By W.L. Bill Allen Jr. / Special to The Leader
Photo by W.L. Bill Allen Jr.The four captains of the gridiron contingent from Becton Regional: Mike Cavallo, Zach Trause, Stephen Moran and Chris Cervasio, join with Wildcats Head Coach Roger Kotlarz in accepting possession of the Hall of Fame Bowl Trophy for another year, after leveling Lyndhurst, 40-0, on Friday night. Sept. 17, at Riggin Field in East Rutherford. The HOF Bowl is awarded annually to the winner of the BRHS versus Bears battle, a game that, until this year, has always been held on Turkey Day.
EAST RUTHERFORD (Sept. 23, 2010) — There are still, quite clearly, many, many ... many things that are yet to be worked out in the brand-new North Jersey Athletic Conference.
Not the least of which is the dearth (and almost death) of the previously plentiful, traditional and very much beloved slate of Turkey Day games, a list which, for many, many years has included Lyndhurst facing Becton Regional with possession of the venerated Hall of Fame Bowl Trophy for the ensuing year on the line.
Well, somehow, that special skirmish ended up as a week two tilt and was played Friday night, Sept. 17, at Riggin Field, with now 2-0 Becton blanking the Bears, 40-0, as rebuilding LHS fell to 0-2.
Among the Wildcats stats leaders in Friday’s effort were Zach Trause, a senior signal-caller who ran the rock 10 times for 85 yards and who completed nine of his dozen aerial attack attempts for 158 yards and a score; Frank Feroldo, a junior tailback who caught two balls for 54 yards; Bob Zimmerman, a senior wideout who had four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown; soph Wildcat QB Matt Williams (44-yard touchdown run); and the D line of senior end Stephen Moran, junior end Nick Cortiana, senior tackle Chris Cervasio and junior tackle Kyle Torres.
“Those four guys just completely disrupted the Lyndhurst offense all night, they did a great job,” BRHS Head Coach Roger Kotlarz lauded of the four stalwarts.
“We played well for the second straight week (the locals had opened with a 41-7 victory at Harrison on Sept. 10) and, I think, playing these games before facing Secaucus has given our younger kids, of whom we have a lot on the varsity, a real chance to settle down and I think we have a chance to play well against Secaucus, too.”
The ’Cats finished second or third behind perennial champ Secaucus in the final three years of the BCSL/National Division.
“This clearly will be our biggest test of the season, so far, and we’re looking forward to game day,” said Kotlarz of Friday night’s home game against the arch-rival Patriots.
That tussle is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday, Sept. 25, at Riggin Field.
“The only thing I really am unhappy about is the fact that we had to play the trophy game so early. We’re going to do our best to fix that by next year,” Kotlarz said. “We should always play Lyndhurst on Thanksgiving Day.”
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