The News from Paterson, New Jersey on December 8, 1980 · 25
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MONDAY, DEC. 8, 1980 The News, Possoic County, N.J. Local Sports 25 PV crushes Fair Lawn By RICK MADDOCK Sllfl Writer EAST RUTHERFORD - Brute strength and overall endurance enabled Passaic Valley (10-1) to successfully defend its North Jersey, Section I, Group IV title. The Hornets belted Fair Lawn (9-2), 20-0, Saturday at Giants Stadium. The Hornets bruising defense held Fair Lawn's star running back Chris Finn to 37 yards in 20 carries, and only allowed the Cutter defense four first downs. "When we came out we had an unbalanced offense," Fair Lawn coach Pete Natale said. "They stopped us without adjusting to our unbalanced on the first four plays. We couldn't block them even when they weren't in the right place. That might have been an omen for them handling us in the game." The PV offense relied on the foot of Bob Buscema in the first quarter, as he kicked field goals of 36 and 28 yards to give the Hornets a 6-0 lead that stood up until late in the third quarter. The Hornets figured they could wear down the Cutters, who use several players both ways. PV boasts a deeper squad, and thus can use a platoon system effectively. "You've got to realize that they were playing with 15-16 kids ... a lot of kids were going both ways," Passaic Valley coach Joe Biscaha said of Fair Lawn. "In the third quarter we started going straight at them." The critical segment of the game came near the end of the third quarter. Passaic Valley had run a time-consuming 14-play drive that began at its own 9. The Hornets penetrated as far as Fair Lawn's 34, but then suffered a holding penalty. PV ended up having to punt, and the Cutters got the ball on their own 24. Fair Lawn ran three plays and was faced with a fourth-and-inches on its own 33. Nataie decided to punt and three plays later PV's Bob Shaara ran up the gut untouched for a 50-yard touchdown with 1:52 left in the third quarter that virtually Iced the game. "It was a ballgame until it was 13-0," Natale said. "We could have gone for the short one, but it was 6-0, and if we broke one we could have won it." Shaara had a fine day, carrying the ball 19 times for 155 yards. The entire Passaic Valley offense rushed for 266 yards compared to 82 for Fair Lawn. "We really didn't make many adjustments," Shaara said. "We knew it (a breakaway) was going to happen. It was just a matter of one or two blocks. ' ' It was also a matter of the wearing down of the Fair Lawn defensive unit, a squad that played a gutsy game, especially in the first half when it forced PV to go for field goals twice. The Hornets' first field goal came after they recovered the ball on the Fair Lawn 12 thanks to a blocked punt by Frank Tummino. No matter how much intestinal fortitude, or guts, a team has, however, can't make up for overall strength and depth. "We just didn't have the depth in our program this year," Natale said. "They beat us physically. Every lineman is hurting for us. Our backs are hurting." The Hornets proved their superiority in every way possible to atone for their Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League 7-6 loss to the Cutters this year. This is the fourth year that the Hornets have reached the sectional finals. B g E: ML - E ML WMM 'W W m, m Phulo by Don Smith PASSAIC VALLEY'S Dan May 39 finds an opening against Fair Lawn at Giants Stadium. and the third year that they have won it. Biscaha, who has been PV's head coach since 1973, led the Hornets past North Bergen in 1975, fell to the Bruins in 1978, and knocked off the Mustangs last season. Hoboken stifles Ramsey , 10-0 By MIKE SPINA Staff Writer EAST RUTHERFORD - The first words out of Hoboken coach Ed SUnson's mouth after Saturday's 10-0 state championship victory over Ramsey may have HflfamiMd the difference between those two teams. "Just another day at the office," intoned Stinson as reporters surrounded him in the locker room after his Section I, Group III, title win. Perhaps the remark was lost on some people who haven't seen Hoboken regularly the past two years. But it depicted a typical Hoboken victory. The Red Wings utilized excellent defense and a patient ground game that amassed 205 yards, while the defense shut out Ramsey for the second straight year. The Rams, who cruised through a 10-0 season winning a Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League title, never knew what hit them. Ramsey came into the game with a heralded running back named Jeff