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What is Testosterone?

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:

  • Facial Hair
  • Body Hair
  • Deeper Voice
  • Muscle Strength
  • Increased Libido
  • Muscle Density

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.

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How Does TRT Work?

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 – 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.

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What Causes Low T?

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.

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Low Sex Drive

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.

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Inability to Achieve and Maintain an Erection

Weak erections – 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.

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Loss of Strength and Muscle Mass

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 Westwood, 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.

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Hair Loss

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 Westwood, 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.

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Gynecomastia

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.

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Decreased Energy

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.

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Lack of Sleep

A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels – 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.

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Depression

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 – 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.

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Inability to Concentrate

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 – 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.

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Weight Gain

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.

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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 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:

  • 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

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life Starts Here

Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.

Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Field Hockey: Results, links and featured coverage for Thursday, Oct. 27

THURSDAY, OCT. 27ESSENTIAL LINKSThe N.J. High School Sports newsletter now appearing in mailboxes 5 days a week. Sign up now and be among the first to get all the boys and girls sports you care about, straight to your inbox each weekday. FEATURED COVERAGEMadison 4, West Morris 0Washington Township 7, Triton 0TOP 20 SCOREBOARDSTATEWIDE SCOREBOARDThursday, Oct. 27Montclair Kimberley 5, Princeton Day 2 - ...

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Madison 4, West Morris 0

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Montclair Kimberley 5, Princeton Day 2 - Box Score

Lawrenceville 2, Kent Place 0 - Box Score

BCSL

Cinnaminson 2, Montgomery 0 - Box Score

Gloucester Catholic 4, Bordentown 0 - Box Score

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COLONIAL

Bishop Eustace 7, Haddon Township 1 - Box Score

Williamstown 2, Haddon Heights 1 - Box Score

CVC

Notre Dame 3, West Windsor-Plainsboro South 2 - Box Score

ESSEX/UNION

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1, East Brunswick 1 - Box Score

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Lawrence 4, South Brunswick 0 - Box Score

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Mountain Lakes 5, Morris Knolls 0 - Box Score

Pequannock 1, St. Elizabeth 0 - Box Score

OLYMPIC

Lenape 7, Middle Township 0 - Box Score

Cherry Hill West 5, Schalick 0 - Box Score

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SHORE

Ocean Township 2, Freehold Township 0 - Box Score

Jackson Memorial 1, Manalapan 0 - Box Score

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Oak Knoll 7, Hillsborough 0 - Box Score

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Cinnaminson 2, Montgomery 0 - Box Score

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Cherry Hill West 5, Schalick 0 - Box Score

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Westwood football wins sectional title, beats Rutherford with dramatic stop

RUTHERFORD − Westwood was an inch better than Rutherford thanks to sophomore defensive end Dario Mathurin.The Cardinals captured the North 1, Group 2 sectional football title, 21-20, Saturday after Mathurin made a stop at the goal-line on a 2-point conversion attempt with 22 seconds left.Mathurin tackled Rutherford junior running back Cole Goumas after a direct snap and officials needed several seconds before ruling in favor of Westwood (11-0) in this battle of unbeatens at Tryon Field.“I got b...

RUTHERFORD − Westwood was an inch better than Rutherford thanks to sophomore defensive end Dario Mathurin.

The Cardinals captured the North 1, Group 2 sectional football title, 21-20, Saturday after Mathurin made a stop at the goal-line on a 2-point conversion attempt with 22 seconds left.

Mathurin tackled Rutherford junior running back Cole Goumas after a direct snap and officials needed several seconds before ruling in favor of Westwood (11-0) in this battle of unbeatens at Tryon Field.

“I got both hands on him, pulled him away from the end zone and I stopped it at the 1-yard line,” Mathurin said.

Top-seeded Rutherford pulled within 21-20 after senior quarterback Van Weber threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Goumas. An offside penalty on second-seeded Westwood moved Rutherford (10-1) from the 3-yard-line to inside the 2 for the conversion attempt.

“I would do it again, 10 out of 10 times I would go for it again,” Rutherford coach Steve Dunn said. “We just came an inch short.”

Westwood senior Jack Dugan ran for two TDs, including a 1-yard score with 3:05 left and he added the extra point for the 21-14 lead. He also recovered Rutherford's onside kick in the final seconds.

