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December 10, 2013

Pompton Lakes wins 3rd consecutive title

The Game At A Glance: Pompton Lakes jumped off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and fought off Hasbrouck Heights for a 20-14 win and gained their third consecutive North Jersey Group 1 Section 1 championship.

First Half Highlights: After forcing a Hasbrouck Heights punt on the game's first possession, Pompton Lakes took over on its own 23 and marched down the field in six plays. They scored when Adam Rayford found Corey Flynn all alone on the right sideline at the one yard line, with Flynn taking one step into the end zone for a 32 yard score. Pompton was in business again when they recovered a fumble on the Heights 23. On the following play, Rayford found his twin brother, Drew, who made a spectacular one handed catch with a defender on top of him and the Cardinals were up, 14-0, with three minutes left in the quarter.

The Pompton Lakes defense forced another punt and the Cardinals were moving the ball again. They had a first and goal, but things were slowed down when Darren Iurato intercepted in the end zone on an intended fade route. A punt gave Pompton Lakes good field position on the 41, but the Heights defense stiffened, turning the ball over on downs.

Second Half Highlights: Pompton Lakes started the second half with an eight play drive, capping it off when Adam Rayford found his brother, Drew, again for a score, this time a 28 yarder, where Drew worked his way into the end zone. The extra point failed and it was 20-0, five minutes into the quarter. Heights got things going on a fifteen play drive, scoring when Iurato ran from 10 yards out, getting the ball past the right pylon. The drive was 80 yards and consumed almost seven minutes.

Heights had the ball again, but fumbled, with Pompton Lakes recovering at their 31. The Cardinals punted and Heights had the ball on their own 14. The Aviators went thirteen plays and ate up three minutes, scoring when Mike Incremona crashed through the middle for a three yard score, making it 20-14 with 1:08 left. The onside kick was recovered by Pompton Lakes and they ran out the clock.

Play Of The Game: The one handed catch by Drew Rayford from brother Drew gave the Cardinals a two touchdown lead in the first quarter and it was a spectacular play.

Game Balls: It was a team effort. Good passing and good running by the Cardinals bring it back to the offensive line of Bobby Shaw, Gines Rodriguez, Vojo Cogura, Ryan Gosiker, and Lloyd Beazley. The Cardinal defense did their usual good job of tackling; you don't see this team miss many tackles.

A special mention goes to Hasbrouck Heights in defeat for their persistence after falling behind 20-0. They kept playing hard and they're to be commended for it.

Audibles:

Pompton Lakes head coach Scott Mahoney - "Our line did a good job picking up some stunts, there were some things that opened up the receivers, we got that lead early, and I knew they weren't going away. We worked hard with our line, getting everybody in shape, so we can go four quarters. We had several running backs share time, we gained close to 3,000 yards, and not one of our backs complained. This team is a big family and we walked off with the victory, which is great. Three in a row is tremendous - that's tough to do in this section. I don't care whether it's Group 1, this is one great section, and the coaching is great, with tremendous teams and to win three like this will be remembered forever."

Pompton Lakes quarterback Adam Rayford - "We needed to pass against this team and we got it done. The first pass, the receiver was wide open and then my brother made a nice catch. We needed to beat them this time and we did."

Pompton Lakes wide receiver Drew Rayford - "It's the best feeling in the world. My brother and I have chemistry; we have it in basketball and every sport we play. The first touchdown pass was a great pass by my brother and I just went up with my left hand and came down with the ball."

Pompton Lakes wide receiver Corey Flynn - "I can't really describe the feeling, except it gets better and better each year. When I caught the touchdown, the ball seemed to stay in the air forever and hoped the other kid didn't break for the ball and I got the touchdown. We knew we had to get up on them early, they came back, and we held on to win."

Pompton Lakes running back/cornerback Tony Capobianco - "Winning three in a row is unbelievable. The first year we won it, we learned from the (upper classmen), the second year we won it, we knew what we had to do; the third we year we had to come out strong. In the first game, we came out slow and made a lot of mental mistakes. Towards the end of that game, we did well and that gave us confidence coming into this game. Our defense really stepped up tonight against a team that was averaging 45 points a game. To hold them to 14 points is amazing."


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