WAYNE — Everything about the game seemed to have the feel of a preseason scrimmage.
The bottom line, though, is that Passaic Tech is 1-0 in the regular season going into the first day of school. And its 32-7 non-conference win over Bridgewater-Raritan on Friday night sent a message that North Jersey’s Super Football Conference is as strong as expected.
Twins Trashon and Travon Dye combined for three rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs, while Jovan Tyrell caught a TD pass and made two interceptions on defense.
Passaic Tech, ranked 25th in USA TODAY NETWORK Pre-Season New Jersey State Top 25 Rankingsforced six turnovers and held Bridgewater-Raritan (0-1) to just 93 yards.
“I can’t imagine anyone being really on point right now,” Bulldogs coach Matt Demarest said. “But the goal that we’ve tried to instill in the kids is that somebody’s going to have a great game tonight – maybe it’s you this week, maybe it’s somebody else next week. .
“We wanted to play with as many kids as possible just to give them college experience.”
What this means
With real state champions on the way, the North/Centre/South debate will rage all season long. Passaic Tech gave SFC a leg up on Big Central while spoiling the debut of Panthers coach Rick Mantz.
Bridgewater-Raritan’s last two games have resulted in losses to Passaic County teams. The 2021 season ended with a 22-21 playoff loss to division rival Passaic Tech Eastside.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are now 4-0 against foes Somerset County, having beaten Watchung Hills in 2004, 2005 and 2019.
The key games
Each team’s first two possessions ended in three plays or less. Tyrell caught the Panthers’ first pass of the game and returned it 32 yards for a first-and-go at 3. Trashon Dye carried twice, scoring at second, and Travon Dye caught a two-point pass from RaySun Belton .
Bridgewater-Raritan dropped the first snap of the next drive, which Trashon Dye recovered, and three plays later ran for a 20-yard touchdown.
Tyrell touched the ball four times and gained 98 all-purpose yards: 2 receptions for 53 and two interception returns for 45.
“He’s the real deal,” Demarest said of the junior cornerback. “A lot of people don’t know his name like the other guys, but he’s a great player.”
Trashon Dye rushed 21 times for 92 yards and Belton completed 7 of 11 passes for 116 yards.
Antione Hinton scored the Panthers’ lone touchdown on an 80-yard punt return in the second half, while Dane Sorenson and Matthew Masiolek each performed an INT in the end zone late in the first half.
They said it
“Honestly, the goal is a state title. So we just have to keep working and keep climbing from here. -Belt on
► Passaic Tech return to the SFC game when they host an inter-divisional clash with Union City on September 2.
► Bridgewater-Raritan remains on the road, visiting Union for a Big Central interdivision game on September 2.