WARREN, NJ -  The Watchung Hills football team started strong on Friday against the Westfield Blue Devils, but the first win of 2018 was not to be for the Warriors. Watchung Hills fell to the Blue Devils on Future Warrior Night, 27-13.

“Never happy with not winning, but we continue to get better at parts of the game,” said WHRHS head coach Rich Seubert. “We need to find a way to put everything together and play a complete game.  We will never quit and we will continue to grow as a team.”

Westfield scored first with a 15 yard screen pass for a TD. The extra point was no good with 5:27 left in the first quarter. Westfield then blocked a punt for a TD and kicked the extra point making the score 13-0. 

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The Warriors got on the board with a 49 yard TD pass from Chad Martini to Terryn Stephens. Spencer Ostroff hit the extra point to close the gap, 13-7. Kevin Badger scored six more for the Warriors on a 10 yard TD run in the fourth quarter. The two point conversion was no good as time ran out.

Westfield lost its 37-game winning streak last week to Linden but is still ranked as one of the top 20 teams in the state. Hank Shapiro threw three touchdown passes and Koury Kania recovered the blocked punt for Westfield. 

Prior to the game, the Pop Warner youth football and cheer teams participated in Future Warrior Night where they were announced on the field before kick off.  

 

Youth cheerleaders joined the varsity cheerleaders to form a human tunnel for the High School Football players to run through. All of the youth cheerleaders cheered with the High School Cheerleaders during the 1st quarter of the game.

Watchung Hills falls to 0-3 and next plays Elizabeth at home on Friday, Homecoming. A few former Warriors gave homecoming a trial run on Friday.