Dougherty, Terry Named Co-MVP's at Champs' Year-End Banquet


SUMMIT, NJ - Forty-eight hours after claiming a back-to-back State Championship, the Summit Varsity Football team announced its team award winners at their year-end banquet.

Senior co-Captains quarterback Charlie Terry and running back Colm Dougherty were named co-Most Valuable Players.  Terry threw for more than 1,700 yards on the season, with 22  touchdowns and just four interceptions, while Dougherty led Summit's high-octane running game gaining 1,287 yards reaching the end zone 22 times.
Coaches Awards, given to players who embody what it means to be a Hilltopper, who have excelled on and off the field, went to linebacker Matt Oristanio, offensive linemen Eric Lyman and Robbie Walsh, and halfback / defensive back Andrew Masterfano.
The Most Improved Player Award was given to running back David Connolly.

In addition to the awards, assistant coach Rick Carbone penned -- and recited -- the following poem as an ode to the two-time titleholders:

Twas the night before State Finals when all through their houses, not a coach was stirring, not even their spouses. 

Their game plans were hung in the lockers with care, in hopes that Par Hills would soon be there.  

The players were home all snug in their beds, while visions of a championship danced in their heads.

When all of the sudden their phones rang with clatter, a call from Coach Kostibos, it’s time to settle a matter!

As the team arrived at Tatlock, filled with desire, an old, yellow Buick arrived with the sire. 

With a silver haired driver, so stern and so still, we all knew in a moment, it must be Coach Gil!

Now Kevin, now Judge, now Simo and Drew, on Chet, on Larry, on Bone and the crew!

To Kean we must go and play in rain showers, to beat Par Hills and “Defend what is ours!” 

The game began with a splash and flurry, we scored 16 points without even a worry.

The penalties were many as the refs used their clout, but they were not immune from Coach Bone yelling, you gave them four timeouts!

The defense was big, so tough and so strong, they gave up 13 the entire game long.  

With 1:58 on the game clock to tick, Par Hills’ last attempt turned into a pick. 

With 3 kneels of the ball the game time had ended, white t-shirts flew about reading: “Title Defended”.  

As the stadium emptied and the fans remained true, it’s a great day to be a Hilltopper and State Champions too/two!


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