We Are The Champions!!!
Memories were made, the players were legendary and history has been written and it all started out with what was believed to be a snow squall but turned out to be a bit more as the winds kicked in and the snow fell hard turning the site of the Championship games, Vernon’s Maple Grange Field into a winter wonderland. High Point’s first Championship contender, Super Red took to the snowy field to face West Milford and wasted no time as Connor Lake powered into the end zone with a 15 yard run making the score 6-0 High Point. With the defense shutting down West Milford, High Point took to the field offensively when Daniel Delima connected with Billy Gould for a 23 yard reception followed by a successful PAT with Delima striking again this time to Trace Healy making the score 13-0 in the first quarter. Super Red’s defense remained stout the entire game giving up only 4 first downs, causing multiple fumbles and not allowing a single point to be scored by West Milford making the final score High Point 13 West Milford 0!
As the night grew older and colder the tone was set with the first of the three High Point teams earning their victory and the PeeWee team taking to the field. While the outside temperature dropped the heat on the High Point sidelines was scorching as High Points next championship contender, the underdog PeeWee team wasted no time putting their first score on the board against the top ranked Vernon team with a 25 yard touchdown dash in the first quarter by Justin Liscinsky. Later in the first quarter High Point piled on more points with a 15 yard QB sneak by Jake Liscinsky making the score 12-0 High Point at the end of the first quarter. The PeeWee defense remained stalwart the entire game when late in the fourth quarter they snatched their victory from Vernon with an interception returned for a 50 yard touchdown by Jake Liscinsky making the final score, the High Point underdogs 18 Vernon 0!
With the bone chilling winds kicking up and the temperature diving even deeper at the start of the third and final game the pressure was high for High Point’s next Championship contender, the Midgets team who faced Sparta. High Point struck quickly with a 20 yard touchdown scurry by Chad Musilli in the first quarter making the score 6-0 High Point. High Points defense displayed their discipline as Sparta passed numerous times only to result in High Point defense shutting them down time and time again. Then, late in the fourth quarter, with Sparta’s offense making their final attempt at championship glory High Point’s defense came up big with a fumble recovery in Sparta territory. With less than 2 minutes to play, High Point having the ball and Sparta having all their time outs remaining High Point needed to move the ball and move the ball they did as Jacob Philip broke away with a 12 yard scamper for a touchdown. Philip’s touchdown was followed up with a successful PAT kicked by Brandon LaBar, making the High Point Midgets the third and final championship team from High Point with a final score of High Point 14 Sparta 0!
What a remarkable and memorable accomplishment by an inspiring and exceedingly talented group of athletes. Never in NJYFL history has one town brought three teams to the championship games. High Point capitalized on this opportunity at every level and not only brought three teams to the championship games but also all three teams left victorious and never allowed a single point to be scored against High Point all night long. As some may say, offense wins games but defense wins championships and High Points defense from each team not allowing a single point is a truly amazing feat and an incredible way to finish the 2013 season!
Congratulations to the players as all their hard work and dedication has paid off. Congratulations to the coaches as your tireless preparation and planning has paid off. Congratulations and thank you to the parents as your sacrifice and devotion has been noteworthy and has paid off. Congratulations and thank you to the cheerleaders for all your support throughout the entire season and especially at last nights snowy and cold championship games as your awesome cheerful spirit has paid off. And congratulations to the fans as your undying support has been appreciated and has paid off.
What a great time to be a part of the High Point Midget Football organization!
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