“My mom has to be the strongest, most hard-working person I’ve ever met. I couldn’t have asked for a better mom. She dedicated the past four years of her life to my football career, and the Wayne Hills program. she works two jobs, one being football.
“She’s the best.”
Wayne Hills running back Chris Garrone, talking about his mother, Allyson
As the 2014 high school football season winds down at Wayne Hills, there’s the usual nostalgia that comes with that, especially for the seniors. For many, the Nov. 13 game opposite Montville will be the final organized football game for the seniors, most of whom have been playing for the better part of 10 years.
Along with the players, the parents also take an emotional stake in their son’s athletic endeavors. At Wayne Hills, the parental involvement is outstanding, with pre-game meals, post-game celebrations, the Kickoff breakfast in May, the Mother-Son breakfast in October, the Father-Son beefsteak on Thanksgiving Eve, and ultimately, the football dinner in early January, in which 350 to 400 people attend.
Among the seniors in 2014 is Chris Garrone, a hard-nosed tailback who has been a big part of the Patriots season this fall. Garrone’s mother, Allyson, is also an integral part of what makes the program the success it is, Allyson practically lives on her computer, sending football updates to everyone on the mailing list and following up to make sure the aforementioned events are run smoothly.
Chris Garrone and his mother, Allyson, at the 2014 Mother-Son breakfast.
It’s that kind of effort and fortitude which makes football at Hills special. The eight state championships since 2002, the 55-game winning streak from 2004-2009 and the 19 consecutive playoff appearances reflect winning. And while this year’s team didn’t qualify for the playoffs, the work ethic never wavered.
“What Allyson does for this program is incredible,” said Wayne Hills football coach Wayne Demikoff. “I can’t say enough about what she does to make this a first class operation.”
Chris Garrone wanted to make sure his mother’s work wasn’t overlooked.
“My mom has to be the strongest, most hard-working person I’ve ever met,” Chris said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better mom. She dedicated the past four years of her life to my football career, and the Wayne Hills program. she works two jobs, one being football.
“She’s the best.”
Allyson and her husband, Bob, can certainly be proud of the young man they’ve raised.