PARSIPPANY – The Parsippany High School football team continues to be a story of the season.
The Redhawks won their fourth game in a row and improved to 4-1 after edging Kittatinny, 14-13, in a game that came down to the wire Friday night.
“It was a very special night to be a Redhawk,” said Parsippany head coach Jason Hurta. “The players did an outstanding job and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Following Parsippany’s 7-0 season-opening loss to Kinnelon, the team has gone on to outscore opponents 104-47.
Parsippany continues to build after seeing some tough seasons in the last decade.
All of that seems to be in the past, however.
Kittatinny struck first on Friday night on a 9-yard run by Jacob Mafaro with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Parsippany took advantage of a Kittatinny turnover and Anthony Colasuonno scored on a 2-yard run that tied the game at 7-7 late in the first half.
Parsippany took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter on a 29-yard TD pass. Quarterback James Riedinger had 193 passing yards on the night.
Kittatinny took advantage of a defensive pass interference on a fourth-and-12 with 3:34 left in the game.
Kittatinny converted on a long fourth down and then scored on a 27-yard TD pass from Mafaro to Austin Seames.
Kittatinny elected to go for the win on a two-point attempt, but the ball was fumbled after the snap and Parsippany held on for the one-point win.
Parsippany’s Alex Picinich had nine catches for 123 yards.
Kittatinny’s Mafaro ran 22 times for 95 yards and a score. Seames made two catches for 51 yards and a score.
“The defense played extremely well,” Hurta said. “Jacob Mafaro is one of the best in New Jersey. Our defense contained him for most of the night.”
The night was also a special for Parsippany. Honorary captain and senior, Noah Lorencovitz, went out for the coin toss. Lorencovitz suffered cardiac arrest in eighth grade and has been doing his best to recover.
“As a team, we put life into perspective,” Hurta said. “We look to Noah to provide us strength if we’re having a “bad day.”
Parsippany (4-1, 0-1) will play Mountain Lakes (4-1, 1-1) in an American Blue Division matchup at home on Oct. 11.