The (RFH) Varsity football team opened their season with a victory against the Barnegat Bengals.
Barnegat was the first to put points on the board and by halftime the Dawgs were down 13-0, but the Dawgs on the field and in the Dawg Pound believed in this team and their ability to come from behind. Although the dogs and cats scratched and clawed their way up and down the field, it was the Bulldogs that earned the win with a final score of 21-16.
It was a perfect night for football. The sky was eerily beautiful over Borden Stadium. The student body planned a black out with fans wearing all black. There was a very large crowd in attendance hoping for a win and the Bulldogs did not disappoint their fans and gave them an action packed thriller of a game with a come from behind victory.
With the win and the season opening loss against Barnegat last year, the RFH 2011 season team had something to prove.
The game began with just three plays before the Bengals shook up the Dawg fans by breaking away in a long run for a touchdown. In the end of the first half, the score was Bengals 13 – Bulldogs 0. In the second half, a blocked punt by Jack Miles put the Bulldogs in a position to make something happen. They drove down the field and ended the drive with Jack Miles running the ball up the middle for a touchdown. The Bulldog defense then held the Bengals and forced them to kick a field goal bringing the score to 16-6.
This was the point where the momentum changed for the Bulldogs. Things started going their way. With Danny Roberto leading the pack at quarterback, the Dawgs put 15 unanswered points on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
Shane Fallon, head coach of the RFH team, said after the game, “We are always happy to get out first W of the season, but we made too many mistakes. The players fought hard to earn the victory over Barnegat.”
Fallon said their focus will be on their next game, "Our execution in practice this week needs to be better as we prepare for Saint John Vianney. Barnegat is a good football team and played well. We will be a much improved team this week."
This week’s game will be held Friday, September 16th at St. John Vianney School at 7pm. The next home game should not be missed as RFH faces last year’s State Championship opponent, the Matawan Huskies. That game will be held Friday, September 30th 7pm.