Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Pequannock, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Pequannock, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
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.
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:
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.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' 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:
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Jada Mia Puryear was adamant that she would break 150 feet after finishing just a few inches short of the mark (149-4) at New Balance Outdoor Nationals just 24 hours ago.The Union Catholic star topped her goal by over five feet.Puryear launched a throw of 155-7 in the final flight to become the school’s first ever discus champion. Demarest’s Casey Sullivan (144′) and Sara Slowikowski (141-3) finished second and third, respectively.The Union Catholic senior had the third-longest throw in Meet Of Champion...
Jada Mia Puryear was adamant that she would break 150 feet after finishing just a few inches short of the mark (149-4) at New Balance Outdoor Nationals just 24 hours ago.
The Union Catholic star topped her goal by over five feet.
Puryear launched a throw of 155-7 in the final flight to become the school’s first ever discus champion. Demarest’s Casey Sullivan (144′) and Sara Slowikowski (141-3) finished second and third, respectively.
The Union Catholic senior had the third-longest throw in Meet Of Champions history, only behind Delesa’s Jocelyn White (158-1; 2003) and Alyssa Wilson of Donovan Catholic (168-1; 2016).
When it was mentioned to Puryear that her throw was among the best in Meet Of Champions history, a huge smile came across her face.
“Alyssa Wilson is a legend, so to even be compared to her is amazing,” said Puryear. “I wanted to come out and PR and see how far I could push myself so it feels great to [win].”
For a brief moment, it looked like the Demarest duo of Sullivan and Slowikowski had all of the momentum leading up to the final throw of the flight. Both athletes had just thrown their career-best marks and would’ve gone into the last round of throws in first and second place had Puryear not achieved a personal record.
“Once those Demarest girls threw [over] 140, that kind of competition really pushed me,” said Puryear. “I was like okay, now I really have to go for [150 feet]. At that moment, I wanted to have fun and give it my all but stay controlled so I didn’t [fall out the circle].”
And while she wishes she could’ve hit the 150-foot mark at New Balance, she’s still pleased that it happened at the biggest meet in the state.
“I hit a [personal record] three times and made it on the podium at [Nationals],” said Puryear. “To come out here and do it again is such a great feeling.”
1 Puryear, Jada Mia 12 Union Catholic: 155-07
2 Sullivan, Casey 12 NV - Demarest: 134-03 144-00
3 Slowikowski, Sarah 11 NV - Demarest: 141-03
4 Enterline, Kelly 12 Southern Reg: 140-02
5 Sahadi, Sara 12 Ridge HS: 134-05
6 Galvin, Catriona 12 Pitman HS: 130-01
7 Wokocha, Chiamaka 11 Absegami HS: 120-00
8 Thomas, Tyaja 11 Paramus Cath: 118-09
9 Moore, Taylor 12 Raritan HS: 117-11
10 Giordano, Layla 10 NV - Old Tap: 115-03
11 Keil, Morgan 12 Holy Spirit: 114-11
12 Demarest, Ciara 11 Williamstown: 114-09
13 Franklin, Kayla 12 Sterling HS:113-04
14 Gordon, Samantha 12 Pequannock H: 112-07
15 Gibson, Julianna 12 Colts Neck H: 111-09
16 Vashey, Karalyn 12 Jackson Libe: 111-03
17 Ward, Mackenzie 11 NV - Old Tap: 109-10
18 Aymil, Melissa 12 Mendham HS: 107-07
19 Lemyre, Talia 11 Seneca HS: 107-01
20 Williams, Kitty 10 Montclair Ki: 101-09
21 Howlett, Emma 12 Roselle Cath: 99-03
22 Griffin, Madison 11 Pope John 97-10
23 Sarisky, Carly 11 Pope John XX: 91-00
24 Geib, Erin 12 Mount St. Ma: 88-09
25 Miller, Kennedy 9 Red Bank Cat: 81-08
-- Peretti, Emma 11 Hammonton HS: FOUL
-- Bluford, Maylisa 10 Clayton HS: FOUL
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HAMILTON — The southpaws helped Ramsey bring its first state baseball championship back North.Sophomore Will Kirk pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts, and fellow lefty Connor O’Hara drove in three runs to spur the Rams past Haddon Heights, 5-2, in Saturday night’s NJSIAA Group 2 final at Veterans Park....
