WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee team improved to 5-0 with a strong second half against a quality team from Flemington. Game captains were Jack Valenti, Justin Ferreira, Luke Marion, and Justin Drews.
The first half featured hard hitting plays on both sides of the ball. Neither team could sustain a long drive as each team eventually turned the ball over on downs. A second quarter drive looked promising for the Watchung Hills Wolverines until a fumble turned the ball over to Flemington. The visitors capitalized and had a nice touch down drive to take a 6-0 lead into the halftime.
Facing a deficit for the first time on the year, the home Wolverine squad responded with a strong performance outscoring the Flemington team 4-0 in touchdowns after the break. The first score was a beautiful pass from quarterback Tyler Marion who found split end John King in the end zone to tie the game at six.
Shane Kelly recovered the on-sides kick for the Wolverines to give the ball immediately back to Watchung Hills. Valenti carried the ball on a nice counter-play with a wide open path to the end zone. The extra point kick failed but the Wolverines led 12-6 to end the 3rd quarter of play.
The 4th quarter began with another on-sides kick recovery for the home Watchung Hills team. This time it was Anthony Bateh who scooped up the loose ball. Justin Drews ran it in for the Wolverines shortly thereafter to extend to a 18-6 advantage.
The next Watchung Hills kick-off wasn't even an on-sides kick as Mac McAteer sent the ball sailing deep onto the Flemington side of the field. However, the visiting team still had trouble securing the ball and yet again, Watchung Hills recovered it. This time it was Ferreira who emerged with the pigskin.
The Wolverines fumbled which gave the ball to Flemington but after a few plays, the Watchung Hills team took it right back. Shane Kelly had a tremendous solo tackle on the corner. Then, Mac McAteer read the pass play and intercepted a Flemington throw to give the ball back to the Wolverines.
Not long after, the Wolverines found the end zone for their fourth unanswered score to boost the lead to 24-6. Luke Marion carried the ball with strong blocking in front of him including Elhana Wilson, Josh Claxton, Kaden Everly, and Thomas Johnson.
The Watchung Hills Junior Pee Wee team travels to Montgomery next week for a first place showdown against the league's other 5-0 team.
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