WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School varsity football team, winner of the state championship for two years straight, was honored at Tuesday’s town council meeting.
“We’re very proud, obviously, of your athletic abilities and your team work, but we’re probably more proud of the fact that you behave on and off the field,” Mayor Skibitsky told them. “Thank you for your great sportsmanship and the way you represent Westfield.”
The Blue Devils had not lost a game in two seasons when it won the North 2, Group 5 State Championships. During that stretch they had a 25-game winning streak that is currently the best in New Jersey. The team tied or broken 20 school records in the last two seasons, playing as well as any Westfield team since the legendary squads of the 1970’s.
Head coach Jim DeSarno was recently named coach of the year by the New Jersey Coaches Association and Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
He thanked the community for its support.
“This is a very special group. It’s not very easy to repeat any type of championship,” DeSarno said. “This group, especially with the seniors, overcame a lot of adversity with injuries and things like that, but they did a great job of keeping this team together, not letting them lose the focus, and the success followed.”