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Wayne Valley Stuns Hills for 1st Time in 20 Years

Indians score early and often to beat their cross-town rivals for only the second time ever.

For the first time in more than 20 years, beat in a football game.

The Indians stormed their home field on Friday night prepared to turn around generation of losing to their cross-town rivals Wayne Hills.

And they did just that by winning 23-17. The Indians are now 2-6 all-time vs. Hills.

The night seemed to be theirs from the first whistle. The Indians scored early and often as they built up a 13-0 lead after the first quarter. The Indians scored all their points in the first half.

From there, it was up to the defense to hold off a Hills team that was playing the first of several games without quarterback Kevin Olsen. Olsen is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a broken bone in his foot.

Hills made a game of it late, scoring a touchdown with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to six. But it wasn’t enough.

Fans created a sea of blue when they stormed the field when the game ended.

But for some, this game was more than just about football. Security was beefed up for the game due alleged tensions after a Wayne Valley student reportedly earlier in the week.

For most people there though, that didn’t seem to matter. Hills supporters wore shirts touting the team’s slew of eight state championships. Valley supporters painted themselves blue.

It was standing room only as bleachers on both sides of the field were filled. Hundreds of people stood around the fence that circles the field. Homemade posters and signs provided an extra dimension of support for the now 2-0 Indians. Hills dropped to 1-1.

“This was everything you wanted in a high school football game,” said Lori Stevens, a Hills fan. “We just wanted to come out and have a good time and cheer the kids on. Everything else doesn’t matter.”

Some fans said that too much is made of the rivalry between the two schools.

“I never understood that. People think that just because kids go to different high schools that means they don’t like each other,” said Randy Mish.

Valley coach Brian O’Connor praised his team’s effort after the game but warned the boys not to get ahead of themselves.

“The secret is out and now we’ve got a bulls eye on our backs,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor said the game ball would be cut up and a piece given to each Valley player.

