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The Whippany Park Wildcats hosted the Lincoln (Jersey City) Lions on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats had long awaited to get back at the Lions after getting shutout last year, 40-0. Shortly after the opening kick-off, Whippany fumbled the ball, giving the Lions excellent field position. Then from the Wildcat’s 9-yard line, Lion’s quarterback Keyshawn Jones found the end zone on a keeper. The point after attempt went wide, giving the Lion’s a 6-0 lead.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats ground game was able to move the ball down field. Then Wildcat’s QB Luke Papa broke free for a 30-yard scramble to the Lion’s 20 yard line for a large gain. Pap was about to take it to the house but was tackles by the Lion’s corner Jamar Casey. Then the Lions defense, anchored by Colin Gordon, Yasaan Jackson and Jordan Davis, stopped the Wildcats on third down. As a result, the Wildcat’s super toe Paul Padilla able to kick a 35-yard FG to get the wildcats on the board.

Whippany Park’s offensive line bullied Lincoln in a 17-6 win (photo by Lisa Mita).  See all of Lisa’s photos from this game by clicking HERE.

Later in the quarter, the Wildcat’s Mike DiMeo intercepted a pass thrown by Jones. The Wildcats then ripped off some nice runs by Luke Papa, Jake Crane and Mike DiMeo. Then deep in Lion’s territory, Wildcat’s running back Matt Wong scored going off of left tackle on 8-yard rushing touchdown. Paul Padilla booted the extra point, making it 10-6, giving the Wildcats the lead.

In the second half, the Wildcats defense led by Nick Foglia (10 tackles, 1 sack), Matt Wong, Mike Roma and Mike Dimeo were able stuff any type of Lions offense. On offense, the Wildcats triple option kept Lion’s guessing. In the 4rth quarter, Luke Papa ran for a TD from the 4-yardline. Padilla kicked the extra point, making the final score 17-6.

Lincoln 6 0 0 0 6
Whippany Park 0 10 0 7 17

1st: Lincoln: Keyshawn Jones 9 run (kick failed)
2nd: Whippany Park: FG Paul Padilla 35
2nd: Whippany Park: Matt Wong 8 run (Paul Padilla kick)
4th: Whippany Park: Luke Papa 4 run (Paul Padilla 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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