The past two weeks were certainly adventurous for members of the Wayne Hills High football team.
But once the Patriots got back on the field for the first round of the NJSIAA playoffs on Nov. 20, it was business as usual for the top-seeded team in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 playoffs, with a 33-7 win over Roxbury, in Wayne.
Hills got another tremendous game from quarterback Brendan DeVera (14-for-21 passing, 260 yards and 4 TD’s), as well as wide receivers Hunter Hayek, Tyler Hayek and Evidence Njoku.
The Patriots also got some big hits, including a beautiful tackle from Bence Polgar on a Roxbury kickoff return and Njoku’s marvelous block on an offensive drive. John Stadler, a team captain, continued his tremendous season on the offensive line.
There was also some marvelous defensive work by Chris Ruby, who was back after a shoulder injury two weeks ago, Jason Modak, Anthony Couso, Tyler Costello, Dom DiCarlo and Omar Tskhorebov.
And because of a team effort which head coach Wayne Demikoff appreciated more than ever, Wayne Hills is two games away from winning a ninth state championship in school history.
Demikoff lauded his team in the pre-game lockerroom. “I love you guys,” he told them. “I’d do anything for you.”