HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Despite rocky start, Hasbrouck Heights continued their rebuilding with a 6-4 season in 2011.
The Aviators opened the season on a down note, as Saddle Brook thumped Hasbrouck Heights 37-7 at Depken Field. Future Rutgers and NFL linebacker Steve Longa scored four touchdowns to lead the Falcons. The Aviators also had trouble holding on to the ball, losing three fumbles.
Hasbrouck Heights traveled to Rutherford to face St. Mary week 2, and came out on the long end of another one-point decision, recording a come-from-behind 21-20 victory to even their record at 1-1. Quarterback Darren Iurato ran one-yard for one score, and threw a 49-yard pass to Mike Pikowski for another.
The Aviators fell behind 7-0 in the second quarter before Anthony Seidel returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to tie the score at 7-7. The Gaels responded before halftime with a score to take a 14-7 lead at the half. Iurato rushed for a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter, however, the kick was no good, and the Aviators trailed, 14-13.
In the fourth quarter Iurato hit Pikowski for a 49 yard scoring strike to give the Aviators the lead. Iurato hit David Im for a key two-point conversion, and the Aviators led 21-14. The conversion would be the key, as St. Mary's scored on a 5-yard run with 1:50 remaining to cut the score to 21-20. The Gaels rolled the dice, going for two, and were stopped by the Aviators’ defense, giving Hasbrouck Heights its first win of the year.
The Aviators' offense kicked into high gear in Hasbrouck Heights 47-6 win over Wood-Ridge. Iurato threw for one touchdown and ran for another, while Seidel ran for two touchdowns. Pikowski had an 80 yard scoring run, while Chris Abramo returned an interception 40 yards for another score. Mauro Altamura also scored for the Aviators, while PJ Incremona scored Wood-Ridge’s lone touchdown on a 25-yard run.
Wallington fared little better against the Aviators, as Hasbrouck Heights rolled to a 41-7 victory. Seidel scored once again on the ground to open the scoring, as Hasbrouck Heights jumped out to a 20-0 lead after one quarter. Five different players scored touchdowns for the Aviators, with Pikowski recording a touchdown receiving and rushing.
Chris Connors scored on a five-yard interception return for the defense, while James Fitzsimmons scored on a pass from Seidel. For the second straight game, Altamura scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth to wrap up the Aviators' scoring.
Becton edged the Aviators 20-14 on a touchdown with seven seconds remaining to drop Hasbrouck Heights to 3-2 overall. The Aviators had battled back to take the lead, after falling behind in the second quarter, 14-7.
Seidel put the Aviators on the board first, with a two-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Becton bounced back with two scores in the second quarter to take the halftime lead, setting up a dramatic fourth quarter.
Down a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, the Aviators twice converted on fourth down, setting up Iurato’s four-yard pass to David Im for a touchdown. Mike Schrobeck’s extra point bounced off the goal post and through to tie the score at 14-14. Becton however, would score on a four-yard run by Frank Feoli, set up by a 38-yard pass completion to move the ball inside the 20.
The last second loss carried over to Bogota the following week, as the Aviators fell behind the 1-4 Bucs, 14-0 after the first period. Seidel scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter, getting the Aviators going. But Bogota’s offense continued clicking, scoring on a 22-yard field goal. Pikowski and Iurato connected for an 85 yard touchdown to cut the lead to 17-14, before Bogota scored before the half for a 24-14 lead.
Pikowski and Iurato connected again in the third quarter, this time from 54 yards, to cut the lead to 24-21. Seidel rushed in from two yards out, and Schrobeck hit his fourth extra point of the game for a 28-24 victory, as the Aviators defense shut down the Bucs offense in the second half.
Hasbrouck Heights jumped out to a 22-10 lead over Lyndhurst at the half behind three touchdown passes from Iurato, two to Pikowski (44, 11 yards) and one to David Im (13 yards). But the Lyndhurst defense was able to shut out the Aviators in the second half, and rallied for two scores for a 25-22 come-from-behind victory.
