The same two words were repeated over and over again in the heads of the Millers’ defenders: Michael Huertas. Huertas, a senior running back, carried Fort Lee to a 27-7 victory over Millburn under the friday night lights.
Huertas had a game that almost any back dreams of, gaining 216 yards on 21 carries and scoring twice in an over-matching performance. However, this is normal for Huertas. The senior is suddenly drawing interest from division one colleges as the back is 6’0 tall and 175 pounds but runs a 4.55 second forty yard dash while bench pressing 215 pounds and squatting 335 pounds. Clearly, although undersized, Huertas has terrific strength and speed, which was displayed against the Millers.
Last week, Huertas accumulated an absurd 325 yards on 17 carries and scoring 4 touchdowns, an average of 19.1 yards per carry, en route to the NorthJersey.com Player of the Week honors. He broke off runs of 70 yards, 75 yards and 90 yards in that game. Against the Millers, Huertas’ highlight plays included a 50 yard run and a 85 yard touchdown.
Joel Kim, the Bridgemen quarterback, only threw the ball twice, connecting with fullback Nick Tantillo for a nice gain on one of them. Tantillo actually scored two touchdowns of his own, on a decent amount of touches in relief of Huertas.
Millburn was down 13-0 before scoring their first points in the 3rd quarter and it was a beauty. Peter Serruto delivered in a moment of need, placing a ball right in the arms of Drew Pickard for a 65 yard touchdown. Pickard beat his man on the sideline and then eventually the defender stumbled leaving a wide open Pickard. The catch was surprisingly the first of the season for the wide out as he was supposed to be the number one target for Serruto. Serruto struggled the rest of the game finishing 8 of 22 passing for 136 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Although, this doesn’t look great on paper, Serruto was not the only one to blame. The Bridgemen defensive front got consistent pressure on Serruto and the loss of offensive tackle Ross Koplitz was huge for the Millers. Serruto’s interceptions however were off-balanced, ill-adviced throws into tight coverage. The Millers’ receivers had a few bad drops, especially on a few 3rd downs. Shashank Ravindranath had a nice night on the ground totaling 65 yards on 14 carries. Serruto added 5 carries for 33 yards, including a run where he carried a few defenders on his back. The biggest struggle for the Millers however, was controlling the line of scrimmage.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Millers, when they travel to a 2-0 Caldwell team, who hasn’t given up a point all season.