HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Spencer Lee threw for three touchdowns as Hasbrouck Heights beat Becton Regional, 40-18, in an NJIC Meadowlands football game Friday night at Depken Field. The Aviators improved to 2-1, while Becton falls to 1-2.
The Aviators jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one quarter, on a three-yard touchdown run from Michael Robertson and a 58-yard Lee to Zai’here Jenkins pass. Jenkins caught a pass over the middle and outran the Wildcat defenders to the left sideline and down the field for the score.
Becton cut the lead to 13-6 earlier in the second quarter, on a four-yard touchdown pass from Joseph Crifasi to Ryan Reid.
The Aviators bounced back, as Rocco Minichiello dashed down the left sideline for 58 yards down to Aviator 3-yard on the next series. He then powered in from three yards away for 19-6 lead. The two-point conversion failed.
The Wildcats bounced back on the next series driving down the field, and converting on a fourth and goal at the 19 when a desperation pass into the end zone bounced off the hands of an Aviator defender and was caught by Marcus Duran for a touchdown. The kick failed and Becton trailed, 19-12
The Aviators once again extended their lead in the third quarter, as Lee hit Minichiello down the right side line for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Connor Friedel’s kick made the score 25-12 with 8:41 remaining in the third quarter.
Becton bounced right back, as Joseph Crifasi hit Michael Failla for a 59-yard gain just two plays into their next possession, giving the Wildcats the ball on the three. James Crifasi pounded the ball in from three yards out, and the score was 25-18 with 7:02 in the third quarter.
After a Hasbrouck Heights punt, Becton possessed the ball the remainder of the third quarter, and was driving for the tying score. On the first play of the fourth quarter, on a fourth and sixth at the Aviators 25, Minichelli intercepted a Joseph Crifasi pass at the 19, ending the Becton threat.
Two plays later, Lee hit Steven Faussette with a 62 yard pass and run to up the Aviators lead to 31-18. Following a delay of game penalty, the Aviators went for two points, and Lee hot Minichiello for the conversion and a 33-18 lead with 10:28 remaining in the game.
Minichiello added an insurance touchdown for a 40-18 lead with a 1:57 remaining in the game.
NOTES: Minichiello rushed 11 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns, while catching four passes for 53 yards. Lee was 8-11 for 193 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing 10 times for 73 yards.
HH - Robertson 3-yard run (Friedel kick) 7-0
HH - Lee to Jenkins 62 yards pass (kick failed) 13-0
Becton - Joseph Crifasi to Reid 4-yard pass (kick failed) 13-6
HH - Minichello 3- yard run (conversion failed) 19-6
Becton - Joseph Crifasi to Duran 19 pass (kick failed) 19-12
HH - Lee to Minichiello 17 pass (kick failed) 25-12
Becton - James Crifasi 1 yard run (kick failed) 25-18
HH - Lee to Faussette 63 yards (Lee to Minichiello pass) 33-18
HH - Minichiello 10 run (Friedel kick) 40-18
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