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DECEMBER 4, 1994 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL P THE SUNDAY RECORD S-1 Hoboken stops 7"tJ' " api ijiiii.ii ..- mmi w 3 3 amsey ' co Id .A- By RON FOX Staff Writer : EAST RUTHERFORD - Hoboken tackle Ivan Ramos will be boarding a plane Friday for his recruiting visit to the University of Miami. In another year, quarterback Rashard Casey figures to be making similar trips to Division I . schools. : Casey took flight Saturday against a Ramsey team that usually closes down all runways. A Rams defense that had not allowed a team 100 yards in a game this year was punctured by Casey's 136 yards and two touchdowns in 18 carries as Hoboken romped to a ;21-0 win and the State Group 3, -Section 1 championship. I In fact, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior had 107 yards in the first half. And his final total was trimmed by 10 yards lost in quarterback sacks. Not counted was his 72-yard return of a punt for a score that was erased by a holding penalty in the Tthird quarter. Casey said it was overall team speed that made the difference. "And the tight end made a nice .hook block for me," he said of the "work of Wilbur Valdez and Henry Ventura. The 6-4, 290-pound Ramos, who also is considering Syracuse, Duke, Rutgers, and South Carolina among many, also made his presence known as John Rivera and Louis Turso hammered away inside on carries and fakes, and Casey eluded the containment on several key third-down plays early. "They overpowered us, which I was afraid of," said Ramsey coach Steve Hyman. "They ran the belly with the quarterback keeping around the end; and the lead blocker kept getting our end. Then, in the second half, they went to an unbalanced line." Hoboken scored on its first possession, after Ramsey held the first two plays to no gain, led by nose guard Kevin Tielemans. Casey shot out of the pocket for 20 yards and a first down, and two plays later, he circled the right side , for 33 yards and a touchdown. Don ; Huggins kicked his first of three -extra points. Hoboken covered 61 -yards in six plays and three minutes and eight seconds. ; Ramsey seemed able to stand toe-to-toe with the Red Wings offensively, and launched a drive ; that gained 45 yards in its first five rushes, as quarterback Dave Mey- Delbarton suffers a painful finish By KEN DAVID0FF ' Correspondent MORRISTOWN - What be- gan as a tight contest turned into , "one of those days" for the Delbar-; ton football team. One of those ! days in which everything goes '- right for the opponent, and very little works for you. Painful as its 27-7 loss to Immaculate in the Parochial Group 3 championship game was, the Green Wave tried to view Saturday's contest as a disappointing finish to a terrific year. : "I think we had a great season overall," wideout Chuck Miner-vino said. "We exceeded a lot of people's expectations. We went to the State championships. A lot of teams can't say they did that." Delbarton was no stranger to championship pressure, having , won last year's Parochial Group 3 . title, and it downed the Spartans, 15-12, in last year's semifinal. But the powerful Green Wave passing offense was stifled by Immacula-ta's defense, and the Spartans' offense capitalized on enough chances to take control in the second half. 'They took advantage of their opportunities better than we did," Minervino said. Immaculata's first opportunity came when linebacker Brian Lin-demuth intercepted a pass from . Delbarton quarterback Ryan Crane and ran it 25 yards to the Green Wave 20. On the next play, quarterback Matt Neiber bolted left on a broken play and reached the end zone for a 7-0 Spartans lead. Delbarton marched right back with a 15-play, 66-yard drive to knot the score at 7-7. Tailback Louis Basenese III ran in a pitch-back from 1 yard with 54 seconds left in the first quarter. The defenses ruled the second quarter, and Immaculate coach Pierce Frauenheim made a crucial halftime decision to switch to the power-I formation. After four straight runs to open the half, the Spartans pulled off the