Thursday, September 29, 2011

Week 4 Football

Wayne Valley at DePaul, 7 p.m.
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Wayne Hills at Teaneck, 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Football: Wayne Hills 41, Wayne Valley 0

The tone for this one was set on the first two plays from scrimmage. Hills recovered a Patrick Benson fumble on the first play from scrimmage. On the very next play, Rob Schiller raced in for a 15 yard touchdown.

Andrew Monahan caught two touchdown passes from Kevin Olsen and ran back his third punt return of the season for a touchdown to lead Wayne Hills. Monahan had scoring catches of 4 and 18 yards and scored on the punt return from 81 yards. Olsen also fired a 35 yard scoring strike to Jeff Gignac. Dom Santoro also scored for Hills. Joe Lane had nine tackles and a sack for Wayne Hills.

The Hills defense held Valley to just two first downs and just 81 total yards. Alex Trani had 49 yards rushing for Wayne Valley. Vin Greco led Valley's defense with 8 tackles.

"Andrew can do it all," said Hills coach Chris Olsen. "When the lights come on, no one wants to play better than Andrew. He's doing it when we need him."

Kevin Olsen, meanwhile, bounced back from a late game injury vs. Eastside.

“Kevin (Olsen) didn’t practice all week,” said Chris Olsen, Kevin’s father. “We thought [a bone in his foot] was cracked. It wasn’t cracked. He didn’t practice all week, but he came out tonight and played well, and then we took him out. He’s hurting, but he played really well. He changed some plays at the line, did some things for us besides the obvious things that people see. He does a lot of the little things. He’s certainly a big part of what we do. We didn’t know if we were going to have him.”

Photos To Come

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hills at Valley Postponement In Perspective

Last night's Wayne Hills at Wayne Valley football game was postponed due to the threats of inclement weather. The news was met with disappointment by numerous area fans, who felt the game should have been played as scheduled. Saturday morning's high school football roundups seem to bear that out. The Friday Bergen Record, for example, had 21 Friday night high school football games listed on the schedule. 18 of those games were played Friday as scheduled. Only 3 were postponed. Butler at Pequannock and Whippany Park at Kinnelon were also postponed. Both Pequannock and Kinnelon play on grass fields. Hills at Valley was the only game on turf to be postponed. Hills at Valley will now take place tonight at 7 p.m.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Football: DePaul 48, West Milford 21

Joe Moreno rushed for 237 yards and three touchdowns to propel DePaul to a 48-21 victory over West Milford. Moreno, who carried 21 times, had scores of 45 and 65 yards in the first half to lead DePaul to a 34-0 halftime lead. Moreno added a 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for DePaul. Pat VanDuyne had two touchdown runs for West Milford (1-2).


The Wayne Board of Education has approved a postponement of the Wayne Valley-Wayne Hills football game for tonight. It will be played tomorrow (Saturday) at 7:00 pm at Wayne Valley.

Week 3 Football

Wayne Hills at Wayne Valley, 7 p.m. : Follow on Twitter:!/SkiffoDrake
West Milford at DePaul, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Sons Also Rise: Wayne Valley Football Trio Play With Heavy Hearts

Source: The Wayne Today

If you attend a high school football playoff game later this season, you will have one guarantee. After the final whistle sounds in the final game, you'll see tears - lots of them. The scene unfolds every November or December - tough, hard-nosed football players on the losing team - embracing and crying. The mere sight of (Click here to read more)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Football: Wayne Valley 14, Passaic Tech 7

Sophomore Anthony Landberg scored on a 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lead Wayne Valley to a 14-7 victory over Passaic Tech. Landberg set the stage for the score with a 59 yard rush two plays earlier. Leading rusher Alex Trani had a key block on the long run.

"Thank God for this kid (Landberg)," said Trani, who ran for 104 yards. "He's like a little brother that has my back. When I'm tired, he comes in and runs hard. This kid's just a sophomore. He's got two more years left. He has a great future."

Tech went up 7-0 in the second quarter when Jarrad Sykes returned an interception 91 yards for a score. Valley began its comeback when junior Gary Choka picked off a PCT pass in the end zone. Valley drove the field, with quarterback Mike Eckrote completing passed to junior Andrew Monteyne (29 yards) and Trani (16 yards). The drive was capped off when Patrick Benson scored on a five yard run.

"This is a big win for us," Trani said. "We've got Wayne Hills coming up (Friday). We're 2-0 now. We have some momentum."

