The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on December 2, 1995 · 13
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SAt3rDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1995 i-a THE RECORD B NORTH JERSEY NJSIAA PAROCHIAL 3 FOOTBALL WL S8S n n n n n n n tin lilira M . sy ) W-y MEL EVANSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER St. Joseph's Henry Polllo Is brought down by DePaul's Brian Buczek after a gain In St. Joseph's 32-26 comeback win In the Parochial Group 3 final at Giants Stadium. By BOB KURLAND Staff Wrilw EAST RUTHERFORD - Underdog DePaul pushed St Joseph to the limit Friday night before it bowed, 32-26, in the Parochial Group 3 football championship game at Giants Stadium. The Green Knights (11-0) didn't take the lead for good until Henry Pollio scored on an 11-yard run with 38 seconds left. Even then, the Spartans (8-3) didn't quit as they drove to the St. Joseph 32, only to have a harried quarterback, Brian Buczek, lose the ball on a fumble. The Spartans shocked the top-ranked team in New Jersey at the start when Miguel DelCarrera returned the opening kickoff 81 yards to the 5, where Cooper Rego pulled him down. Three plays later, Dante Sicilliano took a pass from Buczek for the first of his four touchdowns. "I was a little surprised because I didn't think he and their team were so fast," said Rego, who wound up with two touchdowns and 171 yards rushing. "And when we went down 19-7 I was a little shaky. I started to think back when I was a freshman and I watched us lose by a point to Delbarton." Pollio, who rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns, also was a bit shaken by the early happenings. "But we're used to picking ourselves up, we did it against Bergen Catholic and Delbarton." Tony Karcich, who won his first title since 1988, also felt a bit snakebitten as his team fell behind. "And when Danny Colonna fumbled In the fourth quarter, I thought back to our title losses in 1989 and 93." DePaul took advantage of the bobble with a wide-open Siciliano grabbing a 19-yard TD pass from Buczek with 3:18 left to play. "I was hoping they'd go for one David Lennon kicked the PAT to make it 26-26 so we'd have a chance to go into overtime," said Karcich. And the game might have gone to OT except for a pass interference play that gave the ball to the Knights on the 49, rather than being forced to punt. Then Rego, Angel Colon, and Pollio ran the ball to the 11, where the big fullback moved behind trap blocks by Mike Bertolino and Mike Perrone for the winning score. But the star of the game was Sicilliano, who caught nine passes for 183 yards and rushed for 22 more. "We knew he was their team from the scouting reports," Karcich said, "but we didn't know he was this good." Siciliano was a man on a mission. "We read in the papers all week that we were playing the No. 1 in the State and didn't have a shot," said the junior. "But we knew we could play with them." And coach Joe Lennon said, "That first TD right away showed we could compete with the No. 1 team in the State." The Green Knights came out of the halftime locker room full of confidence and drove 80 yards for a touchdown. The payoff was a 29-yard pass from Colonna to tight end Bryan Dillon. And Lou Taylor's kick made it 20-19. And after forcing a punt, the Knight marched 77 yards for another TD. One of the big plays was a 37-yard end-around by Colon. Rego lugged the ball the last four times for 23 yards and the score. One of the reasons DePaul hung tough was the 12-for-15 passing by Buczek for 212 yards. Pollio probably summed up the team's feelings with: "This is the greatest feeling of my life winning the championship at Giants Stadium." One player who wasn't around to shake hands after the game was two-way starter Eric Koeser, who suffered a broken leg early in the game. ST. JQ8EPH 32. DEPAUL 28 (H) DePtuI (114) it. Joiepll 7 13 4-31 D-Denle Siciliano 3 Mil from Brian Bucitk (kick fallad) SJ-Hanry Pollio 4 run (Lou Taylor kick) D-Slclllano 84 pau from Buciak (kick fallad) D-Slclllano 4 run (David Lannon kick) SJ-Coopar Rego 1 run (Taylor kick) SJ-Bryan Dillon 29 pan from Dan Colonna (Taylor kick) SJ-Rego 2 run (kick fallad) D-Slclllano It pan from Buciak (Lannon kick) SJ-Polllo 1) run (pau fallad) DePavl St. Jaupk First downs . W Rushes-yards 27-33 15-307 Paulng yardt 112 59 Comp-Alt-Int 12-1S-0 4-4-J Punli 3-42 1-25 Fumbla-Loil 2-0 2-0 Penellles-Yardi 4-35 4-20 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - O-Mlgual DelCarrera 8-24, Danta Siciliano II-22, Mark Laboriky 2-3, Buczek a-(-18); SJ-Coopar Rego 27-171, Henry Polllo 14-74, Ansel Colon 4-41, Dan Colonna 3-(-l). PASSING - D-Buciek 12-15, 0-2-12; SJ-Colonna 4-4, 0-59; Colon 0-1, 0-0-0 RECEIVING - D-Slclllano 9-13, Todd McKrlll 1-15, Brian Ferrlto 1-9, DelCarrera 1-5; SJ-Colon 3-30, Bryan Dillon 1-29. B ereen Catholic turns bitter to sweet By GREG MATTURA Correspondent EAST RUTHERFORD - Bergen Catholic players and alumni will no longer experience a queasy