Glen Ridge Red Dogs win Pee Wee football league title

Kneeling, front row, from left, Brady Manzo, 13; Brad Foster, 2. Kneeling second row, from left, Colin Dowd, 11; Alex Fazekas, 34; JP LaBadia, 7; Liam Cooney, 30; Mason Kamil, 58; William Ruberton, 23; Holden Haas, 18; and Gabriel Kirk, 46. Standing, third row, from left, David Manzo, 25; Akhilesh Nair, 68; Jake Machemer, 53; Asa Ravenell, 52; Charles Killen, 5; Christian Velardi, 65; Maxwell Rieman, 55; Matthew Morris, 81; William “Dubs” Wood, 75; and Christopher Vigna, 56. Coaches are David Manzo, Jim Vigna and Jelal Kamil, not pictured is Rod Lienhardt.

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Glen Ridge Red Dogs – Pee Wee football team, comprising third- and fourth-graders, defeated Dumont for the Bergen County Junior Football League championship. The Red Dogs hosted this game Saturday, Nov. 5, in Glen Ridge. The final score was 27-12.

It marks back-to-back seasons with 9-0 records for these group of players.
The head coach is Dave Manzo. The offense is handled by Manzo and Jelal Kamil. The defense is handled by Manzo and Jim Vigna. The other coach is Rod Lienhardt. Of this season’s 20 players, 11 were returning members from the 2015 team. Next year, the team will be returning nine players, of whom, there are two boys who are part of both teams that are 18-0 and will be attempting an unprecedented third championship