Junior Football: Heights Sweeps New Milford

Hasbrouck Heights Council member Ron Kistner presented members of the Senior Aviators with a town sign in recognition of their 2016 Super Bowl title. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Aviator cheerleaders created a run-through banner for opening night. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Quarterback Jake Diaz looks to run down field early in the game. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Aviator running back Anthony DiLascio picks up major yardage in the third quarter. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Defensive player Massimo Vignola stops a New Milford running back in the third quarter. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Junior Aviators game captains, Oscar Solis, Joey Formisano, Frank Billings, and Luca Mezzacapo, go out for the pre-game meeting and coin toss. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Junior running back Joey Formisano runs with the ball on the first possession of the game. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Junior running back Christopher Weaver looks to run down field early in the first quarter. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Anthony Juliano and teammates stop a New Milford running back. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Junior Aviator Oscar Solis stops a New Milford running back late in the game. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Quarterback Donovan Auriemma runs with a QB keeper late in the game Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
PeeWee cheerleaders created a team banner for opening day. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Head coach Joe Fadden, far right, and team salute for the National Anthem. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
PeeWees game captains, Andrew Victori, Nico Nipitella, Harris Krommenhoek, walk out for pre-game meeting. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Quarterback Nico Nipitella hands off to Jalil Baldwin in the first quarter. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
PeeWee defenseman Harris Krommenhoek tackles a New Milford running back. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
PeeWee Michael Napolitano runs with the ball against New Milford. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Hasbrouck Heights Junior Aviators swept New Milford in Meadowlands Football League action Saturday evening at Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights.  Hasbrouck Heights returns to action next Saturday against North Arlington at Depken Field.

Seniors Run Roughshod Over Knights 33-6

Jake Diaz and Anthony DiLascio combined for five touchdowns as the Aviators cruised past New Milford 33-6.    Diaz and DiLascio each rushed for two touchdowns, and Diaz hit DiLascio with a shovel pass for the final score.

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The Aviators defense keyed the first score of the game, as Hunter Freschi picked off a pass and returned the ball to the New Milford nine-yard line. DiLascio scored on the Aviators first offensive play of the game. The kick failed, and just three minutes into the game, Heights led 6-0.  

The defense came up with another turnover on New Milford’s next possession, as Diaz picked off a New Milford pass, returning it to the New Milford 45. DiLascio capped off the ensuing drive, with a one-yard run, giving the Aviators a 12-0 lead just one play into the second quarter.

The Aviators front eight continued its domination of the New Milford offense, and following a three-and-out, Heights took over after the Knights punted to their 49.

Diaz hit Freschi down the left side for 35 yards on the first play to quickly put the Aviators into scoring position.  DiLascio scored his second touchdown, from 14 yards, to extend the lead to 18-0.  The Aviators were able to convert the conversion for a 19-6 lead.

On their last drive of the first half, New Milford’s offense showed some life, as quarterback Andrew Molina was able to hit an 18-yard passing play, and following an incomplete pass, was able to break around the right side and run for 41 yards and a New Milford touchdown.

New Milford’s extra point kick was blocked by Trey Armonaitis, keeping the lead at 19-6, with 2:33 remaining in the first half.

The Aviators went into to their two-minute offense and quickly drove down the field.  With Diaz and DiLascio alternating carries, the Aviators marched down the field. Diaz scrambled in from six yards on the final play of the first half, and a 25-6 lead.  

Heights scored it final touchdown on the initial possession of the second half.  Following a 19-yard run by Freschi, and a pair of runs by DiLascio for 21 yards, Diaz hit DiLascio with a shovel pass for a 31-6 lead. Diaz kicked the extra point for the 33-6 lead.  

Freschi continued his big game, covering a fumble on the next New Milford drive.  Following two runs by DiLascio and a two yard gain by backup quarterback Evan Werner, the third period ended, and under the rules of the MFL, with Hasbrouck Heights up more than three touchdowns, the game was declared over, and a B-game took place during the fourth quarter.

Each team scored during the B-game, with AJ Parente scoring on a long touchdown run for Heights.

Juniors Win a Slugfest, 13-6

Joey Formisano's touchdown with 2:43 remaining in the first half gave the Aviators a 7-0 lead, as they defeated New Milford 13-6.  Formisano's touchdown gave Heights a lead they never relinquished.

After a scoreless first quarter, Heights scored on its first possession of the second quarter, with Formisano doing the bulk of the work.  After tailback Chris Weaver went for two yards on first down, Formisano picked up a first down with a 10-yard run between the tackles. After being stopped on first down for no gain, and for two yards on second, a four-yard run set up a fourth and three for the Aviators.

The Knights defense jumped offsides, giving the Aviators a gift first down. Formisano pounded the line for another four yards, and quarterback Donovan Auriemma scrambled for five more.  On a third and one from the New Milford 5, Formisano powered through the hole and into the end zone giving Heights a 7-0 lead with 2:43 left in the first half, after Auriemma converted the conversion.

The Aviators extended their lead to 13-0 in the last minutes of the third quarter, with Formisano powering in off left tackle from five yards.out.  New Milford stopped the point after conversion.

The fourth quarter saw New Milford break into the scoring on the first play, as quarterback Matt Mulligan hit Quincy Porter down the left sideline for a 53-yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 13-6.  The point after conversion failed.

Following a kickoff out of bounds, the Aviators took over on offense and went on a time-consuming drive behind the running of Frankie Billings and Formisano. While the drive fell short, it chewed up most of the fourth period.

Needing a score, and backed up in their own end, New Milford came out passing, but after three incomplete passes, was forced to punt and hope their defense could get the ball back. But Heights was able to grind out the rest of the clock, with the game ending with Aviators on the New Milford one-yard line.

Big Runs Key Pee-Wee Victory

Michael Napolitano scored on two long touchdown runs to lead the Pee-Wees to a 20-13 victory over New Milford.  Napolitano scored on runs of 66 yards and 25 yards to lead the Aviators rushing attack.  Jalil Baldwin scored the Aviators first touchdown in the first half.

After a scoreless first quarter, Baldwin scored with two minutes left in the first half, scoring around the right side from two yards.  He also converted the conversion, giving Heights a 7-0 lead.  

That lead would be short-lived, as New Milford would take possession at mid-field after the ensuing kickoff, marching down the field, scoring on a 25 yard touchdown run from Bryan Porter to cut the lead to 7-6. The conversion failed.

Momentum seemed to be on New Milford’s side of the ball, as they recovered the second half kickoff, giving them possession just inside Aviator territory.  But the Aviators defense held on a fourth and four, taking over at their own 24.  

Napolitano ran through a hole on the right side of the line and went 66 yards for a score, giving the Aviators a 14-6 following the conversion.

New Milford bounced right back however, Porter returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 14-12.  A successful conversion cut the lead to 14-13.

The rest of the half was a defensive battle, as both defenses kept the other offense off the board.  That was, until, Napolitano broke a 25 yard run on a third-and-17 to give the Aviators a 20-13 lead with 1:25 remaining in the game.  The point after failed.

New Milford’s offense stalled on their final drive as time ran out as they were facing a fourth down and 17 at midfield.


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