Seidel scored three times as the Aviators were on the plus side of a see-saw game, coming out with a 25-18 come-from-behind victory over Secaucus. Secaucus kicked off the scoring taking a 6-0 lead before Pikowski scored on a 57-yard run tying the score when the kick failed. Seidel then scored the first of his three touchdowns from seven yards for a 13-6 lead.
Secaucus cut the lead to 13-12 at the half on a Nick Schaeffer one-yard run before halftime. The Patriots took a 18-13 lead when Schaeffer scored on his second one-yard touchdown run of the day. Seidel scored twice in the fourth, once from 5 yards, to give the Aviators a 19-18 lead. His 40-yard scoring run gave the Aviators a 25-18 victory.
The Aviators headed into Weekj 9 needing a victory over 6-1 Pompton Lakes and help from other games to make the state playoffs. Unfortunately, the Aviators could not hold up their end of the bargain, as the Cardinals handed Hasbrouck Heights a 35-0 loss. The Aviators held Pompton Lakes scoreless in the first quarter before falling behind 14-0 at the half.
Playing in the consolation round for the second straight year, the Aviators went out on a positive note, routing Emerson, 40-13, leaving both teams with a 6-4 final record. Seidel scored three times (10,11,22) yards, as the Aviators jumped out to a 33-0 lead in the third quarter. Iurato threw two touchdown passes, one to Fitzsimmons, one to Im, as the offense just ran through the Cavos defense.
Seidel finished the season with 12 touchdowns and 867 yards rushing, leading the team in both categories.
First Team NJIC-Meadowlands B honorees included Seidel (RB), Fitzsimmons (TE), Connors (G), Pikowski (DB) and defensive lineman Anthony Pasqualone. Second Team choices were led by Iurato (QB), and Im (RB). They were joined by wide receiver Chris Abramo, center Matt DeSimone, defensive lineman Justin Porzl, and punter Mike Schoback. Chris Golio and Dan Mangieri as Honorable Mentions.
|1||Anthony Seidel||RB, MLB||Jr.|
|3||Mike Schroback||SE, CB||So.|
|3||Chris Abramo||WR, CB||Sr.|
|5||Mike Pikowski||RB, S||Sr.|
|7||David Jackson||WB, DB||Jr.|
|9||Mark Palermo||WR, S||Sr.|
|9||AJ Traina||RB, MLB||Jr.|
|10||Darren Iurato||QB, S||So.|
|11||Joey Crabbe||QB, OLB||Jr.|
|19||Alex Gonzalez||WR, OLB||Sr.|
|21||Alex Kensik||WR, CB||So.|
|24||Sage Scalvino||HB, CB||So.|
|25||Matt Marinelli||WR, CB||Sr.|
|26||Nico Waters||WR, DB||Jr.|
|27||Victor Arias||WB, LB||So.|
|32||Patrick Dowd||FB, ILB||So.|
|38||Mauro Altamura||FB, OLB||Fr.|
|40||James Fitzsimmons||TE, OLB||Jr.|
|45||David Im||FB, ILB||Sr.|
|47||Jushua Rivera||RB, CB||So.|
|50||Dan Manigieri||G, DT||Sr.|
|50||Frank Altamura||OL, DL||Jr.|
|52||Mike Pasqualone||T, DT||Sr.|
|54||Matt DeSimone||C, DE||Jr.|
|55||Chris Connors||G, MLB||Sr.|
|56||Chris Verdi||C, LB||So.|
|58||Robert Klenk||G, MLB||So.|
|60||Ali Abdel-Meguid||OT, DT||Sr.|
|61||Chris Golio||T, DE||Jr.|
|62||Matteo Vilardi||T, DT||Jr.|
|63||Ford Dimitri||OL, DL||So.|
|70||Ryan Palladino||OL, DT||So.|
|77||Mark Hofmann||OL, DL||So.|
|78||Conner Blake||T, DT||Sr.|
|79||Joseph Fadden||DT, OL||So.|
|81||Justin Porzl||TE, DT||So.|
|84||Marquise Perez||WR, CB||So.|
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