HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Despite a fast start, with an unsatisfactory finish, 2012 saw Hasbrouck Heights return to the NJSIAA playoffs, and laid the groundwork for a the rest of the decade.
Anthony Seidel made sure the season got off to a good start, with three interceptions and three touchdowns, including the game winner with 4.52 remaining in the game to lead Hasbrouck Heights to a 27-21 victory over Glen Rock. Seidel rushed 24 times for 148 yards for the Aviators.
Trailing 14-0 after one quarter, Seidel ran for one-yard run to cut the lead to 14-6. The kick failed. On Glen Rock’s first play from scrimmage, Seidel picked off a pass and returned it 34 yards to cut the lead to 14-12. Darren Iurato hit A.J. Traina with a two-yard pass for the two-point conversion, tying the score at 14-14 at the halftime.
Iurato hit Franklin Garcia with a 65-yard pass to give the Aviators the lead, 21-14 heading into the fourth. The Panthers bounced back with a long scoring drive, tying the score at 21-21 in the fourth quarter, before Seidel scored from one-yard out giving the Aviators a 27-21.
Traina ensured that the Aviators Week 2 trip to play Queen of Peace was successful, scoring twice in the fourth quarter as Hasbrouck Heights defeated the Golden Griffens, 35-27. Iurato hit Robert Klenk with a 39-yard scoring pass in the first quarter to put the Aviators up 7-6 after one quarter.
Mauro Altamura increased the lead to 13-6 with a 30-yard return of a fumble recovery in the second quarter. But QOP’s Kevin Momnihon scored the second of his four touchdowns to send the game into halftime tied at 13-13.
Joey Crabbe scored on an 11-yard pass from Iurato, and James Fitzsimmons caught Iurato’s pass for the two-point conversion, to give the Aviators at 21-13 lead. The fourth quarter was a back and forth between Momnihon and Traina. Traina’s 29-yard touchdown reception gave the Aviators a two-touchdown lead, at 28-13. Momnihon responded, giving QOP a boost with an 80 yard kickoff return.
Traina, however, one-upped him, returning the ensuing kickoff 85 yards, restoring Hasbrouck Heights two touchdown lead. Momnihon scored on a five yard run to end the scoring.
The Aviators hosted North Arlington at Depken Field next, but the Vikings did not pose a similar challenge, as the Aviators rolled to a 40-6 victory. Iurato ran for one touchdown, and threw for another, and Seidel scored twice as the Aviators jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Garica (a 15 pass from Iurato), Traina and Salerno each scored for Hasbrouck Heights.
The win was the 200th for head coach Nick Delcalzo at Hasbrouck Heights.
Hasbrouck Heights continued its offensive explosion with a 41-0 win over Becton at Depken Field. Traina rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns, while Seidel went for 134 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Traina scored on runs of 13 and 59 yards, while Seidel scored from 4, 21 and 5 yards. Steven Salerno had the game’s final touchdown.
The Aviators jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead on two Traina scoring runs. The Aviators exploded for 21 points in the third quarter to put the game away.
Next up was Emerson, and another offensive explosion for the Aviators. After Emerson scored the opening touchdown (conversion failed) Hasbrouck Heights scored the next 41 points en route to a 41-6 win over the Cavos. Seidel scored three times for the Aviators who led 21-6 at the half. Traina scored from 38 yards, Garcia from one, and Fitzmorris caught a 9-yarder from Iurato for the other score.
Week six was a battle of 5-0 teams as the Aviators hosted Saddle Brook at Depken Field. Seidel made sure the Aviators remained unblemished, rushing for 182 yards and four touchdowns in a Hasbrouck Heights 31-7 victory.
Seidel gave the Aviators an early lead, scoring three yards out as the Aviators led 6-0 after the first quarter. Saddle Brook scored in the second to take a 7-6 lead, before Seidel gave them back the lead, scoring from five yards out. Iurato hit Crabbe for a 15 yard touchdown to put the Aviators ahead 18-7 going into halftime.
The second half saw Saddle Brook cut the lead to 18-10 after three quarters. Seidel scored twice in the fourth quarter, on runs of six and 13 to put the game away, 31-10.
Waldwick/Midland Park was next, and never had a chance, as the Aviators jumped out to a 22-0 lead before the Warriors had run their fourth offensive play. Seidel finished off the first drive with a five-yard run for a 7-0 lead. Following a turnover, Traina scored on a 12-yard pass for a 14-0 lead. The Aviators then surprised the Warriors with an onside kick, and Traina scored from 20 yards, and Seidel ran for the conversion on a shell-shocked Waldwick/Midland Park defense for a 22-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Fitzsimmons scored from one yard out for the Aviators final touchdown.
