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November 3, 2013

Near flawless night for Hasbrouck Heights offense

The Game At A Glance: Hasbrouck Heights scored on all seven of its possessions, not including the final drive where they took a knee, had 427 yards of total offense, and never punted, beating Palisades Park/Leonia, 45-14. The game was back and forth in the first half, with Heights blowing the game open in the second half. The Aviators were also three for three on fourth down conversions, prolonging drives, including the first drive in each half. In short, Heights played a near perfect game on offense.

First Half Highlights: Heights opened the game with a drive that went 60 yards on eight plays, capping it off on a 40 yard Darren Iurato to PJ Beety touchdown pass for a 6-0 lead. Palisades Park/Leonia came right back, going 65 yards on eight plays, scoring when Eric Johnson went through tacklers for a 14 yard score to go in front, 7-6. Heights came back in ten plays, scoring when Beety went six yards for the score. The two point try was good and Heights was up, 14-7, one minute into the second quarter.

PP/L came back to tie the game when Adeyemi DaSilva connected with Malik St. Hilaire for a 13 yard score, capping an eight play, 71 yard drive. Heights came back down the field and went in front for good when Iurato found Robert Klenk, as Klenk dove across the end zone to make it 21-14. PP/L drove down the field, but ran out of time, as the half expired.

Second Half Highlights: After forcing a punt, Heights took over on its 30 and went twelve plays and scored when Iurato went through the middle and cut left for an 18 yard score to make it 27-14. On the next play from scrimmage, Justin Porzl hit DaSilva as he was attempting to pass, forcing a fumble that Nate Onorato recovered on the 35 of PP/L. Iurato scored on that drive from the 1 to put the Aviators up 33-14, one minute into the fourth quarter.

The same thing happened on the following drive when Beety hit DaSilva attempting another pass, jarring the ball loose. The ball squirted back about 20 yards, with Heights recovering on the 20. Three plays later, Steven Salerno went six yards through the middle for the score and a 39-14 lead. Beety tallied his third touchdown when he went 89 yards down the right sideline and Pal Park closed the scoring when DaSilva went 43 yards with a minute and a half to go.

Play Of The Game: The first possession of the second half for Heights, in which they scored and went up two touchdowns.

Game Balls: The Heights offensive line of Justin Porzl, Dimitri Forde, Chris Verdi, Mauro Altamura, and Ryan Palladino. It didn't matter who had the ball, they were picking up yards. Also picking up game balls were Iurato and Beety.


Hasbrouck Heights head coach Nick Delcalzo - "Our offensive line did a great job, we moved the ball on them, and defensively, when it came down to it, we did a great job. We put pressure on them and created a couple of fumbles. We knew we had to be a couple of scores up on them and they have some talented runners, plus the quarterback and St. Hilaire. Iurato throws the ball very well and our offensive backs give us four weapons to defend against and they're all doing a very good job. Now we have to get ready for Pompton Lakes."

Hasbrouck Heights quarterback Darren Iurato - "That game from last year (where they lost) was in our heads all week. They're a good team and we knew we had to play hard. We knew we had to start off early and get some fire at the beginning of the game. It's a great win, but we have to stay humble and bounce back next week. The blocking has been great, we have a great line, and we want to keep it rolling. Defensively, we started off a little light, but came out strong in the second half."

Hasbrouck Heights TE/RB/DE PJ Beety - "We were focused this week. We have goals and take things one step at a time, and look to do good things this year. Our line is behind all that we do. They do a great job and we can count on them. They sent me in (where he forced the fumble) on a rush; I was playing outside linebacker, which I don't get to do much. I came in hard, saw the opening, made the tackle, and made a big play."


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