylands JV Division Game, the Hillsborough Jr. Raiders fell to the Ridge Jr. Red Devils by a score of 0-6 on Sept. 8. It was a defensive battle on a rain-soaked Hillsborough High School field, marred only by one big play by a Ridge speedster. The Hillsborough stalwarts were led by Jaden Bailey (6 tackles, 4 for loss, and a forced fumble), Brian Reilly (4 tackles, 2 for loss, and a forced fumble), Ryan Gemignani (4 tackles), Norm Washington (3 tackles, a sack and forced fumble), and Tommy Zdroik (2 tackles, both for loss). The Jr. Raiders offense struggled against a stiff Ridge defense but was paced by the running of Brian Reilly, Chris Zickert, Dylan Boczon, and the solid blocking of Jimmy Burke. Offensive game MVP was Jimmy Burke; defensive MVP was Jaden Bailey.