What type of offense would you prefer to run at the high school? The spread? That seems to be en vogue these days, but Ridgeood doesn’t have the athletes to pull it off. It is great that the 6th graders can beat Pequannock, but last I checked, the high school plays in the NNJIL, one of the toughest leagues in the northeast. Pquannock High School is a tiny Group 2 school that finished 2-8 this year.
I have a running list of things that I wish Chuck Johnson would change, but I wholeheartedly feel that he gets as much out of his kids as anyone could. His teams have finished 50-16 over the past 6 years, including a win over Bergen Catholic the year that Bergen won the state championship. If you take out losses against the parochials, he is 50-10 during that time….with regular victories over Paramus Catholic.
Sometimes people get excited and expect bigger things of the high school team when they hear that one of the youth teams wins the Super Bowl. What they don’t realize is that a 6th grade super bowl team is nice, but not necessarily a predictor of success at the high school level. Look at the current junior class. I believe they won the super bowl in both 7th and 8th grade. However, at second glance, you see that they beat Upper Saddle River for the championship in 8th grade, which feeds into Northern Highlands (far from a football powerhouse). In the semifinals, I believe they defeated Ramsey, which is once again not a powerhouse.
If there is one thing that I am sure of, Chuck Johnson is a good football coach. I also think the wing T is well-suited for a town like Ridgewood. Chuck beats teams with considerably (and I mean CONSIDERABLY) better athletes through discipline, intelligence, and good coaching.