WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills and Montgomery met in Warren on Senior Night on Friday and it looked for a moment like it would be a repeat of 2015‘s Senior Night when Jack Stefurek kicked a 25-yard field goal with 29 seconds left to lift Watchung Hills over Montgomery, 24-23. After three second half turnovers, the Warriors were still in the game and put together a last minute drive that could have tied the game. But time ran out and Montgomery won, 21-14.

Prior to the game, senior football players and cheerleaders were recognized along with their parents, and announced by senior Vincent DiGeronimo( see video here)

Band members and their parents were recognized after the band’s halftime show.(see video here)

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Clem Carfaro led the Watchung Hills‘ defense with a pair of sacks and a blocked PAT. Anthony Leone had nine tackles and Andrew Russo had eight. 

“Tough one tonight against a good Montgomery team,” said WHRHS head coach Rich Seubert. “Unfortunately, we were on the wrong side of a tough game. We look to bounce back next week against Ridge.”

The two teams are both in the midst of turnaround seasons. Last year, Watchung Hills was 0-10 and Montgomery had only two wins. The difference Friday?  Montgomery, now 6-1, didn’t turn the ball over.

Justin Drews had nine receptions for 165 yards and Jack Taub finished with 72 yards on 22 carries and a TD for the Warriors. Quarterback Chad Martini was 14-for-24 for 195 yards with three interceptions. ( see Martini to Drews here)

The Warriors even had some NFL encouragement from the sidelines.( Nick Gates, Chad Slade, Evan Brown, Eric Smith)

 

Scoring recap: 

The Warriors scored first after an 80 yard drive with a 1 yard TD run by QB Chad Martini. Spencer Ostroff made the extra point giving the Warriors a 7-0 lead over the Cougars.

The Cougars answered and scored on a 35 yard TD pass on 4th down. After the extra point, the score was tied 7-7 with four minutes left in the first quarter.

The defenses held the offenses in check and the score remained 7-7 at the half.

The Cougars started the second half with the ball on their own 32 yard line and scored on a 22 yard TD run. Cafaro blocked the extra point making the score 13-7 in favor of the Cougars with 9:15 left in the 3rd quarter. 

 

Watchung Hills responded. On fourth-and-3, a defensive pass interference penalty on Montgomery set up Jack Taub to run it in from 2 yards out for a Warrior TD. Ostroff makes the extra point making the score 14-13 in favor of the Warriors.

 

Cougars scored on a 55 yard TD pass from Ryan Furey to Carter McFadden and convert the 2 point conversion giving them the 21-14 lead with 10 minutes to go.

 

Warriors are intercepted and the Cougars take over at the Warrior 40 yard line but the Warriors’ defense held the Cougars and got the ball back at their own 15 yard line with 5:55 left in the game.

 

Watchung Hills is now 4-3 and will face Ridge on the road next week. The Red Devils are 5-1 with their lone loss against undefeated Phillipsburg in double overtime.

The Watchung Hills Marching Warriors will compete Saturday, Oct. 19 at Ridge.

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