Following tonight’s expected tough game at Paramus, the Wayne Hills football team will get an unusual bye week for next weekend. After that, the final regular season game looms at Wayne Valley, on Friday night, Nov. 6.
This year’s contest promises to have as much drama as the 1991 and 2007 state championship games between the rivals, whose schools are separated by four miles. There’s a good chance Wayne Valley will enter the contest undefeated while Hills, if it defeats Paramus today, will be 6-2. Both schools are heading to the NJSIAA playoffs, as well.
Starting this Saturday, I’ll be doing some blogs as Wayne Hills enters its bye week. While the team will have a week off from playing, there won’t be much down time as the Patriots begin film work and practicing for the Indians.
Then, the following week, I’ll be blogging daily from Hills, as the preparation for Nov. 6 really amps up. There will be a lot of interviews with players and coaches, and it promises to be some fun stuff, too, such as coaches Anthony Vitale and Mike Kelly’s daily crock pot updates, the always entertaining John Jacob adding his spin to the rivalry and, of course, words of wisdom from the ‘Czar’, Walt Johnson, and some other entertaining stories by the ‘Dean of Football Stats’, Pat Cosgrove.
I’ll also look back on that epic 1991 final, which was played at Wayne Valley High before some 15,000 fans. There are some who already feel that this year’s game could be a huge attendance night at Valley, albeit probably not the level of ’91.
Stay tuned for the blogs, starting this weekend, as the Patriots watch film of their game against Paramus. ‘Sport’..Matt Sportelli and his teammates will be gearing for the big game at Wayne Valley on Nov. 6.