Rutherford tied the score, 14-14, on Weber's 16-yard TD pass to junior Ryan Ward with 8:49 left in the fourth.

Rutherford led at halftime, 7-6, thanks to Weber's 6-yard run and sophomore Drew Carney's extra point.

Westwood opened the scoring at 7:00 of the second quarter on a 14-yard TD run by senior Colby Laughton. Dugan's extra point kick was wide.

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What it means

Westwood advances to next weekend’s Group 2 semifinals, where it will face the winner of the Saturday night's game between unbeatens Caldwell and Newton. This is the Cardinals' sixth sectional title and first since repeating in 2014.

Westwood is ranked No. 1 in the North Jersey Public Top 20 and No. 13 in the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 25 and likely will climb in the state rankings. Rutherford was No. 2 in the Public Top 20 and will drop multiple spots.

Key play

On the decisive 2-point conversion attempt, Goumas lined up in Wildcat formation, took the direct snap and ran to his right.

“They came to my side, they double-teamed me, I got through it, and I stopped him at the 1-yard line,” said the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Mathurin, a transfer from state powerhouse Don Bosco.

“It would have been a tough way to lose,” Westwood coach Dennis Hard said of the 2-point conversion attempt. “I don’t know if we would have been able to live that down, so the alternative is pretty good.”

By the numbers

Westwood had registered six shutouts and only allowed 30 points through its first 10 games, including last week’s 40-3 victory over Jefferson. Meanwhile, Rutherford triggered a running clock in nine previous games by building big leads.

Westwood totaled 318 yards, with junior quarterback Robbie Carcich rushing for 133 yards and a 2-point conversion.

Rutherford totaled 300 yards, and Weber was 17-for-22 for 240 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Weber completed his last seven passes. He has thrown for more than 2,200 yards and 31 TDs this season.

They said it

“These are two good teams, so it’s going to come down to a game of inches,” Carcich said, “and that’s exactly what it came down to.”

Caldwell football shuts down Newton for 26th straight win, another sectional title

WEST CALDWELL — Luke Kurzum had to wait. The senior quarterback suffered a lower leg injury in late September and had a choice. Either rehab the injury and risk further damage or undergo a small procedure and wait to heal Kurzum chose the latter and the wait was a lot to endure."I sat out against Cedar Grove, who is my favorite team to play against," said Kurzum. "Plus, it was Senior Night and it was also my birthday, so it was an emotional day for me."That wait allowed Kurzum to get hea...

WEST CALDWELL — Luke Kurzum had to wait. The senior quarterback suffered a lower leg injury in late September and had a choice. Either rehab the injury and risk further damage or undergo a small procedure and wait to heal Kurzum chose the latter and the wait was a lot to endure.

"I sat out against Cedar Grove, who is my favorite team to play against," said Kurzum. "Plus, it was Senior Night and it was also my birthday, so it was an emotional day for me."

That wait allowed Kurzum to get healthy for another playoff run with Caldwell. In what will be his final game at home on Saturday, Kurzum threw for 192 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another as the Chiefs defeated Newton, 35-7, on in the North 2, Group 2 sectional final.

"He's a calming influence on the entire program," said head coach Todd Romano. "We know he's a smart decision maker with the ball. We trust him in big spots, so having him behind center is definitely important to us being successful."

Harry Boland began the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown run on fourth and short. Caldwell would miss the extra point to take a 6-0 lead. In the second quarter, Kurzum kept the ball and sprinted to a 23-yard touchdown run for a 13-0 lead. Newton would cut the lead in half as running back Brayden Nolan broke off a 46-yard touchdown run to cut the lead down to 13-7.

Caldwell would answer right back as Kurzum found Lucas Lattimer for a 70-yard catch and run for a touchdown. A trick play for two points was successful as the Chiefs took a 21-7 lead. Joey Marinello would score on a three yard touchdown run in the final minute of the first half, taking a 28-7 Caldwell lead into halftime.

Marinello would provide the dagger in the fourth quarter, finding the end zone from five yards out to increase the lead to 35-7.