HAMILTON — The southpaws helped Ramsey bring its first state baseball championship back North.
Sophomore Will Kirk pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts, and fellow lefty Connor O’Hara drove in three runs to spur the Rams past Haddon Heights, 5-2, in Saturday night’s NJSIAA Group 2 final at Veterans Park.
In Monday’s state semifinals, O’Hara pitched the victory and Kirk was the outfield standout with three runs scored and three key catches.
“They kind of switched roles,” Ramsey coach Paul Urbanovich said after the finale. “As the season progressed, Will got better and better every time he went out there. And he quickly became our go-to-guy on the mound.”
He also showed poise beyond his years, shaking off a first-inning home run by Haddon Heights catcher Caden Bodine (a Coastal Carolina commit) and a third-inning double that put the Rams behind, 2-0.
“Our motto, through the whole state run, has been ‘Backs against the wall’,” Kirk said. “So, we were able to fight back and win the game.”
The Bergen County squad did so with a four-run third, which was aided by two walks, two errors and a hit-by-pitch and culminated with O’Hara’s two-run single.
Ramsey (28-4) can claim the title of Baseball Town, N.J. for 2022, as the Rams earned their trophy on Bob DeMeo Field three days after Don Bosco Prep did the same in Non-Public A.
It could also claim to be the Borough of Champions, as far as the Featherstone family is concerned. Senior Mike Featherstone (1-for-1, 2 HBP), who has committed to play at Hartford, also led the Ramsey boys basketball team to a sectional crown.
“I guess the Rams are just breeding victories recently,” the first baseman/pitcher said. “I guess you could call it a baseball town. I say the youth programs are great… Ramsey High School is just a sports school, period.”
On the diamond, the Rams won 20-of-21 to close the season, securing the Big North Patriot title and reaching their first Bergen County semifinal since 2011.
Featherstone’s leadoff single in the second and O’Hara’s run-producer the following inning were the only two base hits by Ramsey – which nonetheless capitalized on three errors by Haddon Heights (22-8).
The low hit total may seem unusual for a team that averaged 9.2 runs per game, but that, too, speaks to the Rams’ resiliency.
“We were making hard outs offensively [early on],” Urbanovich said. “So it was a matter of time before something would break our way.”
4: State-sectional championships Ramsey had won prior to this season: 1961, 2000, 2010, 2014.
0: Appearances by the Rams in a state final before this season. They lost in the group semis after each of their previous North 1, Group 2 titles.
46-9: Urbanovich’s record through two seasons at the helm.
0-2: Hits and runs scored, respectively, by Ramsey center fielder Anthony Pallone. He reached base on catcher’s interference and a walk.
“From Day One, this is all we wanted, and to finally achieve it feels amazing.” —Kirk
“We always have the confidence – two outs, any inning, that we can really hit anyone. You can look at some of our victories coming back from behind, walk-off win in the second state game [against Pequannock]… really, we always knew we could hit, and we just had to wait for the time to come. We’re ready to go anytime.” —Featherstone
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ESSENTIALSSouth-Central Group 1 SemifinalNo. 8 Clayton 5, New Egypt 0South-Central Group 2 SemifinalHaddon Heights 3, No. 2 Bordentown 0South-Central Group 3 SemifinalNo. 11 Steinert 3, Burlington Twp. 2North 1-2 Group 2 SemifinalHanover Park at Pequannock, PPD. to 6/2, 3 p.m.North 1-2 Group 3 SemifinalNo. 19 Nutley 0, No. 10 Roxbury 0 (Game suspended)(Game will resume 6/2, top of 7th, 1 p.m.)North 1-2 Gr...
No. 8 Clayton 5, New Egypt 0
Haddon Heights 3, No. 2 Bordentown 0
No. 11 Steinert 3, Burlington Twp. 2
Hanover Park at Pequannock, PPD. to 6/2, 3 p.m.
No. 19 Nutley 0, No. 10 Roxbury 0 (Game suspended)
(Game will resume 6/2, top of 7th, 1 p.m.)
