UPDATED: Belleville HS football team blanks Kearny; improves to 4-0 for best-ever start

BELLEVILLE, NJ – The Belleville High School varsity football team continued its best start ever.

The Bucs defeated Kearny, 24-0, Saturday, Sept. 29, to improve to 4-0 for the first time in program history.

Senior Eric Rivera rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on just three carries and also returned a punt 80 yards for a score. Rivera also had two receptions for 41 yards.

Sophomore Derek Leigh rushed a team-high 73 yards on 13 carries.
Senior quarterback Matt LaTorre completed seven of 16 attempts for 83 yards, including a 12-yard TD to junior John Castrenada.

Junior TreVon Myrick had three catches for 16 yards. Junior Jiustino Cincere had one reception for 13 yards.

Senior George Escobar kicked 2 of 2 point-after attempts and also made a 39-yard field goal.

BHS defensive stats: Gabe Dipalma: 8 tackles. Joe Monroig: 7 tackles. Chris Fried: 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery. Adam Ruales: 6 tackles. 2 sacks. Eric Rivera: 5 tackles. Ray Leak: 2 tackles. Omarie Wilmore: 5 tackles. Girson Rivera: 4 tackles, 1 interception. Jimmy Rodriguez: 2 tackles. Trevon Myrick: 1 tackle. Enrique Martinez: 1 tackle. John Castendada: 1 tackle.

The Bucs will host West Side on Friday, Oct. 5. West Side fell to Nutley, 29-16, Sept. 29, to move to a 2-3 record.

Belleville (4-0)

Sept. 7, Won, Dickinson, 37-6

Sept. 13, Won, at East Side, 50-12

Sept. 21, Won, Ferris, 50-0

Sept. 29, Won, at Kearny, 24-0

Oct. 5, West Side, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12, at Barringer, 7 p.m.

Oct. 19, at Orange, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26, Millburn, 7 p.m.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to include the Bucs’ defensive stats in the game.