Welch and a superb passer in quarterback Dean Nass. The Red Wing defense held the Rams to minus-7 yards rushing and limited Welch to only 20 yards in nine carries. Nass, who did complete 5-of-19 passes for 84 yards, was sacked nine times for 51 yards in losses. Ramsey coach Rich Leo, though, was more impressed with his team's defense than the one which shut his team down. "I guess Hoboken hasn't seen a defense like that all year," he said afterward, referring to the fact that Hoboken scored only one touchdown. "We are walking out of Giants Stadium with the state championship football and we're going to have a banner hanging in our gym to prove it," answered Stinson. "We had a nice balance today," continued the Hoboken coach. "We ran 71 offensive plays and we figure that if we run 63 plays then we win the game. You combine that with the spirited play and the sacks that we had, and that's why we won the game." Perhaps an injury to Ram punter and first-string center John Milstead hurt Ramsey suffers after its defeat "Hoboken!?! ... Ooh, I'm dyin' again!" Bugs Bunny By THOMAS MONIGAN Staff Writer EAST RUTHERFORD - When defeat comes to those who do not know it, strange things happen. At first, senses work all too well, while the brain simply refuses to comprehend. Numbness preceeds pain, much like being hit in the lower extremities. Shock is always the prevailing state, no matter how long there is to prepare for the undeniable, unchangeable fact: We lost. Defeat came to coach Rich Lio and his Ramsey football team Saturday at the Meadowlands, as their dreams of an undefeated season and a state sectional championship were obliterated by Hoboken, 10-0. Lio began the wake in his squad's postgame locker room by reworking one of his basic overall themes. "I told you if we play tough and execute, the score would take care of itself," the former Clifton High and University of Delaware lineman said. "We played tough; we didn't execute; the score took care of itself." Gone was an 11-game winning streak that started on Thanksgiving Day of 1979. Gone was the memory of going 9-0 in the Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League, then winning in the playoffs for the first time in four consecutive years. Instead, there was the classic deja vu. Ramsey's last previous loss (6-0) came in last year's North Jersey, Sec tion I, Group III semifinals to Hoboken. The Red Wings (8-2-1) proved that only a miracle can beat superior ball control on offense and ultimate savagery on defense. Ramsey worked no miracles this day. "That's not the same Ramsey football team you saw all year," Lio said of several key injuries. "They were killin' us up front. We were banged up, and it showed." Before the game, however, the Rams were healthy. "I've never been so confident," Lio said during stretching drills. "I've never felt so loose and ready to go." Losing senior center and punter John Milstead hurt, but it was not ultimately pivotal. Senior tackle Jim Collins went out for a while, but returned. Star runner Jeff Welch was nursing a banged-up elbow. Quarterback Dean Nass, the heart of his team's aggression, was bloody in several spots. ' "They were tough," Nass said without emotion, sitting on a table, still in his uniform. "They were tough." Shortly afterward, senior two-way tackle Mike Yenke, the Rams' champion of the trenches, made a tearful speech to his teammates. Head scout and former head coach Bob Reid stood in another part of the room . "It's tough," Reid said. "I told him, You hurt, and it's all right to hurt. You can cry, and it's all right to cry. But by dwelling on it you only take everything on yourself. You've just got to let it go'" Therein lies the difference between youth and maturity. Ramsey a bit. His loss early in the game might have allowed the Red Wings' pass rush to seep through the Rams' line quicker than it would have. But it also hurt when Ramsey had to go to another punter. A 27-yard punt by Lou Kertesz set up Hoboken's only touchdown. The Red Wings, who stayed on the ground virtually the entire game, drove 28 yards in six plays with Joe Turso banging over from the 1-yard line with 7:51 to play in the half. Turso also added the extra point. That's the way the game stayed until Hoboken's Alberto Aviles recovered a Welch fumble at midfield late in the third period. Hdboken churned out yardage on the ground until the Red Wings stalled at the 9. So Turso booted a 19-yard field goal with 10:51 left in the game. It was only his second of the year, the first coming in the 