WEST ORANGE, NJ — Tragedy struck the heart of the West Orange community on Oct. 27 when West Orange High School students Larry and Michael Verducci were involved in a serious car accident. Both of them are in critical condition at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Both Verducci brothers have had a tremendous impact on the community in which they reside. Larry is also a member of the Mountaineer football squad. His teammates refused to leave the brothers behind and elected to dedicate the final games of the season to both Larry and his brother, Michael.

The team put a brand new chip on its shoulder in the form of the Verducci brothers, and Larry and Michael very quickly became the heartbeat of this young, talented team.

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The Mountaineers took the win over Barringer, 52-21, during their Senior Night game on Nov. 1, and dedicated it to Larry and Michael Verducci.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the Verducci family. Click here to contribute.

Mark Mincolelli is a student at West Orange High School.