H.S. football: Passaic Valley downs West Milford, 33-14
WEST MILFORD – Zach Mazalewski proved the be the difference-maker.
Passaic Valley’s stalwart senior quarterback completed 15 of 20 passes for 216 yards, threw for a touchdown and scored one on the ground to lead the Hornets past West Milford, 33-14, in a Big North Conference Independence game Friday night.
Passaic Valley, coming off a tough 27-17 loss to Ramapo, raised its record to 3-2. West Milford dropped to 3-2.
Mazalewski hooked up with his brother Anthony, a senior wide receiver, on a 52-yard pass to set up Chris Armagno’s second touchdown of the game. Armagno’s 1-yard run with 7:05 left in the third quarter gave Passaic Valley a 33-7 lead.
Armagno rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries for Passaic Valley, No. 21 in The Record Top 25 rankings. Anthony Mazalewski caught five passes for 102 yards for Passaic Valley and Shawn Ulrich had four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown reception for the Hornets.
West Milford had more than 300 yards in total offense but three Passaic Valley interceptions turned away several Highlanders potential scoring drives.
The Highlanders, coming off a thrilling 28-21 victory over Wayne Valley last week and playing on homecoming night honoring the West Milford graduating class of 1964, were led by Corey Curran, who scored both touchdowns and rushed for 78 yards on 11 carries.
Nik Bakalian ran for 61 yards on 13 attempts for West Milford and quarterback Aaron Furnbach threw for 188 yards and had a touchdown pass to Curran for the Highlanders.
Curran scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 5:42 left in the game to cut West Milford’s deficit to 19 points at 33-14. Dave Zeppetelli had an interception and caught five passes for 68 yards and Noah Provenzano had five catches for 59 yards for the Highlanders.
On the game’s opening series, West Milford was penalized and forced to punt. The Hornets promptly and efficiently marched 73 yards in 12 plays on their first possession for the score that made it 6-0 with 6:41 left in the opening period.
A 20-yard pass from Zach Mazalewski to Ulrich and then a Mazalewski 7-yard pass to Anthony Mazalewski on a fourth-and-6 play to the West Milford 30 were the big plays of the drive. Junior tailback Armagno scored the Passaic Valley touchdown from three yards away. On West Milford’s next possession Passaic Valley senior cornerback Keith Martinez intercepted a pass and returned it to the 75 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-0.
West Milford capped a 70-yard, 10-play drive when Furnbach connected with Curran on a 25-yard touchdown strike with 9:25 left in the second quarter to cut its deficit to 13-7.
But Passaic Valley answered with a 72-yard, 13-play touchdown drive of its own that upped the Hornets lead to 19-7 when quarterback Mazalewski called his own number and went over from 6 yards away.
Passaic Valley recovered a Highlander fumble at the Hornets’ 12-yard line and went 88 yards in seven plays for a TD by Ulrich.