Football team prepares for playoff run after bye week

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Football team prepares for playoff run after bye week

Head Coach Jim Kurz stands with his team on the sideline during Glen Rock's homecoming win against Lodi.

Head Coach Jim Kurz stands with his team on the sideline during Glen Rock's homecoming win against Lodi.

Photo Credit: Jim Fink

Head Coach Jim Kurz stands with his team on the sideline during Glen Rock's homecoming win against Lodi.

Photo Credit: Jim Fink

Photo Credit: Jim Fink

Head Coach Jim Kurz stands with his team on the sideline during Glen Rock's homecoming win against Lodi.

by Michael Silver, Chief Sports Beat Writer (Football, Hockey, Baseball)

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The football team has just walked off the field, with a face of pride after their fourth straight win on Homecoming day against Lodi. The 2019 football team had lost almost all hope after starting the season off 0-2.

They had begun the season with a 27-0 loss in their home opener against Waldwick-Midland Park, and followed that with a 19-7 loss at Garfield. At the time, it would have been safe to say that they were on their to missing the NJIC (North Jersey Interscholastic Conference) playoffs. 

However, this team has persevered through adversity, and won four straight games against Palisades Park-Leonia, Rutherford (their first win over the Bulldogs in five seasons), Manchester, and Lodi. The “bye” week 7, is a good time for players to regroup as they prepare to make a run for a playoff spot this year. 

Junior wide receiver Tommy Callahan couldn’t have asked for a better week for it to come, after suffering a sprained MCL in the Homecoming win against Lodi.

“I suffered a minor injury after my getting tackled after one of my receptions when I was tackled,” Callahan said. “I was able to play through my injury for the rest of the game, but I probably would have had to miss a game if it wasn’t for the bye week.”

Callahan, better known as “T.C.” by teammates and coaches, is on track with his recovery, and will be ready to suit up for tonight’s 7:00 game at Hawthorne. 

Head Coach Jim Kurz, is proud to see how far his squad has come from since the beginning of the season, and will be looking to lead his team to its fifth straight win against crosstown rivals Hawthorne, who have gotten the better of Glen Rock in the last two years. 

They will look to defeat the Bears with their rushing game and team defense, which have both stood out this year. 

Along with that, Glen Rock has based their values off of this year’s football motto of TEAM, in which the ‘T’ in ‘team’ goes before ‘ME’.

“We need to continue to do what we’ve been doing,” said Kurz. “The last couple of weeks we have done a really nice job of sticking together, making it about the team, staying focused. The playoffs pretty much start now.”

Although this game is not an official elimination game, it will be huge in deciding both Glen Rock and Hawthorne’s chances at making the playoffs this season.