It rolled through the regular season with a 10-0 record, then on Saturday, it got a hefty dose of lucky, as quarterback Robbie Meyers
heaved a Hail Mary pass that found the hands of Daniel Foote
for a 42-yard touchdown with no time left to stun Saddle Brook 39-33 in the North I Group I semifinals
After taking the snap, Meyers dropped back and rolled to his left before uncorking a bomb into the end zone. It appeared that two Saddle Brook defenders got a piece of the ball before a lunging Foote made the grab.
As soon as the referee signaled touchdown, Pompton Lakes' players poured into the end zone to celebrate, while the dejection of the Saddle Brook players was palpable.
"I've been around Pompton Lakes football forever, and I've never seen a play like that," Pompton Lakes coach Scott Mahoney told the Bergen Record
. "You just never know, one in a million. And we hit it today."
Saddle Brook head coach Leo Ciappina, one of the top young coaches in New Jersey, was diplomatic in defeat.
"I couldn't have asked any more of my team," he told the Bergen Record. "They played every down to the best of their ability. We just came up a little bit short. It hurts."
Pompton Lakes will now face Cedar Grove in the section final this weekend.
As the adage goes, it is sometimes better to be lucky than good. This season, Pompton Lakes has been both.