Patriots Win State Title On Late-Game Touchdown

Coach Chris Olsen: "What can I say about these kids. At halftime they said, ‘Coach we’re going to win this game’.”

EAST RUTHERFORD — The Wayne Hills football team, missing nine suspended players, scored 15 second half points to repeat as North 1, Group 3 state champions Saturday, by defeating Old Tappan 15-12 at The Meadowlands.

The game was a rematch of the 2010 final, in which the Patriots won on a last-second lateral.

“What can I say about these kids,” Coach Chris Olsen said. “At halftime they said, ‘Coach we’re going to win this game’.”

Wayne Hills was without eight starters, but both quarterback Kevin Olsen and wide receiver Jeff Gignac expected to win, regardless of the circumstances. 

“We have talent all around us. Just because we have nine guys down doesn’t mean we can’t win,” said Gignac, who had eight receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

The Nov. 25. The boys were for allegedly beating up two students. An and the state’s .

Patriot fans said they were proud of the team for the character it showed late this season.

“These boys showed so much heart this week,” Donna Henry said as she cheered from the stands. “For them to not only win, but to come from behind the way they did, it was just incredible. They should be very proud of themselves.”

Gignac caught the game-winning touchdown in the corner of the end zone with 3:05 remaining in the game, as Wayne Hills drove 89 yards.

“It was a counter pass,” said the 6-foot-5 Gignac. “I ran to the right—nothing was there. I scrambled back, jumped over Devin [Fuller] and just caught it. I knew I had to step up for my team and that’s what I did.”

Kevin Olsen spoke highly of the receiver.

“He’s been around all year,” Olsen said of Gignac. “I guess he was waiting for the biggest game to make the biggest plays of his life.”

Old Tappan started from its own 27 on the possession following the Hills touchdown, but an intentional grounding penalty pushed the Golden Knights back to their own five.

On third and four, Old Tappan quarterback Devin Fuller fumbled for the second time, as Erik Moskal recovered the ball with 2:35 remaining.

Wayne Hills was held scoreless through the first half for the first time this season, down 12-0 at the intermission.

The Patriots struggled to contain quarterback Fuller, who rushed for 104 yards and both of his team’s touchdown, from 18 and seven yards out, respectively.

Wayne Hills opened the game with a three-and-out and punted on its first four possessions. Olsen was picked off on the fifth drive and threw an incomplete pass as time expired going into halftime.

The Golden Knights fumbled the ball four times in the second half and threw an interception.

Hills running back Dom Santoro (19 carries, 112 yards) got his team into opponent territory with a 43-yard carry on second and four.

Olsen completed 14 of 23 passes for 169 yards. He threw for one touchdown and one interception.

