The Passaic Valley football team is on the cusp of qualifying for a playoff berth in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4. If it happens, it would be the first time since 2009 that the Hornets made it to the playoffs. That season, the team advanced to the championship game at the old Giants Stadium, in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3, before losing a close game to West Morris Central.
Had PV won last Saturday’s game against Lincoln, it would have already clinched a berth. But the Hornets lost on a fourth quarter rally by the Lions from Jersey City and fell, 30-22.
So, for Passaic Valley, which takes a 4-4 record into a home game with Bergenfield this Saturday, the scenarios are somewhat simple to earn a playoff berth, and, on paper, seem more than attainable.
1-PV’s game with Bergenfield will have no effect on the playoff format. The Hornets want to win to finish the regular season above .500 and will be a slight favorite to do so.
2-If Wayne Hills defeats Paramus on Friday night, the Hornets will clinch the eighth, and final seed, in the section.
3-If Hills loses to Paramus, then the Hornets need Old Tappan to defeat Teaneck on Saturday night. That’s also a good possibility in that Old Tappan is 7-1, and locked into the second seed in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4, while Teaneck is 1-6, But the Highwaymen have a lot of talented players at the skill positions and you never know about a game in which a team has their berth clinched and may be looking ahead.
PV head coach Bill Johnson has been around the game long enough to know he can only control what his team does. But the veteran coach is also guile enough to be rooting for his two favorite squads, Hills and Old Tappan come this weekend.