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 Wood Ridge, 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 Wood Ridge, 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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Wood-Ridge ended an almost 50-year drought by registering its first football playoff win in program history.The Blue Devils’ 44-28 victory over Newark Shabazz in Friday night’s North 2, Group 1 opener represented their first postseason win since the NJSIAA introduced sectional playoffs in 1974.“This community is starving for success in their football program and these kids are giving it to them this year,” coach Joe Cutrona said.Top-seeded Wood-Ridge (8-1) rode three touchdown runs ...
Wood-Ridge ended an almost 50-year drought by registering its first football playoff win in program history.
The Blue Devils’ 44-28 victory over Newark Shabazz in Friday night’s North 2, Group 1 opener represented their first postseason win since the NJSIAA introduced sectional playoffs in 1974.
“This community is starving for success in their football program and these kids are giving it to them this year,” coach Joe Cutrona said.
Top-seeded Wood-Ridge (8-1) rode three touchdown runs by junior Antonio Loyola, and senior Braden Negro ran for 195 yards and a score as the team produced a season-high for points.
“They’re giving them something to cheer for, the games have been packed, and the whole town of Wood-Ridge seems to be coming out to these games,” Cutrona said. “It’s a huge program win, and a weight off the back about the playoffs.”
Interestingly, Wood-Ridge was awarded the North 1, Group 1 title in 1977, because it was the only team in that section to qualify, Cutrona said. The Blue Devils were 0-4 all-time in playoff games before Friday’s victory and they will host defending champion and No. 4 Cedar Grove (8-2).
Kinnelon’s 36-34 victory at Park Ridge in North 1, Group 1 marked a rare accomplishment in which a No. 8 seed knocked off the No. 1 seed. The NJSIAA expanded playoff brackets from four to eight teams in 1998 and years often pass before a No. 8 upsets a No. 1 in a North sectional.
Kinnelon (6-3) ran for more than 300 yards, with junior Lex Lucas rushing for 183 yards and three scores. The Colts took the 36-34 lead in the fourth after Lucas scored on a 44-yard run and junior Justin Tilton ran for his second 2-point conversion and the team’s third overall.
Kinnelon, riding a four-game winning streak, advances to next weekend's Public sectional semifinals and will play at No. 4 Brearley (9-0).
Westwood has North Jersey’s most successful defense, and the 34-0 win over Hanover Park in North 1, Group 2 marked its third consecutive shutout and sixth of the season. The Cardinals (9-0) have only allowed 27 points in 36 quarters.
Sophomore Dario Mathurin was a force on the line, senior Yianni Constantinides has been stellar at middle linebacker and junior Aidan Carranza has been a stalwart in the secondary for a team ranked No. 1 in the North Jersey Public Top 20 and No. 15 in the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 25.
“We knew that we could be explosive on offense,” said coach Dennis Hard, whose Cardinals have scored 333 points and will host No. 6 Jefferson (6-3), “but to put up these numbers on defense is amazing.”
Coming off its win in the NJIC Championship, Rutherford (9-0) forced a running clock for the eighth time with its 42-14 win over Mahwah in North 1, Group 2.
Senior Van Weber threw three TD passes to raise his North Jersey-leading total to 26. Junior Cole Goumas ran for three scores to help the top-seeded Bulldogs open a 42-7 lead and trigger the running clock.
“Offensively, Van has such a good control and understanding of what we do,” said coach Steve Dunn, whose Bulldogs will host No. 4 Dumont. “We try to make it hard on the other team as far as defending the entire width of the field, and we did everything well.”
Passaic Tech’s defense did not allow a score in a 27-7 victory over Morristown in North 1, Group 5. The top-seeded Bulldogs (8-2) have held every opponent to 13 points or less.
“The kids love playing defense,” said coach Matt Demarest, whose team will host rival and No. 4 Clifton (5-4). “There’s no secret sauce. They love running to the ball, they love making plays, they love working hard together. We’ve had kids all year who have fed off it.”
Juniors Trashon Dye and Cashmere Jones had eight tackles apiece, with Dye forcing a fumble. Juniors Kaiden Rex and Travon Dye each had five tackles, with Dye registering two sacks. Senior Quamar Ayscue was a force on the line and had a sack and junior Jovan Tyrell was stellar in coverage.
