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Youth Football: Watchung Hills Pop Warner Recap



WHPW Flag Football Team was fierce in Game 3 at home versus the South Plainfield Tigers while putting on a great show for all the fans in attendance. Both the Blue and the White squads showed their commitment and prowess by consistently achieving on defense, pulling a combined total of 35 flags while on offense rushing for a combined total of 331 yards resulting in a collective 7 touchdowns for WHPW. 

On offense for the White Squad it was all about the ground game despite one 5 yard pass reception completed between quarterback Antonio Llanes and receiver Zeke Freijomil. Antonio Llanes also stepped his way through the South Plainfield defense with 30 rushing yards on a single carry while Zeke Freijomil, Cooper Quinn and Alex Simpson made their presence known by each putting up double-digit rushing yards. The rest of the rushing offense, including Mark Armento, Colin DaSilva, Gabriel Ribeiro and Charlie Severe laid down some serious tracks helping the squad torment the Tigers with a flurry of gains totaling in 38 yards, ultimately contributing to 2 scores, 1 by Zeke Freijomil and another by Justin Sa-onoy.  The White Squad defense was on fire, ripping flags and working hard to try and shut down the competition. Antonio Llanes, Dante Glynos and Anthony Ingrassia all grabbed multiple flags on the day while Alex Simpson, Cooper Quinn, Russell Granese, Anthony Baczkowski, Jayden Schmalz Matthew Carroll, Charlie Severe and Zeke Freijomil all took a flag each to stop the opposing offense in their tracks. It was a hard fought game that ended in a 2-2 tie for the White Squad.

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The Blue Squad was fired up for today’s game resulting in a 5 touchdown parade and no scores against them. Remi DeHaven and Gabriel Richardson pounced on the Tiger defense by fast stepping their way into the end zone with a combined total of 82 yards. Christopher Dahl, Carson Kelly and Dylan Walters helped with the scoring pile on by contributing a touchdown each while rushing for a combined total of 75 yards. Luke Lijo, Michael DiBella, Roman Ricci, Julian Collazo, James Prisco, Vincent Sandomenico and Santino Del Forno all charged their way down the field to help solidify the Wolverines offensive control of the game. On defense Santino Del Forno, Christopher Dahl and Michael DiBella were a force not to be reckoned with, ripping a combined total of 13 flags. Chase Capone, Remi DeHaven, Carson Kelly, Dylan Walters and Gabriel Richardson all pulled some flags to protect the end zone and help solidify a zero sum game for the South Plainfield Tigers. The Blue Squad offensive and defensive lines were relentless in their efforts to help achieve today’s victory.

Both squads did extremely well, worked very hard and showed everyone watching that the WHPW are a force in flag football. GO WOLVERINES!!


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It was a great game coming down to the final play today between the Watchung Hills Wolverines and the South Plainfield Tigers.  The Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their opening drive scoring on a long drive taking up most of the first quarter.  The Wolverines battled back thanks to hard running from Quadir Williams and Austin Kolakowski.  Quadir Williams narrowed the lead scoring from 1 yard out and finished off a scoring drive he set up a few plays prior with a 40 yard run off left tackle.  A few series later Austin Kolakowski couldn’t be touched streaking up the right sideline for the go ahead score with the Wolverines taking a 12-7 lead at the half.  The second half was a battle of inches with both teams playing outstanding defense.  The deciding factor was possession and ball control.  With a wet field the Wolverines struggle to maintain possession putting the ball on the ground numerous times with multiple turn overs.  The offense sputtered in the second half and the Tigers were able to take a 13-12 lead in the 3rd pounding the ball up the middle and wearing down the Wolverines defense.  In the final seconds of the game, Quadir Williams broke lose down the left sideline but was caught at the 20 ending the game and dealing with Wolverines their first loss of the season.  Congratulations go to both teams for a hard fought, well-played game.  The Wolverines will look to rebound next week when they face the Montgomery Wildcats away at Montgomery.  


