Submitted by Jason Taub
The Watchung Hills Wolverines took the field on Sunday against three different opponents in a round robin tournament. The Wolverines battled teams from Bridgewater, Flemington and Hillsborough.
In the first game, the Wolverines took on their rival, the Hillsborough Dukes, who got the better of the team in their two previous meetings. However, Sunday proved to be a different outcome with the Wolverines holding on to win a 2-1 contest.
Ryan Johnson scored on a 20-yard sprint to the end zone and later in the game picked off a Dukes pass returning it for a second score. Kyle Checchio added 20 yards rushing and Colin Kolakowski had a 10-yard run that set up Johnson's first score. The defense held the Dukes to only one score and was led by Kyle Checchio who grabbed five flags. Timothy Velasquez, Jayden Fernandez and Chase Miller each pulled three flags against the Dukes.
In the second game, the Wolverines battled a tough Bridgewater team and were unable to reach the end zone. The offense was held to 45 yards with Jack Clintock picking up ten on his own. The defense only allowed one score and was once again led by Kyle Checchio with six flags. Colin Kolakowski pulled three flags while David Dubas, Jack Clintock, Chase Miller and Ryan Johnson grabbed two each. Jackson Acosta got in on the action pulling one flag.
In the final game, the Wolverines took on the Falcons of Flemington. Ryan Johnson set the tone on offense rushing for 80 yards on five carries and two touchdowns. Max Phillips took a break from his offensive line position and scored his first touchdown of the season. Timothy Velasquez, Jayden Fernandez, Jackson Acosta and Chase Miller each added 20 yards rushing. The defense held the Falcons to only one score and was led by Colin Kolakowski who grabbed five flags. Ryan Johnson and Kyle Checchio each pulled four flags while Chase Miller and Max Phillips grabbed three.
Jackson Acosta finished the day strong with two flags with David Dubas and Jack Clintock each grabbing one. The Morreale brothers, Charles and William, were instrumental in the running game opening huge holes throughout the day.
The Wolverines Blue Flag Team had a field day against Bridgewater and Flemington. The Wolverines played seven 12-minute quarters throughout the day and only allowed one touchdown. Byron McCann put the Wolverines on the board early in the game when he sprinted 5 yards for a touchdown.
Byron finished the day with 40 yards rushing on six carries and a 15-yard reception. Mason Kelly scored the second touchdown of the game on a 10-yard quarterback sweep. Gerald Tobia reached the end zone next when he raced 40 yards up the middle finishing the day with 55 yards rushing on four carries. Brayden Kelly reached the end zone on the last of his eight carries on a 20-yard run. Brayden finished the day with 65 yards rushing.
Jadon Prinzivalli also scored on his last touch of the game going 40 yards on an end around. Jadon finished with 80 yards rushing on nine carries. The final Wolverines touchdown was scored by Jack Martin who moved into the backfield from his offensive tackle position and raced 30 yards up the middle for his first touchdown of the season. K.J. West added 30 yards rushing to the offensive total.
The Wolverines defense dominated throughout the day. Brayden Kelly continued to frustrate their opponents by grabbing thirteen flags on the day. Mason Kelly, who has shown tremendous improvement throughout the season, had his best day pulling six flags. Gerald Tobia was a monster on the defensive line finishing the day with six flags as well. Michael DiNardi and Byron McCann grabbed three flags each while Jadon Prinzivalli, Jack Martin and K.J. West each grabbed two.
The Wolverines took on Bridgewater in a six-quarter game. The offense was led by Cameron Kolakowski who rushed for 60 yards on six carries and a touchdown. Lucas Garcia scored on a 25-yard run late in the game. Perry Weingarten, Aidan Grochowski and Nicholas Valenti each rushed for 15 yards.
The Wolverines defense was led by Perry Weingarten who finished the day with nine flags. Lucas Garcia grabbed six flags on the day while Kyle Ling and Cameron Kolakowski each pulled five. Maximus Yaeger finished the day with four flags and Nicholas Valenti pulled three. Stephen Prisco and Aidan Grochowski added to the defensive totals by pulling one flag each.
Mity Mite Gold
On Sunday October 13, the Watchung Hills Wolverines Mighty Might Gold Team played the Flemington Falcons. The Wolverines offense was lead by Riley McCann and Vincent Lee. McCann scored a touchdown, ran the ball over 74 yards and had two successful extra point kicks. Vincent Lee also scored a touchdown and accumulated a total of 118 yards for the game. John King had two short runs as well.