No. 5 Watchung Hills 9, No. 17 Livingston 0
Clayton 5, New Egypt 0 - Box Score
Haddon Heights 3, Bordentown 0 - Box Score
Steinert 4, Burlington Township 2 - Box Score
Watchung Hills 9, Livingston 0 - Box Score
Egg Harbor 11, Freehold Township 3 - Box Score
Gloucester Tech 4, Bergen Tech 3 - Box Score
Cedar Creek 19, Oakcrest 0 - Box Score
East Brunswick Tech 15, Calvary Christian (Old Bridge) 6 - Box Score
Ridgefield 15, Bergen Charter 0 - Box Score
Wallington 9, Weehawken 4 - Box Score
Hillsborough 8, Hunterdon Central 0 - Box Score
Gill St. Bernard's 11, Franklin 1 - Box Score
Delsea 10, Cumberland 0 - Box Score
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MORRIS COUNTY TOURNAMENT FINAL3-Pequannock (21-2) vs. 4-Delbarton (13-9), 7 p.m.Titles Won:Delbarton: 6 (last title 2006)Pequannock: 1 (1988)Last meeting:2015: Pequannock, 59-54Trends:Pequannock carries a 13-game win streak into this game. In the 12th win of that streak, head coach Jeff DeBell, a Pequannock alum, earned his 300th coaching victory.Delbarton’s longest win streak this season is four games. Veteran head coach Dan Whalen en...
Delbarton: 6 (last title 2006)
Pequannock: 1 (1988)
2015: Pequannock, 59-54
Pequannock carries a 13-game win streak into this game. In the 12th win of that streak, head coach Jeff DeBell, a Pequannock alum, earned his 300th coaching victory.
Delbarton’s longest win streak this season is four games. Veteran head coach Dan Whalen enters with 424 career victories.
Pequannock: Defeated 14th-seeded Hanover Park, 72-69, in the first round with a balanced showing led by senior guard Ethan Sutherland with 21 points and senior forward David Rigoglioso with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Finn Powers chipped in with 17 points and senior center Ben Reichert had 10 points and 10 assists. Defeated 11th-seeded Madison, 76-62, with balance again surfacing as the theme of the day. Sutherland struck for 22 points. Powers contributed 21 and also had eight assists, sophomore guard Karson Culuko scored 19 points, and Rigoglioso had 12 points and eight rebounds. Defeated seventh-seeded Randolph, 71-58, in the semifinals with, yep, another all-hands-on-deck formula. Rigoglioso led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds, the 6-10 Reichert had 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, Culuko contributed 12 points and five assists, and Sutherland scored 12 points.
Delbarton: Defeated 13th-seeded Montville with a strong defensive showing and a balanced attack behind senior guard Skyler Venezia with 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists, junior guard Mike Vaccaro with 13 points, and junior Nick Modugno with 12 points. Defeated fifth-seeded Mendham, 43-39, with superb defensive play and 12 points from Venezia to pac the offense. Senior guard Derek Lagios chipped in with nine. Defeated eighth-seeded West Morris, 49-41, in the semifinals, with Vaccaro leading the way with 12 points and Modugno and Venezia contributing 11 apiece. The Green Wave had fallen to West Morris just 10 days earlier, 56-47.
Karson Culuko, 6-2 So., G: 14.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.2 steals
Finn Powers, 5-10, Jr., G: 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals
Ben Reichert, 6-10 Sr., C: 9.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 3.8 blocks
David Rigoglioso, 6-5 Sr., F: 14.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals
Ethan Sutherland, 6-2 Sr., G: 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.4 steals
Derek Lagios, Delbarton, 6-3 Sr., G: 8.1 points, 3.2 assists, 1.7 steals
Nicholas Modugno, 6-3 Jr., F/G: 6.2 points, 4.2 rebounds
Julian Radossich, 6-4 Jr., F: 6.6 points, 2.4 steals
Mike Vaccaro, 6-1 Jr., G: 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds
Skyler Venezia, 6-3 Sr., G: 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists
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Many scheming coaches dream of possessing the football so long that the opposing offense has hardly any chance to see the field. Few get results like Pequannock did Friday.Controlling the ball for nearly the entire first half, Pequannock patiently wore down North Warren in a 17-6 victory on Friday in Pompton Plains.Quarterback David Rigoglioso found Dennis Jarensky for a 15-yard score to cap off an 18-play, 88-yard drive and give the Golden Panthers (5-4) a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.The game of keep-away had only j...
