Junior Football: Hasbrouck Heights Rushes By North Arlington

Seniors quarterback Jake Diaz hands to Anthony DiLascio. Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Kevin Campen (55) finishes off a North Arlington ball carrier as Justin Wexler (69) watches on. Wayne King (83) also closes in. Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Massimo Vignola (66) wraps up a North Arlington ball carrier as Kevin Campen closes in (55) Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Hunter Freschi (80) runs through the North Arlington defense while Massimo Vignola (66), Justin Wexler (69) and Jadan Nelson (56) clear the way. Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Jake Diaz carries the ball against the North Arlington defense. Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Michael Canavatchel (50) sacks the North Arlington quarterback as Blake Freschi (44) joins the play. Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Quarterback Donovan Auriemma (10) rushes behind the blocking of (2) Frankie Billings and (21) Joey Formisano. Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Donovan Auriemma (10) splits through the Viking defense Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Tyler Cappadona wraps up a North Arlington ball carrier. Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Michael Napolitano rushes down the field. Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Jalil Baldwin scampers down the field. Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Nico Nipitella (7) hands off to Jalil Baldwin (3). Credits: Faith Armonaitis
Harris Krommenhoek (67) and Nico Nipitella (7) wrap up a Viking ballcarrier. Credits: Faith Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights swept its second straight game of the season, as all three teams defeated North Arlington in Meadowlands Football League action Saturday night at Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights. The Heights teams at all three levels now sit at 2-0 on the season.

They return to the field next Saturday evening, in Elmwood Park.  First game is at 5:30. 

Senior Aviators Rush By North Arlington 28-6

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Timely defense and the running of quarterback Jake Diaz broke open a close game as Hasbrouck Heights defeated North Arlington 28-6, in Senior Meadowlands football action Saturday night.

The key defense began on the first drive, as the Vikings offense started quickly, getting the ball just inside the Aviator 10 yard-line, just three plays into the game.  But the defense stiffened, as tackles behind the line of scrimmage by Massimo Vignola and Sal Grasso pushed the Vikings back to the 23-yard line.  On fourth down, the Aviators broke up a pass, and took over on downs.  

After three runs by Antony DiLascio moved the ball 19 yards to the 42-yard line, Diaz kept the ball on a quarterback keeper around the left end and dashed 58 yards for a 6-0 lead with a 1:10 remaining in the first quarter.  The conversion failed.  

North Arlington’s next drive proved to be the pivotal possession of the game. On third down-and-21, defensive end Justin Wexler intercepted a screen pass and dashed 35 yards for a 12-0 lead. Diaz than kicked the extra point for a 14-0 lead. (Kicked extra points are worth two points, run/pass conversions one in junior football).

Still, the Vikings tried to bounce back. Taking over at the 48-yard line following a failed onside kick, North Arlington once again got a big gain on the ground, taking the ball inside the 20.  But on third and seven, defensive tackle Trey Armonaitis shot the gap and nailed the Viking ball carrier in the backfield for a five-yard loss.  Hunter Freschi stopped the North Arlington back short of the yard to gain, and Hasbrouck Heights took control.

The Aviators, with less than two minutes in the first half, went into a hurry-up mode, with Diaz keeping the ball on quarterback runs, with the exception of a DiLascio run for eight and a completion but to Freschi for 16 yards,  But Diaz was stopped at the 10 on the final play of the half, as the Aviators took a 14-0 lead to the locker room.

It took the Aviators four plays to open the lead to three scores in the second half.  Following Bryan Formisano’s recovery of the North Arlington onside kick, Diaz went 44 yards for a 20-0 lead.  He kicked the two-point conversion for his second successful kick of the evening, and a 22-0 lead.   

However, a 46-yard scoring pass and run by the Viking offense ruined the shutout and cut the lead to two scores at 22-6 with 4:14 in the third period.  

Needing a stop, the Vikings defense could not deliver, and the Aviators scored within four plays, with DiLascio scoring from 16 yards to give the Aviators their 28-6 lead.

Freschi picked off a pass with a minute remaining to effectively end the game, after three plays netted the Aviators 41 yards, the clock expired on the third quarter. Under MFL sportsmanship rules, games are considered final when one team has a lead of three scores or greater after three quarters,  The fourth quarter is played using players who did not play in the regular game.

Juniors Roll over Vikings 27-6

The North Arlington defense had no answer for the Hasbrouck Heights running game as the Junior Aviators defeated the Vikings, 27-6.

Following an opening drive that saw the Aviators squander a scoring opportunity when they fumbled through the end zone for a Viking touchback, the ground game continued to chew up ground, with fullback Joey Formisano, quarterback Donovan Auriemma and halfback Frankie Billings took turns continuing to gash the Viking defense, with Billings scoring for two yards away on the last play of the first quarter.  Auriemma’s run converted the point after for a 7-0 lead.

North Arlington scored on the ensuing kickoff return, cutting the lead to 7-6 when the point after failed.

But the Aviators ground game was still controlling the ball, and Auriemma scored from two yards out to give Heights a 14-6 lead midway through the second quarter.

After a three-and-out by the Viking offense, which was gaining little traction against the Aviator defense, the Aviators had time to punch another touchdown in with less than a minute remaining in the half.

Formisano went 12 yards for the score, and Auriemma hit Jake Summer with a pass in the end zone for the conversion, and a 21-6 lead at the half.

Formisano ground out Heights final possession of the game, carrying six straight times for 36, capping it off with a 27-6 lead with less than a minute left in the third quarter.

Pee-Wees Baldwin Scores Three Touchdowns in 19-0 Win

Jalil Baldwin scored three touchdowns as the Aviators trounced North Arlington 19-0, in Pee Wee level action. 

Baldwin’s 18-yard touchdown run gave the Aviators a 6-0 lead with 6:19 in the first quarter.  Michael Napolitano ran for the conversion and a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Baldwin scored from four yards to increase the lead to 13-0.  The point after conversion failed.   

Baldwin, gave the Aviators the victory with his third touchdown of the day, from 30-yards outs, with 3;38 remaining in the third quarter.


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