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Last-Second Field Goal Lifts Ramapo to State Title

Raiders erase 19-point halftime deficit, capture championship on 48-yard kick.

The Ramapo High School football team erased a 19-point halftime deficit and captured its second state title in four years on a 48-yard field goal in the final seconds of a 37-34 win over Sparta in the North Jersey Section 1, Group 3 championship Saturday at Kean University.

Sparta held a 26-7 halftime advantage, but Ramapo roared back in the second half and tied the score at 34 with 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Ramapo's ensuing kickoff pinned the Spartans deep in their own territory and a midfield interception gave the Franklin Lakes school the ball back just moments later.

With six seconds remaining, senior David Bonagura kicked the game-winning 48-yard field goal to propel Ramapo.

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ZsaZsa December 09, 2012 at 04:34 AM
RAMAPO H.S. BE PROUD. Congratulations!
ZsaZsa December 09, 2012 at 04:34 AM
DAVID BONAGURA IS A CHAMP.
Safety 1st December 09, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Congratulations Ramapo!!
debra lynch December 09, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Congrats Ramapo!!!
NLTITAN December 09, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Good going "Po" - alumni of 1969!!!!

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