HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Following the disappointment of their 2013 State Championship defeat to Pompton Lakes, the Aviators had to rebuild, as graduation losses took a toll on the team. Opening with a tough Bogota squad, the Aviators would be challenged right out of the box.
Brian Moran opened the scoring on the season, scoring on a 28-yard in the first quarter of the game. The Aviators held that lead into the fourth quarter, when Bogota, trailing 7-6, blocked a punt and returned it 25 yards for the game-winning points in a 14-7 win over Hasbrouck Heights. It was the first time since 2006 that Bogota had defeated the Aviators.
Matt Faussette ran for four touchdowns, passed for one and caught one, as the Aviators rolled over Park Ridge, 54-21, in the season opener at Depken Field, evening their record at 1-1. Faussette, taking over quarterback for Darren Iurato, scored on runs of 30, 22, six and four yards, while throwing an eight-yard scoring strike to Franklin Garcia and catching a pass from James Pikowski that was good for a 45-yard score.
Mauro Altamura scored on 13-yard run to open the scoring in the first quarter, as the Aviators jumped out to a 20-0 first quarter lead, and led 27-14 at the half. John Iurato had the Aviators other touchdown on the day, an eight-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Aviators offense was back to inconsistent ways in Week 3, a 21-7 loss to Becton. Garcia scored on an 8-yard run to put the Aviators up a 7-0 in the first, but Becton shut the Hasbrouck Heights offense down the rest of the way, scoring a touchdown in the second, third and fourth quarters for the win.
The Aviators evened their record at 2-2 with a 35-0 win over North Arlington. Moran kicked off the scoring with a 36-yard scoring run in the first quarter, with Norisz Papp converting one of his five extra points on the day. The Vikings hung tough, shutting out the Aviators until the third quarter, when Seth Scalvino scored on a 64 yard pass from sophomore quarterback Frank Quatrone to make the score 14-0. Moran scored his second of the day, from four yards, and Garcia scored from three yards, and the Aviators had a 28-0 lead through three quarters
Garcia scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter for the game’s final score.
Moran rushed 20 times for 183 yards, and Faussette carried 10 times for 95 yards and a score, while Quatrone added a five yard scoring run in the Aviators 21-14 win over Secaucus. Steven Salerno carried five times for 28 yards and a touchdown as the Aviators earned a tight victory over the Patriots.
St. Mary visited Depken and came out with a 19-14 win over the Aviators. Scalvino started the scoring with an 11-yard run for an early 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, a 25-yard pass from Faussette to Garcia broke a 7-7 tie, giving Hasbrouck Heights a 14-7 lead going into halftime.
But St. Mary scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half and shut down the Aviators offense, and came out with a 19-14 win.
Sitting at 3-3, the Aviators had themselves backed into a corner, needing to win out to make the NJSIAA playoffs. And next up was longtime rival Cresskill, in Cresskill.
This time the Aviators defense came through, in a 14-13 win over the previously unbeaten Cougars.
Garcia opened the scoring in the first, catching a 15-yard pass from Quatrone for a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Cresskill however, responded, scoring before the half for a 7-7 score at halftime.
Trailing 13-7 late in the third quarter, Altamura rushed in from nine yards, and Papp’s extra point gave Hasbrouck Heights a 14-13 lead. The defense shut down the Cresskill, and the Aviators moved back into the playoff picture at 4-3, while handing Cresskill its first loss of the season.
Buoyed by the win at Cresskill, the final two weeks were home games.
First, Saddle Brook came to Depken Field, and Salerno was the workhorse, carrying 13 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns as the Aviators knocked off Saddle Brook, 49-23. The loss knocked Saddle Brook to 4-4 on the season, while the Aviators improved to 5-3. The Aviators rushed for 357 yards on the day.
Salerno opened the scoring with a 12-yard run in the first quarter to give Hasbrouck Heights a 7-0 lead. Faussette added a 66-yard scoring run to give the Aviators a comfortable 14-0 lead after one quarter. Quatrone and Garcia hooked up on a 50-yard scoring strike, and the Aviators had a comfortable 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Saddle Brook bounced back, scoring two touchdowns before halftime, cutting the Aviators lead to 21-14.
The Aviators reasserted themselves in the third quarter, as Salerno scored his second touchdown of the day, from 10 yards, and Moran scored from 12 to give the Aviators a commanding 35-14 going into the final period.
