SECAUCUS, NJ - If you thought that you were seeing a lot of James Klenk during Friday night’s Hasbrouck Heights 42-7 win over Secaucus, you were not wrong. Klenk was 9-of-15 for 85 yards with a touchdown pass, rushed nine times for 68 yards and two touchdowns and and picked off a pass in leading the Aviators to the convincing win.
The Aviators, the defending North Jersey Interscholastic League champions and the defending North 1, Group I champions, improved to 2-0 on the season with the win. They face Cresskill next Thursday in Cresskill in what appears to be a showdown for the league title.
Klenk kicked off the scoring with a one-yard scoring run a little less than four minutes into the game, following his interception of Secaucus quarteback Matt Toman’s pass early in the first quarter. Following a Secaucus penalty, the Aviators went for the two-point conversion, with Klenk hitting tight end Jordan Wexler for an 8-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter Klenk hit Jasiah Purdie with a 7-year scoring pass for a 15-0 lead, following Matthew Gwziszc’s kick.
Secaucus tried to rally, as Toman hit freshman wide receiver Jackson Gil with a 40-yard scoring strike, bringing the Patriots back into the game at 15-7.
Senior running back Nico Facchini, who finished the game with 139 yards rushing on 10 carries, scored from 1 yard to give the Aviators a 22-7 lead in the half following the successful extra point.
The Aviators put the game away in the third quarter, as Purdie returned a Secaucus punt 75 yards for a 29-7 lead. Klenk’s second touchdown of the day, a two yard run, made the score 35-7 when Gwzieszc’s kick was blocked. Facchini finished the scoring with a 2 yard run, for a 42-7 lead.
Purdie had five receptions for 62 yards, while Wexler finished with four receptions for 27 yards.
(Evan Wexler and Pat Campen contributed to this story).
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