The Wolverine defense was led by Quentin Tao who had an amazing five tackles in the game and assisted in a few others. David Rosenfarb, Vincent Lee, John King and Riley McCann each had three strong tackles during the game. Tyler Hoke also had two tackles as well.
Watchung Hills Pop Warner — Junior Pee Wee write-up — Oct 13
WH JPW — 0
Bridgewater JPW — 24
The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee team lost 24-0 and fell to 5-2 on the season on Sunday, October 13. Game captains for the Wolverines were Luke Marion, Jack Valenti, Justin Ferreira, and Adam Cardoza. The first quarter was a tough battle with neither team advancing the ball very far. The Wolverine offense showed the poise to "go on 2," and draw the defense off-sides but couldn't sustain a good drive. Jack Valenti had a tackle for a loss during the open period as well. Bridgewater finally found the end zone in the second quarter and took a 6-0 going to the half.
The third quarter was all Bridgewater as they scored three straight touchdowns to take a 24-0 lead. The home Panther team failed to convert the extra point on all four TD's. During the quarter, Logan Schiebler and Luke Malfetti both had nice tackles for the Wolverines. In the 4th period, Malfetti had a nice 1st down run and Shane Kelly had a strong tackle. There was no more scoring and Bridgewater moved to 7-0 with the convincing win. The Watchung Hills Wolverine squad will start the playoffs next week.
WHPW Pee Wee — 31
Phillipsburg — 6
The Watchung Hills Pee Wee team defeated the Philipsburg Colts 31-6 this Saturday October 12,2013 in Philipsburg. The wolverine offense was clicking on all cylinders. Matty Colantuono threw 2 pass in the opening drive the first was a 30 yard strike to Andrew Reale the second was to Connor Cook for 15 yards.
Cook then ran the ball for 20 yards and the touchdown behind the great blocks from John Bechtle, Adam Claxton, Michael Fornaro, Charlie Everhard, George Rooks and Anthony Tomaro. The second Touchdown was scored by Reale on a 20 yard run to complete the four-play 55-yard drive.
The third touchdown was a beautiful pass from Colantuono to his tight end Patrick Stefurak for a forty yard completion. The fourth and final Wolverine touchdown was a 5 yard scamper bye Michael Butrico behind a crushing block by Christian Rowan. Owen Kovacs made all 3 extra point attempts and Sean Dillon ran in the final extra point of the day to finish the Wolverine scoring at 31.
The Wolverine defense kept the Colts off the score board all day behind the powerful defensive line Of Mike Butrico, Matty Colantuono, Matt Drews, Isaiah Parker, and Matt Pereira harassed the colts quarterback all day Butrico and Drews had a great sack as well. The linebackers Cook, Kovacs, Reale, Jack Taub and Will Tselepis controlled the Colts running game all day with Taub leading the defense in tackles. The wolverine secondary of Joey Denave Dillon, Mario Martino, and Stefurak blanketed the Colts receivers all day, Next week the Wolverines take on the Colts again in Warren to start post season play.
Watchung Hills Jr. Midget Wolverines
The Watchung Hills Jr. Midget Wolverines battled the Maplewood South Orange Packers in their first round play-off game and came away with a 28-0 victory. The team executed well on both sides of the ball. The defense let up one first down in the opening drive and then stuffed the Packers on 4th and short.
Chance Modica and Chase Jones ran the ball well and the Wolverines marched 61 yards down the field for their first score on a nice cut up the left side by Devon Bennet. The Wolverines recovered the kick-off and Tom Schelling ran the ball 16 yards for the touchdown on the very next play. Chris Clintock split the uprights to put the Wolverines up 14-0. The defense was tough again stuffing the packer offense in 4 downs. Bennet broke through the left side behind Matt Cardoza, Matt Roth, and Connor James to score his second TD and Clintock made the kick.
Gary Gaglioti and Cardoza applied great pressure on the QB in the next series causing an errant throw which Ryan Pedrani intercepted and returned 47 yards for the last TD of the day. Roth and Jonathan Taub delivered big hits all day from their linebacker positions and Clintock was in the Packer QBs face all game recording 2 sacks. Hi-lights from the second half included 6 carries and 42 yards for Ryan Trimble and 4 carries for 23 yards for Tyler James. The Wolverines take on the Flemington Falcons in the championship game on Sunday in Somerville.
