CHATHAM – Defending a championship is never an easy thing to do.
The Parsippany Hills High School football team defended its North Jersey Super Football Conference American White division title following Saturday night’s 31-0 shutout of Chatham at Chatham’s Cougar Field.
The Vikings went undefeated in conference play.
“It means everything,” said Parsippany Hills head coach David Albano. “That’s always our number one goal, to compete for a conference title. Two years in a row we had never done it winning it outright. We won back-to-back conference titles in 2005 and 2006, but we shared it in ’06. This is the first time we’ve won back-to-back undefeated conference championships. The program is excited about it.”
Par Hills was able to rely on its defense in Saturday night’s shutout.
Roger Rubinetti opened the scoring with an 18-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Vikings took control in the second quarter after Dennis Wilson scored on a 16-yard interception return, and then quarterback JD Breslauer found EJ Comerford on a 40-yard touchdown.
Par Hills scored two TDs in the second half – on a 75-yard strike from Breslauer to Jordan Thompson – and then a 3-yard run by Dominick Verducci.
“Every time we play Chatham it’s tough, and it was again last night,” Albano said. “Defensively, I think they had one first down all night. From an offensive standpoint, you try things and you see what’s going to work. When the defense is playing the way it’s playing, you can afford to do that.”
Wilson’s interception return for a score seemed to give the Vikings a spark.
“To have that 10-point cushion took a little pressure off of us offensively,” Albano said. “At that point we started rolling.”
Comerford had six receptions for 113 yards and a score and Breslauer went 18-for-30 for 331 yards and two TDs. Vincent Licor had eight tackles and a sack on defense.
Parsippany Hills (5-2) returns home for a game against a dangerous West Essex team.
“Every game is a tough football game, whether it’s the playoffs or the regular season” Albano said of West Essex. “We know what we’re getting with West Essex. They know what they’re getting. It’s going to be a great high school football game, always is.”
West Essex is a team capable of scoring a ton of points.
“It’ll be a great test for our defense,” Albano added. “Our defense is playing lights out. It’ll be a good battle between offense and defense. The key will be getting them off the field, and for us converting third downs. They’re a run-first offense. We have to be able to get them off the field on third down.”