TUESDAY, NOV. 3: Three days and counting until the 10th overall meeting, on the gridiron, between Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High Schools, and the momentum is quickly gathering. The teams will meet on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.
Some quick facts: Wayne Hills leads the all-time series, 7-2.
The teams first met in a 1991 state sectional championship game, at Wayne Valley, with the Indians winning a classic, 7-0, before an overflow crowd estimated at close to 15,000.
Hills defeated Valley in the 2007 state sectional final, 27-7, at Giants Stadium, in front of nearly 20,000 fans. Both teams were undefeated heading into that game.
The schools first met in a regular season game in 2009, with Hills winning, 7-0.
Wayne Valley is 8-0, its best start since 2007, while Wayne Hills is 6-2. For the first time since 2010, both teams are playoff bound, with Hills earning a playoff spot for the 20th time in the last 21 years.
The only overtime game in the series occurred in 2013, when Hills rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit to win, 17-14, in overtime, on a field goal by Erik Martinez.
The last time the teams met at Wayne Valley was 2012, when the Indians jumped out to a 23-0 first half lead, then held off a furious second half rally by the Patriots to win, 23-17.
Wayne Hills won last year’s game, 36-0.
Okay, with that out-of-the-way, some updates for the game. The Wayne Hills football program is selling tee-shirts in advance of Friday’s game. The shirt costs $10.00, and if you wear the shirt to the game, that covers your cost of admission. RWC Windows, Doors & More, along with Right Way Driving School, LLC, have covered the cost of printing the shirts.
Since admission is $3.00, the remaining funds garnered, per shirt, will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, which benefits thousands of soldiers who are returning from the battlefield, as well as providing assistance to the respective families.
The slogan on the shirt reads ‘We Carry The Ball, They Carry The Country.’ The shirts will be available for purchase during school on Wednesday, Nov. 4, as well as at the big freshman football game between Valley and Hills, which is set for Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., at Wayne Hills High School.
Plans for a parade and tailgate party, prior to Friday night’s game, have been canceled.