BY JONATHAN CALIXTE
The North Rockland Red Raiders defended their home at Casarella Field Saturday earning their second victory in a 24-3 defeat of the Suffern Mounties.
Midway through the first quarter, the Raiders found the end zone after opening some holes in Suffern’s defense. The Raiders expanded their lead at the start of the second quarter when Jaden Cook scored on a 72-yard kickoff return. The Mounties’ defense then got stingy for the rest of the first half, holding the Raiders without a touchdown for the remainder of the quarter.
Senior Quarterback Zack Mabry of Suffern gave his all but to no avail. The Mounties called several quarterback sneaks but most tries were stopped at the line of scrimmage.
The Raiders “I felt that Jaden Cook played a really good game,” said Raiders head coach Tom Lynch.
Cook finished the game with a touchdown, interception, and five tackles.
Despite the loss “I really think this group of guys are ready for the postseason,” Suffern Mounties assistant coach David DiNuzzo said. “We fought hard [and] North Rockland played very well—much credit to them.”
The Mounties (3-4, 1-4 in league) head off to an interleague contest vs. Scarsdale this Friday, October 13. North Rockland (2-4, 2-3 in league) will be heading to Mahopac who currently stand at 4-2.