Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knock on Wood

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knock on Wood

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - Westwood got the bounces, the breaks and plenty of help from Dwight Morrow.

Still steamed after a loss to Mahwah last week, which featured a controversial T-Birds touchdown on a fumbled interception, the Cardinals toppled the Maroon Raiders, 38-0, Friday night and closed in on the top seed in the North 1, Group 2 playoffs.

"Last week, it seemed where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong," Westwood coach Vito Campanile said. "From Tuesday on, we said, this is the most important game we have ever played. We kind of challenged our kids and they responded."

"A loss is a loss, you have to get past it, but you have to use that fire to keep pushing during the week," said Westwood senior lineman Colin Keating, who had two sacks and two tackles for loss. "I think we bounced back great. We had great intensity all week and I think it showed through in the game."

The Cardinals improved to 6-1. Dwight Morrow fell to 4-3, but still is in good shape to qualify in North 1, Group 3.

The Maroon Raiders will look back on this one and see plenty of missed opportunities. Westwood made them pay for every mistake.

Dwight Morrow missed a field goal on its first drive. On its second drive, Jack Duncan burst through a hole up the middle at the Cardinals' 30, but then fumbled the ball forward. The ball bounced to Maroon Raiders standout wide receiver Juwann Winfree, who, for a second, looked like he had a direct path to the end zone.

But the Cardinals have a standout wide receiver as well. Senior Nolan Borgersen came over from his safety spot and knocked the ball away from Winfree. Westwood's Craig Carmilani recovered at the Cardinals' 7.

"It went out and I saw the play and Winfree made a great play, and I just chased him and I dove and got my arm in there and was lucky that it came out," said Borgersen, who went over the 1,000- yard mark receiving later in the game. …

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