feeling in the pit of their stomachs the next time the words "St. Peter's Prep" and "Giants Stadium" are mentioned in the same sentence. The Crusaders returned to the house that produced their greatest horror Giants Stadium faced their arch tormentor St. Peter's and exorcised their year-long demons with one of their most spirited performances in years. Almost a year to the day since their last meeting, Bergen Catholic avenged what several Crusaders labeled the low point of their lives by defeating the Marauders, 19-6, Friday afternoon in the Parochial Group 4 State football championship. "The best memories of my life and the worst memories of my life are on this field, but I'm going to remember the good ones more," said Crusaders senior fullback Greg Boyajian, who keyed the Cru- BERGEN CATHOLIC 19, 8T. PETER'S 6 PAROCHIAL 4 (7-4) St. Peter'i Prep 0 4 0 0 - (10-D Barton Catholic 0 13 0 4 SPP-Gerry McDermolt 4 pass from Darren Miller (kick failed) BC-Jon Plela 5 run (Buck Elsey kick) BC-Cralg Pengltore 1 run (kick failed) BC-Pengltore 1 run (kick failed) First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Punls Interceptions Comp-Alt-Int Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards SPP a 27-39 58 3- 30.7 0 4- 12-0 2-0 4-25 BC 14 48-174 17 2-20 0 2-2-0 2-0 5-39 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - SPP-Pedro Clrlno 19-33; Anthony Jordan 3-14; Mike Medrano 1-1; Miller 4 (-9). BC-Greg Boyallan 17-105; Plela 18-100; Pengltore 12-2; Matt Felnsteln 1 (-33). . PASSING - SPP-Mlller 4-12-58. BC-Pengllore 2-2-17. RECEIVING - SPP-Clrlno 4-29; Donald Bostonlan 1-23; McDermolt 1-6. BC-Tom Mabey 1-14; Plela 1-3. saders' ground attack with 105 yards on 17 carries. Bergen Catholic's bad memories were of last year's 26-24 loss to St. Peter's, which cost the Crusaders a State title, undefeated season, No. 1 State ranking, and top-5 rating in USA Today. The Crusaders' good memories will be about an emotionally charged performance in which they responded to a 6-0 deficit with back-to-back, second-quarter touchdowns, then dominated the entire second half. It was their best game of the year. "It was a bitter pill that we had to live with for 365 days that we got outhit in last year's final," said Crusaders coach Fred Stengel. "I had said to the boys from Day One that our goal was to be playing our best football at the end of the year." The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association brought this matchup to Giants Stadium, after the Crusaders' field was deemed unplayable earlier this week and another suitable site could not be found. While Stengel and St. Peter's coach Rich Hansen criticized the last-minute decision primarily because a weekday game meant one less day of preparation Boyajian and his teammates welcomed it. "We all wanted to play at Giants Stadium," said senior tailback Jon Piela, who carried 18 times for 100 yards. "This is where we played them last year and this is where we wanted to play them again." Crusaders senior lineman Jim Teles- -1 4 ft I. . V 1 " 7f I a- '" X jm Cail .5' Greg Boyajian of Bergen Catholic drags manich said memories of last year's loss surfaced momentarily when St. Peter's manufactured a 14-play, 64-yard touchdown drive. Junior quarterback Darren Miller's 6-yard TD pass to senior receiver Gerry McDermott gave the Marauders a 6-0 lead with 11:11 left in the second quarter. From that moment, though, it was all Bergen Catholic. The Crusaders offensive line enabled Boyajian and Piela to run St. Peter's defender Ernest Riley with him inside the tackles, and St. Peter's inside running game was shut down. After picking up 81 yards in the first 13 minutes, the Marauders were held to 16 yards over the final 35 minutes. Following St. Peter's score, the Crusaders moved 68 yards in nine plays and grabbed a 7-6 lead when Piela scored on a 5-yard run with 3:46 left in the half and senior Buck Elsey added the extra point. On their next possession, the Crusaders TERRENCE JAMESSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER In the Parochial Group 4 State final. moved 44 yards in nine plays, and sophomore quarterback Craig Pengitore scored on a 1-yard run, with eight seconds left in the half. Early in the fourth, Pengitore capped another 9-play, 68-yard drive with a 1-yard keeper. "I work for the Giants on Sundays, and when I come on the field all I had was bad .memories," Telesmanich said. "Now when I come here I'll have good memories." 