PARSIPPANY, NJ – They say the first win is always the toughest.
The Parsippany Hills High School football team, after a tough two weeks against Bergen County teams Paramus and River Dell, enjoyed a 29-0 shutout of Roxbury on Friday night.
“It was huge for us,” said Parsippany Hills’ head coach David Albano. “We were coming off two straight losses, dealing with some adversity with kids getting injured. I just thought their energy last night was great. We got ahead for the first time. We hadn’t had the lead in any game, so I thought the first drive was huge for us. I was really pleased with their effort and with their energy last night.”
Vikings’ quarterback J.D. Breslauer finished 20-of-29 for 315 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.
His main target was fellow junior Dennis Wilson, who hauled in four catches for 132 yards and two scores.
“We found a matchup that we liked,” Albano said, “and we were able to exploit it.”
The first came in the first quarter when Breslauer connected with Wilson for a 55-yard TD. The second came later on in the quarter when the duo struck again, this time for a 35-yard score.
“I thought it was huge for J.D. after his first touchdown,” Albano said.
Breslauer had a five-yard TD pass to Ty Sallie and a 12-yard TD pass to Dominick Verducci.
Verducci ran eight times for 44 yards and he made three catches for 35 yards. Sallie made four receptions for 54 yards.
Anthony Memoli converted three extra points for the Vikings.
Defensively, holding a tough, physical team like Roxbury to zero points speaks wonders.
“We’re shuffling kids around and doing different things,” Albano added. “I always tell the kids it’s a puzzle and we’re trying to fit all the pieces to the puzzle. Last night it came together, and that was huge. We held them out of the end zone and getting the shutouts is always a big thing for a confidence builder.”
Wilson had an interception and Jordan Thompson finished with seven tackles and a sack.
Parsippany Hills (1-2) heads back on the road for an American White division matchup against Hanover Park (0-2) on Sept. 21.
It’ll be the first league game for the Vikings.
“They’ll be excited for that,” Albano said. “It’s an old foe. We haven’t played Hanover Park in a few years. It’s going to be exciting in that way, too.”
Albano will also go up against a player he used to coach in Hornets’ head coach Dan Fulton.
“I’ve never done it,” Albano joked. “This’ll the first time lining up against a former player as a head coach. We have an opportunity to get to .500. That’ll be the goal this week.”