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June 30, 2013

Team NJ defeats Team NY

After a scoreless first half, Team New Jersey beat Team New York in overtime in the NY vs. NJ High School Football Classic, 14-7, in Palisades Park.

New York went on a fourteen play drive, late in the third quarter, to open the scoring with New Jersey tying the game midway through the fourth quarter.

New Jersey had the first possession of the overtime and faced a third and nine when a late hit on a New York defender gave Jersey a first down on the twelve. Two plays later, Nick Larson (Ramapo) found Elijah Ingram (Belleville) for an eight yard score and a 14-7 lead. However, New York had a great chance when William Kassar (Glen Cove) hit Chris Cooper (Iona Prep) for 22 yards and a first and goal on the two. The Jersey defense stiffened and stuffed Caleb Scepaniak (Union Endicott) out of the Wildcat for no gain on fourth down at the one to seal the victory.

The Garden State had their tying drive when Angelo Nocciolo (North Arlington) found Jaquill Scott (Hanover Park) for 27 yards in the left side of the end zone. A key play in the drive was when Nocciolo rolled to his right and found Aaquil Ingram (Belleville) for 30 yards to the New York 44 down the right sideline. In addition, a late hit on a New York defender on that play, hitting Nocciolo when he was out of bounds, tacked on 15 additional yards to the 29.

To that point, New York was outplaying them, but had missed opportunities. Two missed field goals in the second quarter and numerous dropped passes killed New York. The Empire State got on the board with a fourteen play, 61 yard drive, capped off when Scepaniak, out of the Wildcat, ran through the line for the score from three yards out. The drive had only two pass plays and featured the hard running of Darryl Clark (New Paltz).

For the game, Nocciolo was the Offensive MVP and New York's Da'Sean Downey (Woodlands) was the Defensive MVP. Nocciolo was 11-18-158 and one touchdown pass. Downey had five tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery. He was dominant and will be attending Canterbury Prep in Connecticut, where he will have a good chance to earn a 1-A scholarship.

Among other top performances were from St. Anthony linebacker Darius Roper, Lincoln defensive lineman Sharman Nalls, Hanover Park wide receiver Jaquill Scott, Belleville wide receiver Aaquil Ingram, Woodbury offensive lineman Lawenzo Clarke, and Ramapo quarterback Nick Larson.

Top New York performances came from Union Endicott tight end/defensive end Scepeniak, New Paltz running back Darryl Clark, Tappan Zee running back Joe Letizia, New Rochelle quarterback Khalil Edney, and Springville Griffith Institute lineman Tyler Studd.


North Arlington quarterback Angelo Nocciolo - "We came in from practices knowing we were going to win this game. We practiced hard, worked at it, and executed everything very well. I had faith in myself, my offensive line, receivers, and everyone else. I saw the safety creep up, and threw the ball over him for the touchdown. I could have gone and played with the Catholics, but I wanted to prove you can stay at home and succeed."

St. Anthony linebacker Darius Roper - "I wanted to win, get the offense back on the field, have them score, and get out of here with the W. It was a good fight; they (New York) played hard, and had some good players. I will be reporting to Nassau Community at the end of July to start camp."

Woodbury offensive lineman Lawenzo Clarke - "It was a good experience and I learned a lot from it. There were situations that will ready me for the next level. I will be reporting to Milford Academy on August 11. They may put me at guard and then I will go to Temple in January. I will play any position they want me to."

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