Sports

Gutsy Performance, Second-Half Comeback, Lift Summit H.S. Football Over Morris Hills, 29-17, in NJSIAA Playoffs

a91c37b33e7eb1a26e24_unnamed-66.jpg
Spencer Sink leads the way as Chris Zanelli, who set a new Summit Varsity Football single-season rushing mark, carries the ball in the Hilltoppers 29-17 win over Morris Hills.
ce269d85c9a60338e42e_unnamed-68.jpg
The Summit defense dislodges the ball from Morris Hills running back Isaiah Turner in the Hilltoppers 29-17 victory.
a91c37b33e7eb1a26e24_unnamed-66.jpg

SUMMIT, NJ - Left without a healthy quarterback on the roster, the Summit High School Varsity Football Team dug deep, relied on its senior leadership, and rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Morris Hills, 29-17, in the first round of the NJSIAA playoffs.

The Hilltoppers played a jagged first half, one that put them behind after two quarters, 11-8.  They also lost their only healthy quarterback still on the active roster, captain Peter McKinlay, who left the game with an injury late in the second quarter.  Quarterbacks Ryan Richson and Jake Froschauer are also both currently out with injuries.
On a clear, cold day at Investors Bank Field, Summit got off to a strong start in their quest for a third consecutive state title.  The Hilltoppers won the coin toss and deferred, giving Morris Hills the ball and, despite allowing chunks of yards on the ground during the Scarlet Knights' opening drive, eventually took the ball away.
 
First defensive end Pat Maloney blew up a running play, setting up a third and long.  Then, Senior captain Andrew Helmer intercepted a pass at the Summit goal line, and returned the ball 30 yards.  
 

Summit's offense began their march down the field, culminating in McKinlay finding Drew Mulholland alone deep down the right sideline for a 24-yard touchdown.  Chris Zanelli's two-point conversion made it 8-0.
 
Morris Hills got back on offense, their running game again posing problems for the Summit defense.  Running back Isaiah Turner was doing a large share of the damage, mainly through sweeps left and right.  The Hilltopper defense eventually held, and Damian Gonzalez's 22-yard field cut the lead to 8-3.
 
In the second quarter, things went flat for Summit.  Unable to move the ball, a short punt gave the Scarlet Knights advantageous field position, the short field led to a one-yard touchdown by Turner and, with the two-point conversion successful, Morris Hills took the lead, 11-8.
 
After losing McKinlay, the Hilltoppers went to the locker room at halftime to think about myriad issues: how to stop the Scarlet Knights running attack, how to get their offense untracked, and how to win a game without a healthy quarterback.
 
At the break, according to Summit Head Coach Kevin Kostibos, his senior leadership rallied the team.  Spirits lifted, the Hilltoppers turned to the type of offense that has given them so much success, and to the player who has shouldered a big part of the load in that offense, namely the running game and Zanelli.
 
Catching the second-half kickoff on his 10 yard-line, Matt Murdock ran right, handing the ball to Zanelli who was running left.  The kick off reverse was executed beautifully by Zanelli and the Summit special teams unit, as he brought the ball back past midfield.
 
A Zanelli run to the left, followed by a Zanelli run to the right took the ball inside the Morris Hills five-yard line.  Two plays later, Zanelli scored from the three, and Paulo Umana tacked on the PAT to put Summit back ahead. 15-11.
 
Morris Hills, however, punched right back on the subsequent possession.  In a drive that was solely executed on the ground, quarterback Daymon Fleming scored on a four-yard bootleg run to the right side.  The PAT was wide left, and the Scarlet Knights were again in front. 17-15.
 
The defending champs used the next drive to show their toughness, talent, and versatility to take back the lead, scoring the go-ahead touchdown that proved to be the game winner.   After moving to the Morris Hills 30 on series of runs, Andrew Helmer threw a flanker-pass to Vincent Bonomo, who was wide open at the goal line on the gadget play.  Umana's point after made it 22-17 with a quarter to go.
 
The Hilltoppers iced the game in the fourth quarter, on a drive when Spencer Sink reeled off several impressive, powerful runs, it was Zanelli blasting over from one-yard out.  Zanelli's rushing totals on the day helped him set a new Summit single-season record for yards rushing, braking the previous record of 1,394 set by Torrie Fogg during the 1994 season.
 
The 29-17 scoreline was perhaps not indicative of the level of the struggle, with Summit having to overcome both a tough Morris Hills team, and the adversity of losing their quarterback.  Kostibos was justifiably proud of fortitude displayed by his team.
 
"We found a way," he said.  "The seniors spoke at the half, and our kids took ownership of the challenge."  On winning without a healthy offensive field-general, Kostibos said, "We danced with who brought us here.  Chris Zanelli is one of the best who has ever played in a Summit uniform."
 
Summit's second-round opponent is Parsippany Hills, a 35-34 winner over Orange.  The kickoff time for the November 22 match-up at Investors Bank Field, a rematch of last year's championship game, is yet to be announced.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Summit Police Blotter

July 9, 2018

6/19 - Peter Ferguson, 31, of New York, New York was arrested on a contempt of court warrant out of Point Pleasant Beach. Mr. Ferguson posted bail and was provided a new court date.

6/22 - At 1552 hours a report was taken for a theft of one thousand (1,000) mops from Overlook Hospital. The reporting individual indicated the theft occurred between 6/10 and 6/21. Taken from a storage area ...

Video: Point View's Dietze Says Valuations, Buybacks, Dividend Make Financials Attractive

July 19, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, appeared live on CNBC detailing the outlook for financial stocks and more:

cnbc.com/video

For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive ...

Challenge Your Children with the Summit YMCA's Fun-Size Development Program!

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today” - Malcolm X

The Summit Area YMCA recognizes the potential in every child. We strive to provide the environment and resources for all youth to learn, grow, and thrive. With nurturing and supportive staff, enriching curriculum and programs, and a strong built-in value system, children are able to not only reach ...

Picking up the Pieces – The Benefits of Account Consolidation

Over a lifetime of investing we often have numerous accounts located at different financial firms.  Rarely are these accounts managed with a grand plan that takes into account all the individual pieces.   Account proliferation can be detrimental to your investment performance, increase your risk profile, and lighten your pocketbook.  

Account consolidation offers the ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Are You Ready for Your Child to Turn 18?

If your son or daughter is turning 18, here are a few things you need to know:

If you have an UGMA/UTMA savings account for your child, did you know those assets are his/her legal property and once that instrument matures (most often 21 years old or 18, if you designated that at time of account creation), those assets are at your child’s disposal with no restrictions or ...

Would Shedding

How much wood wouldn’t a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck woodn’t?

 

Enough already.  

 

I get it.  It is an easy mistake to make, misusing would and wouldn’t.  It happens to me all the time.

 

“Honey, when I said I didn’t see any reason why I would go to the ballet, I meant to say I couldn’t see ...