North Jersey’s top-scoring team kept the points coming, as Ramapo reached 48 points for the fifth time with a 49-18 win over Woodbridge in North 1, Group 4. The No. 2 Green Raiders (7-2) average 40.4 points per game.
All-State senior Jack Grusser threw for 274 yards and five TDs and ran for a score. Senior Ben Robinson caught seven passes for 244 yards and three TDs, and senior Nate Burleson caught two scores. Senior Ethan Moran ran for 77 yards and a TD for the Green Raiders, who will host No. 3 Ridge (7-2).
"Jack, Benny, Ethan, Nate, the offense really clicked very, very well," coach Mike DeFazio said, adding, "They did a very nice job just managing the offense and just being very, very efficient in capitalizing with explosive plays."
Old Tappan forced three turnovers in the first half to set the tone for its 42-8 victory over Lincoln in North 1, Group 3. This marks the sixth time the top-seeded Golden Knights (8-1) have held an opponent to under 10 points.
Sophomore Nick Rossi forced a fumble on a strip sack, junior Evan Brooks made an interception, and junior Christian Greaney had a pickoff late in the second quarter. Senior Jack Diggins made 12 tackles.
“Defensively we did a great job, just able to bottle up some of their top skill kids early on,” said coach Brian Dunn, whose team will host the winner of No. 4 Sparta/No. 5 Mendham. “They had a good drive going to start the game, and we got a fourth-down stop and field position switched to our favor the rest of the game.”
2 minute readBraden Negro was one of the first to call it. Something special was about to happen at Wood-Ridge, even if no one else believed it.That was clear to Negro long before the Blue Devils became the darlings of North Jersey football with their best start in five decades.Before the ...
Braden Negro was one of the first to call it. Something special was about to happen at Wood-Ridge, even if no one else believed it.
That was clear to Negro long before the Blue Devils became the darlings of North Jersey football with their best start in five decades.
Before the social media videos of locker room dances, WWE belts and playful jabs at the media.
The Blue Devils built up their program behind the scenes, filing into the weight room after the 2021 season ended with the intention of pushing each other to be the best versions of themselves.
"Everyone gets to see the fun parts on social media, but we're real serious when it comes to practice," Negro said. "We put in a lot of work in the offseason and I knew that wasn't going to waste."
Now the secret is out on Negro and the 7-0 Blue Devils.
The senior quarterback has been at the front of their evolution from a middling Group 1 program to an unbeaten powerhouse.
The Blue Devils captured their first division title in 36 years, then went a step further last week by beating Waldwick/Midland Park, in overtime, in the NJIC's semifinal round.
Negro deflected credit to his receivers for getting open and his line for creating holes. All that's on his mind now is getting past Rutherford on Friday night to give the Blue Devils their first conference title.
"It would be amazing," Negro said. "It would be a huge, huge morale boost for the town. Wood-Ridge needs a big win like this."
While Negro has turned his focus to Rutherford, it's hard not to appreciate what he's accomplished in the past.
Negro scored a touchdown in the air and two on the ground to complete the comeback over the Warriors after being shut out at the half.
As usual, the Blue Devils captain barely came off the field. He doubled as the free safety (five tackles) and punt returner (two for 35 yards) as well. His workload is back to normal after being limited by a tweaked knee in September.
"He's a very smart player," coach Joe Cutrona said. "He does everything right. He's very coachable. So I knew he had it in him to pull out the second half like he did."
Negro comes from a football family. His dad, Tom, was a linebacker for Becton who once threw passes to Cutrona on their title-winning flag football team about a decade ago.
That experience rubbed off on Braden, who filled in at QB as a sophomore before a temporary move to receiver a year ago.
Cutrona describes him as the "centerfielder of the defense" – a fitting label for a player who starts in right for the Wood-Ridge baseball team.
"He sees everything perfectly," Cutrona said. "So he's lights out on defense and he comes out there and hits you."
"As a safety, you want to know what the quarterback is thinking," Negro said. "It's the same thing as a quarterback: you want to know what the safety is thinking and what are the responsibilities. It's helped to go both ways."
Negro said he's starting to notice bigger crowds and a "huge shift" in town as the Blue Devils continue to surpass expectations. The fact that one media outlet picked them to finish fourth in the division turned into fodder for a recent postgame video.
Going up against the reigning NJIC champion Bulldogs is another chance to change the perception.
"We've been the underdog all year, so it's nothing new to us," Negro said. "We're focused. We're determined. We want this one bad."
