WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4: As the final seconds ticked on a workmanlike 27-7 win for the Wayne Hills freshman football team, over its biggest rival in Wayne Valley, head coach Chris Dowling took a moment to celebrate and donned a tee-shirt which told the true story of a marvelous season.
Hills and Valley each came into tonight’s game with undefeated records. And when Wayne Valley scored on its first series, it looked like this contest would go down to the wire. But Hills righted the ship in the second quarter, tying the game at seven, and then gained a 13-7 advantage before the half.
The second half was all Hills, as the Patriots ground game took over and the defense was marvelous. The performance sealed a 9-0 campaign.
Most of the Hills varsity players were on hand to cheer on the next generation. We’ll have more on the individual Hills freshman players soon, but in the meantime, congrats to Dowling, as well as coaches Mike Peischl (spelled it right this time?), Anthony Giampapa, Joe Giampapa, Eric Dagati (who has done a tremendous job with the youth program in town) and Matt Bogert.
Kudos also to Wayne Valley, which has a very talented freshman team, with some outstanding players who could make an immediate impact on the varsity team in 2016, and beyond.
The varsity practice today at Hills was so-so, according to head coach Wayne Demikoff. The defense looked good, but the coach was far from pleased with the offense and special teams.
“You have to bring it, every day,” said Demikoff. “You can’t turn it on and off. We’ve had a good week, until today. You can’t play at this level, and expect to succeed, without maximum effort.”
Wayne Hills will play at Wayne Valley on Friday, Nov. 6, in what promises to be a very exciting game. The Indians are 8-0 and the Patriots are 6-2. Both are heading to the playoffs and the winner of this game wins a Big North championship.
“There’s a lot on the line,” said Demikoff. “Winning the conference is big, but a win against Valley is something that you’ll never forget. And it’s a big step as we get ready for the playoffs.”
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