What it means

Caldwell, No. 11 in the USA Today Network New Jersey Top 25 poll, took down Newton, who came into the week ranked No. 12 in the same poll. Two undefeated teams ranked as the two highest teams in Group 2 across the state, the game was seen by many as a de facto Group 2 state final. Caldwell will inch closer to the real thing, needing a win next weekend to play for the first statewide group title in state history.

It's the seventh title in school history for Caldwell, who have won a state title with an undefeated record three other times, in 1981, 1991 and 2021. Other championship seasons for the Chiefs came in 1997, 1998 and 2008.

By the numbers

55-5: The Chiefs and Braves have been dominant across the last three seasons. In the first matchup between the two schools ever, Caldwell notched the 55th win combined between the two schools since the start of the 2020 season with the loss by Newton being only the fifth combined by the teams during the same span. The two teams have the best combined win-loss percentage of sectional final opponents in the state this season.

13: Caldwell had stifled opposing offenses by not allowing any team to reach over 100 rushing yards as a team. Brayden Nolan broke the century mark all by himself for Newton, rushing for 147 yards as the bellcow of the Braves offense. Nolan breaks a streak of 13 straight opponents unable to crack 100 yards rushing as a team. The last time Caldwell surrendered that many yards on the ground came at the hands of another good runner: Whippany Park quarterback Hunter Morgenroth, who ran for 176 yards in defeat during last year's North 1, Group 2 quarterfinals.

234: In defeat, Newton rushed as a team for 234 yards, paced by the 147 by Nolan. That might sound like a lot for Caldwell to surrender given the Chiefs have allowed only 8.7 points per game this season. Yet, this is well below the average for the run-happy Braves. Newton came into the game averaging more than 350 rush yards as a team throughout the season.

Key play

Following Newton's only score of the game, Caldwell was penalized for roughing the kicker, running into Robert McCullough on the successful extra point. The yardage was enforced on the kickoff and allowed Newton to try an onside kick to get the ball back. Caldwell managed to recover the ball and on the first play after that, Kurzum found Lattimer for a 70-yard touchdown catch. Caldwell would regain a lead of multiple scores and not relinquish it.

Game ball

Kurzum's ability to throw was the difference between two teams that can run effectively, but it was important to have a playmaker to catch the ball. Lattimer caught all five passes he was targeted for, hauling in 138 yards through the air and the important touchdown.

"We knew coming in, they were a tough team," said Lattimer. "In our preparation this week, we were nonstop. We were dialed in every day and we knew what to do when it came to this stage."

They said it

"We don't feel pressure. We're worried about preparation. If you're prepared, you don't feel pressure. We do have a winning streak going, but none of these guys could tell you how many games in a row we have won because we don't talk about it." - Caldwell head coach Todd Romano.

"You can't stop one of us, you have to stop all of us. There are so many people on our offense that trying to select one or two people to stop isn't working. We can get everyone the ball and get everyone a chance to score." - Caldwell running back Harry Boland.

Up next

Caldwell will play Westwood on Saturday afternoon in the Group 2 semifinal in a matchup of the two sectional champions from the north. The Cardinals are one of five remaining undefeated teams, which also includes Caldwell.

Newton finishes the season 10-1 following a division title in the SFC American Blue division.

Westwood football puts the state on alert by knocking off Ramsey

RAMSEY − Westwood can now make a serious case to be ranked among New Jersey's Top 25 football teams.“We’d like to think so, sure,” veteran coach Dennis Hard said. “We wouldn’t say no to that.”The unbeaten Cardinals dominated previously-unbeaten Ramsey, 38-14, Friday night in the Super Football Conference American Red Division.Seniors Jack Dugan and Colby Laughton each ran for two touchdowns to help Westwood (5-0) open a 38-6 lead after three quarters.Laughto...

RAMSEY − Westwood can now make a serious case to be ranked among New Jersey's Top 25 football teams.

“We’d like to think so, sure,” veteran coach Dennis Hard said. “We wouldn’t say no to that.”

The unbeaten Cardinals dominated previously-unbeaten Ramsey, 38-14, Friday night in the Super Football Conference American Red Division.

Seniors Jack Dugan and Colby Laughton each ran for two touchdowns to help Westwood (5-0) open a 38-6 lead after three quarters.

