The Haynes Yellow Jackets remained undefeated with a dominant 37-7 victory over Ridgewood on Thursday night at Joe Yenni Stadium.
Controlling the game from start to finish, Haynes (4-0) stayed almost entirely on the ground against the overmatched Golden Eagles (0-4).
The Yellow Jackets attempted only two passes and took a 23-0 lead into halftime, giving themselves a chance to lift many of its starters for younger reserves.
"I thought it was good work for us," Haynes coach Paul Longo said. "We had a plan for what we wanted to see with the (first team), and then pull them and get the younger guys some experience."
Malik Bailey scored a 5-yard touchdown run just 57 seconds into the game.
On the next series, Ridgewood botched a punt attempt, and defensive lineman Stephen Mackey returned the loose ball 10 yards for a touchdown, giving the Yellow Jackets a 14-0 lead less than three minutes in. They never looked back, using backups like running back Gavin Burns to help build their lead.
"That's how we planned it," Longo said. "Not give the young backs anything to worry about. Just get after it and play some football."
Burns ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries.
"We had a JV game yesterday, and I ran basically the whole game in that," Burns said. "I was pretty tired today, but I still managed to run hard and I'm happy to have my team to support me."
Freshman running back Jake Meilleur saw his first game action early in the fourth quarter. He scored a touchdown from 1 yard out on his first carry.
"It feels great," Meilleur said. "I was just happy to get the ball on the goal line. The team set it up for me, and I just took it."
Injuries forced Ridgewood to dress only 14 players for the game, but Haynes did not take the undermanned Eagles lightly.
"They're a good little group," said Longo. "They'll fight you to the end. I take my hat off to them. Those are kids who play every down."