Indians hope to build on success against River Dell

Valley looks to avenge heartbreaking loss in 2017

BJ McGrane and Spencer Goldstein

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Pascack Valley vs River Dell

When: Friday Oct. 12, 6 p.m.

Location: River Dell High School


2018 Records:

Pascack Valley: 3-2

River Dell: 5-1


As the Indians enter the tail end of their 2018 campaign, they have yet to build a clear identity.  Five games into the season, Pascack Valley has yet win back-to-back games.  However, they have not dropped consecutive contests either.

Coming off a 42-12 rout of Ridgefield Park, Pascack Valley will look to build on its momentum as the Indians head to River Dell for their final road game of the 2018 regular season. At 5-1, River Dell is off to a strong start and is ranked as the No. 4 team in North Jersey.

As has been the case all season, Pascack Valley’s offensive attack focuses primarily on the running game. Last week, they ran for a combined 237 yards against Ridgefield Park. Jake Williams accounted for 136 of those yards along with three touchdowns. In order to beat River Dell, Valley will need to keep running the ball effectively.

As for the passing game, Valley signal caller Stephen Begen played one of his best career games last week against Ridgefield Park, completing two of three passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. By throwing those two touchdowns, he was able to triple his season total.

Although River Dell is coming off back-to-back North 1, Group 3 championship titles, the Golden Hawks lost former standout quarterback Dave Estevez to graduation last June. Replacing him is junior Jack Gillies, who has been an adequate replacement, with his only loss coming in a 42-35 shootout against Ramapo in which he still threw four touchdowns. River Dell’s running game is led by senior Dave Fletcher, who has done his fair share of scoring as well.

“We have a big challenge up ahead against River Dell,” PV head coach Len Cusumano said.  “We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

River Dell came out on top when the two teams faced each other in the season opener last year, with the final score being 22-21 after River Dell converted a two point try with under a minute to go in the game.

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