The Watchung Hills Wolverines Jr. Pee Wees had shutout nearly every opponent on their way to Sunday's New Jersey Pop Warner title game.
But it was the Hillside Comets who shutout Watchung Hills, claiming the title with a 6-0 victory.
The teams battled through more than three scoreless quarters in a defensive battle. Hillside reached deep into Watchung Hills territory several times, but were unable to get ascore until 7:10 mark of the fourth quarter when Jahon Moore made a 5-yard run on second and goal to score.
Watchung Hills defense kept the pressure on Hillside's QB Tajae Irby, who completed three passes and carried the ball for two first downs. George Rooks and Adam Claxton came up with big tackles for Watchung Hills, and Claxton recovered two Hillside fumbles—including one at the 5-yard line in the second quarter as Hillsdie was threatening to score.
The Jr. Pee Wees earned a shot at the title Wednesday, after defeating Newark Central Ward 21-0.
The offense was explosive right from the start marching 40 yards down the field in that game. The drive was capped off with a 3-yard scoring plunge by Matty Colantuono. Connor Cook rambled for 80 yards on the ground with 2 touchdowns on the day.
Andrew Reale compiled 60 yards on the ground with Jack Taub grinding another 50 yards. The line opened holes in the Newark defense all night. The attack was led by Anthony Tomaro at center, Justin Uberoi (LG), Adam Claxton (LT), Charlie Everhardt (RG), George Rooks (RT) and Pat Stefurack (TE).
John Annuziatta, KC Boyle, John Bechtle and Nick Lorenco each played an instrumental role on offense.
The defense pitched its 10th shutout of the year. Cook, Taub, Reale and Colantuono led the Wolverines defense with a host of tackles. George Rooks, Isaiah Parker, Mike Butrico, Adam Claxton, Anthony Leone and Matt Pereira man-handled Newark’s offensive line. The secondary of Mario Martino, Joey Denave and Pat Stefurack kept the receivers in check all night.
Reporting of the Jr. Pee Wees game against Newark Central Ward submitted by Head Coach Anthony Tomaro.
This article was edited to correct the final score, and the name of Hillside's player scoring the touchdown.