The offensive game for the Wolverines was executed with a disciplined and diverse approach. The coaching staff turned to multiple players including Colin Kolakowski, Gerald Tobia, Kyle Checchio and Mason Geis to soften the Bears’ front line with hard, up the gut runs. Quarterbacks Jadon Prinzivalli and Mason Kelly both were solid throughout the day, collectively converting on pass plays to Geis and Kolakowski. The damage to the scoreboard was inflicted by Brock Dandridge who used his speed and field awareness to score all of the Wolverines touchdowns, including a 68-yard beauty where he outran a very fast Bears’ secondary. Importantly, the front line of the offense including Jackson Acosta, Lucas Garcia, Nicky Valenti, Matthew Quinn, Ethan Byrd and Brayden Kelly did their job all day delivering key blocks and protection for the quarterbacks. On the outside, wide-outs Byron McCann and Jared O’Neill posed a constant threat. O’Neill also sealed multiple plays during the afternoon to create running room for Dandrige.
Defensively, the Wolverines were simply dominant and have not allowed an opponent to score this year. Valenti, Prinzivalli, and Brayden Kelly all notched 5 tackles while Checchio and Kolakowski recorded 4 each. Jake Arakelian and Ryan Rizk also delivered tackles and Michael Mancino sacked the quarterback in the fourth quarter. The passing game of the Bears, despite multiple attempts, was closed off by the Wolverines’ secondary as Dandrige, Mason Kelly and Prinzivalli all broke up passes.
Watchung Hills Wolverines Power to 5-0 Start
The Watchung Hills JV Wolverines rolled over the Jackie Robinson Bears from Newark, 30-6 yesterday with another dominant victory. Michael “Red” Tales got the Wolverines rolling, taking the opening kickoff 65 yards for a TD. The key blocks came from Dylan Simon, Alexander Russo, Jarvis Jones, Justin Sanchez and Joe Hardy. Will Grabko’s extra point making it 8-0. The Newark Bears then marched downfield scoring on an 18 yard run to keep the Bears close at 8-6. The Wolverines would score again on a 50 yard drive ending with touchdown pass from Dylan Kelly to Dante Gioia, missed extra point made it 14-6. The Wolverines defense by committee gang tackling, created a turnover, with “Red” Tales forcing a fumble recovered by Jack Tierny. The Wolverines would stop the Bears from scoring the rest of the first half, taking a 14-6 lead into half.
After a tremendous 2nd half kickoff, highlighted by Will Gabko making the kick and tackle, the Bears started pinned deep in their own end. The relentless Wolverine defense stood tall behind great pass coverage, stopping the Bears again. Starting at the Bear 20, the Wolverine “BLUE” offense drove three plays to score on a 7 yard run behind a determined Ashland Zuan. United blocking from Brandon Dunn, Jack Tierny, Dylan Simon, Will Grabko and Red Tales led the way. Extra point from Will Grabko is good for a 22-6 lead at the end of the third quarter. The third quarter was highlighted by a dominant defense that didn’t allow a first down all quarter.
With great pass coverage by the Wolverines, lead by Jarvis Jones, the Bears offense went 4 and out again. The Wolverines “FAT” offense took over at the Bears 40 with blocking from Connor Dickerson, Joseph Richardson, Brandon Dunn, Miguel Saucedo, Joseph Hardy, Jack Tierny and Tyler Dunn. The Wolverines drove the ball downfield, highlighted by hard running from Will Grabko, Eli Foster and Ash Zuan. After switching to the “BLUE” offense at the 15, key blocks from Brandon Dunn, Jack Tierny, Dylan Simon, Ash Zuan, Miguel Saucedo, and Eli Foster, the drive was capped off with a Will Grabko touchdown. The extra point by Grabko gave the Wolverines ta 30-6 victory, their 5th consecutive victory of the season to remain undefeated.
Coach Abe Simon credits the victory to team gang tackling and focused pass coverage which led to tremendous defense giving the Wolverines great field position all day. This field position allowed the FAT offense to deliver punishing blocking, and the BLUE offense with it’s speed to deliver a two punch offense which proved to much to be stopped.
In the sixth week of the season, the WHPW Pee Wee Team had a hard fought loss to the Jackie Robinson Bears, from Newark, with a score of 7 - 0.
In the first out of conference game, the first quarter resulted in the only score of the game by the Bears. The Wolverines moved the ball with runs from Christen Black, David Dubas, Ryan Johnson and Brennan Fahs, to keep the Bears from scoring further.
The second quarter was highlighted by the Wolverines strong defensive posture, with tackles from Christian Black and Brennan Fahs and Jake Carfaro's fumble recovery. This kept the Jackie Robinson Bears scoreless in the second quarter.
The Wolverines continued to apply pressure on the Bears’ defense, which led to Scotty Drews and Christian Black's sacks in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was highlighted by the Wolverines keeping the Bears scoreless.
The Wolverines face another out of conference on Sunday, the coaches and players will be hard at work this week preparing for what is expected to be another tough game.
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