10-0 semifinal triumph over Union Hill. "We're a technique-oriented football team," explained Stinson. "We pride ourselves on alignment, assignment and technique. We just get our guards out in front, get our tackles and ends to seal the inside, and when we can do that, we're tough." Those guards, Aviles and Joe Rotondi, excelled against Ramsey and they had plenty of help from tackles Nelson Soberal and Henry Gnassi. They opened so many holes that Frank Castella gained 84 yards, Turso rushed for 59 and an injured Manny Reyes had 54. An early ankle and thigh injury to Reyes and a hard hit on Turso early in the game, though, had Stinson concerned. "Yeah, I was worried," he said. "We have only five running backs and we had to bring in freshman Tim Lyons. He was our ball boy last year." Ramsey's best penetration of the game came on its next to last possession. Nass completed passes of 13 and 23 yards to Welch for a first down at the Hoboken 31. But four straight incomplete tosses halted the mild threat. Lio, who blamed injury and lack of execution for the loss, did visit the Red Wing locker room after the game to congratulate the players. Stinson, however, didn't care for Lio's remarks about the Ramsey defense. It was the second straight year the Ramsey coach cast aspersions on some aspect of the Hoboken game. Last year he said Hoboken didn't know how to stop the veer. "We don't like people casting any slurs on what we do We think we play good defense," stated Stinson. "We played a 10-0 team and we had some good hits out there." At the time, Stinson was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "From rocks to rugs,'' a contrast between rock-strewn JFK Stadium in Hoboken and the artificially-turfed Giants Stadium. It was that rock-hard kind of football that the Red Wings played against Ramsey, and it won them the state championship. TITLE Continued from Page 21 Biscaha told Tedeschi that he would return to the bench as soon as Cyr healed, but next year's starter passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more until Cyr returned in the fifth game, a 7-6 loss to Fair Lawn. "Mike was the starter in training camp," Tedeschi explained. "I never expected to take his job. Coach Biscaha put it on the basis of how would I feel if the same thing happened to me next year, if I got injured and somebody came along to take my job without me even getting a chance to play." After a tough season debut, Cyr came on to lead PV to six straight victories and pass for 11 touchdowns. Since he missed four games and wasn't 100 percent in the fifth, Cyr didn't receive the recognition an athlete of his caliber deserves. "Our coach tries not to bother us too much with scouts during the season anyway," Cyr said. "I did expect a little more, though. The injuries are part of the game but I really wanted to have a good season this year. Last year, I wasn't expecting much, but this year I wanted to show what I could do. I wanted to make up for the early part of the season." Bob Shaara, who finished his senior year by scoring his 21st touchdown of the season, played at half-strength for most of the season The workhorse halfback suffered a popped shoulder in the fourth game at Clifton, but played the next week against Fair Lawn. A week later, against Paramus, Shaara injured his back, but returned to action the next week "When you start the season, you know that you'll have some injuries." Biscaha said. "It's part of the game And with Mike .. you always have concerns and questions about if he'll be able to come back. We knew we had to prepare for the contingency that he wouldn't." Even without key players, the Hornets outscored opposition 326-59 this year. Place-kicker Bob Buscema, who had two field goals and two extra points Saturday, came to within one point of equalling what the Hornet defense had given up all season In the process, this year's team became the most potent offensive unit ever to wear Hornet uniforms. In the Giants Stadium runway after the game, the incv;table questions were asked. Was this year's championship more satisfying than the last? How do the 1980 Hornets stack up against PV's first title team in 1975'' Cyr, who was in the seventh grade five years ago, could only smile a winner's smile. "We're all the same family.'' he said. "We're a great team and they were a great team. Let's leave it at that ." Glen Rock wins thriller By DAVERAFFO Staff Writer PARK RIDGE - The 217 score didn't come close to showing how much trouble the Glen Rock football team was in Saturday