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NEW QB BOOSTS RAMS

Nick Martino fills in just fine, with three touchdowns in the second half for Ridgewood.

With Scott Kujak on the sideline, Ridgewood broke through for its first win on Friday night at Booster Stadium.

Usually fundamentally-sound Springstead committed miscues all over the field, and the Rams were quick to take advantage in a 28-17 victory.

Ridgewood (1-4) had been making strides behind Kujak in recent weeks, but a disciplinary suspension gave Nick Martino (138 total yards) the chance to start at quarterback in his place.

Martino answered the call in every way possible.

Accounting for all three second-half touchdowns for the Rams, he scored twice on the ground and once on a 78-yard punt return. He even picked off both opposing signal callers, Brian Beeker and Chris Kelley, for the game's only two interceptions.

"When I was told this afternoon that I was going to be starting, I am not going to lie, I had butterflies in my stomach," Martino said. "But once the offense got rolling, I got into the flow of the game."

Fumbles proved to be the Achilles' heel for Springstead (2-3).

The Eagles put the ball on the turf four times and lost three of them, including a key turnover by running back Steven Walker with just over seven minutes remaining and Springstead driving.

Both feature backs for the programs had solid games on the ground.

Springstead tailback Devean Huff (21 carries, 118 yards) was the lone bright spot for the home team, continuing his impressive season with his fourth 100-yard game.

Cameron Rodriguez (22 carries, 108 yards), who had been averaging 141 yards in the past two games, went over the century mark again.

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