After four crazy games to start the 2016 season, Wayne Hills entered its game with Millburn on Oct. 1 as a heavy favorite, and played like it, winning 56-0.
The Patriots improved to 4-1 on the season and will visit Pascack Valley on Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. Head coach Wayne Demikoff didn’t need to remind his team that Pascack Valley has won five straight against the Patriots, and even though the Indians are off to a slow start in 2016, Hills needs to play a solid game to win.
“That’s a winning program over there,” said Demikoff about Pascack Valley. “They play hard, those kids are tough, and they’ve had their way against us over the last five games (dating back to 2012). We need a big week of practice and preparation.”
Pascack Valley defeated Wayne Hills twice in 2012 (including a playoff semifinal victory) and won regular season contests in 2013, 2014 and last year. The last two wins for PV were by a combined five points.
Hills last win over PV came in 2008, a 35-0 victory, in Hillsdale. The teams didn’t play each other from 2009-2011.
The 56 points scored against Milburn marked the most for Hills since a 56-7 win over Northern Highlands to start the 2012 season and the point differential was the most for Hills since a 57 point victory over Bergen Tech, in 2010.
Demikoff had the chance to utilize a lot of his younger players in the second half, with the starters on the sidelines for the final 24 minutes, as Hills built a 42-0 lead by the half.
Junior kicker Dario Sirni hit all eight of his point-after kicks, tying a school record for most PATs in a single game.
Senior quarterback Brendan DeVera started the game with a 76-yard touchdown run. He had another solid game throwing the ball and added some crushing hits on defense.
Luca Grave continues to be, well, Luca Grave. He’s that good.
Anthony Couso had a nice game on defense, Evidence Njoku caught a touchdown pass and Hunter Hayek made a David Tyree-type of catch in the end zone for a score.
Mike Krawczuk, Mike Zaccone, Nick Trentacosta, Chris Ruby and Danny Moussa also turned in solid efforts, as did sophomore tailback Joe Mongelli.
Injuries kept starters Tyler Costello and Nick Petracco out of the Millburn game, but both guys are hopeful of playing at Pascack Valley on Oct. 7.