The Watchung Hills Wolverines capped off their season with a big win over the Eagles of South Plainfield. Defense was the theme of the day for all three of the Wolverines flag teams. The Eagles were held to only one score as the defense was led by Jack Clintock who pulled six flags on the day. Chase Miller, Jackson Acosta, Jayden Fernandez and Ryan Johnson each grabbed three flags. David Dubas and Colin Kolakowski grabbed two each while Max Phillips pulled one.
The Wolverines offense reached the end zone six times for their best performance of the season. Ryan Johnson scored three of the Wolverines touchdowns finishing the day with 90 yards rushing on only four carries. Charles Morreale had a long 40-yard touchdown run late in the game. Chase Miller reached the end zone on his last carry of the day finishing with 45 yards rushing on four carries. Jack Clintock scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run. Kyle Checchio added 35 yards rushing to the offensive total before having to leave the game due to an injury. Coaches Ken Diaz, JJ Acosta and Carl Checchio did a great job throughout the season as the boys continued to improve week after week.
The Wolverines took to the field on defense to start the game against the Eagles of South Plainfield.The Eagles were unable to reach the end zone on their first ten plays as the Wolverines defense held them to less than 20 yards.The Wolverines then got the ball and reached the end zone on their first play from scrimmage as Brayden Kelly raced 40 yards for the touchdown. Brayden finished the day with 115 yards rushing on six carries.
Byron McCann scored the Wolverines second touchdown when he took a handoff from quarterback Mason Kelly and blew past the defenders for a 35-yard score.
With the Wolverines leading 2-0 after each team ran ten plays each on offense, the Eagles took over and ran 33 consecutive offensive plays. The defense dominated behind the tough line play of Jack Martin, Gerald Tobia, Michael DiNardi, Kevin Butler and Mason Kelly. The Wolverines defensive front disrupted every play in the backfield causing multiple plays for a loss.
The Eagles were held to just one score throughout the game. Brayden Kelly led the defense from his linebacker position grabbing ten flags on the day. Jack Martin, Gerald Tobia and Michael DiNardi each pulled five flags. Mason Kelly continued to track down ball carriers pulling four flags while Perry Weingarten and Byron McCann each grabbed three. K.J. West added to the defensive total pulling two flags.
The Wolverines got back on offense in the second half and continued to move the ball. Byron McCann scored his second touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run behind big blocks from Kevin Butler and Michael DiNardi. Byron finished the game with 80 yards rushing on five carries. K.J. West scored the Wolverines final touchdown of the game when he scampered five yards for the score. Mason Kelly, Jack Martin, Gerald Tobia, Perry Weingarten, Michael DiNardi and Kevin Butler each added 15 yards rushing to the offensive totals. The Wolverines were led throughout the season by Coaches Todd Kelly, David Prinzivalli and Stephen Kelly whose dedication to the boys is greatly appreciated.
The Wolverines finished their season on a high note by scoring eight touchdowns against the Eagles of South Plainfield. All eight of the touchdowns were scored on 40-yard runs.
Quarterback Aidan Grochowski took the first snap of the game and raced 40 yards for a touchdown. Aidan scored the Wolverines final touchdown of the game when he sprinted 40 yards for his second score. Cameron Kolakowski took the next handoff and sprinted 40 yards for the score. Cameron scored later in the game on another 40-yard run.
Nicholas Valenti took a handoff in the backfield, shook off two defenders, and then juked his way 40 yards to the end zone. Stephen Prisco reached the end zone after racing around the end and cutting back to the middle of the field for a 40-yard score. Lucas Garcia got in on the action with a 40-yard touchdown run. Charlie Betzner also reached the end zone after taking a handoff and running 40 yards on an end around. Maximus “Mad Max” Yaeger added 30 yards rushing on four carries. The Wolverines center, Kyle Ling, played an integral part in the offensive onslaught as he blocked downfield throughout the game.
The Wolverines defense dominated throughout the game limiting the Eagles to only three scores. Charlie Betzner was the leader on defense recording six flags on the day. Nicolas Betancourth disrupted the Eagles backfield the entire game from his defensive end position finishing the day with four flags. Aidan Grochowski pulled four flags while Lucas Garcia grabbed three.
Cameron Kolakowski pulled two flags and Maximum Yaeger grabbed one. Coach Tom Kolakowski did a tremendous job with the boys ensuring that each of them ran the ball and reached the end zone during the season. If patience is a virtue then Coach Tom is the most virtuous man alive.
The unstoppable Wolverines were determined and fast on their feet in their biggest win and final game of the season against the Phillipsburg Colts.
