Football recap: Five game winning streak


Richard Mariani

Captains Lucas Ritchie, Jackson Tantleff, Joey Bilotti, and Hugo Gini

(9/27) Johnson W (30-21)
Junior quarterback Teddy Gouldin threw two touchdowns to secure the win for the Mountaineers. Gouldin connected with Junior AJ Mino for a touchdown on a 20-yard pass—this gave the Mountaineers a slight 15-14 lead at the half. This trend continued through the rest of the game, with the Crusaders trailing 23-21 with four and a half minutes left in the game. The Mountaineer offense cleaned up the game, including a nail-in-the-coffin, 60-yard dime to Senior Lucas Ritchie with 3:03 left in the fourth quarter. The final score was 30-21 as the Mountaineers secured the road win against the Crusaders.

When talking about the key 60-yard pass to Ritchie at the end of the fourth quarter, Gouldin praises his offensive line. “It was a great play,” Gouldin said in an interview with the Bernardsville News, “Lucas Ritchie runs a great route, and all my guys up front — Austin McCrann, John Salliard, Hugo Gini, Brandon Krug, and John Perling – they all blocked their butts off today and played great football. None of that is possible without them upfront. They gave me the time, and the throw was easy.”

Abraham Clark (Roselle) W (42-12)

The Mountaineers destroyed Roselle on the road this Saturday afternoon game. The Bernards offense put up six touchdowns before halftime, including a kick return by Junior Luke Burns. Teddy Gouldin completed touchdown passes to Senior Jackson Tantleff, Senior Joey Bilotti, Junior AJ Mino, and a screen pass to Sophomore Michael Leanza, all for touchdowns. Leanza also scored on a 3-yard run near the end of the first quarter. After a fumble recovery by Junior Gavin Chieff deep in Roselle territory, Gouldin kept the ball and scored on a six-yard run, forcing the 42-6 score at halftime.

Delaware Valley W (32-7)

Delaware Valley showed up on Friday night with an undefeated record. On the opening drive of the game, Del Val drove down the field to the Bernard’s 23-yard line, before getting stopped on 4th & 2. Their next drive, the Terriers scored a touchdown, making the score 7-0 in the second quarter. The Mountaineers soon recovered, however, and tied the score 7-7 with 1:20 left in the half. Before the end of the half, the Mountaineer defense worked its magic and gave the offense the ball back. Gouldin completed a pass to Ritchie with five seconds left in the half, making the score 13-7.

The Bernard’s defensive magic did not cease at halftime, though. The Terriers did not score again and allowed the Bernard’s offense to score three more touchdowns in the game, including a 64-yard touchdown pass to Bilotti. The game ended 32-7, with the Mountaineers handing the Del Val its first loss.

Voorhees W (30-18)

The Mountaineers conquered the Group 3 Voorhees on their home field. Steven Lopez scored the game’s first points as he kicked a field goal for Bernards. The Mountaineers did not have their best showing, giving up 95 yards of penalties, and hurting themselves in regards to field position. The Mountaineers, though, still found a way to secure the win. Gouldin threw for 274 yards and Leanza, Caldwell, and AJ Mino all scored. Luke Burns returned his second kick return in three games, this time for 90+ yards and a touchdown. The final score was 30-18, allowing the Mountaineers (5-1) to hold onto their winning record.