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Mountain Lakes running back Brad Landry (13) had a huge game for the Herd Friday night with 10 carries for 185 yards in 41-14 victory to move the 11-0 Morris County stronghold back into North 2, Group 2 playoff final. Here, Landry runs in front of Ridgefield Park's Freddy Garcia (82). (Photo by Vinny Carchietta/MCV Photography & Video)
Mountain Lakes Explodes Out Of The Gates
To Roll Past Ridgefield Park In N2G2 Semi
By Sean Reilly
MOUNTAIN LAKES --- Brad Landry knew that Mountain Lakes had to start with a flourish when the Herd played host to Ridgefield Park on Friday night in the semifinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 playoffs.
What wound up happening was beyond the expectations of the senior running back and everyone else on the Mountain Lakes sideline.
After the Herd defense used a third-down tackle by Sean Walsh to force a punt on the opening series, Landry took a handoff on his team's first play from scrimmage and ran 57 yards to a touchdown on a sweep to the left side.
More defensive stops and more big offensive plays followed. And when it was over, top-seeded Mountain Lakes breezed to a 41-14 victory over the fourth-seeded Scarlets at Wilkins Field.
The night was much different than Mountain Lakes' previous game, when it trailed by two touchdowns at halftime before gaining a 28-14 first-round win over Caldwell.
"We knew we had to come out strong," said Landry, who ended with 185 yards on 10 carries, all of it coming in a first half that ended with the Herd ahead, 34-0.
"We couldn't come out like we did last week," he said. "And once we started making plays, we had a swagger. It felt great to have this happen in our last game on Wilkins Field."
Mountain Lakes, which extended its state-leading current winning streak to 23 games, will play Lincoln in the sectional final, 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, at MetLife Stadium. Lincoln rolled past Madison, 36-6, Saturday, in the other N2G2 semifinal.
After Landry's quick TD, the defense forced two more three-and-outs against a Ridgefield Park side that sorely missed the services of senior RB/CB Tommy Visaggio, who was serving the mandatory one-game suspension after being ejected during last week's first-round triumph over Hanover Park. He was also the team's punter and top kick-return man.
Mountain Lakes started at the Ridgefield Park 38 after a punt with 5:19 left in the first quarter, and scored five plays later on an 11-yard keeper by QB Brad Smith. Zander Kotsen added the extra point for a 14-0 lead.