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Parsippany Hills Fast Start Sinks Chatham Football

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - Parsippany Hills Vikings are now 2-0 as they were victors in last night's game 41-12 over Chatham.  Chatham won the opening toss, but not much else fell in the Cougars' favor on the football field Friday night. Senior Quarterback Nick Verducci had another huge night, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter.  EJ Comerford and Wilson Done also scored in the first quarter to end it at 34 - 0.  The five touchdowns scored in the opening quarter paved an easy path to victory for the Vikings that made the game all but over before the first quarter was completed.

Chatham received the opening kick and did not gain any ground before Kristian Roos punted the ball away. Kevin Minardi returned the ball 59 yards for the Vikings and was knocked out of bounds at the one by Colin Petrullo. Two plays later, Parsippany Hills quarterback Nick Verducci sneaked in for the TD.

On the ensuing kick, Max Schelling made a 35-yard return for Chatham top put the ball at the Vikings 47. But on the first play from scrimmage Andrew DesMarais' pass was picked off. That led to another Verducci touchdown run and a 14-0 lead 2:45 into the game.

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Verducci's 45-yard touchdown pass to a wide open E.J. Comerford boosted the Vikiings lead to 21-0 and, after Chatham fumbled away the kickoff, Wilson Done's 15-yard TD burst pushed the advantage to 26-0. Verducci's 31-yard touchdown sprint made it 34-0 with 50 seconds left in the first period.

Parsippany Hills (2-0) took a 41-0 lead after Tyler da Silva scored in the second heading nto the halftime break. Both teams went to their second string in the second half and that gave junior quarterback Ryan Lonergan a chance to call the signals. Lonergan completed passes to Ryan Coughlin, Colin Schroeder and Charles Cuneo in a drive that gave Chatham a touchdown with 4:39 left. Lonergan culminated the march with a 13-yard touchdown run in which he broke two tackles on his way to the end zone.

After Ryan McArthur recovered a fumble for the Cougars, Lonergan scored his second TD with a one-yard keeper.

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