Ridge has a real opportunity to make a playoff run, as Red Devils open at Woodbridge Friday night

Ridge senior QB Mike Olivo (12) celebrates a touchdown in an undated photo (Source: Twitter)

It’s hard to say with a straight face that any Ridge football team has flown under the radar over the last decade or so, having typically been quite successful from Bill Tracy right on through to Andy West, the current head coach.

But that’s what they’ve done to some degree, and they seem OK with it.

Friday night, 6th-seeded Ridge will begin what it hopes is a solid playoff run, visiting third-seed Woodbridge at Priscoe Field in the first round of the North 1, Group 4 playoffs.

Northern Highlands – the top seed in the section – is one of the top teams in the state, ranked No. 8 in the NJ.com Top 20; they’re also the second-highest ranked public school in the state.

But that’s not a concern yet for the Red Devils, who first must face a Woodbridge team that barely missed a beat in losing key players like Anthony Santino and Ali Lee, Jr., from a 2020 team that didn’t lose a game until it faced Somerville in the first week of pod play last year.

Click below to hear Ridge head coach Andy West talk about the Red Devils’ season – and their game against the Barrons – with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

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