WALDWICK — As motivated as his football teammates were to perform well on Friday, Tim Fink had a little extra incentive.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Glen Rock defensive tackle recovered a fumble with 1:44 remaining to seal the Panthers’ 34-19 victory over previously unbeaten Waldwick/Midland Park. The turnover was the Warriors’ fourth of the game.
Fink, a right tackle on the offensive line, also helped pave the way for a rushing attack that gained 254 yards and four touchdowns on a rainy, soggy evening.
“I live in Midland Park, but my parents work in the Glen Rock school district,” said Fink, a senior. “So now I’m going to Glen Rock, and this is a real statement win for us.”
Especially given that the Panthers (3-1) had lost to Waldwick/Midland Park twice in the past two years by a combined score of 86-0.
“We kept that in the back of our minds,” Glen Rock coach Jim Kurz said. “But this is a new year, and it’s about the here and now.”
Waldwick/Midland Park (3-1), ranked No. 10 in The Record Public Top 20, had a sizeable edge in time of possession but could not capitalize on its two longest drives.