Hasbrouck Heights Looks Strong in Final Football Scrimmage

Hasbrouck Heights game captains James Klenk and James Varga meet at mid-field. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Quarterback James Klenk runs up the middle early in the first quarter. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Running back Nico Facchini continues to move the ball on the first possession of the game Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Matthew Gwziszc with the extra point in the first quarter. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights kicks off after the first score of the game. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights defense in their first appearance of the scrimmage. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights middle linebacker James Varga recovers a Lodi fumble which he'd run back for a touchdown. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights Jasiah Purdie intercepts a Lodi pass. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights running back Nick Monahan looks for an opening in the second quarter. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Quarterback James Klenk with a pass to Nick Monahan. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights running back Ismael Ortiz runs up field while Dylan Grisafe blocks. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights middle linebacker Peter Lohrmann stops a Lodi running back. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights quarterback JC Pagan looks down field late in the game. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  After a dominant performance over Lodi High School in his team’s final scrimmage before their September 8 season opener against St. Mary High School, you would think head coach Nick Delcalzo would be relaxed going in the season.  But that is not the case.

“I think we have to shape up a few things,“ Delcalzo said. “We were sloppy in spots, we have some work to do before we play next week.”

While there were some mistakes that will be corrected between now and the opener, the Aviators looked like a team ready to repeat last year's success.  The first string defense kept the Rams off the board, as Lodi's only points came on a field goal late in the fourth quarter against the second team defense.   

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The offense moved the ball against the Lodi defense, scoring every time they had the ball, except one, when the quarterback-running back exchange was fumbled. 

“That is what scrimmages are for, “ Delcalzo stated.  “To show you what is working, and what needs to be worked on.”


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