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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Ridgefield Park, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Ridgefield Park, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

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The rally out of left field: Ridgefield Park’s 11-batter, 8-run inning sinks Spotswood

Hopefully, someone recorded the pep talk Ridgefield Park head coach Scott Papetti gave to his team before the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday.He may want to use it again — it was that good.Papetti challenged his sleep-walking team to show some courage. It worked — and then some. The Scarlets erupted for eight runs during an 11-batter fourth and blew past Spotswood for an improbable 8-7 win in Ridgefield Park.The last of the fourth started with Ridgefield Park down 8-2. More astounding was that seven of t...

Hopefully, someone recorded the pep talk Ridgefield Park head coach Scott Papetti gave to his team before the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday.

He may want to use it again — it was that good.

Papetti challenged his sleep-walking team to show some courage. It worked — and then some. The Scarlets erupted for eight runs during an 11-batter fourth and blew past Spotswood for an improbable 8-7 win in Ridgefield Park.

The last of the fourth started with Ridgefield Park down 8-2. More astounding was that seven of the runs scored with two outs.

“I challenged them,” Papetti. “For the second Saturday in a row were weren’t playing well. We had an infield error and then a ball went through the legs of an outfielder.

“Last year, we played the entire season without a senior. We’ve talked to the kids before about the need to grow up as a team. I feel like they did today (Saturday).”

After a 1-3 stretch, Ridgefield Park has won a modest, two-in-a-row. The Scarlets are 11-4.

“We had the chance to clinch the division against Dwight Morrow on Wednesday and we didn’t play well and lost 9-7,” Papetti said. “And we came out flat and lifeless for this game. I didn’t understand it.”

Spotswood, which had won only two of its previous six games, came out swinging. It lit up the first two of five Ridgefield Park pitchers — including a two-run homer by Casey Cumisky. Spotswood opened up an 8-2 lead.

To make matters worse, Spotswood had its first two runners on in the fifth when Papetti turned to junior righty Derek Bauernschmidt.

“He’s like a 106-pounder,” Papetti. “But he is the toughest kid on our entire team.”

Bauernschmidt came up big. He retired the the side without a run scoring.

Then came the binge that came out of nowhere.

With one out No. 9 hitter Michael Buda singled. Sean Guzman followed with a double and a Spotswood error on the play allowed Buda to score.

However, just when Ridgefield Park appear to have momentum, Spotswood got the second out.

“Honestly, I thought we were dead right there,” Papetti said.

Instead, Ridgefield Prep went crazy.

Ridgefield Park’s No. 3 hitter Richie Martinez was down in the count 1-2, but slapped a single up the middle, scoring a run. Jol Fredy DeLaCruz followed with a base hit. Then a single by Sam Aguilar drove in a run and made the score 8-5.

A hit batsman loaded the bases. Buda drew a walk and made the score 8-6.

Up came Kyle Dembeski, who made the first out of the inning.

“Earlier in the game he had a two-run double,” Papetti said.

Dembeski collected his second two-base hit. He lashed a double down the left field line.

“It was right on the chalk,” Papetti said.

It also cleared the bases and gave Ridgefield Park a 9-8 lead.

“After we scored the eight runs, I felt like we would score more,” Papetti explained. “Of course we didn’t.”

However, the Ridgefield Park pitching staff got stingy.

Papetti, sensing the urgency of the moment, called in his ace, Aguilar. Aguilar responded with two scoreless innings — the sixth and seventh — that featured five strikeouts. Luis Cruz was the winning pitcher.

“Glenn (Spotswood coach Fredricks) and I went to Rowan together and are good friends,” Papetti said. “We’ve played three times and this is the first time I’ve won.

“This is a good win against a quality team,” Papetti added. “I think this will will motivate the kids. We’re not as consistent as I’d like us to be, but we’re moving in that direction.”

Ridgefield Park has two, big games with Mahwah next Tuesday and Wednesday.

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N2G2 baseball quarterfinal recaps: Caldwell’s Zamloot and Hanover Park’s Smith throw one-hitters

Ray Zamloot threw a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks to lead top-seeded Caldwell to a 3-0 win over ninth-seeded Madison in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 tournament, in West Caldwell.Caldwell (22-7) will face fifth-seeded Ridgefield Park in the semifinals on Tuesday.Caldwell scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Nick Bergamotto had a hit, a run and an RBI in the win, while Luke Maida drove in a run. Gil Prial and Lorenzo Sozo each recorded a hit and a run.Quinn Reg...