Football: DePaul 49, Boston College High School 35

Mass Aronson caught three touchdowns and had a key interception as DePaul (1-1) outscored Boston College High School. Junior Joe Moreno got DePaul going with a 74 yard touchdown dash on the third play from scrimmage. Next, sophomore Travis Bligh floated a 30-yard touchdown pass to Aronson. Sophomore Zach Bednarczyk, who rotated in with Bligh at quarterback, scored on a sneak. Aronson then collected a 34 yard scoring strike from Bednarczyk. George Monsen then caught a 20 yard pass from Bednarczyk at the one yard line and plowed over the BC cornerback for a score. Bednarczyk then fired an 81 yard scoring strike to Aronson. Moreno capped the scoring off with a one yard plunge. Bartley Regan threw three touchdowns to Gordon McLeod for BC. Preston Cooper scored two scoring runs. More Detail and photos to come

Football: Boston College High School at DePaul, 1 p.m.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Football: Wayne Hills 42, Paterson Eastside 0

Andrew Monahan scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, two on passes from Kevin Olsen. Monahan caught a 16-yard TD pass from Olsen, returned a punt 47 yards to a TD and caught a 27-yard pass for another TD as Wayne Hills took a 21-0 lead after one quarter. Erik Moskel returned a punt 60 yards to a TD in the second quarter and scored on a 14-yard run in the third as Wayne Hills pulled away. Justin Beveridge scoed on a one yard run.

Football: Week 2

Paterson Eastside at Wayne Hills, 7 p.m.

Boston College High School at DePaul, 1 p.m.
Wayne Valley at Passaic Tech, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Football: Wayne Valley 10, Passaic Valley 7

Alex Trani scored on a 30-yard run in the second quarter as Wayne Valley hung on to a 10-7 victory over Passaic Valley yesterday in Wayne. Trani also kicked a field goal for Valley. Nick Gildea broke up a Passaic Valley pass at the goal line on PV's final drive. A last second PV field goal attempt fell short. Dean Pezzino scored from one yard out for Passaic Valley (0-1) in the second quarter.

Starting quarterback Mike Eckrote threw for 80 yards, completing passes to five different teammates – Trani, Gildea, Luke Primerano, Gary Choka and Andrew Monteyne.
Three Valley runners combined for 127 yards. Trani gained a team-high 59 yards. Sophomore’s Anthony Landberg and Anthony Duncan had 36 and 24 yards respectively.

Trani led the defense with 12 tackles. Zach McKay added 9 tackles. Choka and Christian Gilberti had 8 tackles apiece. Primerano and Frank Law had 7 tackles apiece. Trani and James Dahdouh both had sacks.

Pezzino paced PV with 121 passing yards. Angel Rivera rushed for 66 yards. Evan Cousins had 6 cathces for 48 yards. Nick Andriani led the defesen with 9 tackels. David Cruz had severn takcles

Football: St. Joseph's Montvale 43, DePaul 3

Rick Jeune scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and Jabari Garvin scored two in the third to lead St. Joseph to a 43-3 victory over DePaul yesterday in Montvale. Garvin had 13 rushes for 142 yards and had scoring runs of 80 and 5 yards for St. Joseph of Montvale. Jeune caught two touchdown passes from Spencer Aukamp en route to a five-catch, 108-yard performance. Aukamp was 9-for-16 for 169 yards and one interception.

More Details To Come

Passaic Valley at Wayne Valley, 5 p.m.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Football: Wayne Hills 30, Hackensack 7

Wayne Hills beat Hackensack easily, but the loss may have been costly. Troy Zaffino, one of the team's top returnees, suffered an apparent knee injury on Wayne's second offensive series. He was carried from the field by two teammates and watched the remainder of the game on crutches.

Zaffino suffered the injury with 5:24 to go in the first quarter when he fumbled on the Hackensack 1-yard line. It was just his sixth carry of the season.

"I wasn't as much worried as I was disappointed for Troy," said Hills coach Chris Olsen. "I know our three other kids can play. And our kids have a way of coming together when one of our guys goes down."

Andrew Monaghan got Hills on the board shortly after the Zaffino injury with a 46-yard punt return. The extra point attempt failed. Hackensack took the lead in the second quarter on Malik Bush's 2-yard touchdown pass to Mark Jones. The extra point gave Hackensack a 7-6 lead.

Hills dominated from that point on. Christian Rodriguez scored two touchdown rushes (8 and 1 yards). Justin Beveridge led the way with 61 yards and a touchdown. Robby Schiller picked up 51 yards.

Zaffino's status for the rest of the season is still unknown, but some of his teammates seemed to fear the worst.

