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October 27, 2013The Game At A Glance: The Paramus defense made the needed stops at the right time and Tyler Smith had a big game, running and passing, to lead Paramus over Ramapo, 35-7.
First Half Highlights: Ramapo came out in the hurry up offense and marched down the field to the 19, but Ryan Heim intercepted on the 7 and returned it to the 19. Paramus then went on a fourteen play drive, consuming six and a half minutes, capping it off when Tyler Smith found Darius House for an 11 yard score. Ramapo came right back on a seventeen play drive and had a first and goal on the six, but couldn't get into the end zone, as the Paramus defense held their ground.
Ramapo has another drive, making it to the 14, but two consecutive sacks and an incompletion, set up a 38 yard field goal try that was no good. After forcing a Paramus punt, Ramapo had the ball again, but House intercepted on the drive's first play and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown to put Paramus up, 14-0, with a minute left in the half.
Second Half Highlights: Paramus came out with the ball and scored when Smith found Mike Mimmo for a 9 yard score. Ramapo came back on a three play drive, all passes, and got on the board when Sean Dougherty found John Goldschrafe in the right flat and Goldschrafe raced 30 yards for the score. After forcing a punt, Ramapo had the ball again in good field position, but Heim stepped in again with another key interception on the 27. Paramus took advantage, going ten plays and scoring when Smith scored on an 18 yard run through the middle for a 28-7 lead with 41 seconds left in the quarter.
Paramus started another drive and went seven plays, all runs, with Stephen Regalbuto going 19 yards through the middle to close out the scoring.
Play Of The Game: A tie - the two Heim interceptions came at key points in the game and it may have been a different game if Ramapo scored on those drives. Smith rushed for 127 yards on 19 carries and was 7-10-56 and two touchdowns. House also scored two touchdowns, one on each side of the ball.
Game Balls: The Paramus defense for making key stops in tough situations. Smith deserves a game ball for leading the offense.
Paramus head coach Dan Sabella - "It was an amazing performance from the defense, really the last two weeks. We followed up a really solid performance, defensively, last week with a great week of practice. The defense looked excellent all week and the staff did a tremendous job, putting in a solid plan for what is a tough offense to stop. Best of all, it carried into tonight. It's exciting for our seniors. Heim stepped up tonight after not playing last year and we're thrilled to have him back. It's also nice to have contributions across the board. We're becoming a team and guys are growing up in front of our eyes."
Sabella on quarterback Tyler Smith - "The plays he made all over the field - he did a tremendous job putting us in the right situations as a quarterback."
Paramus cornerback Ryan Heim - "I'm glad to return to the team (after concentrating on baseball) - the best decision ever. The defense stepped up; the line put pressure on the quarterback and forced them to make bad throws, and we took advantage of it. We were plus four on turnovers and to hold them to seven points was the reason we won."
Paramus quarterback Tyler Smith - "Watching them on films the past few games, we saw they were in some tough spots, losing late in the fourth quarter and they came back, so we knew they were going to keep fighting. I told the team, no matter what happens, don't get too high or too low. It's huge to get the home field game in the playoffs. It's difficult to get to where you want to go in the playoffs when you play every game on the road. It's a big step for us. Our team is maturing and the team is meshing well. The defense played a great game and we did our job on offense."
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