play of the game. Neiber pitched the ball back to wide receiver Mike Bates, who throw a perfect 37-yard pass to fel- anoup a HOBOKEN 21. RAMSEY 0 (1-2-1) lmY I HI- 0 (10-1) HotoKfl 0 0 I - 2) Rashard Casey 33 run (Don Huggins kick) Casav I run (Huggliu kick) Mandrell Frailer 31 run (Huggins kick) R 9 25-18 H 11 45-277 4 2-37 1- 1-0 2- 10 4-40 2-1 4-75 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Interceptions 0-00 Comp-Att-Int 4-27-2 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-21 Punts 3-35 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 Penalties-Yards 2-25 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING R-Ryan Paquln 9-31, Dave Meyer 11-24, Brian Mlstrelta 5-31; H-Rashard Casey 18-134, Mandrell Frailer 7-49, Louis Turso 8-38, John Rivera 11-31, Dan Rivera 1-3. PASSING R-Dave Mover 4-27-2 60; H-Rashard Casey 1-1-0 4. RECEIVING R-Brlan Mlstretta 2-34, Dave Ferrara 1-17, Dale Prultt 1-9; H-Wllour valdez 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS None. er and running back Brian Mis-tretta got the major yardage. Meyer's 18-yard run in that series was a duplicate of his fouth-down touchdown run that defeated top-seeded Wayne Valley in the opening round of the playoffs. Then, on first down at the 23, Ramos and John Notoro sacked Meyer and three incompletions followed. Ramsey was just 4-of-27 passing, including a few drops, highlighted by one bobble at the, Hoboken 2 in the third quarter. The entire attack bogged down, as Ramsey managed only 52 yards rushing the rest of the way. Turso, a junior strong safety, was all over the place, making key tackles. "The coaches changed our defensive scheme for this game," Turso said. "I shaded the split end and looked for the pitch." Turso did just that, Mandrell Frazier intercepted two passes (at his 11 and 45 yard lines), and John Bigler had two sacks. FOOTBALL SCHEDULE TODAY Central Jan ey Group 2 Somervllle vs. Manasquan at Giants Stadium, 10:30 a.m. Group 3 Neptune vs. Franklin at Giants Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Group 4 Marlboro vs. Plscataway at Giants Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Parochial Group 2 Marlst vs. Gloucester Catholic at Giants Stadium, 4:30 p.m. PAHOOiiiAL GHOUL? 3 IMMACULATA 27. DELBARTON 7 OH) Immaculate . 7 0 14 4 - 27 (9-2) Dtlberlen Mil l-Malt Neiber 20 run (Justin Karmon kick) D-Louls Basenese, III 1 run (Mitchell Syp kick) l-Tony GseN 3 run (Karmon kick) l-MIke Bates 8 run (Karmon kick) l-Netber 1 run (kick (ailed) I 11 38-188 42 3-25 3- 4-0 1-9 4- 28.5 1-1 1-5 D 12 14-19 183 0- 0 12-41-3 2-17 4-33.75 1- 0 4-40 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Interceptions Como-Att-Int Sacked-Yards Lost Punts Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - l-Oscar Bathan 9-73, Tony (ilea 12-57, Matt Neiber 4-38, Mike Bales 7-14, Brian Havden 4-4; D-Ryan Crane 5-3, Louis Basenese, ill, 8-8, Lawrence Klecha 3-8. PASSING - l-Nelber 2-4 42, Bates 1-1 37, GseK 0-1; D-Crane 12-41 183. RECEIVING - l-Danny Palko 1-37, Bates 2-5; D-Andy Jones 7-89, Chuck Minervino 4-87, Chris VlreM 1-7. MISSED FIELD GOALS - None. low receiver Danny Palko. , "We were running, running, running," said Frauenheim, whose team won its first championship since 1985. "We thought we could beat them deep. We called it and it worked." Tony Gsell finished the drive with a 3-yard scoring jaunt, and the Spartans' power-I produced two more TD runs, a Bates 8-yarder and a Neiber 1-yarder. "They got the momentum, and it was tough to stop them," Delbarton coach John Kowalik said. As it fell behind further, the Green Wave increased its passing, but Crane couldn't connect often enough with his receivers. Either he didn't have enough time, or his targets were well-covered. "For us to be effective, we've got to be able to throw the ball," Kowalik said. The final statistics reflected the teams' opposite offensive strategies. The Green Wave attempted 41 passes and ran the ball 16 times (four times in the second half), while Immaculate called 38 running plays and only six passes (two in the second half). Unfortunately for the Green