HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  With Sean Ring having graduated, sophomore Mike Llauget took the reins at quarterback for the Aviators, and made his debut an auspicious one, completing six of nine passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-15 victory over Bergen Tech to open the 1992 season.

Chris Bronner ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns in the season opening victory.  Bronner followed that with another touchdown and 109 yards as the Aviators rolled over Ridgefield 27-0.  Senior running back Kevin Dinallo scored two touchdowns while adding 104 yards on the ground.

A field goal in the final minute on a stormy Friday night at Depken Field lifted Bogota to a 17-14 win over the Aviators. The Bucs’ Percy Solia kicked a 24-yarder with 53 second left to knock the Aviators out of the ranks of the unbeaten.  

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The Aviators roared back to score a 21-12 victory over Park Ridge.  Hasbrouck Heights trailed 6-0 at the halftime before Brunner picked off a Park Ridge and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown to tie the score. Llauget hit Dinallo to give the Aviators a lead that they would never surrender.  

Next up. a trip up to Cresskill.  The Aviators fell behind 21-7 at the half, but two touchdowns from Bronner brought the Aviators to within two, at 21-19. However, Llauget's pass for the conversion fell incomplete and the rally fell short, giving Hasbrouck Heights its second loss of the season.

Emerson took the brunt of Hasbrouck Heights disappointment, with a 32-6 victory over the Cavos at Depken Field. A blocked punt out of the end zone started the Aviators off with an early lead. Dinallo and Bronner combined for 251 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Aviators crushed Emerson.

St. Mary hammered the Aviators the next week, 41-0, ending any chance Hasbrouck Heights had of making the playoffs.  The Gaels were down 34-0 at the half.

Bronner and Dinallo combined for 335 yards and four touchdowns, as the Aviators bounced back against Wallington 24-8. Bronner scored on runs of 1, 49 and 2 while carrying 10 times for 160 yards.  Dinallo had a 175 yards, including a 74 yard run.

The Aviators finished up the season at Wood-Ridge with a 27-8 win over the Blue Devils on Thanksgiving weekend.  Despite defensive lineman Ron Gyenes pick six being called back due to an inadvertent whistle, it was all good news as the Aviators rolled.  

Dinallo and Bronner both went over 1000 yards on the season, as Dinallo carried 30 times for 178 yards, finishing with 1,011 on the season.  Bronner had a 165 yards, and four touchdowns, to finish the season with 1,033 yards and 100 points on the season.  

First team All BCSL Olympic honors went to Bronner (RB), Gyenes (DL), guard Jason Gmitter and David Lustberg (TE).  Dinallo (RB) was joined on the Second Team by Llauget (QB), center Anthony DePinto and linebacker Mike Russo. Joe DeRobertis and Frank Moritz were named Honorable Mention. 

With their two All-League running backs (Bronner and Dinallo) gone, the Aviators would have a new look for the 1993 season.  Against Bergen Tech, the results looked pretty good, as Steve Sul and Mike Russo combined for 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Aviators pounded their way to a 40-7 opening day win at Depken Field. John Goehig ripped off a 73-yard touchdown run in the first quarter as the Aviators gained rushed for 388 against Tech.

Ridgefield was up next, and Goehig’s 90-yard kickoff return to open the game set the tone, as the Aviators drilled the Royals 34-0.   Russo rushed 16 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns and Jim Ciccarelli added 72 yards on the ground as the Aviators had 370 yards offense in pounding out the victory.

Bogota, put the brakes on Hasbrouck Heights fast start, as Bogota came back in the second half after Bobby Woods third quarter field goal gave the Aviators a 9-8 lead.  But Justin Jacobus rushed for two touchdowns as the Bucs came back for a 21-9 win. 

The Aviators almost reversed roles, as they fell behind Park Ridge 20-0 at the half, only to make a comeback that fell short, losing 20-19, as the Owls thwarted a two-point conversion late in the game to hang on.  Russo led the comeback, scoring three touchdowns, on runs from 15, and six yards, before scoring with 1:16 remaining. The Aviators went for the win, and were stopped on the two point conversion, handing them the second straight loss.

Returning home to face Cresskill, the Aviators hoped to right the ship, but were run over by the Cougars, 35-0.  The Cresskill offense overwhelmed the Aviators defense, and Hasbrouck Heights offense was down 22-0 before they even were able to record a first down.  

The following week, the Aviators traveled to Emerson, and had it first four-game losing streak since 1965, losing to the Cavos 36-12.  Luke Incognito threw an 84-yard touchdown pass for one Aviators score, and Sul scored on a 20-yard run for the other.  

Sitting at 2-4, the Aviators had St. Mary on the docket, who had beaten them the past two seasons, awaiting for them at Depken Field.  Russo scored on a 12-yard run with a 1:12 remaining in the game as Hasbrouck Heights stopped St. Mary, 31-24, to bring their record to 3-4.  

But up next was Wallington, and the Panthers needed a win over the Aviators to win their first BCSL-Olympic title in 17 seasons. With that incentive, the Wallington defense came to play, as Greg Drelich scored on an interception return to lead the Panthers to a 23-7 victory. It was the fifth loss of the season for Hasbrouck Heights, giving them their first losing season since 1965.  

Wood-Ridge on Thanksgiving was next, and the Aviators bounced back, shutting down Wood-Ridge 21-0.  Ciccarelli was the star on Thanksgiving, scoring rushing touchdowns of five and 13 yards and catching a 34-yard scoring strike from Incognito.  Cory Lange, Jay Field and Luis Ramirez had interceptions to lead the Aviators defense, which recorded its second shutout of the season. 

The Aviators, thanks to its shutout win the last week of the season, wound up outscoring their opponents 173 to 167 on the season.  The 4-5 record was the first losing season since Heights went 1-7-1 in 1965.

Defensive lineman that Jason Gmitter and tight end Brian Visotsky were Third Team All BCSL-Olympic selections, while Brain Ille and Incognito were given Honorable Mention nods.


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