Many scheming coaches dream of possessing the football so long that the opposing offense has hardly any chance to see the field. Few get results like Pequannock did Friday.
Controlling the ball for nearly the entire first half, Pequannock patiently wore down North Warren in a 17-6 victory on Friday in Pompton Plains.
Quarterback David Rigoglioso found Dennis Jarensky for a 15-yard score to cap off an 18-play, 88-yard drive and give the Golden Panthers (5-4) a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
The game of keep-away had only just begun.
Sergio Fraguada forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, recovered by three-year special teams player Nick Arnau. That sent the Golden Panthers offense right back onto the field and allowed Pequannock to run plays uninterrupted for about 15 minutes of game action.
“Huge, changed everything in the game...from right then and there,”coach Joel Troast said of the turnover. “It was 10-0, they were still moving the ball a little bit, we had the interception, and then after that, kind of took the wind out (of) the sails.”
Pequannock took over at the North Warren 27-yard line and used seven plays to reacquaint itself with the end zone. Rigoglioso snuck in for a 1-yard touchdown to push Pequannock’s advantage to 17 points.
Upon the conclusion of that drive, the Golden Panthers had already run 37 plays. The Patriots had run five, their only possession to that point ending with an interception hauled in by Andrew Rivera. North Warren then went three-and-out just before halftime.
The Golden Panthers held the ball for more than 20 minutes during the first half.
Pequannock displayed a knack for improbably extending its own drives. Jarensky’s touchdown came on fourth-and-7. Under pressure, Rigoglioso delivered to Matt DeLitizia on fourth-and-8 at the North Warren 41-yard line earlier in that drive. North Warren (3-6) jumped offsides on a fourth-and-1 on the following series.
On Pequannock’s third drive, Rigoglioso connected with DeLitizia again, this time on fourth-and-10 for a 12-yard gain.
“One of the biggest things that we’ve been trying to do is find a way to control the clock, stay in front of the chains, not go backwards, move forward,” Troast said. “And then really when the time comes, the receivers just step up, make the play. I think we went three-for-three on fourth down in the first half, which was huge. And a couple third downs.
“And that’s the big key, you know: Other teams can’t really score when you’re controlling the ball.”
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The Golden Panthers didn’t exactly catch the Patriots off-guard with the plays they ran, North Warren coach Eugene Flori said. Pequannock came at North Warren all night with rushes up the middle, running the multiple-I formation that Troast said the program has been using since 2009.
Though the Patriots could recognize what was coming, they couldn’t stop it from happening Friday.
“We had them stopped for like fourth-and-10, fourth-and-5, fourth-and-6, and they made the plays,” Fluri said. “We knew what they were gonna do, the kids knew what they were gonna do. They executed, we didn’t. Bottom line is they executed the play, we didn’t execute the play. Especially on the defensive side.”
North Warren received the kickoff opening the second half and punted again after three plays. But the Patriots stopped the Golden Panthers on fourth-and-12 on the next drive. North Warren finally clicked offensively and put together a 69-yard scoring drive.
Quarterback Collin Price spun out of a hit in the backfield on fourth-and-1 and fell forward for two yards. Price then dumped off a pass to running back Sean Bodine for a 22-yard gain on fourth-and-6 the next series. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Brian Rosko found space running up the middle for a 32-yard touchdown. North Warren bobbled the snap on its unsuccessful PAT.
The Patriots kept the Golden Panthers off the board in the rain-soaked second half.
“We’ve been up and down the whole season,” Fluri said, reflecting on his conversation with his team at halftime. “So our kids, it’s like a staple in our kind of philosophy: ‘Hey, that first half is over. You start out 0-0 and try to win the second half.’ And that was the goal…. Our thing was to stay positive. We knew we could play. If we executed, we felt we could play and get back in the game. And hats off to (Pequannock), they did a nice job keeping us from doing that.”
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