HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - For the second straight game, Hasbrouck Heights used a dynamic offense and a stifling defense to jump out to a huge early lead, cruising to a 53-6 victory against Secaucus in North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Meadowlands Division play Friday night at Depken Field.
The Aviators improved to 2-0 with the victory, while Secaucus fell to 1-2.
After the Patriots opening drive resulted in a three and out, Heights scored on its fourth offensive play, as quarterback Frank Quatrone scored on a quarterback keeper from 16 yards out and a 6-0 lead with 8:22 remaining in the first quarter.
Another three and out would give the ball back to the Aviators, who again struck in four plays, with a 54-yard touchdown bomb from Quatrone to wide receiver Jasiah Purdie, with Joey Giancaspro’s conversion making it 13-0.
The lead grew to 20-0 with six seconds left in the first quarter when Quatrone broke another quarterback keeper for 60 yards. Quatrone would score another rushing touchdown, a 12-yard run on a quarterback option that fooled Secaucus and most of the crowd, who followed running back John Iurato’s run off the right side.
Backup quarterback James Klenk scored the Aviators final score of the first half, rushing three times for a total of 30 yards to give Hasbrouck Heights a 32-0 halftime lead.
Secaucus' fortunes appeared to change after halftime, as the Patriots' defense shut the Aviators down for the first time in the game, forcing a punt. But Phillip Viola forced a fumble, which was recovered by Dylan Freschi at the Secaucus 28. Iurato took it the rest of the way, scoring on a 25-yard run two plays later and a 39-0 lead.
Sophomore running back Nick Monahan provided the rest of the scoring for the Aviators, returning a punt 44 yards for a 46-0 lead and then carrying three times for 76 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown to give the Heights a 53-0 lead.
Secaucus' final drive of the night finally got it on the board, as running back Chucky Snyder led the Patriots on a 70-yard drive, picking up the final 44 yards and a touchdown with 1:30 remaining.
Quatrone rushed for 100 yards on seven carries, with three touchdowns to lead the Aviators attack. Quatrone, who completed his first six passes, was 6 of 8 for 88 yards passing with one touchdown.
Cresskill High School travels to Depken Field next week in a battle of 2-0 teams. The Cougars had a bye this week after coming off wins versus Saddle Brook (30-0) and Secaucus (42-0) in their first two games.
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