WARREN, NJ - Warriors Win! Watchung Hills won its first football game at home on Friday night over North Hunterdon, 27-0.
They are already ahead of last season at 1-0.Junior quarterback Chad Martini connected with Jack Taub, Justin Drews and Terryn Stephens and the Warrior defense held North Hunterdon to minimal yardage giving Watchung Hills excellent field position all night long. Spencer Ostroff provided some stellar kicking. (Video of first TD) Watchung Hills hadn’t defeated North Hunterdon since 2007, when some of the younger Warriors were toddlers.
“I’m proud of all the guys, they have worked hard the entire summer for tonight,” Seubert said after the game. “It’s been a long time coming and tonight was for all the Warriors. We played like a team tonight all sides of the ball. I would like to thank all the fans for coming tonight as it was a great atmosphere. Looking forward to getting back to work and improving for next week.” (Video of Warriors running in)
Friday was future Warrior night and despite some drizzly skies, the community answered the call to come together to support the team.
“Tonight your Warriors will be playing in the first home game of the season against North Hunterdon,” said Seubert before the game. “The team has worked hard since the beginning of August to build a team. With that being said, it takes an entire community to build a successful program. I am inviting everyone to come tonight and cheer on the Warriors and get behind these student-athletes. It’s also youth night, all the Future Warriors in the community are invited to be part of the fun as well. The snack shack will be serving up great food, not just your average hamburgers and hotdogs.
We would love to have the support of everyone in our community tonight and every Friday night. We look forward to building this with everyone starting tonight.”
The stands were full throughout the game. And for the first time in a long time, the atmosphere was exciting. Led by the WHRHS senior class of 2020, the Warriors fans believe. (Video here)
And in a tradition that started a few years ago, the team thanked the band for their support after the game with helmets high in the air.
After North Hunterdon started with the ball and fumbled, Warriors took over 1st and 10 at the 50 yard line. Warriors punt to the Lions who take over at their own 12, Lions then punt to the Warriors after a 3 and out. Warriors take over at the Lions 39 yard line and get going. Jack Taub scored on a six yard TD run and Spencer Ostroff hit the extra point making the score 7-0 in favor of the Warriors. Ostroff hits a 29 yard field goal with 10:27 left in the second quarter giving the Warriors a 10-0 lead.
Lions punt and the Warriors take over at their own 45 with 7:24 left in the half.
Chad Martini scores with a 1 yard keeper and Ostroff hits the extra point making the score 17-0 in favor of the Warriors.
Lions punt and a great return by Terryn Stephens sets up the Warriors at the Lion 25 yard line. Jack Taub scores on an 11 yard TD run. Ostroff with the extra point making the score 24-0 in favor of the Warriors at the half.
Warriors fumble the kickoff return. Lions have the ball at the Warrior 24 yard line to start the 3rd quarter but an excellent defensive stop forces the Lions to punt. Warriors get the ball at the 46 yard line of the Lions and on the first play, Martini with a beautiful throw to Justin Drews bringing the ball to the North Hunterdon 16 yard line.
Spencer Ostroff kicks a 32 yard FG giving the Warriors a 27-0 lead after three quarters and ends the scoring.
The 2019 cheerleaders cheered the team, coaches, and band back to the locker rooms.
Watchung Hills takes on Plainfield next Friday night at home, preceded by an all school pep rally.
The culture is changing at Watchung Hills. The team held helmets high thanking the band for their support.
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