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Posted by: Maximum Health and Wellness Wayne on 12/06/2016

State Championship Finals - Wayne Hills Defeats Wayne Valley 31-24 In Overtime

State Championship Finals - Wayne Hills Defeats Wayne Valley 31-24 In Overtime

Wayne Hills Defeats Wayne Valley 31-24 In Overtime  The Patriots defeated Wayne Valley to win the school's ninth state sectional championship.  Watch game highlights video in our VIDEOS section...


WAYNE, N.J. — The last quarter of the championship game was a microcosm of the Wayne Hills Patriots’ championship-winning season — the ninth in school history.

The Patriots were down but scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come back and tie the game at 24 to force overtime before beating Wayne Valley 31-24.

It is the first North 1, Group 4 championship for Wayne Demikoff as head coach of the program he inherited a few years ago after spending 15 season as defensive coordinator under Chris Olsen.

For Wayne Valley, the Indians were that close. The Indians got possession in overtime after Hills scored the go-ahead touchdown, but lost after a receiver bobbled the catch into the end zone. The play resulted in a touchback and ended the game. 

For the Patriots, they squeaked out another win. They were down, but not out. Just like their season.

The Patriots were disqualified from the playoffs after Superintendent Mark Toback reported to the NJSIAA that the three Hayek brothers — Hunter, Tyler, and Jarron — were ineligible to play because they did not file a proper change of address form with the district. They were immediately suspended from all extracurricular activities.

The team was banned, but the district and parents appealed the decision and an administrative law judge placed a stay on the ban and suspensions, finding that the proper paperwork had been filed with the district. The Hayek brothers, and the team, were reinstated to the postseason. 

Champions Again

Valley quarterback Grant Ferrauilo got off to a bad start and threw an interception on the second play of the game, but quickly righted the ship and looked great after that.

The Indians shut the Patriots down early and moved the ball well down the field.

The Indians played stifling defense and gave quarterback Brendan DeVera fits all night.

Valley’s Jordan Montero scored on a pass from Ferrauilo to put the Indians up early in the first. 

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The Indians’ Nick Gould looked good and was playing well until a knee injury in the first half sidelined him.

The Indians went up 10-0 on a field goal with 5:15 left in the second quarter.

Hills' Jason Modak forced a Valley fumble and Hills scored a touchdown, making the score 10-7 with less than two minutes to go in the half.

A.J. Tedesco scored a touchdown for Valley to put the Indians up 17-7. A personal foul penalty on Hills put Valley at the six-yard line. Hills then scored a field goal to make it 10-17.

Elijah Beard then scored on a pass from Ferrauilo with 3:28 left in the third quarter to put Valley up 24-10.

Then Wayne Hills woke up. 

Tyler Hayek and Luca Grave scored touchdowns less than three minutes apart to tie the score at 24-24.

Valley started their next drive on the 13-yard line due to a penalty. The drive ended in a punt.

Hills had all the momentum until they fumbled and Valley recovered with less than four minutes to go. The teams went into overtime and Hills won the touchback by Valley.

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