Class: Senior. Age: 17
Accomplishment: Negro sent the Blue Devils to the NJIC final after logging 17 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the semifinal. He finished 9-for-16 in the air with 126 passing yards and a touchdown.
Also nominated: Jalen Powell of Becton, Van Weber of Rutherford, Cormac Smith of Hawthorne, Dominic Campanile of Bergen Catholic, and Damir Stone of St. Mary for football; Younes Abada of Secaucus and Tadael Mihret of Rutherford for cross-country; and Brandon Gjekjaj of Becton for soccer.
A holiday miracle is coming to North Jersey. Cocktails include "Santa's Little Helper," "Jingle Balls Nog" and the "Snowball Old-Fashioned."ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A holiday “miracle” is coming to Essex County, and it includes hefty doses of vodka, gin and rum.The popular Miracle on Bloomfield – a cocktail pop-up bar that features Christmas decorations and creative, holiday-themed drinks – will make a triumphant return to North Jersey for another round of holiday kitsch a...
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A holiday “miracle” is coming to Essex County, and it includes hefty doses of vodka, gin and rum.
The popular Miracle on Bloomfield – a cocktail pop-up bar that features Christmas decorations and creative, holiday-themed drinks – will make a triumphant return to North Jersey for another round of holiday kitsch and boozy mirth in 2022.
This year, the pop-up bar will set up at The Parkside Social at 706 Bloomfield Avenue in Verona from Monday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 1 (it has visited other nearby towns in the past, including Nutley).
Wondering what to expect? Here’s the pitch from organizers:
“With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office holiday party you’ve ever been to, Miracle on Bloomfield is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.”
The mastermind behind recipe creation for Miracle, Joann Spiegel, has created an array of cheery and delicious holiday cocktails to the menu this year. The 2022 lineup includes drinks such as:
Need more reasons to get in the holiday spirit? Check out these upcoming events, organizers said:
“Our holly jolly programming will include events such as our Black Friday Brunch on November 24 and an Ugly Sweater Party on December 3. There will be Sleigh Ride Bus Tours to all of the Skopos Miracle Restaurants (in Verona, Nutley, Wood-Ridge and Harrison) on December 3 and 10 and Brunch with Santa on December 17.”
Launched in 2014 when founder Greg Boehm transformed his bar, Mace, into a winter wonderland during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the “Miracle” concept has now spread to more than 200 participating locations.
Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education candidate Melissa SheldonHASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Leading up to the November 8 General Election, TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro will publish profiles on the candidates running for Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Councils and Boards of Education. These candidate profiles will feature a brief personal biography and set of five questions.Melissa Sheldon, Candidate for Hasbrouck Heights Board of EducationMy name is Melissa Sheldon a...
Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education candidate Melissa Sheldon
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Leading up to the November 8 General Election, TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro will publish profiles on the candidates running for Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Councils and Boards of Education. These candidate profiles will feature a brief personal biography and set of five questions.
Melissa Sheldon, Candidate for Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education
My name is Melissa Sheldon and I am running for the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education. I have been an educator for over 20 years and have vast knowledge and experience in both general and special education. I hold dual certifications in special and general education and I also have my Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist. My husband and I have been married for 16 years and we are proud parents to two amazing children. Our daughter Rylee is a freshman at Hasbrouck Heights High School and our son Brady is a 5th grader at Lincoln. Our children are involved in many of the sports programs offered in Hasbrouck Heights and my husband volunteers as a coach. As a special education teacher, I have taught students with learning differences, emotional disabilities, those who are college bound and many who are entering the trade field. I am passionate about ensuring all students receive an equal and fair education.
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1. Why are you running for office (or another term)?
I am running for Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education to be a positive and refreshing voice for our community and for our children.
2. If elected (or re-elected), what are the one or two things you’d like to accomplish?
As a future member of the board, I will be determined to expose the students of Hasbrouck Heights to a wide variety of electives so that they have an earlier experience with determining future career choices. This will ensure that their post-graduation path aligns with their true interest and assists them in acquiring a meaningful career choice.
3. What are one or two things you’d like to change or implement in the school district?
I am a proponent of providing all children with character education and social emotional learning programs so that we are developing future citizens that are well rounded and will contribute to our community and society. I want to emphasize supporting our students' emotional and social well being.
