Ever since age 8, Ramapo running back Richie Sica has made his mark on the New Jersey football world and has solidified himself as a premier force on the field. And ever since then, Ramapo students and staff have been gratefully able to witness the majestics put on the turf by Sica. His status as one of the leaders of the football team comes to no surprise considering this year's stats. With almost 400 total yards and notching 77.2 yards per game, he has become one of the state’s biggest threats when the ball is in his hands.
Although the Ramapo football season has been cut short in numerous instances, Sica along with quarterback and Harvard commit Charles DePrima have led the team to the second best record in the league, dominating teams like Pascack Valley (42-7) and Paramus (48-7). Sica’s role as a leader is also quite warranted as his teammates and coaches often describe him as being a hardworking and tough individual.
His stats also speak for his game. Offensively, in the last 3 years, Sica has notched a total of 167 carries for 838 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, and 13 receptions for 119 yards that resulted in another 3 touchdowns. Defensively, Sica has recorded 118 tackes, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. As shown by his statistical record, Sica has garnered himself the title of a menace on the field both offensively and defensively.
Because of these stats, he has also gained numerous awards this season including the highly coveted first-team all county and first-team all league.
But playing football for Richie has not always been about the recognition, stats, or the awards, but rather also about the special relationships he has formed with his fellow teammates. “My favorite part about playing was being with my teammates 24/7,” says Richie Sica. “The bonds and memories I created with those guys on and off the field will stay with me forever.”
And ever since that day in 4th grade when he picked up that football, Sica has always had a special bond with the game, and thus also with Ramapo. When talking about what he’ll miss most about Ramapo, Richie Sica says, “I’m going to miss seeing all the friends I made over the years.”
Teammates obviously show the same gratitude towards him as he does for them. “He’s a great athlete, leader, and a hard worker for the team,” says fellow senior football player Jack
Brady. “He wanted to do whatever it took to win, and that built a great team mentality.”
With all of the friends and awards that Sica has garnered over the years, he would especially like to thank those who contributed to his success. He says, “I’d like to thank my parents and coaches because they have always supported me and guided me through the right path, helping me become who I am today.”
But the journey for Sica is not over yet. Along with football, he has been given a coveted scholarship to Rider University to play baseball for the team, garnering high praise from Prep Baseball Report and Perfect Game.
And Richie, while you continue to showcase your talent on the field, let it be known that Ramapo will miss you!