Dory Degen December 07, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Frank December 07, 2011 at 09:16 PM
@notwhoyouthink Maybe you should show some compassion for what Nicole has experienced while attending Hills. Instead you continue to attempt to deflect responsibility for the actions of the football "PROGRAM". Maybe you would like her to be SPECIFIC. Would you like her to name names? Andrew Monaghan Or will initials suffice? R.A., R.K., T.Z., C.R., R.S., N.G., C.K., M.S., You are a sad excuse for an adult and or parent. If I were you I would be asking her how to help change the current culture of the "PROGRAM" but nooooooooo in your eye's everything is just peachy the way it is. FYI- My name is Frank and has been since my birth... unlike yours.
Frank December 07, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Looks like there is hope John!
Darlene Tanis-Noonan December 07, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Stopped in between jobs...........scary I only see the same BS over and over again! And the same NAMES!!!! Get a JOB!! Get a HOBBY!! Take Yoga! Go get a cup of coffee!! MY GOD!! You people have no LIVES!!! Come Back after the "REAL" story comes out! Off To job #2 then meeting friends!! wanna come? LOL
Bill Brennan December 08, 2011 at 02:59 AM
OUTRAGEOUS! I just attended the Council Meeting. After the meeting I was informed that the Wayne PD refused to give our Championship Team a police escort to the stadium. I was also informed that Vergano would not intervene because he "didn't want to take sides" IS HE KIDDING? There were 2 sides in that game WAYNE vs OLD TAPPAN, the god damned Mayor i supposed to be on the side of his town. Just when these people can't seem any lower they dig deeper go lower and embarrass us further. An escort to the stadium is a matter of pride and support for the home team, they already suspended the "suspects" from the game, what was the point of disrespecting the players who no one has even accused? The only point made was - spineless and incompetent fools are running our community. You can't get the cops to escort our champions but have no problem sending another code enforcement officer to my house. You are not going to stop me from saying what everyone else seems afraid to say and I have no intention of saying whatever I think will win an election. Not a single member of our township council has an ounce of integrity - this is just the latest example!
Taylor December 08, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Couldn't have said this better myself Bill!
Darlene Tanis-Noonan December 08, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Wayne police dept should be ashamed!!! I know a few...............Screw um!! WE won without them too!!
Darlene Tanis-Noonan December 08, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Talk about being "Controlled"...............just sayin!!! Get rid of Olsen???? I dont think so!!
Darlene Tanis-Noonan December 08, 2011 at 03:35 AM
THANK YOU!!! Whoever you are!! they will all get "IT" when it ALLL comes out!!
Darlene Tanis-Noonan December 08, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Frank..........You agree with everyone...........get a backbone and stick to it!! OMG!! you're for.......you're against..........WAIT...........are you the MAYOR????
Frank December 08, 2011 at 04:49 AM
@Darlene Tanis-Noonan- I have not flip flopped at all on the issues at hand here. What I did do is merely agree with John when he pointed out parents "hosting" drinking parties should also take the heat! So please, go and take your cheerleader "rah- rah" Coach Olsen "pom poms" elsewhere. We need more courageous role models like Nicole Cakir to stand up for moral values and common decency and make their voices heard. Enough with your "Screw um!! WE won without them too!!" attitude, do you not hear how ignorant you sound? Have some class... help find solutions for the problems that exist.
Jessica Brody December 08, 2011 at 05:13 AM
It's Okay. Everything went very well. I didn't see him at the game either. It doesn't mean he wasn't there, he could have been sitting on the Old Tappan side with the Wayne Valley and Depaul parents. So yesterday I get an email from the Wayne Valley Booster Club asking for donations to help a family cover costs of a funeral and other expenses. Im just wondering, do I send the check to the Old Tappan Booster Club ? This is the kind of nonsense we're getting from our Mayor, our Chief of Police, and our Board of Education President. Because of "them", the community cannot pull itself together on the major issues like Education, Welfare, Flooding, and Representation. It's time to bring in the clowns.
Willy December 08, 2011 at 05:17 AM
Wow.. 911 call released... 45 kids now... Olsen... Your lucky the whole wasn't suspended!  “I don’t know if they are having a party or something but there is about 45 kids fighting in the middle of the road,” the caller says. “There’s cars flying by … Someone’s going to get run over.”
Willy December 08, 2011 at 05:31 AM
As for the parent complaining that the police dept didn't escort them to met life... They don't cave into bullying... Maybe if your boys didn't chant F%#k THE POLICE at the pep rally they would have done it. This is truth ... It was entered and published into record during the newark hearings... Nice morals you teach your kids! BRAVO
s December 08, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Wow I have NEVER heard of a football team getting a police escort to the stadium. Who pays for that?
Ron December 08, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Nice first post! A beautifully written entry into the forum, a true classic. I suspect a few glasses of wine tonight will find you back here tweeting.
Ron December 08, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Darlene Tanis-Noonan Perhaps if you read and comprehended everything Frank has written to date, you would come to a different conclusion. Instead you post tweets, which are nothing more than short burst of inconsequential information.
