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On a chilly Friday night, at Hanover Park’s first-ever game at Lurker Park, the Hornets put on an offensive show, using multiple weapons against a strong 3-2 Hackettstown opponent.

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Casolaro was efficient all night by finishing 17 for 25, 251-yards and 3 TDs (photo by Lisa Moran Mita).

On the opening drive, QB Donato Casolaro marched his team down the field, hitting Tomasz Radomski and Eric Magnifico with sizable completions. On the sixth play of the drive, Casolaro hit Radomski with a perfectly thrown 30-yard flag into the corner of the end zone.

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Tomasz Radomski caught 6 passes for an impressive 111-yards and two TDs (photo by Lisa Moran Mita).

On the ensuing set of downs, Hackettstown QB Ryan Gallagher was sacked for a 12-yard loss by HP’s Anthony Olivieri. The next play, Gallagher threw a screen that was picked off by Radomski. HP then went to its ground game with a steady diet of running backs Junaid Olanipekun and Rory DeLuca. Four plays later, Olanipekun ran off-tackle for the second score.

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Juniad Olanipekun continues to be the workhorse for the Hornets, carrying the ball 21 times for 97-yards and two TDs (photo by Lisa Moran Mita).

In the second quarter, Hackettstown settled down and started to move the ball on the ground and through the air. Hackettstown’s fullback Nick Renne and tailback Mike Costellano broke loose for sizeable gains. Gallagher hit Renne in traffic for Hackettstown’s first score.

Hackettstown’s momentum was halted by another fumble, however, giving HP the ball with great field position. HP’s Casolaro called a slant. He hit Rodamski again, making a circus catch for another TD.

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Magnifico (22) and Deluca (3) take a well deserved rest as they combined for 9 catches, 88-yards and 3 TDs on the night (photo by Lisa Moran Mita).

From then on, HP had its way with Hackettstown. On defense, there was strong play from HP’s Olivier, DeLuca, Ryan George, Drew Croessmann, Pat Julich and Nick Caruso.

By end of the third quarter, the game was in HP’s hands despite way too many penalties by the hometown team (9 in the first half). This will drive any coach crazy.

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Michal Radomski nabs one of his two interceptions of the game (photo by Lisa Moran Mita).

HP moves to 6-0 and Hackettstown 3-3. Next week HP faces Butler on Friday night at Butler HS.

Box Score

Hackettstown 7 0 7 7 21
Hanover Park 14 22 0 7 43

1st: Hanover Park: Tomasz Radomski 37 pass from Donato Casolaro (Alex LaShell kick)
1st: Hanover Park: Junaid Olanipekun 2 run (Alex LaShell kick)
1st: Hackettstown: Joe Renne 22 pass from Ryan Gallagher (Joey Mahal kick)
2nd: Hanover Park: Tomasz Radomski 35 pass from Donato Casolaro (Alex LaShell kick)
2nd: Hanover Park: Donato Casolaro 2 run (Alex LaShell kick)
2nd: Hanover Park: Eric Magnifico 13 pass from Donato Casolaro (Jimmy Fortier run)
3rd: Hackettstown: Brendan Finn 6 pass from Ryan Gallagher (Joey Mahal kick)
3rd: Hanover Park: Junaid Olanipekun 8 run (Alex LaShell kick)
4th: Hackettstown: Shawn Burke 45 run (Joey Mahal kick)

John is one of our oldest interns and his passion for covering sports is unwavering. His claim to fame is holding the single game sacks record for Hanover Park with eight against Dover in 1979 (although there are no record books to prove it).

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