A win over Palisades Park/Leonia would give Hasbrouck Heights the top seed in North 1, Group 1 playoffs, but the Tigers tripped up the Aviators 21-15, handing Hasbrouck Heights its first loss of the season. The Tigers defense held the Aviators' running game in check, limiting Traina to 15 yards while Seidel had 127 and one score.
Hasbrouck Heights had a 15-14 lead entering the fourth quarter, but could not hold it.
Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey on October 29-30, postponing sports for a week. When the Aviators came back, they ran into a storm of their own, the Pompton Lakes Cardinals. The Cardinals rolled into Depken Field, jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead, and shut down the Aviators completely, en route to a 37-8 win.
Traina’s 77 yard kickoff return accounted for Hasbrouck Heights only score of the game.
From the presumptive first seed to road warriors, the Aviators traveled to Butler, and came out with a 34-13 victory over the Bulldogs. Seidel and Traina were back in form. Seidel rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and Traina ran for 76 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Seidel opened the scoring with a two-yard run for a 6-0 lead after one quarter. Fitzsimmons caught a 13 yard pass from Iurato to put Hasbrouck Heights up 13-0. Iurato and Traina connected on a 62 yard touchdown to put the Aviators up 20-0. Butler finally got on the board, but Seidel scored once again from two yards to give Hasbrouck Heights a 27-6 lead at halftime. Butler trimmed the lead to 27-13 in the fourth before Seidel scored from two yards out for the games final points.
The win sent the Aviators to Cedar Grove for a chance to play for the North 1, Group 1 final. Seidel rushed two touchdowns, Iurato ran for one and threw for one, but the Aviators’ inability to convert an extra point cost them in a 27-24 defeat. Hasbrouck Heights missed two kicks, and the Cedar Grove defense turned them away twice on two-point conversions.
Seidel finished the season with 20 touchdowns and 1,415 yards rushing to lead the Aviators. Traina rushed for 711 yards and seven touchdowns. Iurato rushed for 541 yards while throwing for 840 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Defensive lineman Justin Porzl was selected to the First Team All County team, while Seidel was named to Third Team as a defensive back. First Team All NJIC-Meadowands honors were given to James Fitzsimmons (LB), Ryan Palladino (G), Traina (RB). Second Team All NJIC Meadowlands honors were given to Mauro Altamura (LB), Crabbe (DL), Center Matt DeSimone, offensive tackle Chris Golio and Iurato (QB)
Klenk and Sage Scalvino were named Honorable Mention.
|1||Anthony Seidel||RB, OLB||Sr.|
|2||Mike Incremona||HB, OLB||Jr.|
|3||Sage Scalvino||HB, CB||Jr.|
|5||Aj Traina||RB, OLB||Sr.|
|6||Franklin Garcia||SE, CB||So.|
|7||Anthony Stefanelli||SE, CB||So.|
|7||David Jackson||SE, DB||Sr.|
|9||Alex Kensik||WR, CB||Jr.|
|10||Jawan Carew||SE, DB||So.|
|10||Darren Iurato||QB, S||Jr.|
|11||Joey Crabbe||QB, DE||Sr.|
|13||Nico Waters||WR, DB||Sr.|
|15||Jeff Scholoemann||SE, DB||Sr.|
|20||Anthony Tolentino||SE, CB||So.|
|24||Victor Arias||RB, LB||Jr.|
|26||Matt Fausette||QB, CB||So.|
|27||Robert Klenk||RB, FS||Jr.|
|32||Patrick Dowd||FB, ILB||Jr.|
|40||James Fitzsimmons||TE, MLB||Sr.|
|44||Steven Salerno||FB, ILB||So.|
|47||Jushua Paulino||RB, CB||Jr.|
|50||Frank Altamura||OL, DL||Sr.|
|51||Nate Onorato||T, LB||So.|
|53||Paul richmond Calinog||G, DT||So.|
|54||Matt Desimone||C, DE||Sr.|
|55||Forde Dimitri||OL, DL||Jr.|
|56||Chris Tattoli||C, DE||So.|
|58||Mauro Altamura||G, MLB||So.|
|59||Mark Hofmann||OL, DL||Jr.|
|60||Chris Verdi||G, DT||Jr.|
|61||Chris Golio||T, DE||Sr.|
|62||Matteo Vilardi||T, DT||Sr.|
|63||Elwin Miranda||G, DL||So.|
|67||Justin Porzl||T, DE||Jr.|
|70||Ryan Palladino||OL, DT||Jr.|
|78||Joseph Fadden||DT, OL||Jr.|
|79||Jack Lako||G, DL||So.|
|84||Marquise Perez||WR, CB||Jr.|
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