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Cedar Grove, under the guidance of head coach Ed Sadloch, has won five playoff championships since 2000; however, the team has had to reload this season and is off to 0-2 start after two strong opponents in Cedar Creek and Hoboken, although the Panthers' defense was very good Friday night vs. Hoboken. (Photo by Bill Allen-njsportaction.net)
Cedar Grove Defense Rises To Occasion
In Narrow Week 2 Loss to Strong Hoboken
By Steve Tober
Ed Sadloch grabbed his morning coffee, went over his staff’s scouting schedule for games on Saturday, and then hit the road already in full preparation mode for next Saturday’s (Sept. 27th) all-important Super Essex Conference opener at Caldwell.
His Cedar Grove Panthers are 0-2, but the longtime CG head coach was in an upbeat mood, pleased as heck with his team’s overall defensive effort in Friday night’s narrow 12-7 loss to a very good Hoboken team, which is the two-time defending North 2, Group 1 sectional champions.
“We were outstanding on defense, and we were a heck of a lot better overall than in week 1,” said Sadloch, who has guided his Panthers to five playoff championships (2000, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011) since the turn of the century. “I liked the way were able to contain Hoboken’s offense.”
Cedar Grove lost its season opener at Cedar Creek, 41-0, Sept. 6, and then had a bye week. It will next look to win against a Caldwell team that has defeated the Panthers four years in a row.
Hoboken took the opening kickoff of Friday night’s game back to the Panthers’ 18 yard line and then scored on a scamper from the line of scrimmage by quick back Marquis Roberts for an early 6-0 lead.
The Red Wings (2-0) then made it 12-0 on a Hasiz Gordonel interception return in the second quarter. Cedar Grove missed an opportunity to cut into the lead before the final seconds ticked off in the first half despite a nifty pass completion from quarterback Nick Zecchino to Joe Rufo into the Hoboken red zone.
The Panthers snapped a 94-minute scoring drought late in the fourth quarter when Dominic Ferrara scored on a 2-yard run. The play was set up by a well-executed fourth down pass completion from Zecchino to Tom Grautorex.
All told, progress was made by Cedar Grove, especially with its unit of resistance against one of the better Group 1 teams in the state, a unit that defeated Shabazz, 13-7, at Kean University, in last December’s N2G1 playoff final and also beat Roselle Park at MetLife Stadium in the title game the season before.