Time ran out for the Riverside-Brookfield High School football team in its 20-14 loss at Ridgewood on Friday night. Consequently, time appears to be running short on the Bulldogs’ bid to pick up their first win this season. Granted, RBHS has four games remaining this fall; however, the Bulldogs squandered a solid chance to win its Metro Suburban Conference opener against the host Rebels.
Ridgewood led RBHS 14-7 after three quarters and 20-14 in the fourth, but the Bulldogs threatened to pull off a dramatic victory in the closing seconds of the game. Facing a third-and-10 on the Rebels’ 20, RBHS converted a clutch first down, setting the ball at the Ridgewood 9. When the Bulldogs went to spike the football to kill the clock in hopes of one last play into the end zone, the final buzzer sounded. In the end, Ridgewood escaped with a 20-14 win and RBHS fell to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the MSC.
“It’s certainly frustrating,” RBHS head coach Brendan Curtin said about the Bulldogs’ struggles this season. “[Tonight] we didn’t make enough plays when we needed to in order to be successful. We need a good week of practice to get ready for Glenbard South for our homecoming game next week.”
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Swift went 16-for-37 with 150 yards passing. He also threw a touchdown pass and an interception. On the ground, Swift struggled to find any openings, picking up 16 yards rushing on 11 attempts.
Lewis Rogers had five catches for 84 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown reception, and sophomore Dean Zigulich added five catches for 64 yards. Brian Kulaga had five carries for 41 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Adolfo Linares came into the game for Kulaga, picking up 42 yards rushing on seven carries.
The Bulldogs totaled 281 yards of offense. The RBHS defense continued its solid work in the turnovers department, earning three takeaways off the Rebels. Ridgewood racked up 404 yards offensively.
RBHS (0-5, 0-1) welcomes in Glenbard South Friday at 7:15 p.m. for the Bulldogs’ homecoming game. Along with valuable playing time accrued for promising players like Swift, Kulaga and Zigulich moving forward, the Bulldogs are also excited about closing the season with three of of their final four games at home. RBHS also should have a good shot at picking up a victory in their lone road contest at Elmwood Park. So despite the Bulldogs’ record there is still plenty of football left to be played, most of it at Shuey Stadium as well
First things first for RBHS. however, which means playing well against a tough Glenbard South squad, and then hopefully some wins start falling into place.