Laughton scored on runs of 3 and 17 yards. Dugan ran for scores of 79 and 32 yards, and he also kicked a 22-yard field goal and converted all five of his extra points.

Westwood scored on its first possession, as junior Robbie Carcich threw a 43-yard TD pass to junior Dave Gaboardi.

Asked for his initial thoughts, Ramsey coach Adam Baeira said, “I think we lost to a really good football team tonight."

Ramsey (4-1) scored in the second and fourth quarters. Senior Sean Hali scored on a 2-yard run, and senior Noah Laurino caught a 15-yard TD pass from senior Robert Fuerst.

What it means

Westwood moved into commanding position to clinch the SFC American Red Division outright and needs a win over Ridgefield Park on Oct. 21 to seal it. The Cardinals also continued to build toward earning a high seed and home-field advantage for the North Group 2 playoffs.

Lastly, Westwood could climb into the next USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 25 rankings on Tuesday after debuting last week among four programs in "Others Receiving Votes."

Key play

On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Dugan ran for his 79-yard TD to extend Westwood's lead to 24-6. It was his first carry and the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder has surprising speed for a fullback and linebacker.

“The first half, we didn’t come out slowly, but we didn’t come out as quickly as we’d like,” Dugan said of the 17-6 halftime lead, "but the second half, starting with that [79-yard] run, we came out shooting.”

“We just got on his back and we rode him,” Hard said of Dugan. “That started the tempo for the second half.”

By the numbers

Westwood totaled 411 yards, with Dugan carrying nine times for 192 yards – all in the second half.

Ramsey was able to move the ball behind its stellar offensive line and totaled 233 yards, but Westwood's form tackling was exceptional and it only allowed one big play.

“Every single person on defense has varsity experience from last year,” Dugan said, “so everybody knows our defense very well and we played hard-nose.”

Westwood has outscored opponents, 203-21, and Ramsey represented its closest game of the season. The Rams entered averaging 41.5 points per game.

Next man up

Ramsey was without its top two running backs, junior Luca Gemma (shoulder) and senior Joey Lis (leg). They were injured during last week’s win at Ridgefield Park. Hali again ran well and rushed for 64 yards and the score.

“Injuries are part of the game, and that’s what coaching is about,” Baeira said. “It’s Week 5 and no one is healthy, and we happened to have two guys out, but that’s part of football.”

They said it

“These kids all played last year, and we had almost the whole team coming back,” said Hard, in his eighth season as Cardinals' coach. “So we got a year better, and we’re getting it done.”

Christmas Tree Lightings in NJ

The season is merry and bright, and will be even brighter as tree lightings take place across the state the next few weeks. Check out some of these fun events that mark the beginning of the Christmas season.November 18Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Twp. Welcome Santa as he lights a 24-foot feat...

The season is merry and bright, and will be even brighter as tree lightings take place across the state the next few weeks. Check out some of these fun events that mark the beginning of the Christmas season.

November 18

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Twp. Welcome Santa as he lights a 24-foot feature tree at the Main Entrance by The Cheesecake Factory. There will be crafts, characters, treats and more. After the tree lighting, Santa will take his place in his holiday home for the season.

November 19

Christmas in Cape May Cape May The entire town will be transformed into a Dickens village for the holiday season. The kickoff is the tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 19, followed by candlelight house tours (also presented virtually), dinner at Vintage, trolley rides, ghost tours, Breakfast with Santa, wonder walks and other exhibits.

November 25

Palmer Square Tree Lighting Princeton Princeton is a great place to celebrate the holiday season. The annual tree lighting (Nov. 25) and menorah lighting (Dec. 20) typically attract hundreds of families to the center of town each year to watch not only each festival of lights, but also carols, performances and other activities.

Hasbrouck Heights Hasbrouck Heights The annual parade starts at Williams Avenue and ends at the Traffic Circle where the traditional Christmas tree lighting will take place following the parade.

Santa Lights Up Dune Drive Avalon Santa returns for a very special appearance this year. He and many of his special friends will pass by during a festive holiday parade, after which Santa will help borough officials light up the holiday display for the season.

Christmas Tree Lighting Clinton The Guild of Clinton hosts this annual tree lighting beginning at 6:30 pm.

