HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Two Hasbrouck Heights' student-athletes signed their letter of commitment to continue playing football in college at a signing ceremony at the Hasbrouck Heights High School Media Center on Tuesday morning.
"We have a great crowd today, and we're here for a great moment in the signing of two of our football players," said Michael Scuilla, Athletic Director. "We're very excited to honor these two."
Michael Lohrmann signed to play sprint football at Division II Caldwell University in the fall. Sprint football is a weigh-limited program, and a "more of a fast paced game," explained Lohrmann. Sprint football was originally known as “lightweight football”, and players are weighed in four days and two days before each game. The weight limit has risen to 185 pounds, up from 178 a year ago, with a minimum of 5 percent body fat.
Caldwell started its program in 2017, and has record of 1-13 over the past two seasons, with its lone win over Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut. A member of the Collegiate Sprint Football League, which is made up a total of nine teams in two divisions. In the North, Army (West Point), Cornell, St. Thomas Acquinas, and Post. The Southern Division is made up of Navy, Chestnut Hill, Penn, Mansfield St. (Pa) and Caldwell.
Mansfield (Pa) is the only state school in the league, with six private schools and the two military acadamies. Caldwell competes in Division II in 15 other sports
Lohrmann explained that he had last 40 pounds over the summer to be faster on the field.
"I felt if I was faster, I could play defense better, I could get to the quarterback quicker," he said. "I feel that Caldwell, because it's a fast-paced game now, I feel that going to be the best fit for me.
"Being under 185, moving around quicker, all the kids being under 185, I think that's where I should be at."
He'll leave for school August 23.
The Aviators Jasiah Purdie committed to playing at Lackawana Community College in Scranton, PA. According to Nick Delcalzo, head football coach, Lackawana had 24 players go onto to Division 1 schools this year, including to Penn State. Former Lackawanna players in the NFL include 2017 Chicago Bears first round pick Kevin White, who went on to West Virginia. In the 2019 draft, another for Lackawanna player, tight end Trevon Wesco, wh also went on to West Virginia, was selected, going fourth to the Jets.
Purdie learned about the Lackawana football program from a former player at Paramus Catholic.
"He told me that I would "probably have the best opportunity to go to a bigger college" if i went there" said Purdie.
"They're a powerhouse," Purdie said. "They win almost every year. They've had a winning season the past two years. I just want a better opportunity for myself."
Lackawanna College is coming off an undefeated 11-0 season that finished up with a 17-10 victory over Arizona Western College in the Valley of the Sun Bowl game in Arizona in early December.
"It's a great opportunity for both these guys to continue their football careers," said Delcalzo. "We wish you all the best. It is difficult. You're not getting paid for it, so you gotta work hard, keep your grades up. That's what's most important."
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