Wildcats Run Wild, as Papa Streaks for 248-yards

Photo by Lisa Mita

In Week 2 of the season, the Whippany Park Wildcats visited the Kinnelon Colts. Both teams won their season opener, coming into Friday night’s contest so tensions were high and the stands were filled.

It was the Wildcats that struck first on a drive that ended with runningback Mike Dimeo finding endzone after a 4-yard run. In the second quarter, the Colts answered back with heavy doses of bruiser fullback Calvin Krippner, capped by a 30-yard fieldgoal.

Before the half, the Colts’ Antone Kasabi was able the break through for a 7-yard TD run. The touchdown put the Colts ahead 10-7 at the half.

In the second half WP – QB Luke Papa marched his team down to the 2-yard line. This included a Papa breakaway scamper for 56 yards. However, a Wildcat penalty and a nice defensive play by Kinnelon defender Reilly Nelson put the Wildcat ball on the Colts 17-yard line. But QB Papa dashed off tackle for a 17-yard touchdown run.

The next series, Colts QB Joey Rymarz went back to pass and was sacked by Wildcats Vincent Iverson. This seemed to be the turning point in the game, as the Colts could not get anything going. The Wildcat defense was able to prevent the dangerous Krippner from getting to the outside and squaring his shoulders.

In the fourth quarter, Wildcats’ Papa struck again with a 35-yard sprint for his third TD of the day. The Colts responded with a 75-yard TD run by speedster Tim Elefonte. The Wildcats received the ball and successfully ran out the clock and picking up their second win on the road.

The Wildcat offensive line did a nice job with staying with their blocks and opening holes for running backs Jake Crane, Mike Dimeo and QB Luke Papa. On the day, Papa ran for 248-yards and 2 TDs.

Defensively, Jake Crane, Nick Foglia, and Mike Roma combined for 33 tackles. For the Colts, Tim Elefonte ran for 100 and 1 TD.
Next week The Wildcats host the Lincoln Lions on Saturday 1:00PM @ Whippany Park HS.

Box Score

Whippany Park 7 0 7 7 21
Kinnelon 0 10 0 6 16

1st: Whippany Park: Luke Papa 4 run (Paul Padilla kick)
1st: Kinnelon: FG 30
2nd: Kinnelon: Antone Kasabi 7 run (kick)
3rd: Whippany Park: Luke Papa 17 run (Paul Padilla kick)
4th: Whippany Park: Luke Papa 35 run (Paul Padilla kick)
4th: Kinnelon: Tim Elefonte 75 run (kick)

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