December 1

Wildwood Crest The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place at Sunset Lake, complete with live music, light refreshments, a visit from Santa Claus and more.

Atlantic City A tree lighting and garland cutting ceremony will take place on the Boardwalk at Bally’s at 5 pm, with trees throughout the city being lit simultaneously. You can then head to O’Donnell Park where there will be a tree lighting ceremony at 6 pm with holiday singing, picture ops with Santa, free goodies and more during this multicultural community holiday festival.

December 2

North Wildwood Taking place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, the Christmas tree lighting event includes music, refreshments, a free tour of the lighthouse and a visit from Santa Claus.

City of Wildwood Taking place at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood, the tree lighting is sponsored by the Wildwood Business Improvement District.

New Brunswick If you can’t make it to Monument Square Park you can watch the tree lighting on Facebook Live. However, if you can make it to George Street, you’ll be in for a real treat with live ice carving demonstrations while Hub City Sounds provides musical entertainment before the tree lighting ceremony. Stop by the table in front of the NBPAC with your best “Ugly Sweater” on you or your dog and you’ll be in the running for a special contest.

St. Gabriel’s Church North Main Street, Marlboro Knights of Columbus Council 15964 will host the 2022 Christmas tree dedication ceremony. The trees will be displayed at the church throughout the holiday season. If you attend in person on opening night, you’ll receive a free commemorative ornament for your tree at home.

Milltown Santa is coming to town! After the annual tree lighting ceremony and visit from Santa (who will come in on a firetruck!), there will be face painting, refreshments and music by the Joyce Kilmer School Band.

Winter Wonderland Kuser Mansion, Hamilton Twp. During this two-day festival, hop on The Wonderland Express, visit the petting zoo, go “ice” skating, give Santa your letter, look at all the decorations, make your own “reindeer food” and listen to holiday music. On Friday there will be a tree lighting at 6 pm.

December 3

Downtown Westwood The beloved parade begins at 6 pm with a visit from Santa Claus, and then the tree lighting takes place immediately afterward.

Vanderveer House, Bedminster The tree lighting ceremony may be the main attraction, but the kids will also love photos with Santa, live holiday music performed by The Hickory Tree Chorus, a surprise holiday pull, holiday décor and poinsettia sale, and decorating your own gingerbread man. There will be hot cocoa and pretzels around the fire pit with colonial reenactors. The Jacobus Vanderveer House will be open for tours.

Dickens Village, Maplewood Village The houses are open for viewing and Santa is in Dickens Village for visits and photos. Wait ’til 4:30 pm for the lighting of the tree in Ricalton Square.

December 5

North Brunswick Municipal Building, Hermann Road, North Brunswick If you attend the tree lighting, please bring socks, gloves and mittens for donation to those in need.

December 6

Robbinsville There will be both a menorah lighting ceremony and Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 pm. Come by an hour earlier for some crafts and photos.

Downtown Freehold The Rock and Roll Choir will perform, so grab some hot apple cider from the Court Jester to keep your warm while you wait for the countdown. Keep your eyes, and ears, peeled since the Freehold Fire Department may stop by with a very special guest.

December 10

Wildwood The Family Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Wildwoods Convention Center offers free admission to holiday-themed crafters and movies, photos with Santa, free children’s craft making tables, face painting, a magician, children’s choir performances, entertainment by the Avalon String Band, plus the tree lighting outside.

Tavern on the Green 1 Tavern on the Green, 67th Street at Central Park West November 29 The center of the festivities is a beautiful 20-foot Christmas tree topped with more than 2,000 ornaments and 10,000 lights. The opening night party will include performances from DJ Tweed, The Manhattan Holiday Carolers and a special surprise Broadway performance. Tavern on the Green will offer complimentary apple cider, hot chocolate, soft drinks and sweet and savory treats.

Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza November 30 If you don’t mind the travel and the crowds, seeing the infamous tree at Rockefeller Center on opening night is a sight to see! NBC 4 New York hosts an entertainment-filled evening. If you prefer to watch from home, visit the tree any night through early January to see the twinkling lights on this beautiful, massive tree.

Also, check out these really cool Festivals of Trees where you can see an array of beautifully decorated trees and mantels.

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