Wave, only 12 of the 41 attempts were completed. Bergen Catholic back Jim Finn (24) Crusaders sum up loss: 'You can say we never quit' By BOB KURLAND : Staff Writer EAST RUTHERFORD The big lineman, wearing a North Carolina T-shirt, sat in the Giants , Stadium locker room Saturday i and summed up the feelings of his teammates. "You can say we never quit or rolled over and died for these guys," said Bergen Catholic's Ryan Carfley after the Crusaders were stunned by St. Peter's Prep, 26-24, in the Parochial 4 final. The 296-pounder, who has a ' scholarship at UNC, came into the game with a knee injury suffered last week against Ridgewood. "I didn't practice all week," said the senior. He started but eventually sat on , the bench until the second half. "I felt we would win or lose with me in there," he said. "And I didn't want to play my last game on the sidelines." The Crusaders, who had their 14-game winning streak snapped, trailed 26-9 with six minutes left. "They played a helluva game and we ran out of time," said the tackle. After receiving an electrical stimulation treatment at halftime, he re-entered the game. "I'was playing on one leg and the turf bothered me," he said. "But their guys up front were the best we met." 's State's No. 1 team rocked by From Page S-1 64-yard drive. His 1-yard run just before halftime capped an eight-play, 86-yard drive. "If you can't keep the other team from possessing the ball and you can't run it, that puts too much pressure on your passing attack," Stengel said. And thus, Bergen Catholic was forced to throw and throw in the final minutes. Piela had a respect Hackensack remains unbeaten By GREGORY SCHUTTA Staff Writer EAST RUTHERFORD The turf at Giants Stadium has played host to its fair share of great running backs, from Joe Morris, to Rodney Hampton, to Dave Meg-gett. Add another name to the list Joe Dawkins. The junior tailback broke out for 105 of his 146 yards in the second half as Hackensack dashed the Group 4 sectional football championship dreams of North Bergen for the third year in a row, 27-10, Saturday night. The victory stopped the bleeding that saw Bergen Catholic and Ramsey beaten by Hudson County teams in the two previous championship games played that day. "it feels great," the junior tailback said. "I grew up watching the Giants play in this stadium. It's a dream." And he did it despite suffering a painful hip pointer covering a punt in the third quarter. Dawkins' 44-yard touchdown with three minutes left in the game sealed North Bergen's fate. "I'm telling you, Dawkins was unbelievable," coach Greg Toal said. "We lost the best running back in the state and he comes in and we don't even miss a beat." Dawkins managed to do what many people thought was impossible, fill the shoes of All-State tailback Rashidi Brown. Brown went down three weeks ago with a fractured ankle, but started Saturday before reinjuring the ankle in the first half. "I always wanted to play tailback, but I knew I would have to wait my turn," Dawkins said. "When I got my shot I just wanted STEVE AUCHARDSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER tries to cut back away from St. Peter's defender Pedro Cirino in St. Peter's 26-24 win. ' One of the major reasons St. Peter's offense was so effective was the play of 290-pound tackle Bill O'Donnell. "It was a challenge taking on their line," said O'Donnell, who has offers to play at Nebraska, Florida, Syracuse, and Rutgers. "We had to play much quicker than normally," said O'Donnell, "and we dominated them off the ball." And that's where the game was won, as North Bergen's Paul Que carried 23 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns. On the other side, BC's outstanding runner, Jim Finn, was held to 47 yards on 14 carries. He did score two touchdowns. "They got out in front and took us out of our game plan," said Finn. "And they really stopped us from grinding it out. They did the job of taking me out of the game." Que, who finished the season with more than 1,000 yards rushing, raved about his line. "It's the best I've had here, starting with our two