The Smoke Signal

‘Everybody was having a blast’

Indians excel in all three phases, trounce Ridgefield Park

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Senior Stephen Soravilla (10) returns an interception against Ridgefield Park. Soravilla recorded an interception and blocked a punt.

Senior Stephen Soravilla (10) returns an interception against Ridgefield Park. Soravilla recorded an interception and blocked a punt.

Ariela Alfonso

Ariela Alfonso

Senior Stephen Soravilla (10) returns an interception against Ridgefield Park. Soravilla recorded an interception and blocked a punt.

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Game Recap:

Pascack Valley improved to 3-2 on Friday night following a 42-12 victory at home over Ridgefield Park.

Valley took an early lead and never looked back, as James Della Pesca returned a fumble for a touchdown on just the second play of the game. Following a 4th down stop by the Indians’ defense, Stephen Begen immediately hit Della Pesca on a 42-yard slant touchdown, his second TD of the game, putting PV up 14-0.

Jake Williams would rush for three long touchdowns – 35, 36 and 60 yards respectively – before the first half ended. Along with a 50-yard touchdown reception by Gio Degiglio, Valley went into halftime up 42-6, a lead they would comfortably sit on for the remainder of the game.

The Indians forced three turnovers throughout the game including an interception, fumble recovery and a blocked punt, which were key to taking such a commanding lead.

“Those are game-changing types of plays,” Coach Len Cusumano said. “Blocked punts, strip-sacks, a fumble returned for a touchdown – those could really change the complexion of the game and they definitely did.”

Stars of the Game:

Pascack Valley’s rushing attack was once again the focal point of their offense, with the unit rushing for 237 yards as a whole.

Jake Williams led the team with 136 yards and three touchdowns, making the most of limited opportunities as he recorded just five carries all game.

Defensively, senior Stephen Soravilla made two huge plays with an interception and a blocked punt.

“I always go onto the field with the mentality of: if you have fun on the field, good things will follow,” Soravilla said. “When we went out there, everybody was having a blast.”

Ridgefield Park’s biggest contributor was running back Tyler Colon, who rushed for 36 yards and a touchdown. Colon was also Ridgefield Park’s star on defense, recording an interception.

What’s to Come:

Pascack Valley (3-2) will travel to River Dell next week to take on the Golden Hawks (5-1), who are coming off a 52-7 victory against Dwight Morrow. Last season, the Indians suffered a heartbreaking 22-21 loss in the final minute of their season opener at the hands of River Dell.

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