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River Dell Football Coach's 100th Win Boosts Hawks To Title Game

Coach D.J. Nimphius's River Dell Golden Hawks play Ramapo in the sectional finals at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 5.
Coach D.J. Nimphius's River Dell Golden Hawks play Ramapo in the sectional finals at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 5. Photo Credit: Instagram (@tigger1469)

PARAMUS, N.J. — River Dell High School Football Coach D.J. Nimphius celebrated his 100th career win with a 28-21 victory over Sparta in the semifinal round of the NJSIAA North 1, Group 3 playoffs last week.

More importantly, it advanced the Golden Hawks to their sixth sectional final since 2007, against Ramapo High School of Franklin Lakes at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Both teams are 10-1, with the Oradell team's one loss coming to the Green Raiders in the season finale.

Nimphius began coaching the Golden Hawks in 2004. River Dell has made it to the semifinal round each of the past eight years.

The Golden Hawks knocked Ramapo out of the playoffs last year. Their only loss this year was to unbeaten North 1 Group 4 finalist Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan.

The Dec. 5 game, beginning at 10 a.m., is the first of four group championships at the stadium that day.

The MetLife schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 3

North 2, Group 2: Madison vs. Rutherford, 5 p.m.

North 2, Group 5: Westfield vs. Bridgewater-Raritan, 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4

North 1, Group 2: Mahwah vs. Glen Rock, 5 p.m.

Non-Public, Group 4: St. Joseph (Mont.) vs. Don Bosco Prep, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5

North 1, Group 3: Ramapo vs. River Dell, 10 a.m.

North 1, Group 4: Wayne Hills vs. Old Tappan, 1 p.m.

North 1, Group 5: Passaic Tech vs. Ridgewood, 4 p.m.

North 2, Group 4: Phillipsburg vs. Middletown South, 7 p.m.

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