tackles, John Horsfield and O'Donnell." The 275-pound Horsfield surprised everyone this year with his outstanding play. "Last year he played J V, so his improvement has been great," said coach Rich Hansen. "And O'Donnell is the best in the State." able opening three quarters and a strong fourth quarter to finish 14- -for-22 for 280 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Senior running back Jim Finn's 1-yard TD run with 3:07 left and his two-point conversion catch pulled the Crusaders within 26-17. When Piela tossed a 19-yard TD to senior receiver Chuck Mazzarone with 20 seconds left and junior Buck Elsey added the extra GilOUP 4 HACKENSACK 27. N. BERGEN 10 (1-3) North Bereee 8 18 8 8 - 18 (11-8) Hnsac 7 8 4 14 - H-Rashidl Brown 15 run (Shaun DeSimone NB-MIke Novembre 4 run (Nick Young kick) NB-Ybung 24 FG H-C.J. Evans 17 run (kick failed) . H-Dekxi Jones 25 pass from Perrki Mosca (pass failed) H-Joe Dawkins 44 run (Mosca run) NB N First downs 11 . Rushes-yards 31-81 38-218 Passing yards 150 48 Interceptions 1-2 M Comp-Att-Int 9-14-1 3-11-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-21 0-00 Punts 5-33 4-29 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1 Penalties-Yards 5-43 4-30 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - NB-MIke Novembre 21-44, David Clrlaco 7-38, Javier Garcia 1-1, Tom McDonough 3-(-24); H-Joe Dawkins I8-Ilp3, Rashidi Brown 12-39, C.J. Evans 5-34, Scott Constantino 1-2, Perrln Mosca 2-(-3). PASSING - NB-McDonouoh 9-14-1 150; H-Mosca 3-11-0 48. RECEIVING - NB-Tyson Garcia 3-48, Carlos Perelra 3-41, Asian Perez 1-32, Novembre 2-29; H-Ed Hodge 2-43, Oeion Jones 1-25. MISSED FIELD GOALS - None. to run hard and hold onto the ball." The victory capped a perfect season that saw the Comets go 11-0 on the way to their third consecutive Group 4 sectional championship. And with Bergen Catholic and Randolph both losing their championship games, Hackensack expects to be looking down at the rest of the state when the State poll comes out this week. "You are looking at the best team in the state," Toal said. "We knew they lost before the game," Dawkins said. "Number one was our goal" It took a spectacular turnaround in the second half to reach that goal. Hackensack, trailing 10-7 going into the second half, marched 75 Que scored two of his touchdowns by going over the top. "I love doing that," said the back. "I have five this year." Que, who had been slowed by an ankle injury over the past three weeks, was sizzling on the Astro-turf. And it was his sure hands that cemented the victory. BC tried an onsides kick with 20 seconds left, only to have Que grab it. "I saw it coming, it went into my hands, I laid down on the floor, and I thought to myself that my high school career was over," he said. And so was Bergen Catholic's hopes of finishing No. 1 in New Jersey and possibly that high in a national poll. BC made it close on Joe Piela's sharp passing in the final minutes and the receiving of Chuck Maz-zarone. Two years ago the wide receiver was on the losing end when he faced BC as a member of the Paramus Catholic team. Last year he helped BC to the championship. "I just wish we had thrown more earlier," he said. "I was covered man-to-man and was open most of the game." BC penetrated a prevent defense at the end. "I messed up a couple of times on defense," said Que. "But Mazzarone 8-for-152 is a great receiver." The Marauders, considered a point, that made it 26-24. But Que immediately caught the onside kick, and St. Peter's had staked a claim for the No.l ranking in the state, and perhaps even a place in USA Today's Super 25 poll. "People asked us questions during the week that I didn't understand; people asked if we were in yards on its second drive, capped by a 17-yard run by C.J. Evans, to take a 13-10 lead. Perrin Mosca, who completed just three of 1 1 passes for 68 yards, made his last one count by laying a perfect 26-yard pass into the hands of first year senior Deion Jones in the corner of the end zone for a 19-10 lead. Dawkins' score three minutes later sealed the decision. "I've got to give