Elmwood Park football team christens new conference with loss

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Moving the ball with consistency and scoring points continue to trouble Elmwood Park.

Such was the case Friday in the team’s 25-6 loss to Ridgewood in Norridge in the Metro Suburban East opener for both teams.

“I thought our defense played well again, but we still are learning our offense,” said first-year Elmwood Park coach John Freeman.

Down 19-0, junior quarterback Jason Polito-Carlson scored the team’s lone touchdown on a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter. Polito-Carlson has been platooning at the position with sophomore Brandon Romero, who started Friday’s game. Both are in their first varsity seasons.

For the third game in a row, Elmwood Park (1-4, 0-1) was unable to score more than seven points. The Tigers are averaging nine points a game.

“They are starting to get a good grip on the offense, but that comes with reps,” Freeman said. “I definitely see potential in both of them. Both have shown sparks.”

The Tigers host Guerin (1-4, 0-1) on Friday.

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