A travel snafu made it impossible for Wayne Demikoff Sr. to attend the North Group 4 bowl game, at MetLife Stadium, on Nov. 30, between Wayne Hills and Phillipsburg.
It was especially difficult for Mr. Demikoff, who had wanted to see his son, also named Wayne, and the head coach at Wayne Hills, coach the Patriots one more time in 2018.
Wayne Demikoff and his dad, Wayne, share a moment after a big win earlier this season. (Click on photo for larger image)
Wayne Hills had already won the school’s 10th state sectional title on Nov. 16, defeating defending champion Old Tappan, at home. But with the new format of a ‘bowl game’, between the two sectional champions in the northern half of Group 4, it meant the Patriots would play one more game, at MetLife Stadium.
Wayne Demikoff, his dad and sons Tyler and Troy, before a game this season. (Click on photo for larger image)
While Wayne Sr., could not attend, he had sent a heartfelt message to his son, which was read to Wayne, by his eldest son, prior to kickoff,at MetLife. The message was clear.
“Although I am 1300 miles away, I want you to know that I will be watching your game with great pride. I am proud of you, your coaching staff, and all of your players.
“You and your staff have worked hard to prepare your team for this first ever bowl game. The team is ready. I want you to know that I am proud of you and all your efforts as I watched you grow as an outstanding coach and an outstanding individual.
The bond between a father and son can sometimes be difficult. But there’s no doubting the pride and respect of a dad, to his son, and even more noteworthy, when that note was read by the third generation of Demikoffs, on the biggest stage for high school football.
After a state sectional championship for Wayne Hills, on Nov. 16, Wayne Demikoff Sr. congratulates his son. (Click on photo for larger image)