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paul r September 15, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Just wondering how the WPD let those kids storm the field given what went on this week. Great win Valley, congrats to all.
Bergen Watcher September 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM
the "rush to justice" is served.
happy fan September 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM
It was a little bit of an "in your face" to Hills, storming the field, but Valley was the dominant team last night and were proud of themselves. They deserved it; after the beatings, the Olsen debackle, the kids lawyerin g up because they felt they were "wronged" and a whole host of ridiculous BS..none of that mattered last night. Just a good, clean game of football. So proud of Valley!
Lorraine September 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Congrats to Wayne Valley!
fboy1932 September 15, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Lets not turn this win into a political argument. I'm a Wayne Hills supporter and I congratulate Wayne Valley for the win. Have you ever thought that both high school coaches don't really care? why? they both represent Wayne. So Wayne Hills lost to Valley, if it weren't Valley it would have been another team. End of day is who wins the State Championship Title and if Hills dont get it again, so what? the legacy of Wayne Hills is in place for ever. I wish Valley the best.
Anonymous September 15, 2012 at 02:03 PM
whhs thought this was "your town" lol...
CJV September 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM
They stormed the field of a football game out of excitement and Joy. They weren't looking for a fight they were looking for their friends! WPD did an awesome job, maybe the first guy to comment would have been satified if the WV crowed was pepper sprayed and dragged off the field! Please people a congratulation followed by a "but" or something negative is not genuine so save it!
eyes wide shut September 15, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Excellent point "CJV"....We have seen it time and again where fans rush onto a field or court to celebrate a victory..BOTH teams played well and it was a win win for the town of WAYNE.. Now to the Victor's goes the spoils...Lets congratulate BOTH teams and FANS...Any negative comments will only look like "sour grapes"
Albert September 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Maybe there is a Valley kid who does not like a Hills kid, maybe there is a Hills kids that does not like a Valley kid, but most of the kids from both teams are friends. I saw a lot of great sportsmanship from both teams after the game. Also, 90% of the parents get along. But the media seems to make a big deal out of the 5-10% that maybe dont get along. Congrats and good luck to both teams this season.
Dead Hoffa September 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
It's high school football people. I feel sorry for the people that take this stuff seriously, it's a game played by kids who for the most part aren't even good enough to make a college level team. There are always a few exceptions but for the most part meaningless in the game pf life....teach your kids a good work ethic and they will be far more successful in life........
Anonymous September 15, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Great job by Wayne Valley last night!
paul r September 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Fans rushing the field has been eliminated at most levels for safety concerns. In fact, as the announcer said last night it wasn't allowed last night either. As a wayne hills parent, based especially on the events of the last week and some of the tweets that went out I was concerned for my childs safety, not taking anything away from valley - the team beat hills in every way and the parents and fans were nothing less than totally classy. I feel though that with all of the police presence last night fans on the field should not have happened.
Kelly Lonigan September 16, 2012 at 01:06 AM
yes paul. with all those police on the field, the msg cameras, the wayne hills AV cameras, the WV av team cameras all rolling while filming the big celebration many of the WV fans were looking to cause trouble. JUST RIDICULOUS . enough of the nonsense already. were you really worried about your childs safety or are you just a drama queen?
paul r September 16, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Be real Kelly. Never said many WV fans were looking to cause trouble. All it takes is one person to cause a problem. Was the kid who allegedly assaulted the police officer this week in that crowd of kids that swarmed the field? Or how about the kid who was tweeting this week? If the thought didn't cross your mind you need to get out of Mayberry once in a while. Maybe even read a newspaper every now and then. Hear me again, no problem with the WV team or fans. Hell, if I was 16 and a wv fan I probably would have done the same thing myself. The WOE, though, with the horses, swat team, mobile command center, etc should not have let that happen.
Kelly Lonigan September 16, 2012 at 02:03 AM
be real? the drama queen dying for attention is telling me to be real? what is the difference between kids storming the field and kids walking in a parking lot? like i said earlier - JUST RIDICULOUS . enough of the nonsense already. were you really worried about your childs safety or are you just a drama queen? If a kid wanted to cause trouble they did nt have to storm onto the field where the police and all the cameras were camping out. maybe you should put your kid in a bubble.
Pat September 16, 2012 at 02:36 AM
If you thought you or your children may have been in danger, you all could have stayed home and watched it television.
Kelly Lonigan September 16, 2012 at 03:37 AM
by the way paul r, did you see the stanford fans storm the field tonight after the huge upset win over usc....it was TERRIFYING and i was so nervous for everyone out there/
paul r September 16, 2012 at 05:03 AM
A question you won't answer but just for kicks: were there requests for restraining orders, threats of violence, and promises of "beefed up" police presence prior to that game as well? OK, time to retread that drama queen line again...
jennifer September 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM
We r two teams in one town that are friends in the end. I wish the some adults and the media would stop trying to divide us..what happened in the past happened in the past. I wish the media would stop adding what happened last Oct in every article they right about hills. I sold 50/50 on the hills side Friday night and had a blast. Not one person said something negative. It was great to see FRIENDS. Bottom line leave the past in the past and lets move on.
paul r September 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Completely agree jennifer. Well said. Best of luck to both teams this year.
Kelly Lonigan September 16, 2012 at 01:07 PM
if the drama queen parents like paul r stop the passive aggressive "read between the lines" nonsense, and the other adults call him out on his nonsense....maybe...just maybe.......the town can get back to normal. WV beats WH for the first time in 20 years. The students storm the field in joy ( as they should ). All that be said is CONGRATULATIONS. Instead we have to hear about the fear that shook his body. Grow a pair Paul r...man up..... STOP STOP your nonsense
paul r September 16, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Typical.
Rich September 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Great job by both teams. Congrats WV on the win and nice 4q comeback by Hills.
unknown September 16, 2012 at 04:54 PM
i guess my comment wasnt good enough to post figures truth hurts wayne police grab another donut
fboy1932 September 16, 2012 at 08:11 PM
One more thing...the 20 years is missleading. They beat Hills 6 years ago. Hills Parent and supporter. Lets get facts straight.
humper dink September 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM
valley beat hills 6 years ago?? Really?? What game was that??
notwhoyouthink September 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
No they didn't - not in varsity football
Andrew Singh September 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM
We didn't need Kevin Olsen anyway, he was bad and he made the team bad.

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