Ray Zamloot threw a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks to lead top-seeded Caldwell to a 3-0 win over ninth-seeded Madison in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 tournament, in West Caldwell.

Caldwell (22-7) will face fifth-seeded Ridgefield Park in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Caldwell scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Nick Bergamotto had a hit, a run and an RBI in the win, while Luke Maida drove in a run. Gil Prial and Lorenzo Sozo each recorded a hit and a run.

Quinn Regan threw a six-hitter for Madison (10-12-1) with three strikeouts and one walk.

Hanover Park 1, Lyndhurst 0

Toby Smith threw a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and one walk to lead third-seeded Hanover Park to a 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Lyndhurst in the quarterfinals on the North 2, Group 2 tournament, in East Hanover.

Hanover Park (18-5-1) will face second-seeded Rutherford in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Smith also drove in Mike Filippone for the sole run of the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Mark Ruccio went 2-for-3 in the win.

Lyndhurst ends its season with an 18-10 record.

Ridgefield Park 6, Parsippany 4

Sam Aguilar and Richie Martinez each had a single and two RBI to lead fifth-seeded Ridgefield Park to a 6-4 win over fourth-seeded Parsippany in the quarterfinals of the North 2, Group 2 tournament, in Parsippany.

Ridgefield Park (15-13) will face top-seeded Caldwell in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Aguilar also spent 6 1/3 innings on the mound and conceded five hits.

Parsippany ends its season with a 17-6 record.

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Ridgefield Park football set up for playoff success after beating Lakeland

RIDGEFIELD PARK — There is something special for Ridgefield Park playing at home, a place they have called "The Pit" for decades.On a Friday night with the community on concrete steps and firetrucks setting off lights and sirens in celebration, the Scarlets feel a boost from the home-field advantage. After a 31-14 win over Lakeland, the Scarlets have their first six-win campaign in six seasons and, most likely, are assured to host a home playoff game in the first weekend of November for the first time in...

RIDGEFIELD PARK — There is something special for Ridgefield Park playing at home, a place they have called "The Pit" for decades.

On a Friday night with the community on concrete steps and firetrucks setting off lights and sirens in celebration, the Scarlets feel a boost from the home-field advantage. After a 31-14 win over Lakeland, the Scarlets have their first six-win campaign in six seasons and, most likely, are assured to host a home playoff game in the first weekend of November for the first time in the same span.

"There's no place like it," said Ridgefield Park head coach Chris Rapp. "They kind of look down on it. It's a little beat up and you have to sit on uncomfortable concrete steps, but there's history here and you can feel an atmosphere here. All of the workouts here for a lot of these guys since eighth grade and it makes this place special, especially to the seniors."

Touchdown catches by Joseph Rinaldi and Andrew Vargas put Ridgefield Park out to a 14-0 first quarter lead. Vargas caught a second touchdown in the second quarter for a commanding 21-0 lead, but Lakeland quickly responded. Two running plays was all Joshua Paduani needed to put Lakeland on the board and cut into the Scarlets lead.

Ridgefield Park settled for a field goal in the third quarter and saw Lakeland score again to pull within ten at 24-14 with 9:43 to go. However, the Scarlets were able to convert on third downs all night long and drained the clock down before Brevin Cooney's quarterback keeper put the game out of reach in the final minutes.

Any chances for a Lakeland comeback were thwarted by three second half interceptions by the Ridgefield Park defense, who have held opponents to 14 points or less in all six of their victories in 2021.

What it means

Ridgefield Park and Lakeland each began the week among the top eight teams in the North, Group 2 UPR standings, which would have given both teams a home playoff game if the season had ended earlier this week. The winner of this game is all but assured to remain in the top eight and host a first round playoff game when brackets are revealed in two weeks.

For Ridgefield Park, it means a likely home playoff game for the program, a first since 2015. That is also the same year that the Scarlets last won a playoff round. The group of seniors, who are a combined 5-17 in their previous three seasons, now have a 6-2 record as seniors.

