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Hasbrouck Heights Sweeps Saddle Brook In MFL Action

Pee Wee Aviator Nick  Grasso heads to the end zone in the second quarter of the game against Saddle Brook.
Pee Wee Aviator Nick Grasso heads to the end zone in the second quarter of the game against Saddle Brook. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights running back Anthony Dilascio follows the blocking of Shane Ike in the Junior Aviators win over Saddle Brook Saturday night.
Hasbrouck Heights running back Anthony Dilascio follows the blocking of Shane Ike in the Junior Aviators win over Saddle Brook Saturday night. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Aviator running back Jake Diaz avoids Falcons defenders on the way to the end zone in the third quarter.
Senior Aviator running back Jake Diaz avoids Falcons defenders on the way to the end zone in the third quarter. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Before the seniors game, Hasbrouck Heights honored the eighth-grade cheerleaders and football players in their final home game in the annual Rose Ceremony.
Before the seniors game, Hasbrouck Heights honored the eighth-grade cheerleaders and football players in their final home game in the annual Rose Ceremony. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -– Spurred on by a late-game comeback in the opener, Hasbrouck Heights swept Saddle Brook in Meadowlands Football League action at Saturday night at Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights.

Pee-Wees : Jalil Baldwin scored on quarterback keeper from 10 yards away with less than a minute remaining to give the Aviators a hard-fought 18-13 victory over the Falcons in a key divisional matchup. The Aviators (3-4) won their third straight game, while Saddle Brook fell to 2-5.

Saddle Brook opened the scoring when Matt Occhipinti picked up a fumble and took the ball over for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Robert Daddario tied the game for Heights with just over a minute in the first quarter.

Occhipinti ran back the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and a 13-6 lead.

Nick Grasso cut the lead to 13-12, but the conversion failed.

After the high-scoring first half, it looked as if the failed conversion was going to be the difference in the game, as both teams' defenses stiffened in the third and fourth quarters. Noel Cruz and Andrew Victori anchored the line for Heights in the second half, limiting Saddle Brook’s offense.

But after Heights took over on downs with 3:50 remaining in the game, Baldwin took over on the final drive. After a 12-yard run moved the ball into Falcon territory, Baldwin ripped a 32-yard run to get the Aviators into scoring position. The Falcon defense stiffened, pushing Heights back to the 10, before Baldwin broke two tackles on third and goal and dashed into the end zone with the Aviators first lead of the evening.

Juniors : Anthony Dilascio ripped off touchdown runs of 56, 60 and 20 yards, and AJ Parente scored on an interception and kickoff return as Heights defeated the Falcons 40-0. Heights improved to 6-1 with the win, while Saddle Brook fell to 3-4.

Dilascio’s opening touchdown came on a fourth-and-five play on the Aviators' opening drive, as he went through a hole on the left side of the line and sprinted through the opening for the game’s opening score.

Parente’s 53-yard reception gave the Aviators a 26-0 lead right before halftime.

Parente returned the second-half kickoff 50 yards to give Heights a 33-0 lead. Frank Billings scored the Aviators final touchdown.

Seniors : Justin Mucci scored two touchdowns as the Hasbrouck Heights Senior Aviators defeated Saddle Brook 32-14. The Aviators improved to 6-1, while Saddle Brook fell to 0-7.

Mucci opened the scoring on the Aviators opening drive, scoring from 11 yards out for a 6-0 lead. Saddle Brook bounced back on their first drive, as Jonathan Law scored on a 35-yard run to tie the game at 6-6.

Faussette hit Mucci with a 15-yard scoring strike to get the lead back for the Aviators. Running back Rocco Minichiello extended the lead to 20-6 with a 14-yard run. Faussette’s 8-yard run gave the Aviators a 26-6 lead going into the half.

Faussette hit Jake Diaz with a 13-yard pass for a the Aviators final score.

Saddle Brook’s Brian Stanzione broke a 65-yard run late in the game and scored a 2-point conversion, bringing the game to its 32-14 score.

Saddle Brook ends its regular season next week traveling to Rutherford, while Hasbrouck Heights visits Harrison.

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