Watchung Hills Pop Warner Football Wolverines Continue Winning Ways


WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Football Wolverines were away this weekend and continued their winning streaks.

The WHPW Flag Football Team traveled the White Squad to Bound Brook and the Blue Squad to Roselle Park to enjoy playing two high quality opponents for Game 4 on Sunday.  The veteran filled White squad started with Jayden Schmalz running the offense at quarterback and later had four exciting pass plays that quarterback Zeke Freijomil sent flying out to jumping Wolverine receivers.  The persistent White team ground game averaged almost six yards per carry with the help of a key 35 yard sprint by Antonio Llanes, a powerful 23 yard charge by Gabriel Ribeiro, and additional double digit gains by Anthony Baczkowski, Zeke Freijomil, and Cooper Quinn.  Matthew Carroll, Anthony Ingrassia, Colin DaSilva, Mark Armento, Dante Glynos, Charlie Severe, Justin Sa-onoy, and Alex Simpson also racked up yards while Jayden Schmalz and Russell Granese ran in two touchdowns for the Wolverines.  The White squad defense was all over the field and the fast movingBound Brook flag belts with Antonio Llanes leading the defensive effort pulling 5 flags.  Zeke Freijomil and Russell Granese pulled in 3 flags each and Anthony Ingrassia and Alex Simpson had two score saving pulls as well.

The younger but no less tough Wolverines Blue squad Flag players strongly represented the league away in Roselle Park by racking up over 200 yards of offense and pulling a dozen flags on defense.  Michael DiBella had a huge running day with 85 yards on 3 attempts and scoring two touchdowns.  Carson Kelly also scored two big touchdowns while running for 55 yards along with his teammates Christopher Dahl who racked up over 30 yards and then double-digit yardage gains from Gabriel Richardson and Luke Lijo.  More great running from Julian Collazo, Luca Barghash, James Prisco, Remington DeHaven, Santino Del Forno, Chase Capone, and Lyrik Shoneibare vaulted the team to over 200 yards.  On the swarming Blue defense it was Christopher Dahl and Michael DiBella leading the Wolverines with 4 flag pulls a piece, Carson Kelly pulling 2, with Dylan Walters and Gabriel Richardson adding shut-down flag pulls in a great team effort.

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Mitey Mite

This past Sunday the Watchung Hills Wolverine’s faced a solid Montgomery Cougar’s team at Montgomery High School.  The game was a hard fought defensive battle all day long with both offenses having limited success. Watchung Hills back up QB Ethan Della Cruz stepped up in the absence of Aidan Grochowski and ran the offense well.  The Cougars held strong on the edge and up the middle keeping the fast paced Wolverine offense at bay for much of the game.  In the second quarter, Quadir Williams broke loose off left tackle and out ran a host of Cougar defenders over 70 yards to pay dirt.  It proved to be the games only score with the Wolverines edging out the Cougars 6 – 0.  

On defense, Steve Prisco set the tone early on with a great open field tackle in the backfield.  David Thourborne, Danny Attanasio, Joseph Bateh, Matthew Dubois, Jonathan Okolo and Michael Carroll anchored the Wolverine’s defense all day long playing hard upfront and forcing the Cougars to throw the ball several times.  The secondary comprised off Steve Prisco, Christian Warnicke, Quadir Williams, Austin Kolakowski and Liam Morris were all ready for the pass attack and nearly intercepted 2 passes.  Cougars showed promise on a few series and knocked on the door, but the Wolverines held firm and would not be denied a win.  


JR PeeWee (Fenton)


JR PeeWee (Mancino)



The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Wolverines Peewee squad traveled to Sayreville Sunday to play the Junior Bombers. The first half was a hard fought battle ending with one score each respectively. The Watchung score came on a 45 yard TD pass involving both Dylans Kelly and Simon. Kelly throwing and Simon receiving.  The PAT for 2 points came off of the kick by Reilly (THE FOOT) Mcann who also contributed 6 more points in the 2nd half. Score at the half was tied 8-8.

