LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Hornets began their 2016 season the same way they ended 2015, with a confidence building win. The Hornets led by second year coach Chet Parlavecchio kept the Highlanders scoreless thru four quarters, and dominated on defense with three turnovers.
After a disappointing single win season, coach Chet Parlavecchio knew that to be competitive in 2016, the Hornets needed to get back to work. This year it started with a more extensive off season program including weight room training, as well as the return of Parlavecchio's summer football camp in Little Falls. “Once our 2015 season ended (in November), we were back in the weight room by early December", said Parlavecchio.
The last time these two teams met, it ended in overtime with West Milford inching out the hornets 17-14. The Hornets were still looking for their first win of season, and were held to only 7 points in their first 4 games, before having their first multi touchdown outing against the Highlanders.
This year was different, as PV jumped out to a 7-0 lead after a 38 yard run by senior Jair Sanjuan, with Steve Luisa adding the extra point.
After pounding it on the ground, the Hornets next score would come on a 25 yard run by sophmore Ahseem Ross. After missing the extra point, the Hornets would go up 13-0, heading into half time.
Junior Hunter Fortier shine on defense, recording 3 interceptions on the day, running one back in the 4th quarter for 30 yards, and a touchdown. This capped off a 20-0 win for the Hornets, and their first shut out under coach Parlavecchio.
NOTES: The Hornets now 1-0 have matched their season win total for 2015.
Chris Watkins #18 left the game with a shoulder injury.
Hornets are at Lakeland Highschool, next Friday under the lights, to face the Lancers. Hornets lost last season 35-13 to the Lancers.