all the credit to the line," said Dawkins. "In the second half they dame off the ball so quick it was easy. I couldn't have done what I did without them." The defense, which had been suspect all year and didn't change anybody's mind in the first half, became a brick wall in the second. The Bruins didn't get a first down until five minutes were left in the game. Quarterback Tom McDonough was hot, completing nine passes for 150 yards, but running back Mike Novembre was held to 66 yards on 21 carries, 11 in the second half. riJSIAA FOOTDALL SCOHES Mtjafffc Jtrwv- StcflM I Grew 1 WMlklB VWev 22 Lenaee Veaev GroeoS Hoboken 21 Ramsey 8 GraooO Hackensack 27 Nor Bergen N) PanceM Grew 1 Immaculate Conception 20SI. Joseph (Hammonton) t parecaM Greet 1 tmmacutata V DUberton 7 PtrecMal Green 4 St. Peter-t Pre 24 Bergen Cattwac 24 u4sw U-a. eeaM 4 i ...................... new rrevwenco zi J cnoup 4 ; ; (10-1) Berew CaWiellc 8 3 4 15 24 : (11-0) St. Peter's Prep 8 12 8 H - 2t SP-Paul Que 4 run (kick failed) . BC-Buck Elsey 22 FG SP-Que 1 run (pass failed) BC-JIm Finn 1 run (kick failed) SP-Gereld McOermotl 13 pass from Jeff Skinner (Abdul Mohammad kick) SP-Que 13 run (Mohammad kick) . -, BC-FInn 1 run (Finn pass from Joe Pteta)' BC-Chuck Mazzarone 19 pass from Plela (Eh sey kick) BC STP ' ' First downs 12 15 ' Rushes-yards 27-82 40-218 Passing yards 280 103 ' Interceptions 0-00 1-8 Comp-Att-Int 14-22-1 7-13-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-5 0-00 Punts 3-31 3-38 , Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-0 - Penalties-Yards 3-25 4-40 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS i RUSHING - BC-JIm Finn 15-47, Jon Plela' 5-1 20, Joe Plela 4-8, Brian McGulnness 1-7; STP-Paul Que 23-143, Mike Medrlano 7-32, Pedro Clrlno 9-29, James Souder 1-4. PASSING - BC-Joe Plela 14-22-1 280; STP-Jeff Skinner 7-13 103. RECEIVING - BC-Chuck Mazzarone 8-152, Brian McGulnness 1-48, Mike Zampieri 4-50, Jim Finn 1-0; STP-Paul Que 2-42, Paul Rakoskl 2-30, Gerald McDermott 2-21, David Damato 1-10. MISSED FIELD GOALS None. running team, shook up BC early. On the second play of the game, Jeff Skinner fired a pass to Que for 18 yards. ', "The passing helped open up the running," said Skinner, who was 7-of-13 for 103 yards. "Scoring the first touchdown Que in the second quarter made a statement that we could play with them. I think they got the message." ; And in the other locker room, Finn said, "I feel empty, as everything we worked for the whole season we have nothing to show for," St. Peter's awe of Bergen Catholic," said St. Peter's coach Rich Hansen. "Coming in, we didn't have any of the preconceived notions that people had about them." "On the first few plays, they the Crusaders were stopping the run, but I knew our lines would pick it up," said Que. "To beat Bergen Catholic you can't beat that." The first half was typical Hackensack, a long drive for a quick lead followed by mistakes and defensive lapses. ;' The Bruins gained 21 yards on those three plays, including a 12-yard run by David Ciriaco after the Comets failed to notice the missing soldier during a timeout, down to the Hackensack 25 with less than 2.0 seconds left. Then Bruin quarterback Tom McDonough hit Tyson Garcia for 16 yards, and Nick Young nailed a 26-yard field goal to give North Bergen a 10-7 lead going into the loek-erroom. Rashidi Brown wasn't going to let a little thing like a fractured ankle keep him from the hallowed turf of Giants Stadium. The speedy 180-pounder made a statement on the Comets' opening play from scrimmage, taking a handoff from Perrin Mosca at his own 15-yard line and darting seven yards. He left his mark by carrying on the last three plays of the drive, the last going 15 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Hackensack lead. reap I Mendham 34 Caldwea 8 Summit 48 Jefferson 1 Sros MortcMr Tl Randolph tj Central Jersey Grew I Keensburt N) South Hunterdon 8 Grew I Psbor 33 Florence 4 Grew! Hanwnonton 34 Klngsway 28 Grew) Brtck 28 Central 24 GrowO Tom River North 28 Cherokw M

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