WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School varsity football team beat Franklin 37-10 Saturday, achieving the school’s 16th consecutive win and maintaining ownership of the highest win streak in New Jersey.
Although the streak is drawing crowds of proud Westfield residents, head coach Jim DeSarno is focusing more on what they need to do in the new season.
“Really we’re undefeated for three,” DeSarno said. “You know, it’s the 2016 season. All that stuff is in the past. This is a whole new team.”
The Blue Devils took the lead early. With 4:22 left in the first quarter, Westfield broke a 7-7 tie with a safety and remained in the lead for the rest of the game. The Blue Devils’ defense prevented the Warriors from scoring more than one touchdown while they recorded another five.
The only points the Warriors managed to get past them were from a field goal in the last 20 seconds of the first half.
In the final quarter, DeSarno subbed in younger players.
“Near the end, we were able to get all the younger guys in the game,” DeSarno said. “We felt pretty comfortable.”
Westfield fit in another touch down and extra point with 6:21 left in the game.
The Warriors vigorously attempted to score in the last few minutes, but Westfield’s defense wouldn’t let them in the end zone.
Although it has been 22 months since his team has lost a game, DeSarno said that he and his team have a lot of work to do because their opponents are coming to each game well prepared.
“Teams treat us like they’re Super Bowls, so every week we’re going get the team’s best,” DeSarno said.
The Blue Devils will face the Watchung Hills Regional Warriors (0-3) on the road Friday at 7 p.m.