It’s certainly been a hectic season for the Wayne Hills football team. Back on Labor Day weekend, the Patriots were in Pahokee, Florida to open its season, and lost a 34-23 decision to a team that remains unbeaten and will be playing for a state championship next week.
Once back in New Jersey, Wayne Hills hasn’t lost since, winning 10 straight and earning a berth in the NJSIAA, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 championship game on Dec. 4, at MetLife Stadium.
The road to that 10-1 record has been well documented. Solid play on the field was offset by an off-the-field issue which almost ended the team’s season three weeks ago, but Hills persevered.
The Hills players and coaches have also taken part in a number of charity events. On Nov. 6, it was a 5K walk for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, an event sponsored by the Wayne Valley High Dance Team. (See related article https://mikelamberti.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/wayne-hills-football-team-walks-for-st-judes-childrens-hospital-in-5k-event-at-wayne-valley-later-joined-for-group-photo-by-wayne-valley-dance-team/)
Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Patriots donated 25 turkeys to the Father English Community Center. (See related article https://mikelamberti.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/charity-first-for-wayne-hills-football-team-as-patriots-help-donate-food-to-the-needy-for-thanksgiving/)
And on Nov. 27, the football program raised money for the players to go shopping at Toys-R-Us, to pick out some gifts for some youngsters at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, in Paterson.
The players wanted to do the shopping and will be giving out the gifts soon.