FLORHAM PARK – Audrey Schildkraut and Katie Bisgrove said they didn’t know their ring sizes, but they clearly know football.
Bisgrove threw five touchdown passes, Schildkraut had a game-changing pick six as Ridgewood won the New Jersey flag football state championship Saturday afternoon with a 47-6 win over Hillside. The game was played at the Jets training center. The Jets have sponsored flag football as a club sport in North Jersey for the last three years.
This was the most dominant performance for any team in the three previous finals. Ridgewood scored on their first five possessions and was nearly perfect. The program is now 19-1 all-time in two years of existence.
“Ridgewood flag football is here to stay,” said Maroons coach Michael McDermott. “We’re proud of what we did. This isn’t just big for our girls. Its big for our community and our town. We are developing a girls flag football league for our town – females only, we want to promote it.”
What it means
Ridgewood finishes the season 9-0. They avenged their only loss with a win over Irvington in the Super Football Conference title game last week.
The Jets had the girls measured for rings after the celebration and the girls will get their rings from the Jets before the August 19 pre-season game at MetLife Stadium.
Bisgrove grew up playing flag football in town with boys. She’s been the Maroons starter the last two years. Ridgewood’s offense was dynamic, using option and RPO concepts and also threw the ball well.
“Coach was telling me all week to watch the blitzing, read the formations and that’s what I did,” said Bisgrove. “My receivers were great. They got open and ran strong routes and we got in the end zone.”
The turning point
McDermott said before the game that the Maroons weren’t able to practice much live, with the air quality alerts and other teams needing the Ridgewood gym so he focused on film study.
That paid off in a big way when Schildkraut intercepted a Comets pass early in the first half and ran it back for a score to make it 13-0.
“To be honest, I just read what she was going to do, I could kind of see it, it came at me and I blacked out from there, I caught it and started running,” Schildkraut.
“It was huge,” Bisgrove said. “It was a great read. Awesome defense from her. She was all over the field and that really started the momentum for us the entire game.”
The momentum carried over. Ridgewood built a 41-0 lead and substituted liberally in the second half.
“That is what we preach, momentum swings, either defensively or offensively change games,” said McDermott. They were in a great position. They made a play and Audrey took it back.”
The last word
“I don’t know, maybe like a 7, I don’t know, whatever the size the ring is,” said Bisgrove about her ring size.