Football Playoff 1? Done!

By on November 3, 2018

The Verona High School football team took to Sellitto Field for the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 playoffs, and made quick work of Dumont High School.

A big part of the Hillbillies’ 35-7 win was once again Nick Riggio, who scored three of Verona’s touchdowns. Riggio put up another 250 rushing yards, bringing his total for the season so far to 1,370.

After a scoreless first quarter, Riggio got Verona on the scoreboard with a 45-yard run. That TD was soon followed by Steven Petro getting his first score of 2018 on a short pass from Cael Zebrowski. Verona went for the two-point conversion and Nick Giuliano delivered.

Giuliano also delivered on what seems to be his specialty this season, interceptions: In the third quarter he snagged a Dumont ball in the end zone and ran it out down the field. That would set the stage for Verona’s final score of the rainy evening, a 70-yard dash by Riggio. The game would also see a determined Matt Aldiero push for his third touchdown of his senior year.

The win means that Verona, which is the No. 2 seed in N2G2, will host No. 3 seed Lyndhurst this coming Friday, November 9, at 7 p.m.

Friday was also, unfortunately, the end of the season for VHS girls soccer, which fell 2-0 to Morris Tech. The Lady Hillbillies ended with an 8-7-2 record.

Photos copyright Andy Yeates. Used by permission.

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