PARSIPPANY – The third-seeded Parsippany Hills High School football team defeated sixth-seeded Paramus, 21-6, in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 playoffs Friday night.
The Vikings won their seventh straight game, defeating Paramus for the second time this year in the process.
“Our defense has played consistent all year, and they did it again,” said Parsippany Hills head coach David Albano.
Par Hills relied on its defense like it has all season. The offense got it going when it needed to as the night went on.
Following a strip sack and fumble recovery, Dominick Verducci scored on an 11-yard run with 1:19 left in the first half.
Par Hills took a 14-0 lead in the third quarter on an 11-yard connection between quarterback JD Breslauer and Jordan Thompson.
After Paramus’ Kyle Jacobs scored on a 2-yard run, Verducci scored on a 10-yard run for the Vikings, for the final score of 21-6.
“(Paramus) did some different things. We knew we were going to have to run the ball this time,” Albano added. “They weren’t going to let us throw it on them. The offensive line played its best game of the season and Dom played a great game. The defense kept us in it until we were able to figure things out offensively. It was a good team win.”
Verducci finished with 115 yards on the ground on 23 carries and the two TDs. GJ Nazziola and Jack Bellardino had interceptions, EJ Comerford made five receptions for 45 yards and Alan Copeland forced a fumble, had a sack and finished with nine tackles. David Giraldo made 10 tackles on the night.
“You win the turnover battle in the playoffs and that’s the key to the game,” Albano said.
Parsippany Hills will now look to get some revenge as it goes up against second-seeded River Dell in the sectional semifinals on Nov. 15. River Dell edged the Vikings, 20-14, in the second game of the season on Sept. 13.
“We’re in the same mindset since our loss to Roxbury,” Albano said. “We’re going to just take it one at a time. Like Paramus was so long ago, we’re going to treat this like any other game as far as preparation. It’ll be completely different than Week 2. It’s a completely different animal for both sides.”