Ron December 08, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Bill, I'm sure the Wayne Police Department had it reasons for not providing an escort. It certainly is a question that needs to be asked and answered. We can speculate that an escort could be misconstrued in any number of ways. Perhaps it was nothing more than maintaining a level of impartiality in a time of controversy.
Al Scala December 08, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Bill, I agree with you as well. Just doesn't make any sense! Is Vergano a Valley graduate?
Al Scala December 08, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Darlene......for someone who told us to get a life Re: our posting on this site, I see that you weighed in twice more. This is my perogative to weigh in here and voice my opinion. I will continue on here as long as I enjoy doing so. I do have a life by the way. I have a wonderful wife, children, grandchildren. I am self employed and do work very hard as well as giving my time to other charitable organizations. So, I do have a life, a wonderful one. I will use this forum to advocate for change where in my opinion, I feel it is needed. Just sayin!
Pat December 08, 2011 at 01:11 PM
@ Jessica Brody Yes, that email you received from the Wayne Valley Football Booster Club, originally went out only to the football families for help, but when the good people of Wayne, who CARE MORE about 3 boys that have suffered devastating loss in the past 6 months, than Hills winning a championship game, asked to have it sent around so they could help! They didn't need the mayor to do it and I resent you bringing it up on this forum, unless it's to help! There are MORE important things in life and in Wayne than a football game!!!!
Bill Brennan December 08, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Willy. Cave into bullying? The police escort to a championship game is a tradition. The players who went to that game had nothing to do with the incident (If you recall the 9 arrestees were suspended from the game). The alleged "chant" had nothing to do with law enforcement, the HS set up spirit week and held a competition between grades. The juniors were the Purple Police. The only teacher to testify about the incident said is was not a chant and had ZERO to do with the incident. On top of that NO ONE SAID IT WAS THE FOOTBALL TEAM WHO EVEN yelled the lyrics to that song. You should be more concerned that someone misled an OAL Judge in order to achieve a result.
Jessica Brody December 08, 2011 at 08:18 PM
No problem Pat-count me in. As long as the unity that is expected for one, is the same that should be expected for all. Would the same gifts be offered for a defense lawyer for any of the accused at Wayne Hills ? I don't think so ! A present, we have families on both sides of town asking for help and understanding. For different reasons of course, but the pleas are the same. Yet the decisions to offer are met with different reactions. Your saying that "only the football families were asked" was nonsense. I was informed my the Lacross booster club first, and I don't have any children in Wayne Schools. You resent my post, but not your own. I donate to all Wayne Booster Clubs not just yours. and by the way, my chidlren are home-schooled, so that means I donate my portion of school tax in my property taxes as well. Your Turn !!!
Pat December 08, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Jessica If you read my post correctly, I said "originally" went out to football booster club and I don't care that you home school your children, which you seem to have to mention in every post..Good bye!
Jessica Brody December 08, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Thank-you Pat. Then you can undertand that I'm on the side of the residents and homeowners that don't have students in our schools. Those, the people who have to tolerate the immaturity of our youth. Those that have no responsibilty or dont understand what it is to be accountable for their own actions. You know, the ones that constantly rely on everybody else, because they have no idea how to do it themselves. Those that laugh at punishment, failure, and the errors of other's. Those that think it's all one big joke, and those that don't know when to call for unity, to combine all of the available resourses for the common good of the entire community. Right now, our community is suffering from a devastating loss and suffering of 3 children, and "those" will depend on a call to arms by a football booster club. Yet, not long ago, a melee breaks out on some side street after a party, and "those" turned to every local, county and state enforcement agency in the New Jersey. Never giving any thought about the people who live here and defend the good on all issues, not only the ones that "those" think is a personal priority. This issue at Wayne Valley should be receiving the attention Wayne Hills is receiving, and the students in Wayne all have the power to do it, but I dont think they have the instinctive knowledge to take on such a responsibility. It's time for them to band together and prove me wrong.
sally singsong December 10, 2011 at 01:17 AM
listen you effin' d-bag!! what gives you the right to talk shittt about these kids and their parents?? the formerindian...what?? waterboy?? first of all, you're right...the kids AND coaches work very hard all year round, and the parents are very dedicated. That's why it's 'a winning program' and keep flapping your toothless gums and you'll make it 20 million!!
InAwe December 10, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Sally - please stop. You are embarrassing yourself and your kid.
Sue December 11, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Pat - well said!!
Dory Degen December 15, 2011 at 03:30 AM
did they have a fund raiser, was it a success? i hope so.
Emma December 18, 2011 at 04:58 AM
Getting a police escort to and from the stadium is a Wayne Hills tradition and the Wayne PD should be upset with themselves knowing that the didn't believe in the team.


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