BLOOMFIELD, NJ - It took everything they had but, as they have their entire Summit Youth Football careers, the Eighth Grade Team had what it took to get the job done, and once again earned the title 'Champions'. Summit beat Kenilworth, 30-27, completing their perfect season and bringing the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League (NJSYFL) 'Super Bowl' trophy back to the Hilltop City.
The Bears won the coin toss and elected to start on offense, taking the ball and methodically marching down the field, eventually getting into the end zone and adding a successful two-point kick to lead 8-0.
It took Summit a few series to get there offense going but, when they did, they found pay dirt via a run around the right side, but the PAT failed wide left.
Kenilworth used another long drive to up their lead to 14-6, and Summit got the ball with just three minutes remaining on the first half clock. A 59-yard, cut back Hilltopper run did the trick, and a successful PAT leveled things at 14-14.
Summit got the ball to start the second half and, after converting on a fourth-and-1, busted off another long run for a touchdown, this time from 53-yards out. Another PAT put the Hilltoppers up, 22-14.
Kenilworth punched right back, using a 58-yard run of their own to get within two points, but Summit blocked the PAT and held the advantage, 22-20.
Summit got the eventual game-winning score on the ensuing possession using a familiar formula -- a long run. The 65-yard score and subsequent PAT made it 30-20 Hilltoppers.
The Bears again responded, getting into the end zone from a yard out, and used a 1-point PAT to narrow the score to 30-27.
After three quarters of non-stop scoring, the fourth quarter was a defensive struggle and, just as in the previous year's matchup, a Hilltopper interception ultimately provided the margin that allowed Summit to run out the clock.
Under coaches Brian Richson, Marco diMayorca, Leroy Horn, and Mike Sereno, the team did not lose a single fumble this season, and only two turnovers all season. The 11-0 record mirrors the 11-0 slate the team assembled the year prior, with the group of boys finishing their Summit careers with a cumulative legacy that includes a 32-1 record and two 'Super Bowl' wins.
At least one Summit grade level has won an NJSYFL 'Super Bowl' in each of the last five years.