WARREN, NJ - On a cold Sunday morning, the Watchung Hills Wolverines Pee Wee football team triumphed in a hard fought battle against the Rochester Rams in the Eastern Region semi-final.  Against a sizable, tough, disciplined opponent, the Wolverines came together with a true team effort to earn a 20-12 win.

 

On the first drive of the game, the Wolverines got themselves on the scoreboard by marching down the field 65 yards.   Hard running from Kyle Checchio and Brock Dandridge, and a combination of offensive schemes, culminated in a nice 15-yard pass from QB Jadon Prinzivalli to Caleb Robinson-Newsome for the Wolverines first score.  

 

The Rams tightened up defensively and after a series of back and forth turnovers on downs, tied the contest at 6-6 in the second quarter.  Each team suffered a turnover in the second quarter and despite the Wolverines’ continued offensive pressure in the closing minutes, the game went into halftime all tied up.

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With the Wolverines on defense to start the 3rd quarter, they were caught off guard by a 65-yard run on the first play.  With the PAT being no good, the Wolverines found themselves down 6-12…the first time all-season the squad from Watchung Hills was losing in game.  However, to their credit, the Wolverines bounced right back.   Prinzivalli completed a 30 yard toss to Dandridge which put the ball on the 1-yard line and Dandrige punched it in on the next play behind some excellent up front blocking from Mason Kelly, Brayden Kelly and Nick Valenti.  Kicker Byron McCann drilled a critical 2-point conversion kick putting the Wolverines up 14-12.

 

From there, the Wolverines held tough on defense.  Several players made important stops including a big one from Jake Arakelian on a key 4th down play.  Matiss Kalnins, Lucas Garcia and Brayden Kelly also delivered some critical tackles.  A second TD by Dandridge on a great 40-yard run put the score at 20-12, and after a final defensive stop, the Wolverines were able to close out on offense with a tough ground game and solid clock management.

 

The Pee Wee squad competes for the Eastern Region Championship next weekend with the winner of the contest earning a trip to the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Disney.