at halftime. Besides being down two touchdowns, the Rockers were a confused team which doubted its ability to stop the opponent. By the time the game was over Park Ridge was the frustrated team, and Glen Rock had scored a 22-21 victory to capture its first state championship ever. The win also kept the North Jersey Section I, Group I title in the Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League for the third straight year. According to Rocker coach Art Chris-tensen, the comeback was simply a matter of clearing up the Xs and Os. Once Christensen straightened things out on the blackboard, confidence returned. Suddenly Glen Rock was able to stop Park Ridge's offense, while Rocker quarterback Pat Buehler & Co. turned it on to perfectly cap a Cinderella season. "Defense was it," Christensen said. "We had to stop them and in the first half we weren't stopping them. There was some concern among the players, they knew we were mixed up. Can we stop them was the question during the whole first half ." What Glen Rock couldn't stop was a seam pass from Owl quarterback Rick D'Emilia to end Tom Bartz. Twice Park Ridge worked the identical play for first quarter touchdowns, one for 16 yards and the second for 84. The problems the pass created in the Rocker secondary automatically opened the Owl running game. "There was some confusion. Quick seam pass open, then the kids were looking for that, the next thing they break the counter," Christensen said. On the seam pass, Bartz lined up split about 4 yards on the left side. He broke between cornerback Dave Bianco and safety Mike Jennings and caught the ball 10 yards downfield. On the second touchdown, he raced the final 70 yards untouched. "Normally, they use two tight ends, but they split one out about 4 yards and it confused the hell out of our ends and linebackers," Christensen explained. "Once we put the linebacker on the end to harrass him, we stopped it. " When the Park Ridge offense stopped, the Glen Rock attack took over. Pat Buehler made the Delaware-T offense go by either finding a receiver over the middle or taking off around either end. He finished with 12 completions in 24 tries for 165 yards and added 73 yards rushing on nine carries. "Buehler was a lot more elusive than I thought," Owl coach Jim Wassel said. "They were taking down the ends and he ran for the corners They do a nice job of confusing whether it's a reverse or bootleg pass. Our linebacker came up thinking it was a reverse and they had a guy open over the middle." Buehler took the Rockers 70 yards on 12 plays on their first possession of the second half and hit Dan Bianco for a 2-yard touchdown. Sophomore Jim Gara-falo's conversion kick made it 21-14, setting up the pulsating finish. With 51 seconds left in the quarter, Dave Bianco intercepted a D'Emilia pass on the Glen Rock 45 Completions lo Joe Lucca, Warren Buehler and Dan Brindicy brought the ball lo the Owl 8. On second and-goal from the 7, Buehler dropped back, pumped, then rolled around his right end and rammed his way into the end zone Art Christensen Glen Rock football coach With 8:38 left. Glen Rock trailed, 21-10, and Christensen faced a major decision. "There was no question, we had to go for two. We had the momentum," he said. "I heard myself watching TV, saying 'You gotta go for it.' When the time comes, you gotta do it." Glen Rock did it, but took two tries to do it right. The conversion had apparently failed when Buehler's hurried pass to Dan Bianco fell incomplete, but Owl linebacker Paul Orlandoni hit Buehler late. Orlandi's shot drew a flag and gave Glen Rock a second chance. This time, Buehler handed off to fullback Joe Lucca, who banged off left guard, rolled with the initial hit at the line of scrimmage and fell into the end zone. Glen Rock led, 22-21, and Park Ridge never got past their own 42 for the rest of the game. "Toward the end of the game, I think the frustration factor hit," Wassel said. "We were mentally fatigued. They're a good football team, though A super, well-rounded backfield ... The best I've seen in a long time. Every kid could carry and carry well. " NOTES - Tim Higgins, a 5-foot, 7-inch halfback was the Rocker workhorse, carrying 17 times for 70 yards ... Halfback Chris D'Eletto led Park Ridge with 119 yards on 13 carries ... Park Ridge's Bartz (111 yards), and Glen Rock's Dan Bianco (53) and Warren Buehler (52) each had four receptions ... Mahwah had won the Section I, Group I title the past two years ... 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