Wayne Hills Football: 5th straight year beginning season with an out-of-state opponent; Here’s a photo look back at the first 4 trips, as well as team’s arrival in South Carolina for 2019

For the fifth straight year, the Wayne Hills High football team will open the season against an out-of-state opponent. This time, the Patriots will fly to Columbia, South Carolina and face Ridge Rive High, on Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Hills is 1-3 in its first four games. The team defeated Graham High, of North Carolina, in 2015, 53-13. The following year, the Patriots played well, in the Florida Everglades, but came up short against an eventual 14-0 team, Pahokee High, 34-23. Ironically, Hills would not lose for the rest of the ’16 season and at the conclusion of the year, the Patriots were awarded a forfeit win against Pahokee after it was discovered the Florida-based school had used an illegible player.

In 2017, the results were one-sided as Canton-McKinley High blanked Hills, 31-0, at the legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame stadium, in Canton, Ohio.

Last year, the Patriots faced perhaps the strongest opponent, to date, in Timpview High of Provo, Utah. Hills played well, but lost, 31-28. Similar to 2016, the game was actually a springboard to an excellent season, as the Patriots won a 10th state sectional championship, then added a first-ever North Group 4 Rothman Bowl game title, over Phillipsburg, to cap an 11-2 season.

And now, on Aug. 30, Wayne Hills takes on a strong Ridge View High team. According to head coach Wayne Demikoff, Ridge View has an outstanding defense and are very big and physical on the line.

There’s been plenty of good memories on these trips to different states, including practicing and visiting some legendary college fields, including the University of North Carolina, Duke University, Elon University, the University of Miami, the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Youngstown State.

Here are some photos of previous years, along with this year’s successful departure. Hills will practice on Aug. 29, in South Carolina, then play a JV game, On Aug. 30, the team will have a walk-through, then play the varsity game. The Patriots fly home on Aug. 31.

The 2015 Wayne Hills cheerleading squad, before the bus ride to Graham High, in North Carolina.
The Patriots, in Ohio, with legendary former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, in 2017.
Wayne Hills coaching staff at BYU, 2018.
At the school, before another trip, 2017.
Beautiful night in Utah, for a college game, 2018.
At the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2017.
Leaving for Florida, 2016.
Getting ready for kickoff in the Everglades. (It was hot that night !)
Practicing at ‘The U’.
Coach Claudio getting intense at the University of Miami, during a 2016 practice.
Coach Dem boarding the bus for the 2019 trip to South Carolina.
The Wayne Hills band was wonderful again in 2019, in sending the team off in style.
Coach Zaccone and Coach Claudio having a chat while the U-Haul is packed for the trip to South Carolina.
By mike051893

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