The Eagles fifth graders will be playing in the finals of the prestigious Wyckoff Invitational Football Tournament on Saturday in Wyckoff against Paramus. Coach Frungillo’s squad scored two impressive wins this week, 21-0 over Ridgewood and 12-6 over Wyckoff.
Against Ridgewood, Nick Giuliano opened the scoring with a quarterback keeper around left end giving the Eagles an early 6-0 lead.
Midway through the first half, Nick Riggio scored his first of two touchdowns on a 10 yard run. The 2-point conversion was good, as Lucas Jacobsen passed to Thomas Kellner in the right corner of the end zone.
The next series, Jacobsen hit Pat Haughney with a 25 yard bomb that Haughney stretched out and made an over-the-shoulder catch on. Jacobsen would then hit Riggio with a swing pass and Rig zig-zagged his way through the Ridgewood defense making several players miss tackles. The extra point pass was good to Brian Hipp and the Eagles were ahead 21-0.
In the second half, Coach Frungillo went to his ground & pound offense. Nikolai Bujnowski, Alan Stoloff, Jonathan Cole, and Matt Aldiero all carried the ball effectively.
Defensively, Anthony Zamloot, Jack Gautieri, and Zach Balogh all made plays in the Maroons backfield.
In Wyckoff, on a cold crisp night, the Eagles struck first. Nick Riggio followed blocks of Jack Gautieri and Brian Hipp on a 20-yard run to the Wyckoff 45. On the next play, Matt Frungillo took off around the left sideline and raced untouched into the end zone for a 6-0 lead.
Zach Balogh intercepted a Wyckoff pass as Pat Haughney and PJ Jordan applied pressure and forced the quarterback to rush his throw. The half would end at 6-0, as neither team could get much going offensively.
In the second half The Eagles D stepped up again. Brian Hipp and Alan Stoloff were in the Wyckoff back field all night making tackles. And Nick Riggio put the game on ice with a 45 yeard pick-six giving the Eagles a 12-0 lead.
Wyckoff scored on the game’s final play to make the final score 12-6.
Next up for the Eagles is Paramus. Coach Frungillo’s team will be looking to win their fifth straight game as well as the Tournament Championship. Best of luck to all the boys!