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November 17, 2013

Passaic Tech cruises into second round

The Game At A Glance: Passaic Tech scored on their first drive and never looked back, beating Hackensack, 40-6 in the first round of the North Jersey Section 1 Group 5 playoffs. Leading the way was running back Thomas Jefferson, rushing for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

First Half Highlights: After forcing a punt after the first three plays, Passaic Tech got rolling quickly, as Jefferson took the toss and went 60 yards down the left sideline to the 12. Tech got on the board after that when Jared Quintero scored on a quarterback sneak from a yard out and it was 6-0. Hackensack went on a seven minute drive, getting five first downs and reaching the 24, but couldn't score when they turned it over on downs. Passaic Tech went on a seven minute drive its own and they made it count when Jefferson scored on a 2 yard run, making it 13-0, midway through the second quarter.

After having to punt, Passaic Tech's Jacquese Johnson intercepted and returned it to the Hackensack 40 and a facemask penalty brought the ball to the 25. Four plays later, Quintero found Marquise Hansford in the end zone for the score and a 20-0 lead at the half.

Second Half Highlights: Passaic Tech came out with the ball and Jefferson went 66 yards on the second play to put the game out of reach, 27-0. After a punt gave Passaic Tech the ball on the Hackensack 40, they scored five plays later on a 4 yard Elijah Dolson run through the middle. The Bulldogs went on a six minute drive, capping it off when Zaire Weaver scored from 3 yards out on the jet sweep, making it 40-0 and putting the game on a running clock, one minute into the fourth quarter.

Hackensack scored late when Jalen Wheeler found Tommy Smith for a 30 yard score and Passaic Tech ran out the clock.

Play Of The Game: The second touchdown run by Jefferson of 66 yards put the game completely out of reach.

Game Balls: Jefferson for his 219 yards rushing. The offensive line of Amir Carter, Naetrell Thomas, Habbibe Pimienta, David Gaynor, and others did a good job opening holes. Drew Lindsay led the defense, keeping Hackensack off the board, until the waning moments.

Audibles:

Passaic Tech head coach Matt Demarest - "Somebody called us winning an upset special and the kids took that to heart. We've had a pretty darn good year and we're a good football team; we're still a dangerous team. We're not going to throw this opportunity away after they've worked so hard. I keep telling people and everybody game plans for Jefferson; he's a tough kid and the kids rally around him. We're not the biggest team in the world, but our kids are hungry, they want to play hard. They also know Thomas gives them the opportunity to get them to where they want to go. We also missed Drew Lindsay last week and look at the difference between us with him on the field for us and off the field. The kids wanted to prove the first game against Hackensack wasn't a fluke. We wanted to get back on track."

Passaic Tech running back Thomas Jefferson - "We just wanted to get this power plant moving. We just wanted to keep scoring and everybody did their job. It reminded me of my last game against them. In the back of my mind, I think we are always going to be pushed, but we attacked and just kept moving. We're prepared for the rematch next week and so will Ridgewood."

Passaic Tech linebacker Drew Lindsay - "It was good to come out and say, we could beat them again and in the playoffs. We were hungry to get past the first round and I wasn't there last week and I was hungry and wanted to show what I could do with my talents. We know we had to come out and practice hard."


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