PARSIPPANY – The Parsippany Hills High School football team suffered its first loss in over two months after falling to Ramapo, 38-21, in the NJSIAA North, Group 3 regional championship game on Friday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Ramapo won its 26th game in a row dating back to 2017, and the Vikings were unable to contain the prolific run Green Raiders’ run game.
Ramapo quarterback Charles DePrima ran 13 times for 166 yards and two scores and Jake Tirone finished with 193 yards on the ground on 40 carries and three TDs.
The Vikings – which finished 10-3 on the season – trailed 17-7 at the break. Par Hills tied the game at 7 in the first quarter after E.J. Comerford scored on a 47-yard TD pass from quarterback J.D. Breslauer.
Ramapo went on to close out the half with 10 unanswered points, on a 26-yard field goal from Aidan Labell and a 79-yard run by DePrima.
Comerford scored on a 53-yard TD throw from Breslauer, but Ramapo answered with back-to-back TD runs from Tirone to lead 31-14.
Breslauer found Dennis Wilson for a 28-yard touchdown to close out the third quarter as Ramapo led by 10 once again, 31-21.
The Green Raiders continued to rely on their ground attack, as DePrima found the end zone from 49 yards out to put the game away.
Tirone and Chris Valvano had interceptions as the Vikings tried to claw their way back in the game.
Breslauer went 17-of-32 for 210 yards to go along with the pair of touchdowns.
Dominick Verducci ran 12 times for 39 yards.
Comerford had a dominant game with nine receptions for 113 yards and the two scores.
The Vikings achieved a ton of success in the 2019 season with a sectional championship, 10 wins and a nine-game winning streak prior to Friday’s loss to Ramapo.
The sectional title was the second in program history.
Playing at MetLife Stadium – the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets – is an achievement in itself. Only a handful of teams get the chance to do it, and the Par Hills senior class is one that will go down in history.