"It's going to be a little bit of a tougher season without him," Beveridge said. "It is a big loss. He's a great running back, wide receiver and defender."

"We all have to step up," said Rodriguez. "Our line is the best that we've had in a while."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Week 1 Football

Wayne Hills at Hackensack, 7 p.m. - Follow The Scoring:!/SkiffoDrake

DePaul at St. Joseph's-Montvale, 1 p.m.
Passaic Valley at Wayne Valley, 5 p.m. - Follow The Scoring:!/SkiffoDrake

NOTE: The Passaic Valley-Wayne Valley game, originally scheduled for Friday night, was shifted to Saturday due to flooding.

Football: The 60th Passaic Valley at Wayne Valley Game


Totals: Wayne Valley 30, Passaic Valley 28 Tie 1
Home Team In Bold - Unknown if not noted
1952: Wayne 33, Passaic Valley 13
1953: Wayne 19, Passaic Valley 0
1954: Wayne 25, Passaic Valley 7

High School Football Previews

Source: The Wayne Today

Wayne Valley: In high school sports, it is said that you are judged on your last performance. It defines you. If that is, in fact, the case, that is very bad news for the Wayne Valley football team. Wayne Valley's season ending 48-0 playoff loss to crosstown rivals Wayne Hills last November seems to greatly overshadow the fact that it has been a pretty good run for the Indians over the last six years.Wayne Valley, No. 6 in the North Jersey Media Group Top 11 preseason poll, has qualified for the playoffs five times and is 43-18 over that span. There are more (Click here to read more)

Wayne Hills: The execution wasn't exactly to Chris Olsen's liking. The Wayne Hills' football coach noticed a slight flaw in the way his offense ran it's goal-line formation at a recent practice and demanded that the unit run it again. "It has to be perfect. We can't afford any mistakes," barked Olsen, watching closely and just a few feet behind his offense. "Any good team out there is going (Click here to read more)

DePaul: Most of the pieces appear to be in place for the DePaul Catholic football team to have a successful season in 2011. There is, however, one glaring exception - quarterback. DePaul returns five pass catchers, one of its top rushers and three starting linemen from a year ago. A replacement for graduated quarterback (Click here to read more)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Football: Wayne Hills Preview

Source: The Bergen Record

Chris Olsen still can’t quite believe what he saw nine months ago. Each of the seven state football championships his teams have won was memorable, but Troy Zaffino’s game-winning, 87-yard kickoff return against Old Tappan was beyond special. Zaffino, who took a pitch from an almost-tackled Brian Dowling, scored with five seconds to play to give Wayne Hills a come-from-behind, 24-21 win in the North 1, Group 3 final at New Meadowlands Stadium, recently renamed MetLife Stadium. Click here to read more.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Boys Soccer: DePaul Preview

Source: The Wayne Today

For the first time in over a decade, Steve Beneventine has to get used to a change of setting. From the time the DePaul head boys' soccer coach's son Steven and his friends were eight years old, Beneventine has coached the group of Wayne athletes and watched them grow through the youth and (Click here to read more)

Girls Soccer: Wayne Hills Preview

Source: The Bergen Record

There's little question that on paper this is the most talented girls soccer team Wayne Hills has ever had. But the question remaining is how good can it be on the field?For senior Siara Kolpon, the answer is simple. It will be the best of all time (Click here to read more)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Football: DePaul Preview

Source: The Bergen Record

Week 1 is important to DePaul's players and coaches for more than just the usual reasons openers appeal to football teams. The Spartans' road game against St. Joseph on Sept. 10 isn't just a chance to challenge a respected, non-public opponent. It's an opportunity for them to prove DePaul's program has evolved enough to defeat one of the three traditional parochial powers in (Click here to read more)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Preseason Football: Wayne Valley 38, Indian Hills 14

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Mike Eckrote threw a 59 yard touchdown pass to Nick Gildea and a 90 yard touchdown pass to Luke Primerano as Valley rolled past Indian Hills in the final preseason game. Alex Trani had a 58 yard touchdown rush. Primerano also threw for a two point conversion and a touchdown.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wayne Valley Football Hall Of Fame Inductees

Wayne Valley head football coach Brian O'Connor (left) inducted four former Indians into the team Hall of Fame at last night's preseason Beefsteak at the Brownstone in Paterson. The inductees were James Parolie (1965-1967); the late Head Coach Ken Sinofsky (1965-1975), who was represented by his widow; John Drozjock (1982-1984); and John Klosek (1987-1989). If you would like to nominate a player or coach, please contact Coach O'Connor, Wayne Valley High School, 551 Valley Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470