From NorthJersey.com / EAST RUTHERFORD — Park Ridge stuck to its game plan and the result was a win in the final minutes.
The Owls executed a two-tier strategy in their championship contest against Boonton on Saturday and rewrote history in the process, topping the Morris County school 28-21 in the North Group 1 regional title game at MetLife Stadium.
Senior Vincent Pinto engineered a late fourth quarter drive as the dual threat quarterback connected with running back Justin Wagner on a 36-yard touchdown pass with 1:38 left in the game to break a 21-21 tie.
“We knew we had a lot of time and we didn’t want to go crazy right away. We had great play calling and on that last play I felt confident throwing the ball because I knew he [Wagner] was going to make the play. He had one or two steps on him and I just threw it and he [Wagner] made the play. That play is designed for him, but it hasn’t been a game-breaker for us this year. But it turned out great for us today.”
Park Ridge’s first priority was to stop Boonton’s vaunted triple option attack, an offense that has produced more than 5,000 yards in 12 games.
The Owls second plan was to monopolize the clock and put the ball in the hands of Pinto and Wagner, who have combined for more than 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Ultimately, both plans were carried out successfully.