Verona Falls To Caldwell

By on October 2, 2021

Joey Petro scored Verona’s only touchdown at the edge of the end zone.

The Verona High School football team went into last night’s game against Caldwell with a long string of wins over the Chiefs. It was backed by a large contingent of fans, buoyed by a long line of Eagles and varsity cheerleaders and the Class of 1980, which was in town for its pandemic-delayed 40th reunion. But all that, and some astute plays, wasn’t enough  to carry the evening: Verona fell to Caldwell 31-6.

Verona’s lone touchdown, by Joey Petro, came on a 30-yard pass from Cael Zebrowski, who added another 124 yards to his high school career tally. But the point-after kick was blocked, along with all of Verona’s subsequent scoring drives. 

While two Caldwell players, Harry Boland and Pat Capozzoli, earned triple-digit rushing yards, Verona’s rushers were constrained to the doubles: Senior PJ Shaw led the pack with 47 yards. Wide receiver Derek Bernardino, a fellow senior, led the receiving yardage with 40. Capozzoli scored three of the Chiefs’ five touchdowns.

Verona, which is now 2-2 on the season, hosts Mountain Lakes next Friday at 7 p.m. 

Photos copyright Mike Perry. Used by permission.

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