PARSIPPANY – Fresh off a sectional title, the Parsippany Hills High School football team will take on Ramapo in the Group 3 regional championship game this Friday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford at 4:05 p.m.
The Vikings enter the game at 10-2. Ramapo is a perfect 12-0 this season. Both teams are on hot streaks right now, as Ramapo has been able to score at will – putting up 21 or more points in every game this season – and Par Hills has not lost since September and is on a nine-game winning streak.
Veteran coaches lead both teams. Ramapo’s Drew Gibbs and Par Hills’ Dave Albano have each amassed over 160 wins in their successful coaching careers.
Ramapo has not lost a game since the 2017 season, now on a 25-game streak which is tops in the state with Penns Grove.
The Raiders are capable of beating teams with their offense and defense. Charles DePrima, a junior, is a highly skilled quarterback who has completed 129 of 198 passes for 1,960 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has only thrown three interceptions on the season.
Being able to take care of the ball goes a long way in these games, and Ramapo is not known as a team that beats itself.
Senior running back Jake Tirone has ran for over 1,000 yards this season with 20 TDs. The Vikings must be able to contain these two Ramapo playmakers to find success.
At receiver, Sean Clapp has 33 catches for 724 yards and eight scores for Ramapo.
The Vikings have scored 30 or more points in seven of their 10 wins this season. Parsippany Hills had rather comfortable wins over Paramus, River Dell and West Essex – three teams it saw earlier in the season – on the path to the sectional title last week.
Par Hills is led by quarterback J.D. Breslauer and receiving weapons E.J. Comerford, Dennis Wilson and Jordan Thompson.
Dominick Verducci has shown what he can do on the ground, and the defense has proven it can force turnovers.
With two high-profile offenses going at it, the team able to do enough on defense will likely be the winner.