SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Pee Wee team defeated the Flemington Falcons, 26-0, on Sunday for the conference championship.
The Watchung Hills Wolverines are now 9-0 on the season. As the Jersey Valley Conference Champions, the Wolverines will advance in the regional tournament with a chance to go to the finals held at Disney World each year.
The Wolverines went 60 yards in six plays on the opening drive. Quarterback Matty Colantuono started the drive by hitting Connor Cook with a 30-yard pass. The drive included big runs by Michael Butrico, Andrew Reale and Jack Taub, who scored on a 6-yard touchdown run behind one of the best offensive lines in the Jersey Valley Conference led by Adam Claxton, Charlie Everhard, Michael Fornaro, Geroge Rooks, Christian Rowan,and captain Anthony Tomaro.
The second scoring drive started with a 30-yard run by Reale behind a great block by Mario Martino. Great runs by Colantuono, Cook, and Taub brought the ball to the 10 yard line where Cook ran it behind the monster block by Justin “UBie” Uberoi. The third touch down was a 50-yard run by Cook where he followed the best block of the day by George Rooks. The fourth touchdown drive had great runs by Connor Cook and Andrew Reale and Jack Taub. Cook finished the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run behind a terrific blocks from John Bechtle and William Tselepis. Owen Kovacs converted the extra-point kick.
The Wolverine defense has been ferocious all season letting up a total of six points and once again shut out the Falcons offense. The defensive backs, Joey Denave,Sean Dillon, Mario Martino,and Pat Stefurak blanketed the receivers all day. Stefurak had an incercetion deep in Wolverine territory to preserve the shutout. The defensive line of Butrico, Claxton, Marc Daas, Matt Drews, Isaiah Parker, Matt Perreira, and Rooks pounded the Falcon quarterback all day. Butrico, Drews, and Daas caused and recovered a fumble in the Falcon backfield early in the game to stop a Falcon drive. Cook, Kovacs,Reale, Taub and Tselepis punished the Falcon running backs all game. The Wolverines will be playing the weekend of the November 10 against the Hillside Comets in the first round of the Eastern Region Ttournament.