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Football in Warren: Watchung Hills Pop Warner Weekend Update

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Football in Warren: Watchung Hills Pop Warner Weekend Update
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WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Wolverines continue to roll.

Mitey Mite

The Watchung Hills Mitey Mites squared off vs the Manville Mustangs in Manville on Sunday.  The Wolverines offense was back in top form putting up 21 points while the defense was equally impressive shutting down the Mustang offense and holding them to only 2 first downs the entire game.  The Wolverines opened up the contest on offense chewing up most of the first quarter with a long drive capped off with a 1touchdown run by Austin Kolakowski who also set the drive up with 2 big off tackle runs for 20+ yards on each carry.  Quadir Williams tacked on the extra point with a strong inside run to the right.  Later in the first half Austin Kolakowski poured it on breaking loose on a power sweep scampering 50 yards to extend the Wolverine’s lead.  Aidan Grochowski added the PAT with an inside run.  Evan Goncalves was able to make it a 21 point game with the PAT off tackle running right with his first touch of the season.  The Wolverine’s offense was clicking on all cylinders.  Before half Austin Kolakowski wasn’t satisfied just running the ball and was able to complete a half back sweep pass down the middle of the field for 20 yards to Marc Drews who made a fantastic catch in traffic.  The Wolverines spread the ball around seeing strong running from Danny Attanasio, Kaisan Edmonds, Liam Morris, Amari Alsbrook, Marc Drews and Jonathan Okolo who capped off the Wolverine scoring with a 40 yard run slashing his way to his first TD of the season.  

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Michael Carrol led the Watchung Hills defense with 2 impressive sacks for big losses, multiple tackles and a strip and recovery in the opponents backfield.  Austin Kolakowski pitched in with an intercept and a handful of tackles as did Quadir Williams, Christian Warnicke, Liam Morris, Joseph Bateh, Danny Attanasio and many others.  

 

Coach said, “We saw some great plays from the younger players who have progressed nicely throughout the season and first year players Daiyan Heckler, Evan Cunha and Colby Chua.  Tommy Ryan also stepped up at corner holding the edge well on several sweep plays in his first season with the Mitey Mites.”

 

The Wolverines improve to 4-2 with the win and are looking forward to another road game vs Hillsborough next week.  

 

JR PeeWee 

The Watchung Hills Wolverine Jr Pee Wee Blue team took on conference rival Golden Saints on Sunday.   Despite less then favorable weather conditions the Wolverines prevailed with a  18-0 victory and brought their record up to  6-0 on the season.  On the offensive side strong running games from Ryan Johnson, David Dubas, Brennan Fahs & David Realekeep the Saints defense busy.  Johnson ran in for two TD’s and David Dubas had one to round out the scoring.   The Wolverines two quarterbacks Scott Drews and Mason Kelly had impressive days and engaged many of the boys in the offensive strike.  The story of the day was defense.  They held their opponents scoreless and allowed limited first downs.   Strong play from Kyle Checcio, Jack Clintock., Matteus Conforti and Cristian Gioia was key in the win.  The next match up is this Sunday vs. Metuchen at home.  The coaches and players will use this week to prepare for what is expected to be a great match up.   The Wolverines are looking for a perfect record with only two games left to play in the regular season.

 

PeeWee

The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Wolverines PeeWee squad took on The Port Reading Golden Saints in Bound Brook. The Wolverines came into this competition with record of 5-0 The Golden Saints  4-1. Port Reading opened up with a quick 6 points on their first possession. Quickly thereafter Watchung Hills made the contest 8-6 on their next possession. This lead to an unanswered 30 point tear. This was accomplished through great line play on both sides of the ball and Touchdowns by Dante(INFERNO) Gioia who scored twice. Ashland Zaun, Mike (RED)Tales and Jarvis(GHOST)Jones. Excellent open field tackles were also made by Zaun,Tales, Jones and Sebastian(SEABASS) Cunha. Final of 38-12 improving their record to 6-0. 

 

Junior Varsity

 

Using a big 1st quarter (31-6) and an overpowering victory (45-6) the Watchung Hills Pop Warner Junior Varsity team has improved to 6-0 on the season. The team has now outscored all opponents 183-14. Game captains were Joseph Pizzigoni, Gianluca Melo, and Xavier Ainsworth.

 

The Watchung Hills Wolverines scored quickly on a 40-yard pass play as they took possession to start the game. Quarterback, Ty Marion found an open Jamarques Lawrence whose catch and run made it 6-0 Watchung. Mac McAteer tossed a soft pass of his own to a streaking Sherrod Hudson for the 1-point conversion making it 7-0 Wolverines.

Kaden Everly would kick deep for Watchung but the Bridgewater receiver could not field it. The fumbled kick-off bounced to Watchung’s Billy Black and the Wolverines took over with excellent field position.  Going back to the air-attack, Marion this time connected with Hudson for a 30 yardtouchdown. Will Grabko would make good on the 2-point kick and the Wolverine took a 15-0 lead.

The Bridgewater Panthers would battle back and score on a long pass-play of their own. The Panthers split-end would get behind the Wolverine defenders and scamper for a touchdown. Their conversion failed but the lead was cut to 15-6.

Answering almost immediately, Sherrod Hudson carried for a touchdown run. Grabko nailed another 2-point conversion kick and Watchung moved in front 23-6.

On the next series, the Panthers were forced to punt. Watchung’s Hammer team would take the field on offense and promptly march down the field. Tyshaun Anderson had a strong run setting up an easy Billy Black touchdown scamper. Grabko made his third kick of the quarter and Watchung would finish the first quarter leading 31-6. 

The Panthers took the ball to start the second quarter but were again forced to punt. Jmar Lawrence returned the punt for a touchdown. Ty Marion ran a quarterback sneak for the conversion and Watchung’s advantage ballooned to 38-6 mid-way third quarter.

On the next Panther drive, Christopher Hopf, Jr made a stout play at the line of scrimmage. Hopf not only stopped the run but also stripped the ball away. As he sprinted for the goal line, the officials were calling the play over as forward progress was frozen at the line of scrimmage. Gianluca Melo would make a nice tackle as the Panther drive, and the half, would come to an end with a Lawrence interception. 

The second half featured a running clock with the game being so out-of-hand. Wolverine starters rested while several reserve players carried the ball. Nasir Maryland and Dylan Braunstein both had solid runs. Xavier Ainsworth showed a burst of speed and carried for another Watchung touchdown. Kaden Everly ran in the conversion with one more quarterback keeper and the Wolverines took a 45-6 lead.

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