SATURDAY, NOV. 14: High school football players save their best accolades for the player who was a beast on the field.
And in Wayne Hills’ 35-14 win over Roxbury a night earlier, senior captain Joe Kenny filled the beast mode quite well for the Patriots.
Joe Kenny was indeed a force in the win over Roxbury. (Top photo taken by MSG Varsity).
Kenny scored a touchdown and threw crushing blocks on offense. On defense, he blocked three passes at the line of scrimmage and was all over the field. Kenny also recovered a fumble late in the game, as Roxbury was trying a hook-and-ladder pass.
It was, by far, Kenny’s best high school game, and the Hills coaches couldn’t be happier to see the 6’3″, 245 pounder excelling.
Kenny had a lot of help, too. Brendan DeVera continues to get better at quarterback. Mike Fiumarelli was solid on defense, as his teammates cheered FOOOOMMMM during the game, and in the next morning’s film session.
Leyshawn Askew has been nearly unstoppable the past month. The 6’6″, 290 pound senior, has been playing with a confidence not seen in his high school career.
Jason Modak, a sophomore lineman, did a tremendous job putting pressure on the Roxbury quarterback.
Another sophomore, Dario Simi, has been tremendous on point-after kicks. Speaking of sophomores, Mike Zaccone had a very good game, including a touchdown reception that gave Hills a 14-0 lead.
Luca Grave, a junior, had nearly 150 yards on the ground, including an 80-yard touchdown run on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Grave left with an injury, but he seemed to be feeling better after the game.
When Grave left the game, Jacob Casale, a junior, stepped in and ran the ball effectively, including a monster run at the end of the game which defined his team’s overall dominance.
Senior captains Frank Petracco and Tom Skiba played significant roles. Petracco continues to anchor the offensive line while Skiba was very strong at linebacker.
Matt Sportelli, a senior lineman, is really an unheralded player, but the coaches know how valuable he is, on both sides of the ball, as well as the team’s longer snapper.
Dom DiCarlo and Billy Tedeschi are also talented underclassmen who continue to improve. Twin brothers Hunter Hayek and Tyler Hayek have also become key contributors.
It was a big night for the Patriots. Now, the next step toward a state championship awaits, with Indian Hills looming on Nov. 20.