"It's an unbelievable feeling, to be honest," said wide receiver Jalexin Pimentel. "The past three years, we've been through hell, but we stuck with it and now we are here."

As for Lakeland, the Lancers are still playoff-bound, but will face undefeated Newton, holders of the state's largest winning streak (now 14 in a row) and hope to avoid sliding further down the standings.

Key play

Trailing 21-7 right before halftime, Lakeland had driven into the red zone with a chance to pull within seven. After a failed third down conversion and without any timeouts, the final 30 seconds were ticking off the clock, except that Lakeland's Joshua Paduani was on the ground with an injury. The clock stopped with the injury timeout, allowing the Lancers to draw up a fourth down play.

Paduani was initially in formation for the Lancers, but was forced to the sidelines as the reason for the clock stoppage. Without their senior rusher with more than 1,100 yards entering the game, the Lancers could not score on the fourth down play. Lakeland began the second half with the ball, meaning they had a chance to tie the game on that drive if they had been able to convert on the fourth down play.

Rapp credits a linebacker group of three seniors: Tyler Colon, Jaysun Sin and Antonio Trocchia, whom they nickname "The Wolfpac", for holding the line defensively.

"A lot of them were starting as sophomores and not forgetting for the next down," said Rapp. "They got down there, but they were able to move on to the next down and keep them out of the end zone."

Rivalry renewed

Friday marked the third time ever that Ridgefield Park and Lakeland had played one another and the first time since 1982. The only other matchup, during the 1981 season, was the only instance of the two teams playing at Ridgefield Park prior to Friday night. During that 1981 season, the Lancers came away with a 28-6 win and accounting for the lone loss of the season for the Scarlets. Ridgefield Park finished as BCSL American champions that year, but missed the playoffs with an 8-1 record. Lakeland finished 10-1 overall, reaching the North 1, Group 3 championship game.

The teams matched up with the revised National Blue division in the SFC this season, which included four teams from the American Red division the season before. Ridgefield Park was accustomed to annual matchups with Westwood and Ramsey, but Lakeland is among the three new divisional foes.

They said it

"When the senior group were freshmen, they made note that they wanted to change the culture here and these guys have done that." - junior quarterback Brevin Cooney

"Tonight just showed that when we stay together as a unit, we can be unstoppable." - senior wide receiver Andrew Vargas

Up next

Ridgefield Park (6-2) travels to Newark Collegiate (0-7) on Friday.

Lakeland (4-4) hosts Newton (8-0) on Friday.

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Ridgefield Park man sentenced to 15 months in prison for bank fraud scheme

A Ridgefield Park man was sentenced Friday to 15 months in federal prison for defrauding several mortgage companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark.Dennys Tapia, 55, had pleaded guilty in December to enlisting his family and friends to apply for mortgages they did not qualify for, then lying on the paperwork he submitted on their behalf to make sure the mortgages were approved.Some of these were cash-out mortgages, which let borrowers collect enough money to ...

A Ridgefield Park man was sentenced Friday to 15 months in federal prison for defrauding several mortgage companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark.

Dennys Tapia, 55, had pleaded guilty in December to enlisting his family and friends to apply for mortgages they did not qualify for, then lying on the paperwork he submitted on their behalf to make sure the mortgages were approved.

Some of these were cash-out mortgages, which let borrowers collect enough money to pay off their old mortgage and keep the difference, according to a statement from acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig. Tapia netted tens of thousands of dollars from this alone.

Besides the prison term, U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler demanded Tapia pay $182,508 in restitution and forfeit more than $176,000, Honig said. Chesler also sentenced Tapia to two years of supervised release.

Robert Stahl, Tapia's attorney, said his client had a "lapse of judgment in an otherwise law-abiding life and sincerely regrets his actions."

"He's accepted full responsibility and hopes to get on with his life when this matter is concluded," Stahl said Friday afternoon.

Tapia's scheme, which ran from 2015 to 2018, sent applicants to Blanca Medina, a loan officer at one of the unnamed mortgage companies who was Tapia's co-conspirator, Honig said.

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Medina would help the buyers complete the loan applications, even though they lacked the assets or income they needed to secure them, according to the federal complaint.

