PARSIPPANY – The Parsippany Hills High School football team won its second in a row and topped Hackettstown on the road, 42-14, Friday night.
The Vikings improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in North Jersey Super Football Conference American White division standings.
Par Hills took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Quarterback JD Breslauer went 10-for-15 for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
“We preached getting off to a quick start, playing four quarters” said Parsippany Hills head coach David Albano. “I hadn’t put together a complete game yet. I thought the kids did a great job responding to that, and more importantly, maintaining that. I was pretty happy with that.”
Breslauer found EJ Comerford on TD connections of 47 yards and 42 yards. He threw a 19-yard TD pass to Jordan Thompson.
Thompson had a 13-yard blocked punt return for a score in the first quarter that gave Parsippany Hills a 14-0 lead.
“We were up 14-0 after EJ’s catch (42-yard TD catch) only running one play on offense,” Albano said. “That’s obviously a great way to start any football game. I thought our offensive line really played well. We didn’t have many touches early, but when we did we were pretty effective.”
Dominick Verducci was extremely effective on the ground. He ran 17 times for 163 yards and two scores. He found the end zone on runs of 11 yards and 26 yards.
Comerford finished with four receptions for 102 yards and two scores.
One thing Albano said he liked was the offense going on a five-minute drive in the second quarter after Hackettstown cut the lead a little bit.
“We didn’t come away with points, but we were able to hold the ball and not give them a chance to get back in the game,” he said.
Hackettstown (1-4) did its damage on the ground with the triple option. Jason Kuehner finished with 128 yards on 16 carries and two TDs. Alejandro Castro ran nine times for 124 yards.
“I really felt like it was a chess match,” Albano said. “We would make an adjustment on defense, and they would make an adjustment on offense. What they do offensively they do really well. We were doing a lot of things on the fly with the kids, and the kids responded well. We created turnovers. Turnovers dictate the game.”
Hackettstown passed only three times for 40 yards on the night.
The Vikings will look to keep the momentum going as they host Madison, which fell to 1-3 following Friday night’s loss to Chatham, on Oct. 11 in another American White contest.
“It’s just one week at a time,” Albano said. “We had a tough game with Madison last year for three quarters. I expect another barnburner like that again.”