SADDLE BROOK, NJ - It was a rough night in Saddle for the Hasbrouck Heights as Rutherford captured both the Meadowlands Football League Junior and Senior Division Super Bowls on Saturday evening.
Seniors: Rutherford’s defense was able to shut down the Hasbrouck Heights offense en route to a 24-0 victory over the Aviators, capturing the MFL Senior Division Super Bowl in the evening's night cap.
Rutherford took a 6-0 lead with 5:40 remaining in the first half as Nick Lora scored on a three-yard run. The Bulldogs took advantage of interception to take over at the Senior Aviators 29-yard line. Following a 23-yard run by Andrew Tralongo, pushed the ball inside the 10, Lora scored on second and goal. The extra point was blocked.
The Senior Bulldogs capitalized late in the first half again on good field position, taking over the ball on downs inside the Aviators 30. Lora once scored, this time capping off a five-play drive with a six-yard run. Once again, the kick was no good.
Rutherford capitalized once again on good field position to score on their first possession of the second half, with Lora once again finding the end zone, this time on a 27-yard run for an 18-0 lead with 2:46 left in the third.
The Senior Bulldogs (and the game’s) final scored came in the fourth quarter, as Lora once again scored this time on a 63-yard gain.
Juniors: Rutherford 28, Hasbrouck Heights 18
Rutherford scored on its first three possessions, to capture a 28-18 win over Hasbrouck Heights in the Junior Division Super Bowl.
Running a no-huddle offense the entire first half, Rutherford scored in just four plays on their first possession. Following three runs from Dmitri Paskas, William Holden went 37 yards on a reverse to give the Junior Bulldogs a quick 6-0 lead. Holman powered in for the extra point and an early 7-0 lead.
Hasbrouck Heights bounced right back, as Jadan Picinich went 47 yards on the Junior Aviators second play from scrimmage for a touchdown. But he was stopped on the conversion, allowing Rutherford to maintain a 7-6 lead.
Rutherford marched right back down the field, with Holman and Paskas sharing the ball-carrying load before Paskas scored from two yards out for 13-6 lead. Holman hit Paskas with a pass for the conversion and a 14-6 lead.
The Junior Aviators once again bounced back, as Picinich went 45 yards for a score on the third play from scrimmage. The extra point was blocked, and Rutherford held a 14-12 lead with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter.
Rutherford went on a relatively lengthy drive, taking 13 plays before Paskas scored his second touchdown of the day, giving the Junior Bulldogs a 21-12 lead with 5:21 remaining in the half.
The Junior Bulldogs recovered the onside kick attempt, but the Junior Aviators defense was able to hold. Hasbrouck Heights end of half drive fell short, as Picinich was stopped on a fourth and 10 following an eight-yard gain as the half expired.
For all the scoring in the first half, both defenses toughened up after the break. Late in the third quarter, Rutherford went on a long drive deep into Junior Aviator territory. On a fourth and goal from the seven, Rutherford quarterback Russ Snyder’s pass was intercepted by Picinich and returned 102 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 21-18. The kick was blocked.
Rutherford chewed up eight minutes on its next drive, converting two fourth downs, including the final, a five yard touchdown pass from Snyder to Holman for a 28-18 lead following the successful conversion.
Hasbrouck Heights could not generate any offense on its last drive, and Rutherford ran out the clock for the win.