Head coach Bill Regan said after the game that there were points where his team could have played better, but he was overall impressed by his teams’ camaraderie.
“We’re happy that our kids played real well together,” said Regan. “Sometimes we really tuned up and other times we could be a little bit off and still play well because they are a real tight group.”
The game started out slow for the first couple of possessions until Parisi started the scoring with three minutes remaining in the first quarter as he broke through Morristown’s defense at the one-yard line to give the Golden Eagles a 7-0 lead.
After stopping another Morristown possession, it was Derek Fergusons turn. Ferguson, coming off a two touchdown performance last week, took a toss sweep from quarterback Nick Vittorio, turned the corner, and raced 17 yards into the end zone.
Parisi would score another touchdown in the second quarter for a 21-0 lead before Morristown got some life with a 67 yard touchdown run to bring the score back down to 21-7 heading into halftime.
Parisi was impressed with the way his team’s defense played, as when the second half resumed, his team didn’t give up a point for the remainder of the game.
“The big thing with our defense is we knew they are a very fast team so we had to be more physical because we’re not as fast as them,” said Parisi. “So we did that right out of the gate by getting to their quarterback, getting him nervous, and that kind of helped us with the defensive back covering too.”
Parisi would score again in the third, when after a long run by Vittorio got them to one-yard line, Parisi finished to give the Golden Eagles a commanding 28-7 lead.
After that point it was all Golden Eagles for the rest of the game as Vittorio sneaked a ball into the end zone for a touchdown on a following drive, which was followed by another score late in the fourth quarter.
Morristown caused the Golden Eagles some problems throughout the game, but for the Golden Eagles it was all about wearing down their defensive line so they could attack them later in the game.
“They have some real size with their linemen, which caused us some problems for a while. But we thought they might wear down; once they did we were in real good shape,” said Regan.
It wasn’t just wearing out Morristown’s defensive line as the offensive line had another great performance for the Golden Eagles.
“Our offensive-line stepped up,” said Parisi. “There was an article saying how they are a lot of big kids who are putting up a lot of big weights, so our mentality was hit them low, and just keep driving and driving and that’s what our O-line did. You can see it with some big breakout runs.”
The Golden Eagles are now 6-1 overall, which leaves them tied for first place in their division with the team that defeated them, Roxbury.
“We’ve gotten better since Roxbury. This is again a group of guys who are on the field every day. Nobody’s in the training room, they’re out there practicing, and they tolerate me when I get grouchy,” said Regan with a laugh. “Sometimes we have to go overtime, but they understand that we’re doing it to get better. It’s a cumulative effort and we’ve gotten a lot better since game one or game two.
Parisi agreed with his coach’s assessment of how the team has improved since the first game of the season, and even after their tough loss to Roxbury.
“Our team is just really working together every single day, we even hangout on the weekends,” said Parisi with a laugh. “It’s just like everything we do is together, so going on the practice field, it’s just another day hanging out and we get work done and it’s showing.”
Parisi continued, “We’re coached very well every single week. We always go over exactly what we have to do. The line is always getting work and it’s showing right now, but we got a test next week against West Morris Central.”
West Morris Central is a crucial matchup next week for the Golden Eagles as they are only a game behind them in the standings. For Regan though, it’s all about training, working together, and… singing songs?
“They train together sing songs going ‘ye-ye’, which I don’t know what that means but we yell it anyway,” said Regan laughing. “It’s just a great group of guys to coach, and that’s the thing about high school sports; you can be real basic and just have a good time playing.”