Medina would pinpoint the applicants' shortcomings and tell Tapia, who would send her the fraudulent documents necessary to hide their true income or assets, the complaint said.

Tapia managed to use this process to mortgage properties in Ridgefield Park, Cranford and Passaic. None of the loans was in his name, Honig said.

Medina, 54, of Manalapan, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in June 2020. She is still awaiting sentencing, Stahl said.

She faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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Ridgefield Park football scores dramatic touchdown to edge Lenape Valley in playoffs

RIDGEFIELD PARK – It's been a long time since the firetrucks howled after a win like this in The Pit.Junior Brevin Cooney set off the sirens with a touchdown pass in the final minute and No. 4 seeded Ridgefield Park stunned No. 5 Lenape Valley, 22-21, in a back-and-forth thriller on Friday in the North 2, Group 2 quarterfinals.Not only was it the Scarlets' first home playoff victory in seven years. It continues a dramatic turnaround after a winless, COVID-shortened 2020 season."It's unbelievable...

RIDGEFIELD PARK – It's been a long time since the firetrucks howled after a win like this in The Pit.

Junior Brevin Cooney set off the sirens with a touchdown pass in the final minute and No. 4 seeded Ridgefield Park stunned No. 5 Lenape Valley, 22-21, in a back-and-forth thriller on Friday in the North 2, Group 2 quarterfinals.

Not only was it the Scarlets' first home playoff victory in seven years. It continues a dramatic turnaround after a winless, COVID-shortened 2020 season.

"It's unbelievable right now," senior receiver Jalexin Pimentel said. "It's crazy to take in. We've been through hell the last three of four years. We stuck through it and now we're here."

The Scarlets tied the score with 43.4 seconds left when Pimentel hauled in a long catch over the middle for his second touchdown of the night.

Andrew Vargas took care of the rest with the go-ahead PAT, as well as an interception on the final play of the game.

"I have never played in a football game with an atmosphere like that," Cooney said. "When a football team is doing well in a town, it brings everybody together. It unites everybody. The turnout we had is something we've been working toward for forever."

Cooney, who holds the school records for passing yards and touchdowns in a season, added to his totals by finishing 14-of-20 for 186 yards and two scores.

His final attempt unleashed a wild celebration and helped Ridgefield Park (8-2) lock up its winningest season since a nine-win campaign back in 2003.

Scarlet players celebrated the victory by rushing over to the first row of the student section.

"We've put a lot of work into the offseason and it means everything for them to win," second-year coach Chris Rapp said. "I love the pride it brings to Ridgefield Park. It's always been a football town. So when you get a crowd like this, it just feels different."

What it means

Ridgefield Park will face top-seeded Rutherford in the semifinal round next weekend.

There is plenty of familiarity between the programs as Rutherford coach Steve Dunn led the Scarlets back in 2019. Rapp said he's talks with Dunn "at least twice a week" and had several encounters this summer.

The nearby schools shared the field for a joint practice and faced off twice – in a scrimmage and 7-on-7.

"Coach Dunn was a great coach for the one year we had him. We were underclassmen," Cooney said. "It hurts to see a coach go but that's bulletin board material. So we'll go out there, have a good week of preparation and try to get the job done next Friday."

Turning points

Lenape Valley kept the Scarlet offense in check by controlling the clock with its Wing-T formation. The Patriots went up 7-0 in the second quarter when Keith Wagner found Jack LaVere for a 28-yard touchdown pass.

The Scarlets answered back four plays later on a Justin Meran touchdown carry and took a lead soon after the half on a 15-yard catch by Pimentel.

"I was going through the progressions and he was the last on my progression," Cooney said. "But I stayed patient. I didn't panic. I trusted my receiver to get open. I put the ball in a place and he did the rest."

That stoic attitude came in handy after back-to-back Lenape Valley touchdowns, including an Eric Perez carry that put the visitors up 21-15 with under four minutes to play.

Cooney lofted a high pass over the middle and hit Pimentel in stride for the game-winning, 35-yard touchdown.

"If you come to practice and see Brevin every day, you would say that's a Division I kid," Rapp said. "He's a great student and great role model. He's everything you want in your leader."

Sean Farrell is a high school sports reporter for NorthJersey.com. For full access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter and download our app.

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