PARSIPPANY, NJ – With a number of returning players from last year’s Parsippany Hills High School football team, there is much excitement around the 2019 season.
The Vikings finished 2018 with a 6-4 record, going a perfect 5-0 in North Jersey Super Football Conference American White Division play.
Par Hills started 0-2 before winning five in a row. The team ultimately lost to a 10-win Rahway team in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 playoffs by a 48-21 score.
The Vikings return a number of skill players, which should be allow them to contend once again.
“We have some good key players coming back,” said Parsippany Hills head coach David Albano. “We have a brand new offensive line that needs to come together. We’re relying on those returning veterans to get us through until the whole thing can mesh as a group.”
Quarterback JD Breslauer returns for his senior year with the Vikings. He’s coming off a junior campaign that saw him throw for nearly 2,500 yards.
Other players banged up with injury last season such as EJ Comerford and Dennis Wilson will look to also lead the team on the offensive end.
Parsippany Hills has played in two scrimmages and came away healthy in both.
“That’s our biggest concern at this point,” Albano said. “We’ve seen some good things and things we still need to work on. It has been a great camp. Kids are upbeat so we’re pretty excited to get started.”
From a defensive standpoint, Albano has also been pleased with what he has seen.
“We’re doing a great job of running around and getting after people,” he said. “I like the direction our defense is going. Defensively, we have an opportunity to be pretty good because of our team speed.”
The Vikings, similar to last year, open the season with two Bergen County schools. The team hosts Paramus in the season opener on Sept. 6 before playing at River Dell on Sept. 13.
“The only thing we’re worried about is Paramus,” Albano said. “Last year we had Paramus Week 1 and they put up 50 on us. The kids aren’t looking any further than Week 1 right now. We have three games before we even start our conference play. We’ll take it one at a time before we worry about defending our title.”
SCHEDULE: Sept. 6 Paramus, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 at River Dell, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Roxbury, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 Hanover Park, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Hackettstown, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 Madison, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Chatham, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 West Essex, 1 p.m.
Nov. 1. at Orange, 7 p.m.