'ting's catch helps Hackensack keep crown By KEN DAVID0FF Correspondent .. EAST RUTHERFORD The Hackensack football team did not dominate its competition this season. Working in a new quarterback and offensive line and hampered with injuries, the Comets often struggled in their quest for their fourth consecutive Group 4, Section 1 championship. Friday night's final game against North Bergen proved no easier, but the Comets tl0-l) came out victorious, 7-6, over the Bruins (9-2) at Giants Stadium. Senior Walter King's 14-yard touchdown reception from sophomore Sean O'Connor, followed by Doug Kennedy's extra point, proved to be the difference. All four of Hackensack's championship victories have come at the expense of North Bergen. "I think we just found a way to win," Comets coach Greg Toal said. "I'm just so proud of my kids. We constantly battled back. That's what makes a team special" ,, Both teams struggled to move the ball, and the referees' whistles were heard almost as often as "Hike!" The Comets compiled 88 yards on 10 violations and the Bruins 2 J on five penalties. Hacken- GROUP 4 sack totaled 142 offensive yards and North Bergen amassed 292 although it had only a few scoring chances. North Bergen's final effort fell short at the Hackensack 22. Starting at their own 29, the Bruins moved the ball via their star tailback Mike Novembre. But it was Chris Novembre, Mike's brother, who took a handoff and fumbled with two minutes left Defensive back Mike Toal, the son of coach Greg Toal, recovered to secure the crown. It took some time for both teams' offenses to even approach the end zone. Hackensack advanced only as far as the North Bergen 43 in the first quarter, while the Bruins progressed to the Hackensack 25 before Kenyatta Powell recovered a Mike Novembre fumble. North Bergen scored first on a 14-play, 87-yard drive that occupied 7:12 of the second quarter. The Bruins scattered two pass plays among 12 Mike Novembre runs, and the senior tailback who totaled 121 yards on 22 carries in the half slammed into the end zone from 2 yards out. The extra point attempt was blocked and North Bergen had a 6-0 edge with 2:34 left in the half. Rather than mope away the duration of the half, the Comets went right to work. Starting at their own 37, they moved 7 yards in three plays, with Joe Dawkins limping off the field following a 1-yard run (he returned in the third quarter). On the next play, C J. Evans broke loose for a a 43-yard carry. Mike Toal lost a yard on a run and O'Connor missed Ed Hodge on a pass to make it third-and-11 at the Bruins' 14. O'Connor rolled left to avoid the North Bergen pass rush, and found King in the left corner of the end zone to knot the game at 6-6. The Comets had 12 players on the field for the play, but the game officials did not catch the violation. Doug Kennedy's extra point gave Hackensack a one-point lead heading into halftime. "I just faked inside and went back outside," King said of his pretty touchdown catch. The third quarter mirrored the first, with both teams' drives stalled by penalties and strong defenses. Punters Kennedy and Asian Perez, also the Bruins' quarterback, excelled. The Comets moved the ball to the North Bergen 34 before Evans fumbled a handoff that was recovered by Kosbenky Perez. In the fourth, Evans burst through the Nrth Bergen line for a 45-yard jaunt, but the play was called back when the referees whistled the Comets for an illegal man in motion. Hackensack was forced to punt from its own 7, thus giving North Bergen solid ball position at the Comets' 47. Runs by Mike Novembre moved the ball to the Hackensack 18, but an illegal shift moved the ball back 5 yards. Nick Young's 37-yard field goal attempt fell short and went wide to the left "We made history tonight," said Daw-kins. "When we were freshmen, our team wasn't as good as the older teams. I think this is what we wanted to do we erased talk this senior class wasn't as good." Attendance for Friday's tripleheader totaled 8,235. HACKENSACK 7. N. BERGEN 6 (1H) Hickensick 17 14 (M) North Bergen 14 0 1- NB-MIke Novembre 2 run (kick blocked) H-Walter King 13 pass from Sean O'Connor (Doug Kennedy kick) First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Interceptions Comp-Alt-Int Punts-average Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards HACK 3 27-104 34 0 2-7-8 5-34.8 1-1 10-88 NB 14 45-235 57 2 4- 14-2 5- 27.4 2-2 S-25 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - H-Joe Dawkins 13-40; C.J. Evans 11-47; Mike Toal 2-0; Scott Cosentlno 1-0; O'Connor 1 (-1). NB-Mike Novembre 29-148; Marques Battle 4-37; Pal CospHo 4-28; Chris Novembre 4-19; Asian Perei 4-1 PASSING - H-ffConnor 2-7-34. NB-Pem 4-14-57. RECEIVING - H-Evans 1-23; King 1-13. NB-Tom Tata 2-29; Tyson Garcia 2-28; Mike Novembre 2-8. Playoff preview on S-9 72 V Today All-Bergen and All-Passaic girls tennis. Sunday All-league girls volleyball. : Monday All-Bergen and AK-Passaic girls i volleyball; all-league gymnastics. Tuaoday All-Bergen gymnastics; all-league field hockey. Wadnaaday All-Bergen and All-Passalc field hockey; aH-league girls croas-cou'y. Thursday All-Bergen and All-Passaic girls cross-country; all-league boys cross-country. Friday All-Bergen and All-Passalc boys cross-country; all-league girls soccer. Saturday, Dtc I All-Bergen and All-Passaic girls soccer; all-league football. Sunday, Dec. 10 All-Bergen and All-Passaic football; all-league boys soccer. Monday, Dae. 11 Afl-Bergen and AH-Paa-saic boys soccer. ' ; J

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