Football: A Championship Season In Review


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HillbillyHelmet-GiulianoFor the first time in their rich football history, Verona High School has had an undefeated state championship team. Along the way there were several pay-back games which made the season even sweeter.

Head Coach Lou Racioppe said he knew coming in that this team had a chance to be special. He had implored his team to “take it to the next level”. What he meant was to go a step farther than they did a year ago and make it to MetLife Stadium.

On a rainy Saturday, in September CJ Lavery returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown against East Side to give the Hillbillies their first lead of the season, and they never looked back. In fact, this team never trailed in a game all season long in regulation time. They did trail Orange in overtime, before winning the game on the next possession.

The overtime victory in Orange was one of several sweet wins.
The overtime victory in Orange was one of several sweet wins.

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