4. What are one or two positive aspects about the district, and can they be improved or expanded?
Hasbrouck Heights School District offers many extracurricular and after school programs for our children. Field Day, Spirit/Themed Week, and Halloween Window Painting on the Boulevard are a few of my family's favorites.
5. Why should residents vote for you?
With your vote and confidence, I will work with district administrators to ensure students are challenged to exceed expectations by shifting the mindset from meeting standards to exceeding standards. My extensive knowledge of education and familiarity with the elementary and high school settings makes me an ideal candidate. I have attended countless workshops and training sessions throughout my career that would enable me to have a varied perspective in decision making for the Hasbrouck Heights School District.
PARK RIDGE – Coach Joe Cutrona's hat flickered with bright blue lights as he belted out the postgame chant made famous by Greg Toal.The smile underneath the brim may have been even brighter on a magical night for the Wood-Ridge football program.The Blue Devils stunned the North Jersey football world on Friday night by beating No. 9 Park Ridge, 14-12, at Doc Lewis Field.Set aside the fact that Wood-Ridge is now just a win away from its first division title in 36 years. The Blue Devils became the first...
PARK RIDGE – Coach Joe Cutrona's hat flickered with bright blue lights as he belted out the postgame chant made famous by Greg Toal.
The smile underneath the brim may have been even brighter on a magical night for the Wood-Ridge football program.
The Blue Devils stunned the North Jersey football world on Friday night by beating No. 9 Park Ridge, 14-12, at Doc Lewis Field.
Set aside the fact that Wood-Ridge is now just a win away from its first division title in 36 years. The Blue Devils became the first team to beat Park Ridge on the road in five seasons and achieved that with a backup quarterback under center for most of the night.
This was the same place where Park Ridge celebrated its second straight sectional title last November.
"Biggest win in program history," Cutrona said. "By far."
The Blue Devils won with a resilient defense and perhaps a bit of divine intervention.
Senior quarterback Braden Negro was held to only two pass attempts due to a tweaked left knee, but one of them was the game-winner. Negro evaded traffic in the pocket and lofted a high pass to Vladimir Schultz in the slot. Schultz took the short pass 65 yards to the house to put Wood-Ridge back on top with 4:47 on the clock.
"I was telling our AD that if there's football Gods out there, please make a big play for us and we'll change our name," Cutrona said. "We won't be the Devils anymore."
Wood-Ridge (3-0) can lock up an NJIC Patriot title and its first trip to the conference tournament by beating Butler next week at home. For now, the Blue Devils can savor the end of an eight-game losing streak to the Owls.
"We work hard. We're focused at every practice," Negro said. "We have leadership from all the players. It's different this year. We worked hard and we wanted this."
Cutrona acknowledged that while it isn't mission complete, the victory put him one step closer to a goal he set forth when he took over the program last year: transforming the small Bergen County school from a place known for baseball and basketball to a true football town.
"We're starting to get there," Cutrona said. "Three wins doesn't win us a division. It doesn't win us the playoffs. It doesn't win us a state title. But beating Park Ridge is pretty damn good."
The Wood-Ridge defense was impeccable all night, but especially during a scoreless first half. The Blue Devils came up with two goal-line stands, including one on a Nick Chromey interception.
Park Ridge finally broke through in the second half with two touchdowns runs by quarterback Cole Hughes, but elected to go for two (unsuccessfully) after each one.
Wood-Ridge got on the board on a Brendan Pollio 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter and regained the lead on Schultz's long catch and run.
"First quarter, we saw it was open," Negro said. "We just missed it. Next time we saw them line up in the same formation, I knew I was going to Vlad."
"As soon as Braden and I made eye contact, I knew," Schultz said. "I knew it was a touchdown."
Chromey stopped Hughes on fourth-and-short with 1:10 left that all but sealed the Blue Devil win – although Park Ridge did get one last chance from its 39 with five seconds left.
"It felt amazing," Chromey said. "Thanks to the coaches. They really prepared us for this game. Coach Cutrona. He was there with us. He called the right plays. He called everything correctly and we just executed."
Park Ridge goes back on the road next Friday to face Hawthorne.
Wood-Ridge wraps up its divisional schedule at home next Friday against Butler.
"This senior class. They really bought in to our coaching philosophy and our coaching style," Cutrona said. "I can't ask for a better senior class than this one right here. It trickled down with their attitude."