VERONA, NJ- The Verona Hillbillies football team continued its winning streak with a dominant win over the Shabazz Bulldogs 35-14 Friday night improving the team’s record to 4-0.

 “It was all about business tonight, we thought it was going to be a tough physical battle tonight and it was,” said Head Coach Kevin Batty.  

Sophomore quarterback Cael Zebrowski got things going early for the Hillbillies.  Trailing Shabazz 6-0 with three minutes left in the first quarter, Zebrowski hooked up with senior Jake McConnachie for a 60-yard touchdown pass after he caught the ball high over his head, secured it and held off the defender before stepping into the endzone making it 7-6 Verona.

Sign Up for Verona/Cedar Grove Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Zebrowski was back at it again in the second quarter.  Deep in Bulldog’s territory he scrambled to his left and took a big hit as he found junior Steven Petro in the endzone giving the Hillbillies a 14-6 lead.  

Later in the second quarter Zebrowski rolled out to his right finding Petro again wide open in the corner of the endzone making it 21-14 Verona to end the half.  

The third quarter belonged to running back Frank Riggio.  On Verona’s second drive of the third quarter Riggio could not be stopped as he carried the ball seven times picking up three first downs.  He capped it off with a 3-yard touchdown run to give Verona the 28-14 lead.  

With seven minutes left in the fourth quarter Zebrowski connected with McConnachie again this time for a 75-yard score as the receiver caught the ball near the sideline, cut back to the middle of the field past two defenders and ran in for the touchdown.  

“They stepped up on defense, Shabazz has some good players, but we bent and didn’t break.  We’re going to take it one day at a time, watch this film tomorrow and get ready to play Weequahic next week at home,” said Batty.  

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove  is an online newspaper serving the Townships of Verona and Cedar Grove. TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, and is a locally owned news organization serving the community.

Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Got a news tip or opinion? email us at
Download the FREE TAPinto App!  Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.