Ray Taub has been a fan of Rutgers football – hell, all Rutgers sports – for as long as he can remember. And it’s been his dream to be involved in a game there for about the same amount of time.
Well, he’s 48 minutes away from having that wish come true.
His first came true back on Friday night, when his beloved Eagle football team, for which he is the team managers, won the Central Jersey Group 5 championship – the program’s first sectional title since 1991 – with a 28-14 win at Lenape in the swirling wind and rain.
Big Play Ray is going to get a championship ring.
But first things first. There could be as many as two more games for Edison still this season. Saturday at 5:30 they’re back down in Medford to play Toms River North at Cherokee High School at 5:30 pm, in the South vs. Central Group 5 semifinals. The winner will go on to play either Passaic Tech or West Orange – the North 1 and North 2 champs – at Rutgers in two weeks.
Ray says he knew all the way back at the beginning of the season, especially after a 2022-opening win against Cedar Creek in the Battle at the Beach in Ocean City, that this team was special and would go all the way.
He may believe that every year, but hey, that’s what growing up a Rutgers fan will do to you.
Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Ray Taub about his experiences as team manager throughout Edison’s championship season: