VERONA, NJ - The Verona Hillbillies football team is still unbeaten after a 32-6 beat down of Weequahic on Friday evening. 

    “It feels nice.  I told them all week it’s going to be a sloppy game, the way they line up from all different angles we’re going to have to be prepared it’s a workman’s effort,” said Head Coach Kevin Batty.

    The Hillbillies fought hard throughout the contest making sure to not let the Indians in the game. Wide receiver Jake McConnachie had a big game in more ways than one catching two touchdown passes on the evening including the first one of the game and the first for the Hillbillies in the second half to end any hope of an Indian comeback. 

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    “Those posts to Jake were tremendous,” said Batty.

    McConnachie also notched a personal win off the field as he was crowned homecoming king during halftime. He finished the contest with an unofficial four catches for 116 yards, two touchdowns and one Homecoming Crown. 

    Verona’s fast start was due to McConnachie’s big catch as well as an impressive running game sparked by Frank Riggio. Riggio tallied over 200 rushing yards and two touchdowns of his own. His hard-nosed running behind a hulking offensive line set the tone for Verona.

    “[Riggio] did a great job, he is tremendous.  He gave us everything he had,” said Batty.

    The Hillbillies ultimately worked their way up to a three score halftime lead thanks to stellar defense and their ground game. Shane Lawless’ 9-yard touchdown run on a reverse with 47 seconds left in the half put the Indians well out of reach for a victory.

    “I’m pretty confident with a 19 point lead with our defense and the way we can run the ball,” said Batty.

    For Verona the victory is a big one as Weequahic came into the contest at 3-2 on the season. The Indians had never lost by more than one score until Friday’s loss to Verona. 

    “This was a little statement today,” said Batty. 

    Verona is now 5-0 on the season as they look to continue their torrid winning pace. Next up for Verona will be a solid challenge in Hoboken who are currently 2-2 on the season.

    “Hoboken is a real tough team, we don’t get a break,” said Batty.

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