Moran scored his second touchdown on a 25-yard run to extend the lead, before Saddle Brook scored nine straight points to cut the score to 42-23. Salerno’s third touchdown, from 12 yards out, provided the final score. Papp was a perfect 7-for-7 on extra points for the day.
Weehawken was next, and the Aviators wasted no time in eliminating them from playoff contention with a 41-7 pasting. The loss dropped Weehawken to 4-5 on the season. A win would have put Hasbrouck Heights and Weehawken with identical 5-4 records.
Moran wasted no time, returning the opening kickoff 80 yards for a 7-0 lead before the Black Hole could even sit down. Moran then scored from 35 yards, and Hasbrouck Heights had a quick 14-0 lead. But Weehawken had a little fight left, scoring on a 70-yard run to cut the lead to 14-7 before the first quarter was over.
Salerno scored from one yard in the second quarter to increase the Aviator lead to 20-7 at the half, as the kick failed.
The second half was all Hasbrouck Heights, as Josh Hanrahan scored from 10 yards on a pass from Faussette, and Salerno added a 10 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Moran scored from 10 for the final Aviator points.
The Aviators late season surge had pushed the Aviators up to a 5-seed in the North 1, Group 1 playoffs. They appeared to be a team that was getting hot at the right time, and were ready to make a run deep into the playoffs.
After a scoreless first quarter. Salerno scored from four yards out to give the Aviators on 7-0 lead at the half. Salerno, who finished the game with 192 yards, scored his second touchdown in the third quarter, a 14-yard run to increase the lead to 13-7, as the kick failed.
It looked like Salerno had extended the season when he scored with 7:20 remaining in the game on a three-yard run, to increase the lead to 19-7. But Boonton bounced back, scoring on a two-yard run with 4.20 remaining, cutting the lead to 19-14. Pinned back at their own six-yard line, Boonton running back Josh Smith went 94-yards up the middle on a draw play, and Boonton had the lead, 20-19 with 2:36 remaining. The two-point conversion was successful, and Boonton had a 22-19 lead.
Hasbrouck Heights had a last gasp, but was unable to score, and the Aviators season had come to an abrupt end.
Second Team All-County honors were awarded to Altamura (LB) and Nate Onorato (DL). First team All-NJIC Meadowlands honors were awarded to Faussette (QB), Garcia (WR), Offensive Lineman Sean O’Malley and Scott Salerno, and running back Steve Salerno. Second Team honors were awarded to Hanrahan (TE), Elwin Miranda (OL), Papp (K), Scalvino (DB), Anthony Stefanelli (DL). Jawaun Carew and Moran were given Honorable Mention honors.
|1||Philip Clites||WR, FS||So.|
|1||Josh Hanrahan||TE, OLB||Jr.|
|2||John Iurato||FB, MLB||So.|
|3||Matt Faussette||QB, CB||Sr.|
|4||Matthew Dichiara||RB, MLB||So.|
|5||Dylan Auriemma||WR, CB||So.|
|5||James Pikowski||QB, OLB||Jr.|
|6||Evan Georgatos||RB, CB||So.|
|6||Franklin Garcia||WR, CB||Sr.|
|7||Anthony Stefanelli||TE, DE||Sr.|
|9||Norisz Papp||P, K||Jr.|
|10||Philip Viola||WR, GB||So.|
|10||Jawan Carew||WR, CB||Sr.|
|11||Frank Quatrone||QB, FS||So.|
|20||Anthony Tolentino||WR, CB||Sr.|
|23||Seth Scalvino||RB, CB||Jr.|
|25||Brian Moran||RB, CB||Jr.|
|44||Steven Salerno||RB, MLB||Sr.|
|51||Nate Onorato||DE, G||Sr.|
|54||Paul Calinog||G, DT||Sr.|
|55||Dylan Freschi||C, DE||So.|
|57||Sean O'malley||T, DT||So.|
|58||Mauro Altamura||T, MLB||Sr.|
|62||Dashawn Nelson||T, DT||Jr.|
|63||Elwin Miranda||G, DE||Sr.|
|64||Eric Salas||T, DT||Jr.|
|67||Kevin Kaloshi||T, DT||Jr.|
|67||Mario Shafik||T, DT||Sr.|
|74||Scott Salerno||G, DT||Jr.|
|77||Ian Harrington||T, DE||So.|
|78||Michael Helewa||T, DT||Sr.|
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