HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - For Hasbrouck Heights' Junior Aviator football players, summer vacation is over. Football practice starts tonight. Practice equipment has been distributed, and while the first practice is just shorts and t-shirts, the hitting will begin soon enough.
Not that the player's mind. Most have been chomping at the bit, waiting to get back to football, knowing that the work they put in during August pays dividends in November when the Meadowlands Football League has its playoffs.
And there is plenty of work to get done if Hasbrouck Heights is going to retain its status as the team to beat.
This year's senior team (grade 7 and 8) is looking to defend its' Meadowlands Football League Super Bowl title, earned with a 14-6 victory over Carlstadt/East Rutherford last November. The junior team (grade 5 and 6) looks to avenge a loss in a wild shootout in last year's Super Bowl to North Arlington. The Pee-Wees look to capitalize on a strong finish last season and advance in the playoffs.
The Mighty Mites, made of up second graders, begin their first season with pads and playing tackle football, will also be squeezing in time at a very crowded Depken Field. While scores are not posted, and standings are not kept, do not think that the players are not as competitive as their older teammates.
The youngest players you will see at Depken practicing are the flag players, ages 5 & 6. The coaches teach the basics of football, teaching them the rules and positions.
Summer might be at its peak, but the activities of the fall have just begun.