HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - A dominating defense overcame a few offensive mistakes as Hasbrouck Heights sub-varsity shut out Columbia High School (Maplewood) 22-0 Thursday evening at Depken Field.
The Aviators created a turnover on the first Columbia possession, as Aiden Warren recovered a fumble at the Columbia 18 yard line. Anthony Grasso scored from four yards out to give the Aviators a 6-0 lead with 5:37 remaining in the first quarter. Brendan Miller scored on the two point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
The defense took the ball right back, as Jadan Nelson recovered Columbia’s second fumble in six plays to give the ball at the Columbia 40. But after a Miller to AJ Parente hookup moved the ball down to 12, the Aviators offense stalled, turning the ball over on downs.
The Cougars, starting at their own five, went nowhere on offense, and punted, giving the Aviators the ball at 24 early in the second quarter. But once again the Aviators offense stalled and turn the ball over inside the 10 yard line.
Columbia’s offense committed its third serious misplay of the first half, as the center snapped the ball over the head of the quarterback for a safety.
The Aviators received the free kick, and moved down the field, courtesy a 44 yard run by AJ Parente, which moved the ball inside the Columbia red zone. Miller scored from 12 yards away three plays later for a 16-0 lead at the half.
The Aviators final score of the game came at the end of the third quarter, as Blake Freschi recovered another Columbia bad snap, this time over the punter’s head, in the end zone for a touchdown.
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