WARREN, NJ - Delivering another outstanding offensive output, the Watchung Hills Jr Warriors Junior Varsity completed its regular season with an 8-1 record with a victory over the Phillipsburg Junior Liners, 40-14. With the victory, the JV finished second in the Skylands Jr. Football Conference behind an undefeated Ridge team. The Warriors fell to Ridge, on Ridge’s home field, 28-24.
The JV begins their playoffs by facing defending champion Hillsborough in the semifinals at Watchung Hills High School at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, The JV defeated Hillsborough earlier in the year, 27-13. The JV, which currently is ranked 9 in the state by the National Prep Football Association for 11U, is hoping to meet the Ridge Jr Devils, ranked 5th, in the finals of the Skylands Jr Football Conference JV Championship.
Against Philipsburg, the Junior Warriors were led by Chad Martini at quarterback who ran for 2 scores and threw for 2 more to Brendon Vlasak. Jake Harter and Ronit Shahane also had multiple receptions on the day. On the ground the Junior Warriors were led by Trevor Bokach who had 2 touchdowns, Zack Medina and Brian Hayward. The Junior Warriors had in excess of 250 yards on offense for the eighth time in nine games on the year. This was made possible by the upfront blocking of James Coslet, Reilly Jones, Jonathan Martins, Gabe Snead, Liam Hogan and John Bechtle.
Defensively, the Junior Warriors were lead up front by Harter, Shahane, Kevin Bennekamper, Chad Keenan and Joe Merklinger who had three tackles for loss on the day. Leading tacklers were Bokach and Hogan from their linebacker positions. The defensive backfield was manned by Justin Helbing, Kyle Wickey, Medina and Hayward who helped hold Phillipsburg to one completion on the day.
The JV team would like to thank the JV cheerleaders for their support during the 2014 season and congratulate them on completing a successful exhibition in Bridgewater. Great job girls.
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