POMPTON LAKES – Fans of offense got more than their money’s worth from Pompton Lakes and Glen Rock on Saturday, but Glen Rock’s defense delivered when it mattered most.
Sophomore defensive back Tim Ray, an injury replacement, intercepted a Pompton Lakes pass at Glen Rock’s 5-yard line with 1:13 left in the game to preserve the Panthers’ frenetic, 39-33 road win at Hershfield Park. Ray’s win-clinching interception was one of the few noteworthy defensive plays made during a chaotic second half that featured eight lead changes and five touchdowns that accounted for 26 yards or more.
“The defense stepped up,” said Brady Miller, Glen Rock’s senior quarterback. “They’re tough kids and the credit goes to them.”
Miller’s humility aside, much of the credit actually should go to him following a remarkable performance that helped Glen Rock improve to 3-0.
The versatile signal-caller threw three of his four touchdown passes in fourth quarter, each of which answered Pompton Lakes scores and enabled Glen Rock to regain the lead. Miller’s 26-yard touchdown toss to senior receiver Sean McInerney with 5:20 remaining was McInerney’s second score in a three-minute, 27-second span and emerged as the game-winner.
“He played fantastic,” McInerney said of Miller. “He made smart reads. When he was running, he ran out of bounds, was smart about it. And our line was great, giving him the time to make those plays.”
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