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Wayne Hills Starts the Season With a Bang

Patriots thump Northern Highlands in home opener.

Consider the first page emphatically turned.

In the opener of the Wayne Hills’ football team’s season, the Patriots picked up right where they left off last year: winning.

The Patriots, led by senior quarterback Kevin Olsen, dominated Northern Highlands 56-7 in Wayne Friday night.

Members of the Wayne Hills community are glad to be moving on from what was a tumultuous season and off-season last year.

“I’m glad that we’re back to playing football and getting the team back on the sports pages where it belongs,” Dave Kuhnlein said while watching the game. “Last season, we’ve put it behind us. This is all about the kids and the seniors. They’ve worked hard to get to this point.”

Team supporters hope the win is the first on the way to the Patriots’ ninth state championship under coach Christian Olsen. But don’t look to buy tickets to MetLife Stadium just yet.

This is Olsen’s final season as head coach of the Patriots. He has built up a legacy for himself, winning eight of the last 10 state group championships, and his family. Kevin is the third of Olsen’s three sons to play for him. His middle son Greg plays for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Kevin, a nationally ranked quarterback, has verbally committed to attend the University of Miami next fall.

“It’s never a guarantee that we’ll get back to the Meadowlands,” Nothing is guaranteed. But we hope that we can get back to playing there in early December.”

The stands were packed with fans. Signs with “Welcome to Patriot Country” and “Let’s Go Wayne Hills” lined the first row of the bleachers.

The school’s marching band and color guard performed at halftime and cheered the Patriots on from the stands throughout the game. Parents and fans, covered in maroon, white, and black, cheered during every play and every touchdown.

“This is great. This is what Wayne Hills is really about,” Cindy Johnson said. “The kids, the players, they are what really matter.”

The Patriots will face their crosstown rival Wayne Valley next week.

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notwhoyouthink September 08, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Nice victory boys...on to Vallley and a 2 - 0 start to the season!!!!
Concerned Parent September 08, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Wayne Valley won too last night, by the way. Thanks for not even mentioning them. And we wonder why there is such rivalry?
fboy1932 September 08, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Job well done!!! lets leave with a bang and laughing your way to the bank as you leave this hateful town that's betrayed your entire family!
eyes wide shut September 08, 2012 at 01:23 PM
@Concerned Parent. YOU are 100% right. Nothing like dividing a town with this. Thought our families and Children were ALL ONE.. Competition is good as we know. Lets keep it friendly and support one another...As in all aspects Controversy is what sells...
carol lawrence September 08, 2012 at 02:38 PM
good luck to the 'PATRIOTS'..keep them healthy and hope for a great season..best wishes to coach olsen in his final year at wayne hills...
Packanack1996 September 08, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Concerned Parent - Excellent Point. Hopefully, with a new Athletic Director in place, student athletes from both sides of town will be recognized.
Kit Rogers September 08, 2012 at 04:01 PM
the only people dividing the town are you people on the patch.....the kids have more sense than most of you!!!!!! Best of luck this season to all of our wayne teams,,,,,hills valley and depaul,,,,,,,
Dude Germano September 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Where are you looking? The WV football details are on the Patch? Did you want the WV game details mentioned in the WH piece?
John M September 08, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Great job Hills, Good game Valley. Now lets see the best team in Wayne next week when they meet. The season is long!
Albert September 08, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Sadly the kids are just there to play football, but the parents can't help but make comments. I have kids at Valley, but I am from WAYNE. So my heart wants Hills to win every game, (maybe except when they play Valley :). Heard a rumor that K Olsen may be out for 6-8 weeks. Anyone know who the back up is? Hopefully the kids has had some reps and can step in and not miss a beat. They have many weapons, but Olsen is a big loss. Go Luck to both Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills this season!
John M September 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I'm, away what happen to Olsen
Albert September 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I saw online that he fractured his foot and will be out 6-8 weeks. Not sure if the information is accurate or just rumor
John M September 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM
He can probably play with a brace and steel plate to protect the area. Whirlpool each day until the swelling goes down. My son had a similar injury and did the above and ended up 1st team all-state.
John M September 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
He is OK
Chris Traynor September 08, 2012 at 05:03 PM
QUOTATION FROM THE ABOVE STORY: “This is great. This is what Wayne Hills is really about,” Cindy Johnson said. “The kids, the players, they are what really matter.” All 3 of my daughters have attended WHHS and I'm very proud of the school and, as an aside, I'm also proud of the football team (and all of the sports teams). I JUST DON'T BELIEVE THAT "THIS" (FOOTBALL) IS WHAT WAYNE HILLS IS ALL ABOUT. Let's keep the focus where it needs to be ... academic performance and developing intelligent, tolerant, globally-aware, civic-minded college candidates and citizens. As our visionless State Government continues to concentrate on short-term budget performance to selfishly enhance their resumes for future political office, we have to bond together and not be overly distracted (or divided) by scholastic side dishes when the chicken entree is skinnier than ever.
jack September 08, 2012 at 06:46 PM
@Dude Germano- nothing about Wayne Valley when this story came out. Was posted much later (hence the comments).
Pat September 08, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Sad that Kevin may injured. Hope he recovers quickly and makes Wayne proud. However, can you say 'KARMA'. None of us are exempt. Just a reminder to do the right things in life and you will be rewarded, do the wrong thing and you may suffer.
Kelly Lonigan September 08, 2012 at 10:12 PM
k a r m a
paul r September 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
OK, I'll bite....what wrong thing exactly did Kevin do?
Rex miatke September 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Kevin Olsen out six to eight weeks. Time for Coach Olsen to rally the troops. Wayne Hills football is so much more than just the Kevin Olsen show and time for Wayne Hills to step up and show their heart. Still wondering why Kevin was in there in the 3rd quarter when the game was in hand????? Best of luck to Wayne Hills. Look forward to the return trip to the meadowlands.
Johnny jones September 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Yeahh they dont say anythin about Wayne valley cuz they suck plain and simple
Pat September 09, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Not Kevin, his Dad.
the dude September 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Blame it on MSG...they jinxed him. Last time MSG did a documentary on HS football it was about Bergen Catholic. They hyped and followed BC around all season, and BC ended up losing twice to Bosco....it was a bummer. 10 years later they try it again, and the Last Patriot gets hurt in his first game.

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