      The Wolverines were all business in the 2nd half unleashing a barage of scoring drives totaling 30 unanswered points. Contributions were made by Jarvis Jones, Dante Gioia, Mike Tales, and James Burke. Excellent efforts were made on both sides of the line featuring the likes of Alex Lopez, Joe Bechtel, Josh Collazo, Jack Tierney, Anthony Reale, Justin Sanchez, Langston Pierre, Joe Vecchio, Miguel Sauceda, Ashland Zaun, Nirio Garcia, and Nate Downey. Additionally, The defensive backs Jarvis Jones, Dante Gioia, and Sebastian Cunha thwarted any aerial attack by the Jr. Bombers! The Wolverines improve to 4-0 on the season! GO WOLVERINES!!!


Junior Varsity

September 24, 2017

Watchung Hills Pop Warner Junior Varsity team (4-0)


Watchung Hills 28

Port Reading Golden Saints 0


The Junior Varsity team from Watchung Hills Pop Warner advanced to 4-0 this season by defeating the Golden Saints from Port Reading (Woodbridge, NJ) 28-0 this afternoon. The team has outscored opponents 110-8 during the opening month and the offensive weapons for this team are abundant. Game captains today were Elhanan Wilson, Nasir Maryland, Dylan Braunstein, and Anthony Bateh. 


The Watchung Hills Wolverines received the opening kick-off as Aqili Holmes grabbed the ball and established nice field position for the team. The Wolverines went to the passing attack right away. Quarterback, Tyler Marion found Sherrod Hudson for a solid gain and first down. A few plays later, it was Marion and Hudson again hooking up for a long pass play down the sideline and a touchdown for the Wolverines.


Mac McAteer whizzed an on-sides kick on the ensuing kick-off and Xavier Ainsworth recovered it for the Wolverines giving Watchung the ball back immediately. A strong Watchung Hills drive would follow. Near the goal line, Kaden Everly, Damon Schumann, and Hudson opened up a huge running lane as James Palaia carried nearly untouched for another Wolverine touchdown. Watchung took a 12-0 lead after another conversion kick failed.


Port Reading would take possession and not gain much ground at all as the Wolverine defense was ready to go. After three plays and a punt Watchung had the ball yet again as Jamarques Lawrence carried for a good return. Tyshaun Anderson carried for a first down as several Wolverine blockers pushed the pile forward for some extra yards. The drive ended with a Golden Saints interception but the gritty Wolverines were not worried.


To begin the second quarter, the Golden Saints turned the ball over on downs quickly back to Watchung. This time, the power offense known as “The Hammer team” drove the ball right down the field with relative ease. Anderson carried for the touchdown run; Will Grabko nailed the two-point conversion kick after a good snap from center, Jake Checchio, and the Wolverines sailed into halftime leading 20-0. 


Port Reading would receive the third quarter kick-off but once again they failed to gain any significant yardage. Strong tackles on that drive were turned in by Jackson Steele and Schumann. Yet again the Golden Saints were turning the ball over on downs to Watchung. 


The aforementioned “Hammer” team mounted another scoring drive with stout blocking up front by Joe Pizzigoni, Gianluca Melo, Elhanan Wilson, and Anthony Bateh. Grabko tacked on another 2-point kick and Watchung led 28-0 mid-way third quarter.


In the 4th quarter, cornerback, Johnny King would not allow the Saints receiver behind him and made a nice interception giving Watchung the ball yet again. An assortment of Wolverines would get carries as Watchung ran out the clock mounting several first downs. Solid runs were turned in by Christopher Hopf, Billy Black, Nasir Maryland, Mac McAteer, and Damon Schumann. The poised Wolverines even gained yardage by drawing the defenders off-side by “going on 2.” Ultimately, back-up quarterback Kaden Everly would take a knee and Watchung was 4-0 on the year. 


In addition to moving to 4-0 for the 2017 campaign, the win is number 40 for the team over the last 4 seasons. A core group of the boys have been together since 2014 when they first won the Regions and advanced to the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Florida. In 2014 at Junior Pee Wee they went 14-1. Regional finalist in 2015, they were 11-1 and the following season went 11-2 and advance to Disney again. Starting 4-0 this season gives the team 40 wins and counting early in the 2017 season. 


The team has high aspirations for this season as this is the group that has been to the Eastern Regional Finals for three straight years, winning twice and advancing to the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando, Florida in 2014 and again in 2016. Last season the team went 11-2 before losing to eventual National Champion Northwest Miami. In 2015, the team lost the Regional finals to Ward 5 from Washington, DC and went 11-1 overall. The first Disney team in 2014 went 14-1, beating Lenape Valley, PA in the regions before falling to the eventual champions, Hoffman Estates from Chicago. 



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