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The Watchung Hills Wolverines PeeWee squad hosted the Flemington Falcons Sunday afterrnoon at their Old Stirling Road sports complex in the township of Warren N.J. The contest was well in hand relatively quickly as the tremendously proficient Wolverines enjoyed a 31 point lead by halftime. Virtually the entire roster contributed in part on the victory. The scoring standouts were Michael Tales, Dylan Simon, Dante Gioia and Tyler Simpson all 4 of these young men contributed with a touchdown each. In addition excellent play By Jarvis Jones (on both sides of the ball) contributed to the effort. Riley Mcann enjoyed an outstanding kicking and punting game with 3 PAT making it a 6 point contribution in total. As per usual the offensive and defensive lines were very dominant on the day, featuring the likes of Jack Tierney, Miguel Sauceda, and Justin Sanchez. Dylan Kelly contributed on both sides of the ball with proficient passing at QB and an interception on defense, which was aided by the pressure on the QB by Sebastian Cunha. On the defensive side of the ball notable contributions were made by a multitude of players. Nathan Downey and Dylan Simon enjoyed a sack each. Nirio Garcia, Ash Zaun, Langston Pierre, Joseph Anweiler, Alex Lopez, Joey Vecchio, James Burke all aided in the victory. The final score was 31-0


Junior Varsity

September 17, 2017

Watchung Hills Pop Warner Junior Varsity team (3-0)


Watchung Hills 30

Allentown-Millstone 8


Two towns combine this season and they also take players from the Trenton area to form the ‘A-M Redbirds.’ For the second week in a row the Watchung Hills Pop Warner Junior Varsity team faced a formidable opponent from South/Central Jersey. The Watchung Wolverines were ready for the task and dispatched, rather easily, the Redbirds 30-8. Game Captains were Tyler Marion, Billy Black, Sherrod Hudson, and James Palaia.


A-M tried an on-sides kick to begin the game and Kaden Everly scooped it up giving Watchung great field possession. A typically efficient Watchung drive put up points quickly as Palaia carried and Will Grabko kicked giving the Wolverines and early 8-0 advantage.


The highly regarded A-M squad attacked the middle of the field repeatedly but middle line-backers Mac McAteer and Damon Schumann were prepared to key on their stout fullback. After a ‘3 and out,’ A-M was forced to punt. Another quality Watchung offensive drive spanned the end of the first quarter into the second period. Black carried for the next touchdown run and the Wolverines took a 14-0 lead. 


Later in the quarter, A-M went to the air and safety, Jamarques Lawrence hauled in an interception giving the ball back to the Wolverine team. That set up another good Wolverine drive that included a Marion pass-play to Black that went for 40 yards. Followed by another Marion pass, this time to Lawrence who skied for the reception and skipped in for the touchdown giving Watchung a 20-0 cushion. Grabko nailed another 2-point kick and the Wolverines would go to the half winning 22-0.


Aqili Holmes got the Wolverine defense going to start the second half with a strong tackle and A-M was forced to punt again. The ball bounced A-M’s way and rolled all the way back to the Watchung 2-yard line. Unfazed by the poor field position, the ‘Hammer’ offense took the field and executed a 98-yard scoring drive. The big play on the drive was a 65 yard burst by Mac McAteer which set up a rather easy Palaia TD run from there. Grabko made another 2-point conversion kick and the Wolverines were making it look easy against one of NJ’s top teams. 


It was 30-0 to end the 3rd quarter of play.


Anthony Bateh made a good tackle at the line of scrimmage and the Redbirds had to punt yet again. Subbing freely, the Wolverines allowed several boys to carry the ball. Back-up quarterback Everly handed off to a variety of Wolverine players who all put all solid runs. They included: Holmes, Tyshaun Anderson, Dylan Braunstein, and Christopher Hopf, Jr.


Allentown-Millstone finally scored in the 4th quarter on a run to the left side which finalized the scoring on the day at 30-8. A-M got the ball back after a conservative Wolverine drive came up short but the Watchung defense was still on point. McAteer pressured the quarterback and hindered his pass attempt. Holmes grabbed the soft throw for another Watchung interception. Watchung took over and the clock ran out as the Wolverines moved to 3-0 on the season.


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