Defensively, the team forced two turnovers; a fumble recovery by Phillip O’Grady and an interception by Jake Checchio to end the first half. Overall, the defense held the Colts to only one score and three first downs for the game, due to key tackles by Miguel Sauceda, Nirio Garcia III, Elhannan (Ellis) Wilson, Anthony Autenreith, and Dylan Simon.
The Wolverines’ high-octane offense included several key plays that led them to victory. Jake Checchio carried the ball several times, earning the Wolverines more than 45 yards, and completed a beautiful 20-yard pass to Martin Howell. Luke Malin’s focus and skill resulted in a 35-yard touchdown run. Aqili Holmes dashed across the field for three touchdowns — 35 yard run, 40 yard run, and 60-yard kick off return.
Watchung Hills Pop Warner — Junior Pee Wee write-up — Oct 20 —opening round playoff action
WH JPW — 13
South Plainfield JPW — 12
The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee team improved to 6-2 on the season with an exciting playoff win 13-12 at South Plainfield on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Game captains were Luke Marion, Justin Ferreira, Shane Kelly, and Josh Claxton. The game ended in anticlimactic fashion with the Wolverine quarterback, Adam Cardoza, taking a knee to run out the game's final seconds. What transpired before that kept both sidelines on the edge of their seats.
Luke Malfetti had a tackle for a loss on 4th down that ended South Plainfield's last attempt to score. On the previous play, a South Plainfield wide receiver nearly made a game-winnng, diving catch in the end zone, with about one minute left in the contest. Unfortunately for the home squad, that potential winning play became an incomplete pass when the ball bounced free as the player hit the ground. It would have been a "highlight real" catch.
Credit the South Plainfield team for a strong drive after giving up the lead with about 2:45 to go. Jack Valenti scored on about a 5-yard run allowing the Wolverines to take the lead 13-12. The big play on the drive however, was a 30 yard pass from Cardoza to Justin Drews setting up the score.
Most of quarters two, three, and four saw both teams battle, hit hard, and not allow much offense for the other squad. Some key defensive plays during that stretch for Watchung Hills were three tackles by Nick Lourenco including one for a loss, a solo tackle by Thomas Johnson, a fumble recovery for Cardoza, an interception by Drews, and a 'team' tackle for a loss by the entire Wolverine 'D-line.'
The first quarter was a bit of a shootout as it seemed South Plainfield might run away with this one. The home squad scored quickly on their first two possessions but failed to convert the extra point for either score which proved to be the difference in the game. The first extra point attempt failed when Shane Kelly blocked the kick. Ironically, the first meeting between these two teams back on September 8 ended in a similar fashion with South Plainfield prevailing in a 1-point win by converting both extra point runs that day. After trailing 12-0 to start this week, the Wolverines got things going with a Justin Ferreira touchdown. Jack Valenti carried for the point-after conversion and Luke Marion had the critical block that led to the TD run. On the subsequent kickoff, Kelly recovered the on-sides kick but the Wolverine offense couldn't capitalize on the good field position.
The Wolverines advance to a league championship game next week versus undefeated Bridgewater. The Panthers beat the Wolverines 24-0 last week.
WHPW Pee Wee 38
The Watchung Hills Pee Wee team won the opening round of the playoffs Sunday October 20,2013 defeating the Philipsburg Colts 38-7. The Wolverine offense was led by Quarterback Sean Dillon who completed passes to Connor Cook, Andrew Reale, and Patrick Stefurak. Cook started the scoring on a great touchdown run behind the line of John Bechtle, Adam Claxton, Michael Fornaro, Charlie Everhard, Christian Rowan and Anthony Tomaro.
The second Touchdown was 45-yard run by Reale who got a crushing block by Justin Uberoi. The third touchdown was a 65 yard punt return by Cook who followed Matt Perreira down the field. Cook scored the fourth touchdown on a great run behind a great block by George Rooks. The final touchdown was an interception by Joey Denave which he returned 35 yards for the score. Owen Kovacs converted all 4 of his extra point attempts.
The Wolverine defense once again was awesome. The defense was led by middle linebacker Jack Taub who kept the colts running game in check all game. The Defensive line of Mike Butrico, Claxto, Matt Drews, Isaiah Parker, Rooks,and Matt Pereira harassed the colts quarterback all day. The Wolverine secondary of Joey Denave Dillon, Mario Martino, and Stefurak blanketed the colts receivers all day. Next week the Wolverines take on the Flemington Falcon in Somerville for the Jersey Valley championship game.