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After a disappointing 1-2 start to Par Hills’ season, the defending state champs got a taste of redemption as the Vikings shut out Morris Hills by a score of 13-0 yesterday afternoon.

Before we get into the game, let’s go over my personal experience, shall we? I saw that it was going to be in the high 40s, so I dressed in my black hooded sweatshirt as I would on any day of that temperature. I also knew that it might be spritzing a bit and the wind speeds would be a little high, but I didn’t think much of it. Boy, was I wrong. It was frigid!

It was so freezing that when I was sitting with my friends, they actually advised me to leave the game because my lips looked like I just finished drinking a Blue Razz ICEE! Despite the climate, I stayed the whole game because I couldn’t let our readers down. Now, enough about me, let’s play some ball!

The first half of the game lacked a lot of action as the score was only 7-0 Par Hills off of RB Jarod Salgado’s 15-yd TD run in the 2nd quarter.

In the third quarter, the score remained dormant, but Morris Hills had a golden opportunity in the 4th. MoHills fumbled on the Par Hills 10 off a direct snap, but three plays later MoHills got it back with a Viking fumble at the Par Hills 32. After a few plays, MoHills had a 4th-and-3 inside the Par Hills 15. QB Daymon Fleming kept the ball, and ran it to his right, but was forced out of bounds inches from the first down marker. It seemed as though every MoHills possession within scoring position would end with a turnover, sweeping their chances out from under them.

This time, the Par Hills offense hung on. On the third play of the ensuing possession, Par Hills QB Nick Verducci threw a bomb deep down the right sideline to find WR Alex Lerman for the 70-yd TD. The PAT would be missed, but it would be too late for Morris Hills to make a comeback and the Vikings would get the road victory 13-0.

This game would put the both squads at 2-2 for the year.

Ryan is Senior Broadcaster & Analyst for Morris Sussex Sports and currently enrolled at William Paterson University for broadcast journalism. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @birdieguy13

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