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Football in Warren: Pop Warner Wolverines Mighty Mites and Junior Pee Wees Roll

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Football in Warren: Pop Warner Wolverines Results Credits: Del Forno Photography
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WARREN, NJ -  Watchung Hills Wolverines Junior Pee Wee team improved to 3-0 with a road win in Bound Brook, Quarterback Scott Drews scored three touchdowns in a Mitey Mite Gold victory at Phillipsburg and  in a battle of David vs. Goliath, the Mighty Mite Blue Team faced a much bigger team of Gators from Jersey City and battled to a 6-6 tie on Sunday.

Ryan Johnson and Brennan Fahs were relentless from their linebacker positions keeping the speedy Jersey City running backs from getting past the line of scrimmage.  Rocco Salerno was a fixture in the Gator backfield from his defensive tackle position finishing the day with three tackles.  Late in the second quarter, the Gators were threatening from the Wolverines 25 yard line when their quarterback dropped back to pass.  The defensive line of Ryan Johnson, Jack Martin, Rocco Salerno, Max Phillips, Michael DiNardi and Mason Kelly brought the pressure causing the quarterback to get rid of the ball early.  Brennan Fahs stepped in front of the pass from his linebacker position and picked it off returning it to the Gators 30 yard line.  The Wolverines offense was stymied by the Gators defense in the first half and was unable to reach the end zone.  

In the second half, the Wolverines offense settled in and began pounding the middle for chunks of yardage.  Fullback Brennan Fahs punished the Gators defense ending the day with 50 yards rushing on 10 carries.  The Wolverines had their best drive of the day halfway through the third quarter.  The offense was faced with a 4th down and three from the Gators 30 yard line.  Quarterback David Dubas faked the handoff and fullback Brayden Kelly released into the flat.  Dubas’ pass appeared to be just beyond the reach of his receiver, but Brayden Kelly laid out to make a fingertip catch just past the first down marker keeping the drive alive.  Key blocks from Jackson Acosta, Perry Weingarten, K.J. West, Aaron Cho, Michael Mancino and Byron McCann kept the Wolverines scoring drive alive.  Antonio DelForno helped his slot back turn the corner with a nice block from his split end position.  The offense continued their march down to the Gators 3 yard line.  David Dubas took the next snap from center Matthew Quinn and plunged into the end zone for a Wolverine touchdown.  

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The Gators started a drive of their own, but on a third down play their quarterback dropped back to pass and was sacked by Ryan Johnson causing the Gators to punt.  The Wolverines turned the ball over on their next possession, but got it back two plays later when Ryan Johnson forced a fumble which was recovered by Colin Kolakowski.  The Gators got on the board in the fourth quarter after a long run down to the Wolverines 2 yard line and scored on a quarterback keep on the next play tying the game at 6.

The remaining possessions resulted in turnovers on downs as both defenses refused to give in ending the game in a 6-6 tie.  Jake Carfaro contributed on defense by making two consecutive tackles for a loss from his defensive tackle position.  Cameron Kolakowski and Max Phillips each had a tackle as well.  The Wolverines offense was helped by runs from quarterback Jadon Prinzivalli who finished the day with 15 yards rushing.  

Junior Pee Wee

The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee team improved to 3-0 with a road win in Bound Brook on Sunday. Game captains were Jake Checchio, Aqili Holmes, Peter O'Mara, and Julian Sanchez.

The Watchung Hills Wolverines got rolling early in this game scoring twice in the first quarter. Aqili Holmes carried for the first touchdown run and Billy Black covered the 2-point kick to put the Wolverines in front 8-0. James Palaia found the end zone next as the Watchung squad moved the ball well. John King and Jake Checchio both had strong blocks leading to big runs for the team.

In the second quarter, the Wolverine defense came up big. Kaden Everly blitzed from his linebacker position to take the ball away from the Bound Brook quarterback as he was attempting a hand-off. On the ensuing drive, Black had a lengthy run on a nice counter play. Jake Memoli finished the drive with a strong dash up the middle improving the Wolverine lead to 20-0.

Bound Brook tried to get their offense moving through the air but Aqili Holmes intercepted a pass giving the ball back to Watchung with time running down in the first half. Attempting to move the ball quickly prior to the half, the Wolverines went to the pass attack as well. Quarterback, Ty Marion completed consecutive passes to Black and Palaia but the team ran out of time and took their 20-0 cushion to the break.

In the second half, the Watchung defense flexed its muscles frequently. Anthony Bateh had a tackle for a loss in the Bound Brook backfield. Palaia had his own tackle for a loss. Holmes intercepted his second pass on the day. Black led the team in tackles with Palaia, Everly, Memoli, and Mac McAteer each making multiple stops as well.

Subbing freely and allowing several different boys to run the ball, Nasir Maryland carried for the final Wolverine touchdown run. That pushed the score to the final margin of 26-0. The Watchung Hills Junior Pee Wee team will look to improve to 4-0 next weekend as they taken on the Golden Knights from Middlesex County. The game is scheduled for Sunday, September 27.

Mitey Mite Gold
Quarterback Scott Drews scored three touchdowns in a Mitey Mite Gold victory at Phillipsburg on Sunday. The running game of Matt Kosuda, Christian Gioia, Kyle Checcio, Dylan Downey, Braden Fenton and Jack Clintock ran well behind the blocking of Lucas Garcia, Charlie and Will Morreale, Dylan Downey and Max Yaeger.

On the defensive side of the ball, Mitey Mite Gold maintained a stellar "bend don't break" philosophy giving up only one first down all game and adding three sacks from Gerald Tobia, Matt Kosuda, and Charlie Morreale as well as two interceptions from Scott Drews and Jack Clintock. Constant pressure on the Colts' quarterback and strong tackling by the entire defense gave the offense excellent field position throughout the game.  
 
A number of first year players took full advantage of additional plays with important contributions on both sides of the ball coming from Christian Warnicke, Nick Valenti, Max Yaeger, Jayden Fernandez, Stevie Prisco, Tommy Shaeffer, Kevin Butler, Nolan Weber and Nick Betancourth.

The Gold team travels to Clark for a road game on Sunday.

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