No. 3 Hillsborough extends win streak to 16 with gutsy home win over Ridge

The 2021 Hillsborough Raiders were a talented bunch, could score quickly, and had a lot of flash.

The 2022 Hillsborough Raiders – their opening game against East Brunswick notwithstanding – are a lot less flashy, and more reliant on defense to get them through games.

They didn’t lose a game in 2021, and they haven’t lost yet in 2022.

Hillsborough topped Ridge 21-11 at home Friday night, to improve to 3-0 and extend their winning streak to 16 games, matching Bergen Catholic’s mark and good for second-best active streak in the state. The Crusaders are home Saturday against Seton Hall Prep, while Caldwell – with the state’s longest streak – is now at 18 games after a 42-20 home win over Verona.

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Again, it was defense which got the job done. Hillsborough took a 7-3 halftime lead into the fourth quarter before going up 14-3, but Ridge battled right back, picking up a two-point conversion as well to cut to to 14-11. But the Raiders got one more TD to put it away.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Hillsborough head coach Kevin Carty Jr.:

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