HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - On the biggest stage of the season so far, Jasiah Purdie did not have the signature explosive play that ended in a touchdown. There was no hurdle of a defensive back diving for his feet, nor the mad dash away from the defense on a slant route.

There were two sets of debilitating leg cramps, several hard hits from an aggressive Malcolm X Shabazz High School defense.

There was also 147 hard-earned yards on the ground, on 21 carries against a Shabazz team known as much for a suffocating defense as a big play offense. There were 7 catches for 48 yards, including a 16-yard game winning catch and run in the fourth quarter.  There was the touchdown pass on fourth-goal at the two in the second quarter.

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Big games require big plays. When Hasbrouck Heights needed a big play, the tough play, they turned to Purdie.  He came through.

Now they are off to their biggest stage yet, MetLife Stadium, playing for the North Group 1 championship in the NJSIAA’s inaugural Bowl Series.


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