Roselle Park had not won a varsity football game since defeating Newark Central in October 2008. For 31 minutes and 49 seconds it appeared that the 14 game losing streak would be broken. Roselle Park controlled both lines of scrimmage holding favored Belvidere scoreless for better than 3 quarters of the game. Park controlled the running game with Connor Gabriel,Nick Longo and Brandon Leary. The Park 3-5 defense controlled the Belvidere attack lead by Nick Longo and Zack Fahoury with 11 tackles each.
Early in the 4th quarter park took a 7-0 lead with Vincent Burnette scoring on a 18 yard run. With only 11 seconds left Belvidere scored on a 25 yard pass from Willie Harris to Craig Schubert. The game ended in a tie and Park elected to play defense on the 1st series and Belvidere scored on a 24 yard run from Jake Sarson.Park did not score on their turn on offense and the game ended with Belivdere winning 14-7.
The Panthers next game is Thursday September 16th at Brearley at 7PM. They travel to South Hunterdon on Sept 24 for a 7PM showdown and return home on October 1st for senior night vs Dayton where the senior football players,band members and cheerleaders will be honored.